Benodet - Obelix Trophy

For anyone who hasn't been to Benodet, this trip is real easy.  It is a 4 hour drive
towing from St Malo. Craneage is well organised, the town is beautiful, the seafood
brilliant, and the wine very drinkable. Oh, and the race organisation is first class.
No hanging around waiting to go racing here..... The AP flag only made an appearance
for a brief 5 minutes one morning!

4 boats made the journey from the South Coast and three from Jersey presenting
equal numbers against the French for what they call the Battle of Trafalgar
Whiskers, Anchor Challenge, Bullet and Runaway Bus all joined forces on the ferry from
Portsmouth and arrived on Wednesday lunchtime, getting the boats rigged and in the 
water within a few hours of arriving.  The French boats, led by Darren Marston's ex
Catch and now called Catch Me, and one of the more interesting boats in the fleet was
a wooden version of an Ecume de Mer, beautifully restored and rating very low as one of
the original 16 ft rating boats. The racing was incredibly close considering the spread
of handicaps but the consistency of the English boats who race more often together as a fleet
proved to be the difference and they dominated the results. 

Tom Bombadil, Super Q and Jackflash showed bursts of speed throughout the weekend 
proving that the standard of the Jersey fleet is rising nicely. The results can be found

For the first time in years, the now familiar inter family battle was postponed when I sailed
with Morty.  I have come away with a few tricks up my sleeve and it was certainly a pleasure
and amazing how much you can learn from such experienced sailors as Kelvin Rawlings, 
Round the World sailor, Jason Carrington and Olympic medallist, Peter Allam.

One of the more exciting parts of the weekend is interpreting the French sailing instructions
especially when they send you on a coastal race and you are the lead boat.  For those whose
French is a bit like mine, Porte means gate, and not a rounding to Port!

Guy Pronier, head of the French QT class hosted a QT dinner at a lovely hotel along
the beach.  Howard Sellars was awarded a bottle of wine for not ducking under the
boom during a jibe and knocking himself out.  Luckily he recovered to carry on racing.