Despite a low turnout, competitors in the JOG Schroder Channel Race enjoyed close racing
As the JOG fleet left the shores of the Isle of Wight, headed across the English Channel on Saturday, a deceptively fresh westerly breeze gave competitors high hopes for a leisurely breakfast in Guernsey. Unfortunately light airs meant previous tidal calculations became inaccurate while visibility was restricted by pea soup fog around the Channel Islands rendering navigational skills critical.
With the J-Cup Regatta in St Peter Port starting the following day, the size of the JOG fleet was greatly inflated by the entry of yachts heading over to the Channel Islands for the event. Although frustration led to a few retirements, the first boats were crossing the finish line early afternoon. In class 5 only two boats managed to finish, the first Blazer, a Laser 28 followed by Wavelength, Andrew Glasgow’s Sigma 33. In Class 4 it was an X342, Xarifa who won on handicap and in Class 3 local Guernsey boat, Alice, Simon Henning’s Mumm 36, took both line honours and first overall.
In both classes 3 and 4, J-Boats scored third and fourth places.
1. Alice, Mumm 36
2. Maverick II, IMX 40
3. Shades of Blue, J/110
1. Xarifa, X342
2. Xploiter, X332
3. Moby J, J/92
1. Blazer, Laser 28
2. Wavelength, Sigma 33