This year's Southerly Regatta was back in Guernsey for their 18th event

St Peter Port in Guernsey welcomed 26 Southerly yachts to the island for their annual Spring Regatta. The Southerly Regatta, organised by the Guernsey Yacht Club, ran from 24 -28 May with four days of racing, including heavy weather races around Sark and Herm.

The Southerly’s, built by Northshore Shipyard in Chichester, had come from as far a field as the East Coast and all points along the South, and were joined by local sailors Adrian & Pennie Heyworth and their new Southerly 42RST Maid Honor (pictured above). Adrian and his crew won the regatta, after scoring four first places and a second.

A single foot was all that divided Maid Honor from victory at the end of the first race. After leading throughout, the local crew were beaten right at the last moment by Aqua Regina – the Southerly 42RST owned by Nigel and Yvonne Rudlinger from Brighton. Adrian and his crew later overcame their disappointment by taking line honours in four further races, including Tuesday’s heavy weather bash around Sark and back.

“This is our 18th annual Southerly Rendezvous and Regatta, and brings us back to Guernsey once more. We have all looked forward to the hospitality and glorious sailing conditions in the Channel Islands and will be mixing a series of day races with a barbeque on Herm and social functions in the Guernsey Yacht Club,” said Ben Davies, Sales Manager at Southerly.