L’ Aber Wrac’h Race Report 2019

Results: 21st June 2019

1st Jeronimo Patrick Elies

2nd Juno Johnny Walker & winner of Sundowner Trophy for 1st Helford Yacht

3rd Jackdaw  Gill Fox

Marie Jo Trophy -Youngest competitor  Act of Defiance  Emeric & Titouan Guidal     aged 6 and 8 years.

Consolation prize for last Yacht to finish– A set of charts and sponges!

Ma Bro Francois Barat

The 60th Helford to L’Aber Wrac’h Pursuit race saw the spirit of the race well and truly restored with 51 entries and 50 starters. 21 French and 30 UK yachts entered. 

The first yachts crossed the start line at 11.30hrs, the last at 17.45hrs. They had a light breeze until the Manacles and then a good breeze until 21.00hrs when it disappeared until the Easterly filled in at 03.00 to 04.00 hrs in the morning. Those that went East caught the wind first.

Jeronimo crossed the line at 10.54, Juno at 11.00 and Jackdaw at 11.12. The next 8 yachts then finished within 4 minutes of each other, Ma Bro was the last to cross the line at 15.44.

Celebrations were greatly enjoyed both sides of the Channel with music and fireworks to add to the Champagne Recovery Party at HRSC and an excellent spread of food, drink and music after the Prizegiving at Yacht Club des Abers. John Bolitho, commodore of HRSC, was presented with a painting by the Mayor of Landeda for the Club.

Thanks must go to the Handicap Committee – Terry Pascoe, Ian Wort and Olly Berryman and the staff at HRSC, especially on the night of the Champagne party when they worked incredibly hard for many hours. Hopefully the success of this year’s race will inspire people to carry it on for many years to come. See you all next year, l’annee prochaine!

Sue Hewett

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