Cruiser Rally Report - Summer 2017
Yarmouth-St Peter Port. 86 nm
Early start at Yarmouth with Chatterbox Northwest 11- 15kts. Motor and sail to
arrive at Alderney Race for 1600. We were perhaps early but had an easy ride
through the race on the Alderney side. Chatterbox took shelter in Braye harbour.
The wind strengthened and backed so a very close reach in a rough sea from
Alderney to St Peter Port. The wind and sea eased for a fast and sunny ride down
the Little Russel to St Peter Port. Aeolus and Io arrived together from Poole,
closely followed by Dino Volante.
Two full and sunny days on Guernsey with arrivals from Zampa, Xtract and finally
Foyle II. Foyle was on her way home after 4 weeks in Brittany.
Dino Volante caused a minor incident when cleaning out the sink drain with the
foghorn; a nearby boat reported that we had a dog on board. The custom officer
came to question us!
Excellent dinner at the Guernsey Yacht club with 11 guests.
Dinner at the Guernsey Yacht club
We watched Graham and Dairne Rabbits on Teal motor into the harbour.
Teal arriving at St Peter Port
St Peter Port- Treguier.52 nm
Approach to Treguier
Monday 3rd was race day with Dino electing the early start. The wind was SW 4-5
with a moderate sea so it was a challenge to make enough ground to the west to
counteract the East going tide at the entrance to Treguier.
Both Dino and Xtract were on the same course motoring to the West. Xtract
overhauled Dino under motor and mainsail only so Dino decide to make a race to
the line by rolling out the head sail, Xtract followed suit and both boats
arrived at a dead heat to the finish buoy. We then had a beautiful sail up the
river until the wind died.
Tuesday was a day to explore Treguier and then to greet Aeolus and Io to the
pontoon before having dinner together at the local hotel.
Left: Treguier Cathedral and Square Right:
Wednesday is market day in Treguier and so the racers decided to shop instead of
The side streets, and all the squares have stalls selling clothes, jewellery and
plenty of food. It was a joy to wander, explore and buy.
Some of us spent the evening working our way through a fruit- de -mer; more
engineering than eating; the fresh sea flavours were very fine.
Treguier-Paimpol. 30 nm
Thursday was race day with champagne sailing with sun, flat sea and a good
breeze. The passage to Paimpol with the tide was over almost too quickly. Xtract
played their joker by using the spinnaker and sailing a longer course, this
handed the victory on corrected time to Dino Volante.
The pilotage into Paimpol was interesting as the last mile or so was over the
green of the chart.
We had a great spot in the inner basin along the pontoon next to the wall. Once
again the highlight was a meal together in a local restaurant.
Paimpol fishing boats
RSrnYC yachts in Paimpol
On Friday we explored the city and did a few boat jobs, meeting once again for
the local galettes and crepes.
Paimpol-St Cast. 36 nm
Saturday was race day from Paimpol to St Cast. There was almost no wind for the
first three hours so Xtract and Dino agreed a draw.
The wind did arrive off Cape Frehel and it was a great sail along the coast
along the high cliffs and into St Cast.
All the boats arrived around the same time and after a beer ashore we had the
Xtract en route to St Cast
Dino Volante (Pat, Jackie and Keith) and Xtract (Dudley, Terry-Ann and Terry)
were declared joint winners of the racing; the Wee Welly Prize for the most
intrepid voyage was awarded to Teal(Graham , Dairne and Rowena).
The new and very beautiful trophy for Double Handed team, donated by Mike
Austin, was awarded to Russell and Helen Tribe on Io.
Double Handed Prize: Helen and Russell Tribe .Io
Pat North July 2017
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