Jersey sailors make the most of home advantage

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In all 50 sailors, sailing in four fleets of Lasers, Toppers, Optimists and an Optimist Regatta Fleet, for less experienced competitors, took part.

Saturday’s opening races, in strong winds, produced a real challenge for some of the sailors before St Malo’s Pierre Guyomar headed the Optimists in the first race, Fleur Moisan the second and Charles Perkins the next two, as he finished the day narrowly ahead.

In the conditions only two sailors in the Topper fleet, Laura-Jane Carter and Peter Faudemer, seriously contested the lead which eventually ended with three wins for Faudemer and one for Carter.

The Laser fleet contained Radial and 4.7 rigs competing on handicap.

Saturday’s conditions perhaps gave an edge to the smaller 4.7 rigs with Lydia Carter finishing the day just ahead of another 4.7 sailor, Daniel Wray from Guernsey.

Radial sailor Emma Speller was only one point behind.

Despite the strong conditions the Regatta Fleet managed to get in two races, with Lily Carter winning the first and Mary Perkins the second.

On Sunday the wind was lighter.

In the Optimist fleet Laurence Carter had the best of the day, winning the last two races, but this was not enough to break into the top three as Perkins maintained his lead over Moisan and Guyomar.

Meanwhile, three wins for Faudemer and just the one for Carter in the Topper fleet meant that the former took the series, with the latter finishing second; Dawson, from Guernsey, was third.

Emma Speller won two of Sunday’s Laser races giving her exactly the same points and number of wins as Wray at the end of the regatta.

However, Wray’s second place in race three gave him the narrowest of victories in this class.

Lydia Carter was third ahead of Chris Dravers from Guernsey.

Mary Perkins finished one point ahead of Lily Carter to take the Regatta fleet with Charles Barnes was third and William Howell-Jackson was fourth.

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