, 2022-07-14 00:42:00,
Inaugural Spirit Yachts Regatta at Guernsey Yacht Club
by Spirit Yachts 14 Jul 01:42 EST
25 June – 2 July 2022
Leading modern classic yacht design and build company Spirit Yachts held its first regatta in Guernsey from 25th June to 2nd July in partnership with Locate Guernsey. Ten Spirit yachts ranging from 37 to 65 feet competed in a six-race series, which was won by Spirit 52 Flight of Ufford.
Sean McMillan, Spirit Yachts CEO commented, “The Spirit Guernsey Regatta was a culmination of nearly three decades of dedication, teamwork, and passion. To see a fleet of Spirits flying across the start line at our own regatta was a very proud moment for all the team.”
Sean continued, “We couldn’t have asked for a better week. Perfect racing conditions, fantastic location, and a wonderful group of people. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and as a result we are already discussing the Spirit Regatta 2024; watch this space for details!”
Based in Guernsey’s capital St Peter Port, the regatta comprised a six-race series of passage, round the cans, and windward/leeward courses organised by the Guernsey Yacht Club (GYC).
Under the regatta racing rules, each yacht also had to submit a female-helmed race result. Designed to provide opportunities for young female sailors, the rule allowed yachts to choose any race based on availability, skill set, and weather conditions.
The highly competitive regatta was won overall by Spirit 52 Flight of Ufford, with Spirit 52 Oui Fling in second but only missing out on the top spot by 0.5 point, and Spirit 65 Chloe Giselle one point behind Oui Fling in third. The WEST SYSTEM passage race was won by Oui Fling and Flight of Ufford took the Locate Guernsey passage race. Spirit 46 Whisper of Lymington placed fourth overall and took home the prestigious Spirit Cup for “embracing the Spirit of the regatta”.
Ashore, over 120 regatta competitors and guests were treated to a varied programme of social events in iconic locations. From welcome drinks at the 800-year-old Castle Cornet to sunset BBQs, and a glamorous prize-giving dinner, the socialising was as lively as the racing. The regatta also raised funds for the Guernsey Sailing Trust with an Optimist race on the model yacht pond at Guernsey Yacht Club.
At the end of the regatta week the owner of a Spirit 46 commented, “What a great event, so professionally…
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