07 September 2020
Carey Olsen Jersey Regatta takes place this weekend
With the 22nd edition of the combined clubs' Jersey Regatta fast approaching, sailors will soon be on the starting blocks for a very busy weekend's racing.
The annual sailing extravaganza, running from 11 to 13 September, will see a fleet of almost one hundred boats competing in the beautiful natural arena of St Aubin's Bay and adjacent waters.
With a fun-filled and competitive programme in store that includes the Spinlock IRC Channel Islands Championship, the event has once again attracted competitors of all ages and disciplines sailing boats ranging from fast cruiser/racers to diminutive Optimist dinghies, traditional dayboats, sport catamarans and windsurfers.
However, ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions mean this year's Regatta will be quite different to its predecessors in that the traditionally vibrant social programme has, effectively, been shelved, classes restricted to their bubbles and quarantine rules in various jurisdictions leading to an event that will, sadly, be devoid of visiting boats.
On a much brighter note, the Island's clubs are delighted that leading offshore law firm Carey Olsen is on board as the new sponsor.
Carey Olsen group managing partner Alex Ohlsson said: "Given the extraordinary times we live in, as we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19, it is extremely heartening to see those responsible for the Jersey Regatta go to such great lengths to ensure that the 22nd edition of the event can go ahead. As first-time sponsors, Carey Olsen is immensely proud to be associated with the Regatta and I would like to place on record our appreciation to the organising committee for their determination and considered approach to addressing the challenges they face."
Regatta chairman Bill Harris added: "Whilst we are faced with a variety of challenges, this year, we are very grateful for the encouraging advice that we have received from Jersey Sport and the support we receive from Ports of Jersey. This has helped greatly in getting the show on the road so that we can, rightly, celebrate the support and enthusiasm that Carey Olsen, no stranger in Channel Islands sailing circles, brings to the Regatta in their first year."
For further information on the Regatta, contact the Regatta office on +44 (0)1534 732229 or e-mail [email protected].