Ten yachts lined up on the Black Rock start line in Falmouth on Friday for the annual night race to Roscoff. This was the second in the 2017 offshore series organised by the Cornwall Offshore Group COGS, and challenges yachts to a near enough 100 mile channel dash to the welcome of the Bloscon Marina near the historic town on the Brittany coast.
Conditions were favourable with westerly winds that varied little between 14 - 16 knots for most of the trip. The sea state was equally kind, and all made rapid progress on close reaches, with the first Pogo 12.5 Jinja, across in just 11 hours and the last across 4 hours later. Most reported fairly quiet shipping lanes and good visibility despite the afternoon having had cloud on the deck on land.
The IRC race was won by Stuart Sawyer in his new Black Dog with a 22 minute lead on corrected time on second placed Jinja, with Juno 3rd. Handicap was won by Gawain Bysouth in Celtic Spirit for the second year.
A prize giving was held at the marina followed for most by the essential trip to the town’s infamous rum bar.
Most boats headed home early on Sunday in even more favourable conditions with the sun shining.
Results: IRC: 1st Black Dog, 2nd Jinja, 3rd Juno, 4th Inn Spirit, 5th Jackdaw, 6th, Daring, 7th Carte Blanche, 8th Scorpion. Handicap: 1st Celtic Spirit, 2nd Tai Mo Shan. IRC 2-handed: 1st Jackdaw, 2nd Daring. Handicap 2-handed 1st Tai Mo Shan