The St Helier Yacht Club will host the stopover of the Tour des Ports regatta fleet in St Helier on Thursday, 11 July. The Tour des Ports is the largest sailing event in the Channel Islands and Normandy. Over 90 boats and 600 sailors are participating in the week long regatta. Entrants include boats from Jersey, Guernsey, France and the UK.
This year’s regatta started in Carentan, Normandy with races to Cherbourg, Dielette, St Peter Port and Barneville-Carteret before arriving in Jersey. The fleet leaves Jersey on Friday morning 12 July for Granville. The race to Granville is the last race of the week long regatta and will determine the winning boats in the fleet. This year the Regatta celebrates its 35th Anniversary which makes it not only the largest but one of the oldest regattas in the Channel Islands and Normandy.
The fleet will arrive in St. Helier from Barneville-Carteret around 4pm on Thursday and moor up at the Albert Pier. A Prize Giving and a crew dinner will be held at the Albert Pier Terminal starting at 7pm. Senator Ian Gorst will represent the States of Jersey and he will be joined by officials from the Department de la Manche, the overall sponsors of the regatta. The fleet will depart from a start line in St. Aubins Bay at 8:30am on Friday.
In addition to the St. Helier Yacht Club local sponsors of the Regatta include Jersey Electricity, Ports of Jersey and Boat Fayre.