Due to COVID-19, the second annual Alderney Regatta – which under normal circumstances would have seen yachts from all the Channel Islands, the UK and nearby France taking part in a weekend of racing and socialising – was this year restricted to Bailiwick crews. The pandemic had also forced Guernsey yacht clubs to cancel many of their major racing events.

The Bank Holiday Polygon Alderney Pursuit Race and the Alderney Regatta 2020 offered an opportunity for their members to take part in competitive racing.

The Polygon Alderney Pursuit Race was organised by the Royal Guernsey Yacht Club. On Saturday afternoon 29 August, eleven yachts and over 60 crew from Guernsey yacht clubs sailed in from Guernsey to a warm welcome and a delicious BBQ at the Alderney Sailing Club .

Alderney Regatta – Saturday 29 August: ORTAC RACE

Due to high winds and rough sea conditions, only 3 local yachts competed in this race


The Winners of the Alderney Regatta ORTAC RACE

First:  “SALMON” – Skipper Hagen Voehrs

Second: “SECOND WIND”  – Skipper Neil Collings

Winning all-female crew: “POLAR STAR” – Skipper Tess Woodnutt

Alderney Regatta – Sunday 25 August: CASQUETS RACE  

By Sunday morning, weather and sea conditions had considerably improved and at 12:30, ten yachts from Guernsey and Alderney were at the starting line ready to compete in this challenging event.

The Winners of the CASQUETS RACE

First on Handicap. “FANDANGLE” (Guernsey) –  Skipper Martin Priest

First over the Line :  “KAYA II” (Guernsey) – Skipper  Roger Martel

First – All Female Crew:  “POLAR STAR“ (Alderney) – Skipper Tess Woodnutt


1st:  “FANDANGLE” (Guernsey)  Skipper Martin Priest

2ND  “DARK HORSE” (Guernsey) Skipper Dino Castro

3RDMR. SCARECROW” (Guernsey) Skipper Richard Babbé

4TH  “KAYA II” (Guernsey) Skipper Roger Martel

5TH  “SUN OF A GUN” (Guernsey) Skipper Richard Holmes

6th  “BLUE VELVET OF SARK” (Guernsey) Skipper Nicky/Reg Barber

7th   “POLAR STAR” (Alderney) Skipper Tess Woodnutt

8th  “SECOND WIND”  (Alderney)  Skipper Neil Collings



“SECOND WIND” (Alderney) – Skipper Neil Collings

 Monday 31 August: Polygon Alderney Pursuit Race back to Guernsey.

On Monday morning 31 August, with very little wind in their sails, ten yachts including  Alderney’s “POLAR STAR” all-female crew, left Braye Harbour to complete the last leg of the Polygon Alderney Pursuit Race back to Guernsey.

Commodore Hugh Harrison, Regatta Organiser Nigel Vooght, Race Officer Bruce Woodhead  and the Alderney Sailing Club Committee wish to thank all volunteers, the Harbour Office and water taxi who helped to make this such a successful weekend, and their sponsors –Rocquettes Cider –  for their support.

The competitors and the organising teams clearly enjoyed the nautical challenges of racing around Alderney as well as the social events and comradery”, said Race Officer Bruce Woodhead. “It was great to see this continued support from Guernsey’s yacht clubs. We have re-established a close partnership with Guernsey’s sailing fraternity and we look forward to organising more joint racing events”.  

The date for the 2021 Alderney Regatta has already been confirmed: 28 & 29 August. Details of the racing programme and social events will be published by Spring 2020

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