Jelenko - "Cervantes" Fastnet qualifier

Heading off down the eastern SolentCervantes courseMyth of Malham Course

On Saturday 4th May “Jelenko” entered the Cervantes 2019 Trophy, crewed by Al Doughty and Ian Cheke. In IRC 3 and 2 handed series, 159nm of the 300nm required by RORC for Fastnet entry.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Cervantes Trophy Race provided a challenging start to the European season for the RORC Season's Points Championship.

A bitter northerly wind, with squalls gusting over 30 knots, produced a challenging race for the impressive fleet of 108 boats. Starting from the Squadron Line down tide the fleet headed east out of the Solent passing No Man's Land Fort and into the open waters of the English Channel. After passing south of the Nab Channel, the fleet headed east, blast reaching to Owers, followed by an upwind leg to Littlehampton Outfall. Cracking sheets and hoisting downwind sails, the fleet headed south for a 77 mile dead-run across the English Channel. An energy sapping upwind leg of over 20 miles, from Cussy Buoy to the A5 Buoy, further tested the fleet, before a downwind section to the finish.

Results

The next qualifying race “Myth of Malham” starting from the RYS Line on Saturday 25 May (0800 BST). The 256nm course mirrors the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race, as far as the Eddystone Lighthouse, followed by a return leg to a Solent finish. A substantial international fleet is expected.

Submitted on Tuesday, 7th May