2008-mojoSussex Yacht Club held the 28th Royal Escape Race on 28th May 2004. The race commemorates the escape to France of King Charles II following his defeat by the republican army at the battle of Worcester in 1651.

At 08:00 the IRC Fleet of larger and faster boats set off along Brighton beach in a SE force 3-4 wind. After a spectacular collision, Kereru limped back to Brighton having sustained much damage. The remaining 64 PY yachts started 15 minutes later and kept the sunshine all the way across to Fecamp, except for the few that finished after dark. Most were swept by the tide and the wind a few miles to the west of the Greenwich Meridian lightship, which meant that when the wind unexpectedly turned easterly, those boats which had gone west for speed were able to make for Fécamp and produced good results.

2008-ambitioniiOverall winner of the PY fleet was Charles Erb in Pleiades, a Westerley Ocean 43 from Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, Eastbourne. Line honours and the family trophy went to Richard Iwinski in Viking Blue, a Beneteau Oceanis Clipper 473, who crossed the line just after 1800. The PY Team Trophy was won by Sussex Yacht Club with Slipstream (Paul King), winner of the PY Fast Fleet, and Fayme (Andrew Smith) and Skellig (Will Camp). Moonlight Saunter (David Skinner) won the IRC class and helped Sussex Yacht Club win the IRC Team Trophy. Second in the IRC class was Jonty Layfield’s Sleeper from Brighton Marina Yacht Club.

2008-moonlight-saunterThe enjoyable crossing was followed by some excellent social events and splendid French cuisine. Those who returned to England overnight on Sunday had an exceptionally fast crossing, unlike those coming back on Monday. A pan-pan call for assistance from one yacht with a leaking stern gland was cared for by two yachts staying close all the way across.

The cups and prizes were presented at the Prize Giving Dinner and Dance at the Old Ship Hotel on Friday 18th June. Rod Carr, Chief Executive Royal Yachting Association and the Mayor of Brighton and Hove City were in attendance and cheques were presented to the nominated charities, Sussex Sailability and John Merricks Sailing Trust.

Photos - Copyright Warwick Baker.

 

 

 

 

 

  Boat Name Owner/Skipper Finish Time Elapsed Time Corrected Time
Portsmouth Yardstick Class        
Fast Fleet          

1

Slipstream   014 Paul King 18:20:01 10:05:01 11:27:31

2

Ascent Alan Salvidge 18:32:29 10:17:29 11:45:42

3

Sparkling Spirit Joe Kerridge 18:40:29 10:25:29 11:58:57

4

Molly ’O Tom Milligan 18:14:43 9:59:43 12:04:18
           
Medium Fleet          

1

Pleiades Charles Erb 18:27:06 10:12:06 11:16:21

2

Gemini David Vokins 19:06:08 10:51:08 11:42:25

3

Fayme Andrew Smith 19:14:38 10:59:38 11:54:40

4

Marabu Anita Sharp 18:51:20 10:36:20 11:54:59
           
Slow Fleet          

1

Sapphira Nigel Rippon 20:53:41 12:38:41 12:18:44

2

Flickamar Allan Morgan 20:51:14 12:36:14 12:28:45

3

Minden Rose Nick Jakobi 21:28:45 13:13:45 12:35:57

4

Diana David Moore 22:24:38 14:09:38 12:38:36
           
Overall Winner Pleiades Charles Erb      
           
           
Line Honours Viking Blue Richard Iwinski 09:45:09    
           
           
Team Trophy          
  Sussex Yacht Club        

1

Slipstream Paul King      

2

Fayme Andrew Smith      

3

Skellig William Camp      
           
Corporate Challenge Cup        
  Sparkling Spirit Kew Yacht Charter      
           
The Editors’ Scroll (Family Trophy) - Presented at the Hotel Normandy    
  Viking Blue Richard Iwinski      
           
IRC Class          

1

Moonlight Saunter David Skinner 17:58:08 9:58:08 9:52:45

2

Sleeper Jonty Layfield 18:05:13 10:05:13 9:59:46

3

Soleil III Robert Martin 16:55:33 8:55:33 10:07:51

4

Magic Forties Andre Robert 17:29:54 9:29:54 10:12:04
           
Line Honours - Presented by Societe des Regates de Fecamp at the Hotel Normandy  
  Soleil III Robert Martin 08:55:33    
           
Team Trophy - Donated By Brighton Marina Yacht Club      
  Sussex Yacht Club        

1

Moonlight Saunter David Skinner      

2

WOW Anthony Cross      

3

Ella Graham Roberts      
           
Opted Motor Sailing        
  Wilhelm Gruff John Purslow