Solo around the Channel

Petit Bateau 2006 kicks off in August

Friday July 21st 2006, Author: Jerry Freeman, Location: United Kingdom
No less than four OSTAR veterans are signed up for the solo race week that kicks off in Weymouth on 20 August. Dutch skipper Nico Budel won the 2005 OSTAR in his canting keel Open 40, Mary Falk with three Transats to her name holds the 35 foot record in her very special water ballasted QII. Stuart Macdonald heads up a trio of the only water ballasted JOD 35s in captivity that should provide good competition for the J boats and Figaros in breezy conditions.

The course is a series of testing passage races calling at Bray, St Peter Port, Treguier, Fowey and Mylor. The longest leg is 100 miles overnight to Fowey and the regatta rounds off with a day race and BBQ at Mylor on Saturday 26th August. The stopovers have been chosen for their hospitality to ensure the customary standard of socialising that is a hallmark of short-handed racing.

Race Director Paul Peggs has been very busy with a record entry of 26 boats and he will renew acquaintance with several skippers fresh from the Round Britain race and welcome skippers trying solo offshore racing for the first time.

The members of Racing at Petit Bateau Ltd have carved a niche as organisers of Open class solo racing in the UK waters, this is their third solo race week and follows on the very successful first edition of RIOW SOLO around the Isle of Wight race in May. Longer races are planned for the future with a 700 mile 14 day event in 2007 and the ‘Big One’ in 2008 that will include a 500-mile solo leg for OSTAR qualification within a 1,200 mile Biscay route.

Details and entry on line at

Skipper Boat LOA m Sail No Type
Barry Hurley TBC TBC TBC TBC
Budel Nico Hayai2 12.19 Ned 7499 Open 40
Anthony Llewelyn-Davies Big Doris 2 11.99 tba Dehler 39SQ
Ken Burrough Orvieto 11.9 GBR44R Lightwave 395
Stuart Campbell Gunbeat 11.25 GBR 3925 First 375
Chris Rustom Draig o 11.01 GBR 9956 Dehler 36
Marco Nannini British Beagle 11 GBR3936 Sigma 36
Ed Holton Shades of Blue 11 9781 J110
Peter Tanner Oojah 10.95 GBR1610R J110
Mary Falk QII 10.67 90 Pocock35 One off
Stuart MacDonald Going Grey 10.6 4343C JOD 35
Paul Brant NINJOD 10.6 GBR8956T JOD35
Paul Peggs Audacious 10.5 5167T JOD 35
Shaun Murphy Slingshot 10.5 GBR 9596R J105
Mike West Juneau 10.5 GBR1605R J105
Rod Knowles Juliette 10.5 GRR9405R J105
Gilles van Delft Lightning 10.4 Ned 3674 Waarschip 1010
Sven Niklaus ZERO TWO 10.1 SUI 54 Figaro II
John Brunner XtriKate 10 IRL 3321 X332
Peter.W. Carpenter Bidwell 10 GBR 2192T Westerly Storm
Martin Berkeley Alices Mirror 9.8 41 One off
Peter Müller Cassiopeia 9.75 none VISION32
Neil Matson Red Rider 9.7 FR337 Westerly Fulmar
Richard Hatton Chimp 9.38 5261 Beret 31 one off
Jerry Freeman Fluffy 9.14 GBR8392T Figaro One
Peter Olden Solan Goose 9.14 GBR 8538R J92s
Nicki Crutchfield Guillaine 8.69 5 Apache 29
Kate Dickens Oliver 8.63 3031Y Twister 28

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