Petit Bateau sets sail

30 boats on Weymouth start line for week of singlehanded offshore racing

Thursday August 17th 2006, Author: Jerry Freeman, Location: United Kingdom
30 solo skippers are gathering in Weymouth for the start this coming Sunday of the third Petit Bateau 2006, solo race week. This annual event, divided into six legs over 300 miles, one of the key events in the single-handed sailing calendar, is open to monohulls from 28-40ft LOA.

This years race entries include 27 men and 3 women from six countries and has attracted six veterans of Ostar trans-Atlantic races including last years class winner Nico Budel in his Open 40 and Hannah White also in an Open 40. A trio of water ballasted JOD35s will compete with a fleet of sven J/Boats for line honours in the Open format event.

Race director Paul Peggs will greet the skippers at a welcome supper in Weymouth Sailing Club on Saturday evening after registration and briefing.

The starting gun at Weymouth will be fired at 0800 on Sunday morning to send the fleet away on the 54 mile cross channel leg to Bray harbour in Alderney, the wind is forecast to be west 10 to 15knots and should provide fast reaching conditions for the canting keel and water ballasted front runners.

The week concludes with a day race and prize giving ceremony at Mylor Yacht Club on Sunday 26th August


Skipper Boat LOA m Sail No Type
Jerry Freeman Fluffy 9.14 GBR8392T Figaro One
Martin Berkeley Alices Mirror 9.8 41 One off
John Brunner XtriKate 10 IRL 3321 X332
Paul Peggs Audacious 10.5 5167T JOD 35
Stuart MacDonald Going Grey 10.6 4343C JOD 35
Ken Burrough Orvieto 12.02 GBR44R Lightwave 395
Shaun Murphy Slingshot 10.5 GBR 9596R J105
Stuart Campbell Gunbeat 11.25 GBR 3925 First 375
Gilles van Delft Lightning 10.4 Ned 3674 Waarschip 1010
Peter.W. Carpenter Bidwell 10 GBR 2192T Westerly Storm
Paul Brant NINJOD 10.6 GBR8956T JOD35
Mary Falk QII 10.67 90 Pocock35 One off
Ed Holton Shades of Blue 11m 9781 J110
Chris Rustom Draig o 11.01 GBR 9956 Dehler 36
Neil Matson Red Rider 9.7m FR337 Westerly Fulmar
Kate Dickens Oliver 8.63 3031Y Twister 28
Nicki Crutchfield Guillaine 8.69 5 Apache 29
Anthony Llewelyn-Davies Big Doris 2 11.99 tba Dehler 39SQ
Mike West Juneau 10.5 GBR1605R J105
Barry Hurley Blondie 10.9 IRL 1090 J109
Sven Niklaus ZERO TWO 10.1 SUI 54 Figaro II
Rod Knowles Juliette 10.5 GRR9405R J105
Peter Tanner Oojah 10.95 GBR1610R J110
Nigel Philpott Odette of Hamble 11 GBR2881 Swan 37
Peter Olden Solan Goose 9.14 GBR 8538R J92s
Richard Hatton Chimp 9.38 5261 Beret 31 one off
Nico Budel Hayai2 12.19 Ned 7499 Open 40
Rob Craigie Torbellino 11.4 GBR 8668 R Sigma 38
Hannah White White Spirit 12.19 CAN 84 Open 40
Nick Martin diablo-j 10.5 GBR 9205R J105

Agenda for Petit Bateau 2006 Solo race week

20th August Weymouth to Alderney 54 miles
21st August Alderney to Guernsey 40 miles
22nd August Guernsey to Treguier 40 miles
23rd August Treguier to Fowey 101 miles overnight
25th August Fowey to Mylor 30 miles
26th August Mylor day race 25 miles.

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