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The Race Must Go On – The Collective sponsors Alderney Bank Holiday Race

The Guernsey Yacht Club will be holding its first and only off-island races from Guernsey shores this year, thanks to sponsor the Collective.

The Alderney August Bank Holiday Weekend Race, taking place August 29th to 31st, is expected to achieve a large number of entrants this year since The Guernsey Yacht Club has not been able to race involving other destinations post COVID-19.

On Saturday afternoon 29th August, there will be a pursuit race to Alderney with the first boats starting at about 14.30.  Alderney Sailing Club will provide a barbeque in the evening. On Sunday 30th August, Alderney Sailing Club will hold a race around Alderney and the Casquets, depending upon conditions.  On Monday 31st August, a conventional race will be held from Alderney to Guernsey starting at 10.30am.  This will be followed by a reception and overall prize giving at the Guernsey Yacht Club on the evening of Monday 31st August 2020.

Martin Priest, Committee Member of The Guernsey Yacht Club says: ‘We are extremely pleased we can hold the Alderney August Bank Holiday Race as our only “other destination” race after lockdown. This is happening with Polygon’s support.’

‘We are anticipating a large number of entrants from the sailing community for this race and this year’s format has been adapted to meet the travel restrictions that we currently have and should provide enjoyable sailing for all taking part.’

Martin Belcher, Chairman of Polygon Collective says: ‘We have been supporting the traditional pursuit race to Alderney for many years and this year the race is marking a key milestone, hopefully enabling The Guernsey Yacht Club to return to its traditional racing schedule again in the near future.’

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