Jester Azores Challenge is now all done and dusted. Twenty nine boats
finished the 1200 miles with the Frenchman Dominique Katan first to arrive
after about eleven days in his 25ft Mistral 7,50. Conditions en route
varied from full gales to flat calms, with some of the engineless boats
even even being sculled across the finish line. Thirteen boats retired
for various reasons but all returned home under their own steam.
only prize awarded was the customary ‘half crown coin’ awarded as a token
of mutual appreciation of ‘a damn good effort’. This time it went to the
Russian Alexei Fedoruk in recognition of his extraordinary efforts not
only in the race, but also in scrounging a derelict hulk from the State,
converting it at home into a sea going yacht with parts machined in a
missile factory and making it to the start on time. He is now on passage
to Newport, RI.
extract from Ewen Southby-Tailyour’s message to all the skippers after
the event, says it all:"As far as I am aware no keels fell off, no
one fell overboard, no one lost a spar, no one ran aground and no one
called for assistance (in itself not a disgrace) and so the Jester Azores
Challengers can celebrate joining a wonderful team that – in bucking the
trend for more and more rules, outrageous entry fees and unrealistic and
meaningless qualifications and entry requirements (for both vessel and
skipper) – has shown that true Corinthians should not be written off as
irresponsible eccentrics but lauded as true seaman." – Jim Dominy.