The Dogs… has won the 2012 Carey Olsen Inter-Island Yacht Race. Despite challenging conditions that tested the determination and skills of 54 participating yachts the Jersey boat skippered by Allen Brown completed the race, the most competitive in the Channel Islands sailing calendar, in a corrected time of three hours and 14 minutes.
Following a good start the Melges 24 was able to keep pace with the larger boats in the fleet until Corbiere. The Dogs… hoisted their spinnaker for the final run into St Helier and were able to pull away from the rest of the fleet and finish first over the line and first on handicap.
The rest of the top three positions were also filled with Jersey yachts; Less Xpense, skippered by S. Pearl, was second, and G. Machan in Lady Machela was third.
It turned out to be a good day for Westerly’s, with the fourth, fifth and sixth placed boats all in that class. Chris Sharp, in his Westerly Centaur, finished fourth and as well as being the first Guernsey boat, he also picked up trophies for first Westerly and first bilge keel boat.
Guernsey Yacht Club commodore Aden Clark said: “It was a very exciting race this year as the strong wind and rough sea conditions made it challenging for all the yachts that took part. Winning a race like this is a great accomplishment so many congratulations to Allen Brown and the crew of The Dogs….”
Carey Olsen managing partner Alex Ohlsson congratulated the winning crew and all who took part.
“The race was as competitive as ever and the sea conditions certainly tested all the participating yachts. This was our third year as sponsor of the biggest race of the year and we would like to congratulate all the crews who completed the course.”