Rowing in the Fog
The Sark to Jersey Rowing Race took place this month after being postponed from its original date in June because of strong wind and rough sea. This time around the weather was calm but Sark was shrouded in a shifting haze of sea mist for the start of the race at lunchtime. This meant that navigation much harder for the rowers and, combined with the big swell, made conditions quite challenging at times. Fifty boats took part in the 19-mile race that began just outside Dixcart Bay and ended in brilliant sunshine in Bonne Nuit Bay. As a guard boat also accompanies each boat the fleet leaving Sark is an impressive sight although this year they disappeared into the fog within minutes of the starting signal. The first boat home was the Guernsey men’s four Guernsey PWC who took just under two hours to complete the course. They were neck and neck with Jersey foursome Logicalis until the turn at the Paternosters Reef when one of the rowlocks broke on the Jersey boat leaving them one oar down. On points the inter-island trophy was a dead heat with 19 points each so tradition dictates that the island that won the previous year retains the trophy so it stays with Guernsey.
Picture by Sue Daly – The rowers head off into the fog for Jersey