Trophy Sailtica. One trophy, two races, three ports
The ‘La Sailtica’ association has devised a new yacht race, re-engaging with the maritime values of our Celtic ancestors who spread across the whole of the Atlantic seaboard from England to Spain – to build respect for the sea which feeds us, transports us and helps us to live.
Across three ports (Fowey in England, San Vincente De La Barquera in Spain and Pornichet in France) and three activities vital for our regions: trade, fishing and tourism, La Sailtica will be a friendly sporting event that will put maritime action at the heart of this cultural and economic event.
Organised over two years, the Sailtica Trophy invites cruising crews to competitively sail on two journeys of about 500 miles, across the Bay of Biscay from Pornichet to San Vincente De La Barquera in 2012 and then across the Channel from Pornichet to Fowey in May 2013. During the race Pornichet will adopt the colours of the destination port
Fowey is, of course, famed for sailing, and is the natural choice to host the 2013 leg of the Sailtica Trophy Yacht Race. The spectacle will then alternate between San Vicente de la Barquera and Fowey in successive years. The beautiful Fowey Estuary will be crammed with vessels in one of sailing’s most popular events. The Royal Fowey Yacht Club will be hosting the event.
20 yachts will be racing in over Sunday night/Monday morning (5th/6th May), and for the three days the 120 French sailors are in town, the locals will be pulling out all the stops to make their visitors feel welcome. They can learn to play Croquet, teach us to play Boules, take guided walks around the beautiful estuary, enjoy hog roasts, share sea shanties with the Rum & Shrub Shantymen from Falmouth, and watch the spectacle of 32 Morris dancers dancing on the Town Quay on Wednesday (7th May) evening. The French sailors are also being invited to join the Wednesday night racing aboard the local Fowey River boats and afterwards, share race night supper with the Fowey sailors at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club and the Gallants.
There will be a spectacular start to the return leg of the race on Thursday, 9th May, at 1200. The harbour master will be closing the harbour to all commercial traffic while the 20 yachts cross the in-harbour start line.
Other cultural exchanges are planned between these two Celtic towns.
For more information, contact Ken Wittamore (01726 832094) or Lizzie Morgan (01726 833918). The Royal Fowey Yacht Club (01726 833573 or 832245) is co-ordinating the Fowey end of the race