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Guernsey Season Opener

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The 2017 Stanley Gibbons Race Series gets underway this weekend with 11 entrants participating in the Havelet Lowerheads course.

In Class 3, 5 entrants are taking to the water, all of which will be competing in the World Championships in September.
Paul Etasse is paired with stand in navigator Pierre Petit for Event 1 in A-6 Slayer.

This team are hoping to secure more podium finishes and they are using the GPA series to gain valuable practice ready for the Worlds.

John Richardson and Nathan Ward will be competing in A-48, their new rig Easy Emily 2. They have been working tirelessly over the winter to ensure the boat is race ready.

The third 3A boat is A-92 The Governor, driven by Gareth Keast paired with Quentin Petit. This is the first Event these two
have teamed up together. After many hours testing props and different set ups they are hoping to carry on the winning streak
they were on last season.

B-88 Dirty Deeds crewed by Driver Mark Terry and Navigator Sue Cosgrave are entering into their second year of racing together.

They are possibly the most tested team this year after putting in alot of time working on preperation and set up of their rig.

Chris Bates and Navigator Jon Le Page are the fifth and final entrant for class 3 in B-22 Bad Influence. This team have done a
complete strip and re-build of their rig over the winter. They are also entering their second year of racing together.
The newbies to the class, this pair are showing great improvement and consistency.

In Z Class three teams will battle it out.

2016 Class winners Patrick and Phil Dewe in Z-27 Dewpacabra will be hoping to beat the girls in class to secure the top of the
podium spot and defend their title from last year. They are hoping the new Mercury engine will help them out.

Z-121 Me Too! has a new team mate for this season. Hollie Woodhouse, Driver, is now paired with new Navigator Rachel Le Page.

This all girl team are hoping to give the boys a good race in the first event after having some practice in the little russel.

Another team doing it for the girls are Katie Sauvarin and stand in Navigator Kirsty Savident in Z-38 Money Monster.
Z-38 has had a complete re-fit and re-spray over the winter which has ended with a last minute rush and late nights to ensure
they are ready for this event.

Club Class 1 and 2 are now combined in the GPA series to allow crews in these classes to race againist more boats.
The yellow Catamaran that is Jubbly, driven by Hugh Donnelly and navigator Matt Kershaw are the first entrants in this class.
They have been out testing as much as possible and have impressed many with the skill shown in driving the cat.

Jersey entrant Andrew Marshman will be bringing his Phantom – 2-909 Warpath – over to compete with stand in navigator Scott
Walker. This is the first event for this pair after having only bought the hull from Guernsey late last year.

Newcomers to the sport, James Roussel and Franky Brouard will compete in 1-116 The Flying Dutchman.
James has spent many hours getting the boat ready to race and testing to ensure he is at the top of his game to compete
with the others in his class.

Parade laps for this weekends racing are 9.15am Saturday and 9.45am Sunday. The best places to view the races are Havelet wall/ Castle Emplacement/Castle Pier/Cows Horn. Boats can be viewed at the castle emplacement before and after the races.

Photo: Martin Gray / guernseysportphotography.com

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