Skipper praises St Helena crew’s ‘brilliant achievement’

Hedge Shuter has praised Saint contractors who installed "world class" moorings in time for the arrival of the Governor's Cup race fleet. Picture by Mark Stevenson

Hedge Shuter has praised Saint contractors who installed “world class” moorings in time for the arrival of the Governor’s Cup race fleet. Picture by Mark Stevenson

St Helena’s crew in the Governor’s Cup yacht race has been praised by skipper Chris “Hedge” Shuter after a 15-day voyage from Simon’s Town in South Africa.

He described it as “a brilliant achievement by a novice crew”.

Four boats carried officials and wellwishers out to Banks Battery to escort Sandy Francis, Ross Towers, James McCabe and Kathryn Jackson for the final approach to James Bay.

Their yacht, Patches, crossed the finish line as light was fading, claiming fourth place on handicap in the racing monohull class.

A cheer went up from 70 people at the landing steps when Hedge and his crew stepped ashore.

In an interview with the St Helena Broadcasting (Guarantee) Corporation, Sandy’s mother, Valerie, described how she cried with worry nearly every day while she was at sea, “but when I saw her today out there on the boat, I felt so proud.”

Sandy told reporter Sharon Henry it had been a “wonderful” experience, with “one or two scary moments”. And she said Hedge had been a wonderful skipper.

  • Hedge has also praised Graham Sim, Keith Yon and Craig Yon for their work laying new yacht moorings below Ladder Hill Fort in time for the arrival of the Governor’s Cup fleet. He said: “St Helena now has world class yacht moorings, something which is great news for the yachting world, and the island can be rightly proud of this achievement.”

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LINK: SHBC report and pictures on the arrival of the St Helena crew aboard Patches

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