The Channel Islands’ sailing community is getting ready for the biggest race of the summer. Entry forms for the 2011 Carey Olsen Inter Island Yacht Race are now available and anticipation is building for another great day’s sailing.

The race between the two islands is held annually in June and last year it attracted 96 yachts which competed for 23 awards. The categories include the overall race winner, first bilge keel, first Melges 24, first Beneteau, first quarter tonner, first family boat and first young skipper.

The race course alternates between the islands and this year the race will start at 0800 in St Helier in Jersey and finish in St Peter Port in Guernsey allowing crews time to enjoy St Peter Port before the evening prize-giving and entertainment.

Last year’s race saw Guernsey taking the main honours with the top five overall positions filled by Sarnian yachts. White Rabbit, skippered by Laurie Watson, made the best of difficult conditions to take top spot in a time of four hours and 29 minutes.

Colin Taylor, from St Helier Yacht Club, is taking part in this year’s race: “The Carey Olsen Inter Island Yacht Race is extremely popular for the Channel Islands yachting community who enjoy the opportunity to compete against boats from the other islands and further afield. The race itself is very unpredictable due to the weather, but this just adds to the excitement of the race as anyone can win on the day. The evening of prize-giving and entertainment, which is being held in a marquee at the GYC this year, promises to be a good night as well.”

Alex Ohlsson, managing partner of Carey Olsen in Jersey said: “This is the second year Carey Olsen has sponsored the Inter Island Yacht Race and we’re looking forward to another great turn out of up to 500 sailors taking part. The race, which runs between the two Channel Islands and features competitors from Guernsey, Jersey and the UK works perfectly for Carey Olsen as our business operates across all these locations.”

The Carey Olsen Inter Island Yacht Race starts at 8am on Saturday 18th June in St Helier and finishes in St Peter Port following which prizes will be presented to the winning skippers at the Guernsey Yacht Club.

Entry forms are available from 1 May from Guernsey Yacht Club or St Helier Yacht Club or email: gyc@cwgsy.net or download at www.careyolseninterislandyachtrace.com