image of yachts off Brighton readying for the start of the Fecamp Royal Escape Race 2017
yachts off Brighton readying for the start of the Fecamp Royal Escape Race 2017

Disaster was narrowly averted at the start of this year’s Royal Escape when competitors came  close to Brighton’s Palace Pier

image of yacht passes close to pier
yacht passes close to pier

 

Spectators watched in mounting excitement as yachts were caught in stays in the lee of the Palace Pier as the strong flood tide pushed them towards potential disaster moments after the start of the Royal Escape Race 2017.

image of Fecamp Royal Escape Race 2017 yachts jostling before the start
Fecamp Royal Escape Race 2017 yachts jostling before the start

The organisers started the race close the shore leaving the yachts with difficult manoeuvring to round the pier safely in the rising stiff easterly breeze and with the prospect of a long beat to the Greenwich lightship, which lies some 25 miles off Brighton marking the the start of the shipping lanes to Dover Strait.

image of yachts starting Fecamp Royal Escape Race 2017
yachts starting Fecamp Royal Escape Race 2017

This annual race organised Sussex Yacht Club commemorates the journey made by Charles II escaping after the Battle of Worcester in 1651 during the English Civil War, landing in Fecamp, Normandy after the 70 mile crossing.

image of spectator
spectator

The weather was absolutely gorgeous with the strong sunshine adding to the pleasure of the warm weather.

image of crews sitting out at start of Fecamp Royal Escape Race 2017
crews sitting out at start of Fecamp Royal Escape Race 2017

This year the start was delayed until 10 am because of silting at nearby Brighton Marina making for a later crossing than usual.

image of spectator
spectator

On arrival in Fecamp there is plenty to do and see if this charming Normandy port.

image of Fecamp has a lively market on Saturdays
Fecamp has a lively market on Saturdays

And the beach is lovely too…

Back out on the water the sailors are doing there best to arrive as quickly as possible…

image of Boats readying for start of Fecamp Royal Escape Race 2017
Boats readying for start of Fecamp Royal Escape Race 2017

And finally a last image of our spectator back in Brighton after all the yachts have gone..

image of yacht race spectator near Brighton Pier
yacht race spectator near Brighton Pier

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