2014 Third Time Lucky?
The Round Britain and Ireland Race.
It’s that time of year again to ask the question, “What races shall we do this year?” there are a few options for the long distance, off shore, two handed racing fraternity, The Yachting Monthly Triangle race, The Bergen, Shetland, Bergen Race, both races we have done well in, in the past, but for us, just like the four yearly Olympic cycle, it’s time, once again for the Round Britain and Ireland Race, a race which is aptly described as not for the faint hearted!
The race offers one of the most challenging races for both professional and armature crews alike, starting in Plymouth, onto Kinsale in Ireland, past the focus of our last race in 2013, the Fastnet Rock, up the west coast of Ireland and across to the Outer Hebrides and to Barra and Castle Bay, around Saint Kilda, the Flannan Isles and Sula Sgeir, then right around the top, the most Northerly part of the British Isles, Muckle Flugga and to Lerwick, down the North Sea, dodging the oil rigs and ever increasing amount of wind farms and to Lowestoft before the final leg, through some of the busiest shipping lanes in the World and back to Plymouth, with only one rule, all rocks and land above chart datum, left to starboard.
This was our first major two handed race back in 2006, which nearly ended in disaster, but we still came back for more in 2010 and now once again in 2014, we relish not only the challenge that this race presents but the everlasting friendships and camaraderie of this close knit community. When you have finished, you will have completed around 2250 miles of hard racing, experienced the hardship and satisfaction that the race offers, the spectacular scenery and delights of the wild life all around the British Isles.