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AFLOAT: Weymouth yacht claims third spot
4:48pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
WEYMOUTH yacht Draig o’r Mor achieved third place in the IRC 4B class in this year’s Fastnet Race, writes Kay Stibbs.
The 606-mile endurance race took place in varying conditions.
It was comfortable between the South Coast and Cowes, light winds around Lands End and a grim upwind and rain towards Ireland.
Conditions made for exciting racing to south of the Isles of Scilly and a balmy downwind finish in Plymouth Sound.
Throughout the race – which took four days, five hours, 17 minutes, and 55 seconds – spirits were high, jokes prevailed and gritted determination to constantly trim sails proved a winning formula.
With stiff competition from professional international sailors we were delighted with our result.
Highlights included being acco-mpanied in the Celtic Sea by dolphins, with the phosphorescent blue light at night guiding our way as they skipped and dived in our bow wave.
Some of the lucky crew on watch saw a leatherback turtle and Draig never faltered with minimum breakages.
This year’s Weymouth-based team were skippers Kay and Kevin Stibbs with Mickey Carter, Richard Veale and Robert Horton.
Albert de Heer from Holland joined us for a second time and after Helen Middleton Stewart – who had done 2011 Fastnet and Myth of Malham 2013 – had to pull out, her daughter Nix stepped in to complete her first Fastnet race.
The team have raised £306.25 for Sail 4 Cancer. Donations can still be made at sail4cancer.org/draig-fastnet-2013.
Despite being resolute that this would be the last Fastnet on Draig, flushed with our success, several of the crew are keen to do another.
We will review the team in 18 months and there just might be one more Fastnet left in us.
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