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AFLOAT: Broadmayne teenager enjoys Fastnet success
4:51pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
BROADMAYNE teenager Henry Sheppard is celebrating after achieving top results in the gruelling Fastnet Race.
The former Thomas Hardye student was part of the 12-man crew on the Ker 40 yacht Magnum III, which won the IRC 1 class, finished sixth overall and claimed the crown of top British boat.
A record breaking-sized fleet of 337 boats set sail from the Solent at the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race on August 11 and raced non-stop to Plymouth, via the Eddystone Rock.
It was 18-year-old Sheppard’s second time competing in the bi-annual race and a far more serious affair than his first attempt two years ago when he finished around 69th crewing on a different boat.
This time Sheppard was delighted to be picked by skipper Andrew Pearce, from Poole, to join his Magnum III Fastnet crew. And their hard work to paid of as they finished in three days, six hours and a few minutes.
Sheppard said: “We were one of the youngest crews competing with more than 50 per cent of us under 25 and a lot of the guys from the Keelboat Academy.
“Being such a young crew made doing so well even better. Everyone was very motivated.
“We expected to do well because of all our training but it was fantastic and a little embarrassing that we were the top British boat, even being in the top 10 was an achievement.”
In addition to the sailing, the Magnum III crew was among six teams chosen to do media work.
Sheppard said: “We were given several thousands of pounds worth of satellite kit and we did video uplinks and radio interviews. It was really bizarre being able to talk to people when we were so far away from land.”
Gap-year student Sheppard, who is now applying for medical school, said weather-wise it was “a fairly chilled race”’’ with 15 to 20 knots of wind and just one night of heavy rain.
The Fastnet sailors saw so many dolphins that Sheppard added: “It was more of not seeing dolphins at some points in the race, they were always with us, and we saw basking sharks too.”
Sheppard said tiredness was one of the most gruelling factors of the race and it was a “pretty full-on three days”.
The Magnum III crew arrived back in time to see the spectacular Fireworks Champion-ships held to coincide with the Fastnet Race, then they went to an all-you-can-eat buffet to make up for all the lost calories.
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