Fastnet Campaign to Raise £10,000 for Sail 4 Cancer First Qualifier to Le Havre
After months of careful preparation Draig O'r Mor finally hit the Royal Yacht Squadron start line at 0800 last Saturday to enter the RORC Cowes to Le Havre race. This was the first of her qualifying races where her crew must show they are capable of handling the yacht through every possible extreme of the elements over a minimum of 300 miles in RORC races.
The Race Officials carefully planned the Le Havre race so most of Saturday was spent beating against the tide right round the Isle of Wight until a final UK departure mark at Nab Tower on the East of the Island was reached. From here it was a close reach across channel through the night to the finish line outside Le Havre early Sunday Morning. Draig O'r Mor completed this 125 mile race with a crew of 5 who had never sailed together before and were pleased to be ranked 15 in class out of 39 entries.
With a forecast of strong winds and thunderstorms on Monday, Draig sailed through the finish line & immediately sailed back to Weymouth during Sunday. “We arrived in Weymouth Bay just as the fireworks on the seafront appeared to herald our return. We had sailed 242 miles non stop over 38 hours and it was a real buzz to receive such a homecoming. We were pleased with our first result with a new crew. We did not disgrace ourselves, valuable strategies were learned and we still beat some serious competition. By the end of the race we were really working as a team and with full complement of 8 next time we hope to do even better.” So inspired, the team are entering an extra qualifying race in two weeks time - The De Guingand Bowl which is a race around marks in the channel over 24-36 hours.
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