The yachts will be in Queen Anne’s Battery Marina from 31 May.
The RWYC has been kindly given the use of The Island Trust’s yacht PEGASUS, a 72ft Gaff Pilot Cutter, as the Start Boat and the race will be started by Father Sam Philpott MBE. Fr Sam has been at the forefront of pioneering projects in Plymouth including the Ship Homeless Hostel, Plymouth Mediation and The Millfields Economic Development Trust of which he is Chairman.
It will be the fourteenth running of the legendary four yearly yacht race which was established in 1966 by the Cockershell hero Major Blondie Hasler. The race comprises five legs with four 48hr ‘Stop Overs’ at Kinsale, Castlebay (Barra), Lerwick and Lowestoft.
It is approximately 2000 miles sailed clockwise around the British Isles and Ireland leaving all islands and rocks to starboard. The legs are relatively short stages of three or four days.
Currently the race record stands at 15 days and seven hours but sailors should allow about twenty three days to complete the event, including the four 48 hour stopovers. Previous winners include Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, Chay Blyth, Rob James, Tony Bullimore and Steve Fossett.