The PowerBar Three Peaks Yacht Race

  • UK (GBR)

Who Won What?

Rob Howard / 02.07.2008See All Event Posts Follow Event
The PowerBar Three Peaks Yacht Race has far more trophies then entries, so much so it’s unusual for anyone not to win something. There are first second and third overall and in the Tilman Trophy, slowest runners and last boat in, best runners on each mountain and overall, best fundraisers, Scottish and Welsh boats, first under 35 foot, best dressed in Corpach … and many more.

Most of these will be awarded or calculated after the race, but provisionally the main categories are now decided.

JourneyMaker 5 won the Daily Telegraph Cup as winners, with EADS Innovation Works second and Hazard Chase third and also winners of the Tilman Trophy. Their co-skipper, Andy Eggett, was racing for the first time and said it was an “interesting and full-on experience�. He added, “I think I had it easy to be honest, there can’t be many times you race 400 miles and don’t need to tack once! You do still need to be alert all the time and having the trackers keep the pressure on as you know where the other yachts are!�

The winners of the King of the Mountains competition (the Damart Cup) were Martin Beale and Andy Rankin off EADS Innovation Works, with a total time of 14 hours 30 minutes. They were quickest on all 3 peaks as well (3 more trophies), which may be some compensation for losing out in the overall race by a few minutes. The slowest combined running time wins the Kamminga Clogs (presented by a Dutch team who raced some years ago), and unless Sanoodi arrive and pip them, this will be won by Ben Cope and Henry Donnelly from White Cloud.

There are prizes for the combined sail/run on each stage too and for the fastest sail on each stage too, and the most outstanding performance here was by RBS Adventure Quest who set a new record of 25 hours 55 minutes for the sail and 30 hours 13 minutes for the combined sail/run. A more recently introduced competition is based on the sailing times adjusted by the IRC Handicap and was won by White Cloud.

Only one trophy is awarded at Corpach at the end of the race, and this is for the ‘Best Dressed Boat’. With their flags and pennants flying in the magnificent setting of the Corpach Basin the 3 Peaks Fleet looks impressive and this year the judge was the sea lock keeper, Mairearaid MacDonell who chose ‘Seahorse Sailing Club\'. She presented them with the handsome Quaich (a Scottish drinking cup) on behalf of the Scottish Water Board, much to their delight.

The remaining trophies, including those for best fundraiser, Welsh and Scottish yachts, oldest runners and one for outstanding performance voted for by the skippers, are all given at the annual prize giving dinner in November. This is a formal dinner/dance and a chance for everyone to get together again, but tonight is the after-race party when the crews sail out onto Loch Linnhe again, on the local cruiser Souters Lass.

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