The PowerBar Three Peaks Yacht Race

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The Last In

Rob Howard / 27.06.2009See All Event Posts Follow Event
On an overcast Saturday morning there is only one yacht still at sea racing in the 2009 PowerBar 3 Peaks Yacht Race. Driac are now in Loch Linnhe and approaching the finish line – they can see Fort William and Ben Nevis, and will now surely make it into Corpach before the race cut-off at 6pm tonight. Once they arrive they plan for 4 of the team to go up Ben Nevis to finish the race in style!

Since they crossed the start line Driac have been at the back of the race, but they have steadfastly kept going and will be rewarded with their finish medals later today. They will also win The Last Inn Cup, sponsored by the pub of that name in Barmouth.

Earlier this morning Maracuja came in to complete their sail, making it to Fort William after many adventures and sailing into the pontoon as they have no engine. They too decided to finish in style and 4 of the team made the ascent of Ben Nevis to complete the race.

Just before midnight the runners from The Last Inn Team (yes, the same pub as sponsors again) came down off Ben Nevis to complete their race. When they arrived last night they had a pleasant surprise ... they’d won the cup for the fastest sailing leg from Whitehaven to Fort William. The tired crew of Dave Bird, Dennis Howell and Anthony Schorah were ecstatic to hear they\'d won, but a bit more concerned for runner Keith Harries. When he came back down Ben Nevis with Simon Perry he had a badly sprained ankle and had to visit hospital, but at least the ice for the champagne came in useful!

There are dozens of trophies in this race and it will take a while to work out who has won what, but one was decided Friday morning in the lock basin. The is a trophy for ‘The Best Dressed’ yacht was won by Stormer who flew Scottish, English and Welsh flags and had bunches of daffodils, roses and thistles as decorations. The Scottish Waterways Board, who operated the marina, presented them with a magnificent silver bowl as a prize.

Another trophy for which we have the results is the handicap competition, which was won by Kithross II, ahead of Team GOSH and Whisky Galore, and we know the winners of the first two sailing legs were Ulula and ROC. Once the full list of trophies is completed we will publish it, and once the teams have recovered we hope to publish some of their stories and accounts in the coming days.

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