The 1979 Fastnet Race remains the worst disaster in the history of offshore racing. Exclusive accounts from the race

Life raft

A lesson learned

The official inquiry led to the most the most definitive report into the safety and performance of small craft - changing sailing standards forever...

Stuart Quarrie

Stuart Quarrie’s story

Stuart Quarrie, then 23, was navigator on board the OOD 34 Griffin. Along with Peter Conway and skipper Neil Graham he was one of three instructors from the National Sailing…

Alan Kerr

The story of Alan Ker

Alan Ker, then 23, was skipper of Assent, a Contessa 32 he still owns and sails with his father Willie. He was racing with four friends between 18 and 25,…

See a map of the rescue

See a map of the rescue

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, then at Land's End, bore the brunt of the early stages of the disaster and progressively Nimrod aircraft from Kinloss, helicopters from Culdrose, Chivenor and…

YBW article

Fastnet ’79 Commemoration

In the lead up to this year's sell out Fastnet, the sailing community looks back at the race 30 years ago that changed yachting forever