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

Life raft

The official inquiry led to the most the most definitive report into the safety and…

Stuart Quarrie

Stuart Quarrie, then 23, was navigator on board the OOD 34 Griffin. Along with Peter…

Alan Kerr

Alan Ker, then 23, was skipper of Assent, a Contessa 32 he still owns and…

See a map of the rescue

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, then at Land's End, bore the brunt of the early…