The Magellan Three Peaks Yacht Race started from Barmouth this afternoon with the Spirit of Barmouth taking an initial lead
The Magellan Three Peaks Yacht Race started from Barmouth this afternoon with the Spirit of Barmouth, skippered by last year’s winner Geoff West, just edging ahead of Hellefix, in what promises to be a closely fought challenge.
Spirit of Barmouth, from the south coast and Hellefix, an international entry from the Netherlands, are both strong contenders to win this year’s race. Another favourite is Ryde Harriers YC who are hot on the tail of the leaders.
There are 15 yachts taking part in the 2003 Race which involves sailing 389 nautical miles, cycling 30 miles and walking or running another 59 miles which include climbing the highest points in Wales, England and Scotland. The race is likely to take at least five days depending on weather conditions.
The difficulties of the course will be eased by the Magellan® SporTrak® Color handheld GPS (Global Positioning System) which each team will be given so that they can pinpoint their position accurately whether at sea or on land. The handheld device also helps to track weather changes, which will prove invaluable for sailors and climbers.