Oxford University Yacht Club (OUYC) members raced Talisman in the IRC2 racing category. Sailing constantly (using shifts to sleep) to finish in a respectable three days, twenty three hours, forty minutes and forty seven seconds. The route took in over 600 nautical miles from the Solent around the southerly point of Cornwall up to the Fastnet Rock (6.5 kilometres south west of Cape Clear Island and 13 kilometres from County Cork on the Irish mainland). Then around the mark and past Cornwall to the finish in Plymouth.
The club would like to congratulate and thank all the crew that worked so hard to qualify the boat for the Fastnet and did a sterling job throughout the race. The crew gelled wonderfully and a special thank you should go to the non-Oxford contingent. Also, to thank all those that didn’t make it onto the crew but helped the boat throughout qualifying, and to our skipper Simon Harwood who so generously approached the club and has given us the opportunity to race and sail throughout the season on Talisman. We hope that this excellent partnership will continue to flourish.
OUYC has taken on a full calendar of events over the 2013 season, leading to the famous Rolex Fastnet Race. The biennial offshore race organised by dates back to 1925 and sees some of the world’s leading crews and sailors participating.
In preparation OUYC has participated in the Sunsail Spring Series, Varsity, BUSA Student Nationals, Course Croisiere EDHEC international student sailing cup and a larger number of the RORC summer offshore season including some of the affliated JOG (Junior Offshore Group) races. For more information and updates on racing please visit OUYC’s website.
The full report of the Fastnet experience for OUYC can be found here.
The crew even had some spare time to take some videos of the trip.
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