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Rolex Fastnet Race – Skipper Blog, the Finish!

The Challenger 3 team has finished the Rolex Fastnet race, we hear from Skipper Ricky on-board…

Rolex Fastnet Race – Skipper Blog, Day 1

As the Rolex Fastnet race kicks off, we hear from Skipper Ricky on-board Challenger 3 – Day 1 blog,

Rolex Fastnet Race Passage Plan – Challenger 3

Challenger 3 Skipper Ricky, looks ahead to the passage plan for the Rolex Fastnet race.

Fastnet Training part 2 – update from Skipper

Challenger 3 finish off their 5 days of Fastnet Training. Challenger 3 has arrived in GWQ and is alongside ahead of Challenger 1. An extremely enjoyable and instructive training sail. We didn’t get to fly the kite again as I deemed the wind a bit strong (18 knots under Polled out Headsail) and I am Read more

The Rolex Fastnet 2023 training kicks off for Challenger 3

Rolex Fastnet 2023 – let the fun begin! We are entering 3 yachts into the Rolex Fastnet 2023, the 50th edition of this iconic race.  A Laurent Giles 44, and Farr 40 and a Challenger 72. The 2023 Fastnet Crew for the Challenger 72, Challenger 3, joined the boat on Saturday for  5 days of Read more

Fastnet 2021 – Day 6

The finish was in sight, excitement and energy rose within all of us, we were here, we had made it, we were all awesome, I felt quite emotional, so happy and proud of all of us. We sailed on between the two magnificent Napoleonic forts perched high either side of Cherbourg harbour entrance, our finish line between a red tower perched on the port fort and a black flag set high on the starboard fort.

Fastnet 2021 – Day 5

Challenger 1  – Daily Diary It was 7pm and back on watch. The current crew had enjoyed a lovely afternoon bathed in sunshine, oilies had come off, even Ray put his shorts on, suncream, sun hats and sunglasses were the order of the day and everyone was happy. We swapped watches with Bex one of Read more

Fastnet 2021 – Day 4

The Fastnet rock is just awe inspiringly brilliant, emotive as it was the last rock of their homeland that thousands of Irish emigrants saw on their journey to America, but we loved its granite drama, it felt quite touching that we were finally here right beside her, heard so much about her and here she was, our goal all along, we took so many pictures. It was just terrific.

Fastnet 2021 – Day 3

Heading out away from the Scilly isles the vast expanse of the Celtic sea lay ahead of us with its Atlantic swell of rolling waves, it felt different, a vast sea, no longer near land, we headed west.