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    the yacht was blown over and as more yachts came in there were similar stories told by the crews Caol Ila too had their Spinnaker ripped in two by a 42 knot gust of wind and the skipper Trevor Bassett had to go up the mast in a bosun s chair to free a halyard Despite this they came into the marina in 4th place not far behind Stormcruiser another contender for the Tilman Trophy Still with all her sails intact and with a very happy crew Team KAAT had raced hard to get into Whitehaven with the tide and they just squeezed through in time Skipper Nick Hoad said they d had another good dayés sailing but crew man Mark Waterhouse described it as exhilarating frightening and back breaking After losing 8 places when they ran aground approaching Caernarfon yesterday they were pleased to be back in contention in the race And ités a close race with 6 teams in a chasing fleet behind the two Reflex 38 s Times into Whitehaven ä Sunday P M Hannah ä 13 04 Lightning Reflex ä 13 04 Stormcruiser ä 19 10 Caol Ila ä 19 25 Greased Lightning ä 20 26

    Original URL path: http://www.bluedome.co.uk/threepeaks2002/white3.html (2016-02-10)
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    to wait until there was enough depth in the gate for their 2 3m draught to get through so it wasnét until 13 04 they could get in and complete the leg Speaking to Geoff West the skipper of Lightning Reflex after their arrival it was clear they d had an exciting time We got away quickly through the Menai Strait he said thanks to the local knowledge of these two He was nodding towards his crew Ken Fitzpatrick who is local harbour master and Dave Jones a sailing instructor who works on the strait They just directed me through in the dark from memory I d never have believed we d go through so fast Then we lost time opting out and not putting the spinnaker up round Puffin Island so the Marines caught us up Once we saw their spinnaker ours went up and we were in sight of each other almost all the way then We lost our spinnaker later when we broached its in a ragged pile in a bag somewhere We re having a competition to see who can get the most speed out of the boat I m winning so far with 17 9

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    by bike as others leave Everything is controlled by the sea lock and teams are trying to time things to their advantage with a lot of style Ennerdale water makes a handsome backdrop for the runners from KAAT The runners from Assent make good time back to pick up their bikes Phew And then onto the bikes for the fifteen mile return ride to Whitehaven harbour The marshalls checkpoint looks

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    lock and teams are trying to time things to their advantage Don t worry I m right behind you A thumbs up from the Chic nic team heading for black Sail and the change over to running First time on

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    had had enough of night fell running on Snowdon Chic Nic came in later in the morning very shaken up after suffering badly with seasickness so they took time out to recover a bit and take a shower before their runners headed for the mountain They set the slowest time on Snowdon but seem happy to take things at their own pace On the bike ride to Ennerdale Graham Ascott stopped for a rest and said I ve not been on a bike for 25 years They are now bringing up the rear of the race as both the yachts left behind have now retired with neither reaching Caernarfon ESOX was reported as being towed off Caernarfon Bar and Artful Dodger has retired though we don t know if they ever left the marina at Pwllheli At the front end of the race the lead won by Lightning Reflex was extended when Hannah left to give chase only to come back in again half an hour later With no sail up at all they were still moving at 4 knots and it s a measure of how tough the conditions were that one of the biggest yachts in the race came back in again So on Monday morning only one yacht was at sea and the rest were in port most of them with their runners out on the Scafell Pike Jonathan Blanchard and Philip Pascoe picked up their bikes and commented on the conditions on their way back It was so hard to find your way in the dark the trail runs over rocks and is marked by cairns but in the dark you couldn t tell rocks from cairns and we keep losing the path The runners from Assent had the advantage of arriving at Scafell Pike after

    Original URL path: http://www.bluedome.co.uk/threepeaks2002/scafellreport.html (2016-02-10)
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    her two runners Adrian Bailey and Aled Rees to Ben Nevis Wild weather conditions and fantastic sailing have given us one of the fastest races for years Lightning passes the Corran Lighthouse With amazing timing Geoff arrives just as a wild rain storm hits the jetty The white spots on the images are lumps of rain although we would not be surprised to see a blizzard Kit check before the

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    sail locker there was a jumble of tangled and torn sails I ve been out in a Force 10 before West said but that s the first time I ve chosen to go out in one When we went through the lock gate at Whitehaven we knew we were committed as there wasn t enough water on the falling tide for us to get back in I thought about not going but we were running before the wind At the worst the waves were 20 feet and we were surfing down them faster than the wind that s when the boom broke My first thought was how do we get out of this but we coped and managed to rig the main Ken took the helm in the really rough seas he s had trans Atlantic experience and was brilliant I left him to it and took over when he got tired and the winds dropped He was on the Trimaran that set the fastest time ever in this race and we were comparing our times we weren t far off either No one has been seasick at all so the boys are in good shape for the run and it looks like they are going to win the King of the Mountains title too so we ll have won all but the second sailing leg He was talking before Bailey and Rees returned but outside the weather was still appalling so their last run wasn t a formality Climbing Ben Nevis in a howling gale at night can never be taken for granted No one was going to sleep until they were back safely and the race won and just after 02 30 news came through they were down and on their way back to the lock basin The

    Original URL path: http://www.bluedome.co.uk/threepeaks2002/lightning2.html (2016-02-10)
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    could be at Corpach soon The weather is vile It changes from spring to winter in an instant and the wind is gale force It is hard to believe that we are almost at midsummers day On the last leg of the race Caol Ila s skipper is running and the team hope to capture the coveted Tilman Trphy Caol Ila arrive knowing that the marines and Stormcruiser are not

    Original URL path: http://www.bluedome.co.uk/threepeaks2002/caolreport.html (2016-02-10)
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