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Wednesday, 5 August 2009


For those of you bemoaning a couple of days of inclement weather and recounting how summers were much better 'when I were a lad', think back to this day thirty summers ago...
The 1979 Fastnet race was the twenty-eighth competition held since 1925, generally every two years. In 1979, it was the climax of the five-race Admiral's Cup competition, as it had been since 1957.
. Storms during the race wreaked havoc on over 306 yachts taking part in the biennial race, resulting in 15 fatalities. Emergency services and civilian vessels from around the west side of the English Channel were summoned to aid what was the largest rescue operation in peace-time. Those involved included naval ships, lifeboats, commercial boats, and helicopters.
Today's forecast...better than 30 years ago!

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