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Finishers close in 3 Peaks Challenge.

YACHTING THIS year's Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Yacht challenge was one of the most competitive for years, with all 12 entries arriving at the finish within 20 hours of each other.

All had undertaken one of the greatest amateur challenges in sport, an endurance test of seamanship, mountain running and teamwork.

Competitors set off from Barmouth in rough seas on a journey of 389 miles at sea, 27 miles on bikes and 72 miles of running, taking in the three highest summits of Wales, England and Scotland, a total of 14,500 feet of climbing.

Racing in teams of five (usually three crew and two mountain runners) the first port of call was Caernarfon, where the runners undertook a 24-mile circuit, crossing the summit of Snowdon.

They were racing against each other and against the tide, trying to get back to their boats in time to make the dangerous of the Menai Strait.

Those who didn't fell many hours behind the leaders, including the team of Navy Cadets in the boat "Thor" who ran aground on sand bars off Anglesey. They refloated and finished the race in seventh.

The next stop was Whitehaven, where teams cycled to Ennerdale, ran across Black Sail Pass, then up Scafell Pike, and all the way back. At this stage the leaders, a Reflex 38 named "Kugel Motion" had a lead of 12 hours.

The race then headed to the Inner Hebridean islands to Fort William and Ben Nevis.

All the teams arrived at the end of the Caledonian Canal within 20 hours of each other, and the leading six teams had runners on Ben Nevis at the same time.

First back were the runners from Kugel Motion (Stuart Brameld and Alasdair Fraser), who had just held onto their lead to win the 35th running of the event. Their winning time was four days 12 hours and 46 minutes.

Full details of the race can be found at www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2012
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