Battling against peaks and seas

PUBLISHED: 16:01 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:15 10 June 2010

TWO TOPSHAM teams from the sailing club have entered this year's Three Peaks Yacht Race. The race combines yachting and mountain running - plus a bit of cycling - and is billed as one of the greatest adventure challenges in British sport. Teams comprise

TWO TOPSHAM teams from the sailing club have entered this year's Three Peaks Yacht Race.The race combines yachting and mountain running - plus a bit of cycling - and is billed as one of the greatest adventure challenges in British sport. Teams comprise three sailors and two runners, and their aim is to sail from Barmouth on the Welsh coast to Fort William in Scotland, via Caernarfon and Whitehaven, climbing to the summits of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis on the way. (The athletes cycle from Whitehaven into Ennerdale and run up and down Scafell Pike from there.)The Royal Bank of Scotland's Adventure Quest Team, sailing North Star and Kithros11 started the race last Friday.Skipper Neal Ricketts, leading the North Star, has taken part in the race for seven years and is raising money for ShelterBox, the Rotary Club charity that sends emergency aid boxes to areas around the world that have been subject to disasters. His team is Will Turner, Steve James, Martyn Grant and Chris Flack.Skipper Bill Rickets, leading the Kithros11, will raise money for Sue Ryder Care providing hospice care for people suffering from cancer.His team is Kate Hattersley, Peter Vale, Colin Ricketts and Anton Lawrence.In total this is 389 miles of difficult coastal sailing, 18 miles of cycling and 72 miles of running, with 14,000 feet of ascent to reach the highest points in Wales, England and Scotland.The race is open to monohull yachts only and engine power can only be used close to port, but yachts can be rowed, or even pulled along by crew members on the shore. There are no handicaps or adjustments, it's a straight race and the first team to get their runners back to their yacht in Fort William, having completed all the mountains, wins the coveted Daily Telegraph Cup.

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