, 2022-10-26 00:16:02,
Sam Griffiths and his team of pupils take part in the gruelling 2022 Three Peaks Yacht Race, sailing to the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland
The whole of Barmouth was out, the band was playing, even the sun was making an appearance; the 44th Three Peaks Yacht Race was about to begin, writes Sam Griffiths
And this year it was extra special: two school teams, Shrewsbury and Sedbergh were entering for the first time.
With six pupils each, two adult sailors and an adult runner or two, we would enter the Challenge Class which allows engines.
While this would help them at times of no wind and an adverse tide, the jury was still out as to just how long it would take such youngsters to cover the gruelling land legs.
A fresh westerly breeze had picked up as the yachts vied for position across the start line before the teams were released across Cardigan Bay; the five-day-plus adventure had started in earnest!
Surrounded by stunning views, we were even able to see the grandeur of Snowdon far to the north, the summit of which was our goal in the morning.
For now, though, we had to inch past the great tidal headland that is the Llŷn Peninsula.
Yachts come in close here, hoping for a back eddy to propel them around the corner before they can be somewhat released north-east towards Anglesey.
The light was now fading but we had a fast point of sail for Simon Ridley’s…
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