At 12:00BST today the multihulls, the greyhounds of modern day sailing, crossed the line for the start of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. Last night the slightly slower Eda Frandsen rounded Ard Thurnish having left Mallaig for a week exploring the Small Isles and the Outer Hebrides. The Eda Frandsen no doubts shares more in common with the yachts that must have competed in the first Fastnet race of 1925 but even then she is clearly no whippet of the seas. Instead her natural stability make her an ideal vessel for her new life of providing traditional sailing holidays without a winch in site. The reward for working over 2000 foot of sail by block and tackle? A healthy appetite satisfied by some the best and freshest shell fish you can find. Now that is something that the freeze dried ration fed sailors of the Fastnet would be envious of.
If you are a delicate man.
And of wetting your skin are shy.
I’d have you know, before you go.
You had better not think of Skye.
By Alexander Nicholson
Tenth behind Graham Stewart in 2013, Dirk Zangen knocked the best part of 2 hours 20 minutes of his previous best to win the 2015 Celtman xTri in a time of 11 hours 51 minutes 14 seconds. In so doing he set a new best time for the cycle section and became the male veterans Celtman xTri record holder.
Congratulations to the 87 winners of a 2015 Celtman Blue shirt and the 70 winners of a 2015 Celtman White shirt. A great day’s competition and one I again thoroughly enjoyed photographing. All the images are now available under the Celtman section of Alligin Photography’s website.
A lovely sunny day looking out on to the Sound of Sleat, off Slye’s South East coast. The weekend will once more be spent over at Torridon following one of my favourite events in the sporting calendar. Hopefully the weather will hold for all the competitors. Click on the image for a look back at a remarkable story from last year’s event.