Three Peaks yacht race

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The Three Peaks Yacht Race is held each year in June in the United Kingdom since 1977.[1] It is based on an idea of Bill Tilman, who had advocated a Three Peaks Challenge route without using motorised transport. His doctor, Rob Haworth, with colleague Merfyn Jones developed the idea into a race.

Teams of five, comprising three sailors and two runners, set out in yachts from Barmouth on the West Wales coast and sail to Caernarfon in the Menai Straits, where the runners leave the boat and run to the top of Snowdon and back. They then proceed to Whitehaven on the coast of north-west England, where the runners cycle to the foot of Scafell Pike then run to the top and back. Finally they sail to Fort William in Scotland where the runners scale Ben Nevis and return to the yacht.

The first team to complete the race wins the trophy. Achieving a good enough start to gain the help of the Menai Strait tidal current after the Snowdon run can save several hours.

In 2005, ten teams completed the race with times ranging from three days eighteen hours to five days eight hours.


  1. ^ Walker, Colin (31 March 2009). "Three Peaks Race". North West Wales. BBC. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 

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