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3 Peaks Yacht Race

The South West 3 "Peaks" Yacht Race (#sw3pyr) - 15th/16th/17th JUNE 2018

The date is set for 2018. 


Congratulations to all the teams that competed in the 2017 event. 

The fifth running of the South West 3 Peaks Race was it’s most challenging yet.  The wind over the 9th and 10th June was forecast F 5/6 occasionally F7 and with two roundings of the Lizard both with wind against tide this was always going to be a tough race.

The race started in bright sunshine in St Mawes at 10:00, the first leg being a 5 mile circular run to St Just for 2 members of each crew, before rowing out to their yachts and setting sail for Newlyn.

The yachts had to beat of St Mawes Bay and down to the Lizard before they could bear away and set a course for Newlyn.  The first 2 yachts to leave were Teams Gotta Good Feeling and Hoofing Run Ashore (see 1st pic attached)

The first 4 teams arrived into Newlyn with 20 minutes of each other with Gotta Good Feeling leading the way. Just over 3 hours later after a 20 mile cycle and 13 mile coastal run at about 20:00 the 3 leading yachts departed Newlyn, the wind was blowing F3/4 and allowed them to set a direct course for the Lizard, later that night the wind picked up and all teams experienced some very rough and blustery conditions.

Gotta Good Feeling were 1st into Polruan, at 04:30 and away on their bikes for the trip up to Brown Willy.  Not far behind were Team Peaky Blinders and Hoofing Run Ashore and By Land, By Luck.  At this point the 2 slower teams after arriving retired from the race.

Conditions on Bodmin Moor were wet, windy and very poor visibility and although 3 teams successfully found their way to the top of Brown Willy and safely back to their bikes at Jamaica Inn, Team Peaky Blinders got lost in the fog and after being rescued by their support crew had to retire.

This left 3 teams still in the race and they all raced off down to Plymouth and landed their 2 team members for the last leg to Meldon Reservoir and up to Yes Tor.  All 3 teams and a chance of winning.

The final results on corrected time were (all within 30 minutes of each other):

1 ) Hoofing Run Ashore in a S&S30, a Royal Marines team from Lympstone

2) By Land, By Luck  in a Nicholson 345, a RNSA, Royal Marines and Army combined team

3) Gotta Good Feeling, in a Feeling 1090, a team from Plymouth based at the Yacht Haven Marina.








This weekend Adventure Race is for teams of sailors and cyclists/runners, teams usually consist of 6 members, of whom 2 might be just sailors and the other 4 cyclists/runners who split the land challenges between them.  An entry form can be downloaded from the Entry Page

Sail St Mawes to Newlyn to Fowey to Plymouth



2 crew members must run a 5 mile loop from St Mawes to St Just before rowing out to their boats.
2 crew members cycle from here to Porthcurno, where they leave their bikes in a "Bike Park" before running along the coastal path to Lands End (the first "Peak"). They then run back to their bikes and then cycle back to their yacht.
(18.5 mile cycle, 13 mile run) Cycle Route
2 crew members cycle from here to Bolventor (nr Jamaica Inn), where they leave their bikes in a "Bike Park" and run to the top of Brown Willy (the 2nd Peak and Cornwall's highest point). They then run back to their bikes and then cycle back to their yacht.
(47 mile cycle, 7.7 mile run) Cycle Route
SAIL - FOWEY to PLYMOUTH - Queen Annes Battery 
2 crew members cycle from here on the coast to coast cycle route to Meldon Reservoir (nr Okehampton) then leave their bikes in a "Bike Park" and run to the top of Yes Tor (the 3rd Peak and Devon's highest point). They then run back to their bikes and cycle back to finish at Queen Annes Battery in Plymouth.
(75 mile cycle and 4 mile run) - Cycle route follows the Sustrans route 27 coast to coast (much of it traffic free) to Tavistock, then continue on the A386 to Meldon reservoir nr Okehampton.  See Cycle Route
SAIL - PLMOUTH to EDDYSTONE LIGHTHOUSE and back to PLYMOUTH (this leg starts as soon as the 2 cyclists have been dropped off) - (This Leg sponsored by Tarquins Gin with a bottle of Gin for the winner)

The basic rules are that each boat shall have 4, 5 or 6 crew members (we recommend 6) who should be on the boat at all times while sailing (Except in final Leg from Plymouth to Eddystone and back)
Each of the 3 "Peaks" must be reached by any 2 of the crew members, who must stay together at all times.
Bikes can either be carried by the yachts or moved by support crew. Yachts must be between 26 and 50 foot in length.  Support crew will be responsible for looking after bikes while competitors are doing the running legs.
There will be marshalls on the shore at each of the stops, cyclists will have a compulsory 5 minute kit check before setting off on each leg.

It is expected that given reasonable wind conditions the fastest crew will finish at about midnight on Saturday
Time Limit 18:00 on Sunday.

Questions and Answer Page

Entry will cost £300 per yacht for entries received before 31st March (£350 subsequently).  Crews to consist of between 4 and 6 members.  
If you are a cyclist/runner but with no boat, or a sailor who has no cyclists/runners then get in touch and I will try and put interested parties together.
For more information email

If you are a volunteer crew looking for yacht or a skipper looking for crew, email me with your details and I will post them on our "Crew matching Page"

( If you wish to charter a yacht locally try

2016 Race Report

A fantastic Race weekend saw Musk Ox (an X362 Sport) from Saltash successfully defend their title.  All teams finished within a 5 hour window on Saturday night.  Two new land course Records were set by Hoofing Run Ashore (Royal Marines from Lympstone in their Aqua 30) who were an excellent second overall.  The Beneteau First 36.7 of the Team Usual Suspects (from Falmouth) was excellently sailed and pushed Musk Ox close in all the sailing Legs to come third overall.

Race Report by Gill Duncan of Team Hoofing Run Ashore

Race Report by Simon Lovesey of SailRacer

For full results download the excel spreadsheet from the bottom of the page.

Pictures of previous years' event are on our facebook page and in our gallery and on flickr.