This adventure race is for teams of Sailors and Fell Runners (both adult and teenage) and is held annually on and around the most beautiful parts of the West Coast of Bonny Scotland.
The Race starts in Oban with a short hill run, then a sail to Salen on Mull, run over Ben More, sail to Craighouse on Jura, run the Paps, sail to Arran, run Goat Fell, then sail to Troon. The Race takes 3 to 4 Days and caters for Multihulls, Racers and Cruisers. The sailing course of 160 nautical miles includes the strong tides and overfalls of the Corryvreckan and the Mull of Kintyre whilst the runners cover 60 miles and 11,500 ft of climbing.
Each team consists of 5 (usually 2 runners and 3 sailors), there is also an allrounders class for sailors that can run or runners that can sail, and a class for young people (with the assistance of a few adults).
The race has several objectives: one is to encourage sailors to appreciate fell running, for runners to appreciate sailing and for both to enjoy what must be some of the best sailing and hill running in the world; another is to help to build the self confidence of the youngsters sailing in the Youth Teams; yet another is to raise funds for various good causes; but the main objective is to provide a challenging experience to sailors and runners who may be too busy to devote weeks to sailing the Atlantic or trekking in Tibet but who still relish overcoming a challenge which is well beyond those normally encountered in our modern well insulated lives.
Many teams return year after year for their annual battle against the elements over one of the most beautiful running and sailing courses in the world. Perhaps part of its charm is that every year brings its own memorable scenes whether it is getting ahead of your nearest rival by means of a 'cunning plan', racing neck and neck with another team under spinnaker, gliding quietly through the water as dawn breaks or encountering whales and dolphins. The mountains offer a wide variety of challenging terrain and the sailing is equally varied so that coupled with unrivalled views of mountains and sea so that each year brings a totally unique team experience for everyone.
We are proud to once again to be tracking this unique race. Our race player provides family, friends and race organisers with an easy way to follow the race live as it happens. Each team's tracker will collect and transmit data at a predetermined interval, which is then almost instantaneously sent through to YB HQ through the Iridium satellite network. Once it arrives at our servers, the data is visualised in an easy to view manner on our race player.
For more information please visit the race website