Its hard to believe but we are 48 hours into the 2015 3 peaks yacht challenge and already Team Grandslam has covered half of the 300 mile sea route in challenging downwind conditions with big waves which is keeping the whole crew on their toes and making sleep difficult.
Chris and Jay, our runners, have put in two fantastic performances to complete the 25 mile Snowdon run in the early hours of Sunday morning; hitting the summit at around 5.00 am in driving rain and 50 mph winds. Yesterday they completed the 40 miles out and return to the summit of Scafell pike at 3200 feet . It sounds so easy when I say it like this but believe me, all of the teams deserve respect for the challenge they have taken on and conquered.
Last night there was a tense moment as Grandslam managed to get in to Whitehaven harbour in the Lake District with just minutes to spare at 1.30 am and with only centimetres of water under the keel before the tide finally drained away. If they had missed the tide it would have meant a 6 hour delay before they could continue. Everyone including some of the other support teams were holding their breath as she slipped through the lock and into the peaceful waters of the marina.
The next 36 hours is all about the guile and skill of our sailing specialists Mike, Jonty and Tony to deliver the runners to the bottom of the highest mountain in these amazing British Isles , Ben Nevis, where Jay and Chris will give it their all.
The spirit and camaraderie of the teams has been amazing as they all recognise what it means to finish one of the original adventure challenges – one that hasn’t diminished with age or the rise of other similar events over the last 38 years. Time will tell and I hope to be giving you the next update from the bar of the Glen Nevis hotel.