Three Peaks Challenge – the latest from Steve


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.



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