A cruising man's classic passage race

Yachting Monthly is to be the title sponsor for the popular 620 mile, two-handed Triangle Race from 17-29 June 2012.The race is in three legs: 1st Torquay, Devon to Kinsale, Ireland, 2nd Kinsale to Treguier, North Brittany and the third leg back to Torquay.

The race was founded in 1982, by former YM editor Andrew Bray, who believed the Round Britain Race was too long for most people with family and business commitments.Twenty seven yachts took part in the first race in 1984 and the course went from Falmouth to Crosshaven, in Ireland, to Morgat in Brittany and back to Falmouth.

The next race in 1986 saw the start moved to Torquay and also Morgat replaced with Tréguier. The 1990 edition saw a record 79 boats competing in one of the toughest races yet, with weather alternating between gales and calms with startling suddenness and a competitor being run down in mid-Channel, fortunately without loss to yacht or crew. 1998 saw an entry list of 50 boats, including an ex-America’s Cup 12 metre Victory. Entries came from Ireland, Gibraltar and as far as Scarborough on the East Coast and Anglesey on the west.

It costs £395 per boat to enter. For more information see the Royal Torbay Yacht Club website: www.royaltorbayyc.org.uk

Photo: Left to right: Yachting Monthly editor Paul Gelder who is putting the magazine behind the race once more, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, and former YM editor Andrew Bray who founded the race