Petit Bateau heads for Ireland
The course of the 4th edition of the Petit Bateau solo race for 2007, is a 600-mile run along the coast of South West Ireland.
The fleet assembles at Mylor Yacht Club, Falmouth, in preparation for the 185 mile first leg, rounding the Lizard and Lands End, passing north of the Scillies across the Celtic sea to Kinsale in Ireland.
The second leg, following two or three nights of intensive recovery in Kinsale, takes the sailors south to Baltimore in a 40-mile sprint. The famous Fastnet Rock is the turning mark for stage three, a short 25-mile loop from Baltimore around Fastnet and Cape Clear Island and back to Baltimore.
The most dramatic leg is from Baltimore to Dingle with the Bull Rock and Great Skelligs dividing the 75-mile course into stages. The climax of the event is the longest leg, the 280 miles return to Mylor leaving Bishop rock in the Scillies to port. The yachts will be at sea for two nights and are expected to finish at Black Rock in the mouth of Falmouth harbour on Thursday the 27th July.
The race is open to experienced skippers in mono hulls from 28 to 40 feet.
for more information see: www.petitbateau.org.uk