Several vessels in the UK Sail Training fleet are taking part in this year's Fastnet Race that started yesterday, 11th August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes. 5 ex-Global Challenge yachts, including 4 operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust, and 'One Hull' by Cat Zero, are taking part and are raising funds for their Sail Training charities. What are believed to be the two oldest vessels in the race, Duet and Jolie Brise, are also taking part: Duet, 100 last year, is sailed by a team raising funds for the Cirdan Sailing Trust, and Jolie Brise is being sailed by a mixed crew of Dauntsey's School students and trainees from the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. Jolie Brise has famously won the first ever Fastnet Race in 1925 and is taking part this year to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Read this exciting account of Duet's Fastnet Race, crewed by adults to raise funds for the Cirdan Trust: Duet Fastnet 2013