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    Posted: 18 May 2018 at 16:58
So on the 17th June 2018 we are taking part in the Yachting Monthly Triangle Race, a doublehanded Race from Torquay to Kinsale then to Treguiere and back to Torquay 650 miles, over the winter we have been preparing our 470 (2010) removable inner stay for storm jib, running back stay (removable, only used for storm jib) radar, new instruments (rayMarine) all running rigging changed to dyneema, third reef new sails from dolphin main, jib with vertical buttons, code 0 and asymmetric. Bottom all rubbed down and smooth, Off next week to complete the 125 mike qualifying passage. We have our IRC certificate 1.080 be interesting how the boat will go. Found this forum very interested and utilised many of the good ideas.

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Good luck! It sounds like you are well prepared.
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Lucky you - you'll have a great time. I did this race twice in the early 90s (90 and 92), more as a cruise in company than as a serious competitor (I had a Moody in those days!), and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

On the leg from Torquay to Cork (Crosshaven) the fleet was becalmed east of Start Point with the tide against. Many had to anchor for a few hours but we just managed to creep round, short tacking inside the rocks. We were at sea for 66 hours on that leg and were welcomed into Crosshaven in the middle of the night by the Editor of YM with bottles of beer.

Be prepared for some serious 'socialising' on the stopovers. In Ireland we had 3 parties on successive evenings hosted by Guinness, Heineken and the Royal Cork YC. It was a welcome break from drinking when we started leg 2.

In Treguier the highlight was being led by the local Breton pipe band from the marina through the town to the cloisters of the cathedral for a civic reception. There was also a super evening hosted by the Treguier Yacht Club which included a ride on the local steam train, an excellent local meal and a rousing 'competitive' sing song in French and English.

Finally back in Torquay there was the reception and prize giving hosted by the Royal Torbay YC.

It was an excellent and well organised event in those days. I hope it hasn't changed it's character too much over the last 25 years. 

Good luck and please come back and tell us how the boat performed.  

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I've just looked at the Triangle 2018 website and note that there are only 12 entries for this year's race. In 1990, when I did my first Triangle there were over 70 entries which obviously made for a lively social event as well as some interesting sailing. It looks like the character of the event has changed over the years so it may well be more competitive and less 'social' than in my day. 


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Hi
I did the Triangle both in 2012 and 2014 both times there were about 35 yachts, it was still a very social event. I spoke with the race organisers and they have 15 yachts so far and expecting another 6    Shame not as many as when you did it, but still looking forward to the Sail. With our handicap we have to give one of the yachts just over 10 hours in 48 hours which I think will be challenging. But hey letís hope we can get to the marina first to and get some beers in 🍺🍺🍺
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Glad to hear it's still a 'social' event as well as a good sailing challenge, with more competitors expected than were apparent on the Triangle website.

Judging by the published handicaps you should be first into the marina - the question will be by how many seconds/minutes/hours.

Good luck, fair weather and safe passages.
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