Holiday company boss completes ‘Azores and Back’ sailing race and raises £4,000 for charity.
31 October 2011
A London- based activity holiday’s Company Director, with virtually no experience of ocean sailing, has finished in 13th position in a transatlantic race. James Hardiman, who runs Alpine Elements (www.alpineelements.co.uk), a ski holiday company, raced in the ‘Azores and Back’ yacht race this summer.
The race covers over 1000 miles of the Atlantic Ocean and 60 boats took part in this epic challenge, which is the UK’s largest yacht race of the year. The 2011 race was the 10th since this event was first held in 1960, with races every four years. The majority of yachts take between seven and ten days to reach the Azores, allowing a week to make repairs and restock for the return passage. James completed the race in seven days, eight hours and 55 minutes.
In carrying out this challenge James expects to raise in the region of £4,000 for the Sail 4 Cancer charity. The Azores and Back is regarded as one of the most challenging yacht races for competitors, not least those with only a small amount of offshore ocean sailing. Although James has been sailing for 23 years, he only has very limited experience of ocean sailing.
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