Legal & General’s Fastnet

28 September 2005

Two yachts crewed by staff from Legal & General’s offices in Cardiff, Kingswood, Hove and London have been forced to retire from their ‘Fastnet Challenge’.  The crews were accompanied by professional skippers from the UK’s premier sailing school, Sailing Logic.

Unfortunately the elements conspired against the amateur crews and all of the yachts had to cut short their planned route to the Fastnet Rock and instead completed a triangular route – Cardiff – Swansea – Milford Haven – Cardiff.  The yachts arrived safely into Cardiff late on Sunday 25th after a challenging few days of ‘hanging on’.

Puma Logic skippered by Philippe Faille and crewed by the team from Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) got the furthest but were also forced to turn back midway across the Irish Sea due to the severe weather after attempting to reach Waterford.

Graham Precey, the event’s organiser said:

“This past few days have been really challenging. Each of the crews has had to deal with strong winds and seasickness. On two of the yachts, 5 of the 7 Legal & General crew were affected by severe sea sickness. The goal of rounding the Fastnet rock has thwarted us this time. Mother Nature provided us with three low pressure systems in the Atlantic from the tail end of hurricane Rita in the USA producing 50 knot winds. The weather has meant that the contingency plans have had to be used and alternative routes were implemented to ensure the safe return of the crews. I personally cannot underestimate the courage and sheer determination shown by all three crews. They are a real credit to Legal & General and Sail 4 Cancer. After the first day of really rough weather it takes real guts for the crew to get back on the boats and face their fears.”

Richard Groome from Sail 4 Cancer commented:

“The crews left Cardiff in high spirits and were comforted by the predicted weather. Unfortunately the conditions soon deteriorated and it was deemed unsafe to attempt crossing the Irish Sea. The crews have experienced and coped with exceptional conditions which have pushed them to their limits. Predictions suggested that this adventure would raise £42,000 however after some incredible work by all involved the final figure has now exceeded £55,000 – which will enable Sail 4 Cancer to help cancer patients / their families overcome their own challenges. In addition to the crews I would like to thank Legal & General, Cardiff Harbour Authority and Sailing Logic for all their fantastic assistance in making this event possible.”

A presentation lunch will be held in London in early November for all crew members and people who helped to make this happen.


Legal & General’s Fastnet
Share This Article

Search Website