Fastnet '79 - A Lesson from the Past by Imre Vadasz

A first hand account of one man's fight to survive during the notorious 1979 Fastnet storm should be of interest to all who venture offshore, cruising or racing.

The 1979 Fastnet Race proved a milestone in offshore racing history. An unexpected storm caught a fleet of yachts in the Irish Sea, turning an amateur sporting event into a disaster. 24 boats were abandoned, 136 people had to be rescued and 15 sailors lost their life. The lessons learnt changed attitudes in the sport, leading to improvements of yacht design and safety equipment. New safety regulations were introduced. In the last 40 years there have been major advances in technology, navigation, communications and weather forecasting. Nevertheless, the forces of nature remain unchanged and those choosing to sail offshore can still face the challenges of the weather and the sea.

Date: Saturday 5th December 2020, evening.

Registration, opens on 21st October 2020 at 09:00.

Covid-19 Special Arrangements for our Winter Talks: Due to Government regulations, the Royal Harwich Yacht Club will be unable to open for this event. We shall therefore hold the meeting entirely on Zoom.

On Zoom: Meeting opens at 19:30. You will be able to join us from anywhere you can get online, using your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone, and enjoy the talk and see any illustrations. We aim to make these sociable meetings and, if you wish, you may ask questions and chat with other members in small groups. Details of the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you the day before the event. Registration is for one device with as many watching as you wish. There is no charge for these Talks on Zoom for the time being.

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