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A selection of Photos for those interested in the Boats and their History.
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ex-R.N.L.B. The Guy and Clare Hunter

50 Miles SW of the Scilly Isles during the fastnet Storm. This and the picture below were taken from a Sea King Rescue Helicopter from Culdrose.

A Force 10, sixty-knot storm swept across the North Atlantic with a speed that confounded forecasters, slamming into the fleet with epic fury.

For twenty hours, 2,500 men and women were smashed by forty-foot breaking waves, while rescue helicopters and lifeboats struggled to save them.

Fastnet Race

ex-R.N.L.B. The Guy and Clare Hunter

Launched from St Mary's in the Scillies with Matt Lethbridge as Coxswain. While storms are rare in August, the one which struck in 1979 was of unusual ferocity.

Had it not been for the superb efforts of the rescue services in both tragedies, loss of life could have been far higher.

By the time the race was over, fifteen people had died, twenty-four crews had abandoned ship, five yachts had sunk, 136 sailors had been rescued, and only 85 boats had finished the race.

Fastnet Race

ex-R.N.L.B. The Guy and Clare Hunter

The Engine room
Guy and Clare Hunter

ex-R.N.L.B. The Guy and Clare Hunter as she is now.

Fully restored to as near the original Livery and appearance as she was when on service.
Guy and Clare Hunter

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