The race was inspired by my participation in 2012 Barmouth to Fort William 3 Peaks Yacht Race as a member of the "Brioche Boys". This race involves running up Snowden, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis and is the ultimate yachting adventure race. We were a scratch crew of not well prepared enthusiasts in a not at all racy Beneteau Oceanis family cruising yacht. We had 3 sails, a main a furling genoa and a large spinaker. Needless to say we didn't win but we had an absolutely wonderful 5 day adventure and finished within 24 hours of the winner.
In 2021 we entered this race again in our Beneteau First 31.7 "Herbie" under the team name "Be and the Bros". Again we had a wonderful adventure this time coming 6th out of 16 boats with our runners posting the fastest overall aggregate times for the 3 mountains.
In 2023 we entered again as Team "Herbie Rides Again". This time we won (shows persistance pays off). The picture (me on the right) shows the crew at the finish just outside Fort William.
However its 5 day duration and the complicated logistics of getting boats from their home ports to the start and back from the finish mean this race it is only accessible to the lucky few.
The SW 3 PYR has been designed to make this type of adventure race accessible to more people.
Yachts with a crew of upto 6 enter, with 2 of the crew needing to complete each of the shore tasks. The first “Peak” is actually Land's End, the second Brown Willy and the third Yes Tor.
Yachts start in St Mawes, sail to Newlyn, then Fowey and finish in Plymouth. The race was first run in 2013 and was won by Team Hobbit from Fowey sailing a J111 in a total time of 30 hours and 27 minutes.