Penzance Sailing Club Holding Annual Scilly Race This Weekend

round the island race 2013 2Penzance Sailing club hopes to dispatch nineteen boats to Scilly this weekend.

It’s their annual Penzance, around Scilly and back, or PASAB race.

The event has been running since 1978 and is made up of three legs – over to Scilly, around the islands on Sunday and back to Cornwall on Monday morning.

In previous years, race entrants have travelled from as far away as Wales. Today, a Brighton-based yacht is making the longest journey in order to take part.

Jeremy Gilbert is helping to organise the weekend events.

He says it remains a highlight of the club calendar because it stretches the sailors’ skills and can be a challenging race.

Entrants travel to Scilly overnight and the Sunday race around the islands gives sailors experience of difficult wind directions and tides, says Jeremy.

If there’s wind in the right direction, the fastest sailors could make last orders at The Mermaid tonight, although Jeremy says the slowest yachts are likely to arrive in the early hours of the morning.