Rounding Scotland could prove tough challenge for some
Organisers of this year’s RB12 – the first time 50 cars, 50 boats and 50 aircraft will simultaneously race round Britain – today revealed the final route of the event.
Falmouth, Swansea, Conwy, Troon, the Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso, Edinburgh,
Hull and Ramsgate wil serve as overnight
stops for the ‘Sea’ element and the start/finish points for the cars.
The race will take place between June 21-30, starting and finishing at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing events.
For the first time in a competitive powerboat race craft will go around the top of Britain, facing the challenges of Cape Wrath and the Pentland Firth, notorious for sudden severe sea conditions.
This will be an endurance test for powerboat crews equivalent to ten Cowes-Torquay-Cowes races. The road course will be over 2,500 miles long, involving competitive challenges along the way and in the air precision and timing will be the keys to success.
Event Director Fred McCaig said: “We are delighted to reveal the route for the marathon. It has taken many months of planning to ensure that we offer a challenging endurance event for all competitors.
“We were always keen to offer the Sea competitors the chance to conquer the top of Britain and that has meant some hard work to secure the logistics for both the cars and aircraft. We are proud that the route has finally come together.”