Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Expedition - 3 Peaks
Information on DofE Expedition
The Yacht Three Peak Race - Challenge class
Sail up the wild West Coast and run to the summits of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, the highest peaks of Wales, England & Scotland. A classic adventure race for teams of runners and sailors, since 1977.
To qualify there must be four other people with you on the vessel a maxium of 5 per vessel. (3 Sailors 2 runners) These can either be group of Friends from a school or DofE club, or you can book as an individual.
The course is a series of Sailing Practice weekend and "Live" expeditions as Part of the Annual Three Peaks Yacht Race
Our Skipper will act as your instructor and guide for the training and the Race, helping to get you prepared for your expedition adventure which you do conduct over the last weekend whee they will act as solely as the responsible person for your safety on the vessel.
Info about the Yacht Three Peaks Challenge.
Teams of four or five per yacht sail from Barmouth to Fort William, with two of the crew climbing the highest mountains of Wales, England and Scotland en route. The land stages to Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis involve running 54.8 miles, cycling 40 miles, and climbing 16,500 feet in 3 or 4 action packed days.
Team members must be over 18 years old (those over 16 will be considered with parental & Skipper's consent.)
Use of engines is not allowed, except for safety reasons in specific areas in ports. However, a unique feature of the race is that rowing is allowed!
Barmouth to Caernarfon and Snowdon
The first leg starts from Barmouth, yachts sail approximately 62 sea miles, past Bardsey Island and the Llyn Peninsula, over Caernarfon Bar and arrive at Caernarfon Pier. A compulsory five-minute kit check by marshals is carried out before the runners set off to the summit of Snowdon via the Ranger Path and return via Llanberis, a distance of 24.5 miles.
Caernarfon to Whitehaven and Scafell Pike
Here crews can opt to sail around the Isle of Anglesey or continue, under sail only, through the difficult waters of the Menai Straits.
After a further sail of approximately 100 sea miles yachts arrive at the marina in Whitehaven. This is the longest land leg of the race, the distance to Scafell Pike and back via Ennerdale being some 53 miles, so bicycles are allowed for the 40 mile return trip to Black Sail Youth Hostel.
The ride is via a cycle path, country road and forestry track and racers leave their bikes at Black Sail Youth Hostel before setting off on foot to cross Black Sail Pass to Wasdale Head. Here they will be met by friendly marshals at Wasdale Head Hotel, this time with food and drink! Runners then proceed to the summit of Scafell Pike and return to their yacht via the same route.
Whitehaven to Fort William and Ben Nevis
This sailing leg is a distance of approximately 227 sea miles rounding the Mull of Kintyre and into the Sound of Jura, through beautiful scenery but with many tidal gates to negotiate. The race finishes just north of Fort William at Corpach, at the entrance to the Caledonian Canal where the sailing is over and skippers can lock in to Corpach Basin and lie alongside.
The runners, after checking in with the marshals, set off to the summit of Ben Nevis, which is a 17.8 mile return trip. The race is finished when the runners return and cross the finish line.
Expedition Dates 2022
An Expedition needs between 4-6 persons to go ahead.
- 2-3 Training weekends
- Date of Challege - TBC
- (9 Days)
- Book as and individual or group from £1,890.00* per person (Includes yacht, training and event entry)
You can either book as a group or as an individual. Please note that individual bookings are subject to the minimum number of participants being booked a chosen date before it as confirmed as starting.
We can organise an expedition team for a DofE Group from 4-6 persons per vessel.