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DOCUMENTARY: Surviving Disaster
Channel: BBC 1
Date: Tuesday 14th February 2006
Time: 21:00 to 22:00
Duration: 1 hour.
The Fastnet Yacht Race.
Drama documentary retelling the story of the 1979 Fastnet yacht race, which began in fine weather, but became a terrifying ordeal for the men and women sailing in it. Three hundred yachts set out, but a transatlantic storm hit the race and scattered the yachts in mountainous seas. Fifteen people died, twenty four crews abandoned ships, 77 yachts capsized and five yachts sank. The incident raised many safety issues, with the Royal Ocean Racing Club making changes to its rules for offshore racing.
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