"There has always been a strong bond between the Fastnet race and Cowes Week," commented Stuart. "Cowes Week fully supports today’s Memorial Service and all of the competitors and event team will show a mark of respect for those who were lost thirty years ago."
Stuart Quarrie would love to be sailing at Cowes Week but it is impossible to race and run the historic regatta at the same time. Quarrie will be racing in this year's Rolex Fastnet, as he has done for virtually every race since his first in 1979.
Quarrie was on board Neal Graham's Griffin for the 1979 Fastnet, a race that he will never forget. "We abandoned Griffin, just before the boat sank and we had been in the life raft for two hours, with little hope of rescue, when we saw Alain Catherineau's French yacht, Lorelei. By a stroke of luck, they were in the same wave trough as us and I am sure that is why I am here today."