Bute yachtsman out in front in Azores race

Gordon Garman aboard Tantina II on May 20, shortly before his dpearture from Rothesay for the Azores.
Gordon Garman aboard Tantina II on May 20, shortly before his dpearture from Rothesay for the Azores.

SAILING solo from Britain to the Azores and back isn’t proving too much of an obstacle for Bute yachtsman Gordon Garman - who, at the time of writing, is leading his class in the 10th Azores and Back Yacht Race.

Gordon and his 48 competitors left the Azores for the race’s home port, Falmouth in Cornwall, at lunchtime on Tuesday - and at the latest update, at 3pm on Wednesday, his steed, the 50-year-old Tantina II, was the fastest of the 12 boats in the IRC1 class, and fourth in the race overall.

That put him 1,082 nautical miles from the finishing line, with an estimated finishing time of 8.43pm on Friday, July 1.

The race set out from Falmouth on June 4, though Gordon actually left Bute on May 19 in order to reach the River Fal in time to make the start.

As well as marking the Tantina II’s 50th birthday by undertaking her longest ever voyage, Gordon is also using the race to raise awareness of the veterans’ charity Erskine.