Definitions for "1979 Fastnet race"
Storms during the 1979 Fastnet race wrought havoc on over 306 yachts taking part in the biennial race, resulting in 19 fatalities. Emergency services and civilian vessels from around the west side of the English Channel were summoned to aid what was the largest rescue operation in peace-time. Those involved included naval ships, lifeboats, commercial boats and helicopters.