The Swansea Yachtsman racing across the Atlantic by boat

Swansea yachtsman takes on his ‘Biggest challenge yet’ in Trans-Atlantic yacht race.


As the rest of us prepare for the yuletide season, One Swansea yachtsman has been preparing for the journey of a lifetime. Robin Vaughan from Mumbles has been getting ready to take part in a 2900 mile yacht race from Las Palmas Gran Canaria to St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

At midday on Sunday 24th November the starting canon will be fired which sees the start of the ARC Transatlantic Yacht race.  Organised by the World Cruising Club, the race takes place every November with around 250 yachts of various sizes and their crews taking part. Robin who is Managing Director of Cambrian Boats in Swansea said ‘ This really is the journey of a lifetime, We’re hoping for good winds and a calm sea. There’s 3 other boats in our class but the race really is an open field.


Robin started sailing in Buckinghamshire aged 10 on small dinghies, did his first channel crossing at 14 but discovered while at University in Swansea the best place to sail in the UK is the beautiful Gower coast.  ‘This summer has been one of the best to be out on the water. We regularly have crossed Swansea bay and used the Gower coast as our training ground. To see Gower from the sea really is quite magical.  I have my own smaller boat but the yacht we’ll be racing is quite luxurious and very fast. This is the furthest from land I’ve ever sailed and at one point mid crossing the closest land will be straight down to the sea bed which is a little nerve racking. The Atlantic crossing is on the wish list of many sailors but very few get to actually realise the dream. We’re expecting to take around a fortnight to complete the trip on “Champagne Hippy” an Oyster 825 yacht which cost over £4.8 Million equipped with the very latest in sailing technology.’


Robin started work in Cambrian Boats in 1992 when it was the main Chandlery shop in Swansea Marina and took it forward to become South Wales premier boat sales and servicing centre and although they specialise in all things motor boat he remains at home on a yacht, which is just as well!

Hear My Interview with Robin ahead of the race  Click here to listen

Champagne Hippy's current position is Here

Follow Robin's story Here


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