Follow Up: Fastnet yacht race: State school Greig City Academy finishes

The BBC reports that after five days at sea, a team of inner-city teenagers have made history as the only crew from a comprehensive school known to have finished the world’s largest offshore sailing race.

The crew, from Greig City Academy in north London, finished the Fastnet race at Plymouth early on Friday morning. They were the only school in the 605-mile race this year.

“The lads have been brilliant and disciplined throughout,” said teacher Jon Holt. “It’s gone better than expected,” he added.

The Greig City crew in their 45ft (13.7m) yacht Scaramouche, were among 2,700 sailors who set off from Southampton last Sunday in the race around the Fastnet lighthouse off Ireland and back to Plymouth.

The winning boat crossed the line on Tuesday to gain one of the most coveted trophies in ocean racing. The Greig City team said they never expected to win, aiming instead to finish safely.

The sailing club at Greig City, where almost three-quarters of pupils are eligible for free school meals, was only set up four years ago when Mr Holt, a geography teacher and head of the sixth form, organised a dinghy sailing weekend.

On Twitter, GCA Sailing said: “We may have crossed the finish of this race but this is far from finished.

“Thank you for following, please continue to do so, this is not over.”

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