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School takes part in Fastnet race.

School takes part in Fastnet race.

Fastnet, the world's largest offshore yacht race, is taking place this week over a 605 mile course - among the entrants is a team from an inner-city state school.

"Have you ever sailed before or is this your first time? Make sure you are all clipped in. You'll love it."

This was the advice from an experienced yachtsman who spotted a group of 17-year-olds on a boat at Hamble, near Southampton.

In fact, they were members of what the race organisers say is the only school team to qualify for the Rolex Fastnet race this year - and probably the only crew from a state school in its 92-year history. 

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