Fastnet Rock: An Charraig Aonair
Éamonn Lankford 2004
The history of Cape Clear Signal Tower, Cape Clear Lighthouse and the building of two lighthouses at the Fastnet Rock and the Fastnet Race 1979 are covered in Fastnet Rock: An Charraig Aonair by Dr. Éamon Lankford. The waters around the Fastnet have been the scene of submarine warfare, shipwrecks and dramatic sea rescues.
The Fastnet Lighthouse is one of the world\’s best known landmarks and it has been the turning mark for the Fastnet Race since 1925. The biennial Fastnet Race brings colour and excitement to Cape Clear, Baltimore and Schull as the yachts of many nations sail past the now unmanned lighthouse.
The Fastnet storm of 1979 turned the race of that year into an international disaster when the greatest tragedy in yachting history took fifteen lives.
In Fastnet: An Charraig Aonair, tribute is paid to all those who kept watch on the Fastnet since 1854 and to those who lost their lives in the 1979 tragedy.