The lighthouse, commissioned in 1904, was one of the most ambitious feats of lighthouse engineering ever undertaken at the time and was constructed of 2,000 interlocking granite blocks. At approximately 175 feet high, it stands bold and proud. It looked stunning, but for those participating in that fateful Fastnet Race in 1979, the sight would have been a very different one. For many, struggling to round the rock was difficult enough, for others, merely struggling to stay afloat and alive was their greatest challenge. After rounding the rock, we tipped a dram of malt whiskey into the ocean in memory of those 18 sailors and rescuers who lost their lives, then made for North Harbour on the island of Cape Clear 41⁄2 miles away.