Yacht takes eight hours off old record

June 1998

Bray People - - NEWS -

EAR­LIER than ever be­fore, sail­ing en­thu­si­asts from all over gath­ered in the Wick­low Har­bour area on Tues­day evening to greet the first yacht home in the Cork Dry Gin Round Ire­land Race.

Knock­ing over eight hours off the eight-yearold record for the race, Colm Bar­ring­ton and the crew of Jeep Chero­kee sailed across the fin­ish line of this, the tenth Round Ire­land Race, to the ap­plause of every­one watch­ing from the pier and the Black Cas­tle. Mean­while, the Roy Con­way and the crew of Flour­ish­ing were ex­pected to ar­rive safely home yes­ter­day morn­ing fol­low­ing a very im­pres­sive race fro them.

De­spite the fact that a new course record was set and the yachts set of from Wick­low in al­most wind­less con­di­tions last week­end, this was re­ported to be one of the tough­est of all the races as the weather changed be­y­one all ex­pec­ta­tions.

Sec­ond home was the maxi yacht Bridge­stone F1 owned by Mike Slade which came into Wick­low just be­fore dark­ness set­tled on Tues­day night.

Mean­while, there was dis­ap­point­ment on Mon­day morn­ing for Rath­new res­i­dent Nigel Rollo’s boat Joliba, which had to pull out of the race near Fast­net, be­cause of steer­ing trou­ble.

In all, about one third of the fleet had to re­tire dur­ing the race which started with Bridge­stone F1 hold­ing a nar­row lead over Jeep Chero­kee as they rounded Tuskar Rock, be­fore the Jeep Chero­kee eased ahead of the maxi ap­proach­ing Fast­net.

The two were neck and neck for a good por­tion of the race be­fore the even­tual first home con­sol­i­dated its po­si­tion.

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