Yacht takes eight hours off old record
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.