Last man standing


madforsailing caught up with Team Tonic navigator Pete Selby after a frustrating Round Ireland conclusion
Clinking of Wicklow Sailing Club bar glasses could be heard in the background as madfor sailing tracked down navigator Pete Selby, one of the few survivors of Team Tonic's drinkaton, following their epic but ultimately disappointing Round Ireland voyage. Right up until the eleventh hour Nick Newson's Farr 52 had been ahead of the round Ireland record time, but off Dun Laoghaire just 20 miles short of the Wicklow finish line the wind had all but disappeared. It had taken them seven hours to claw the final 20 miles south. To add insult to injury at the time of writing it looked set that George Radley's Imp, winner of the last round Ireland and a veteran of seven before that, would beat them into second place on corrected time. "It was an interesting race," said Selby, who was navigator on the Australian Mumm 36 in the 1999 Admiral's Cup and is now as full time with Team Tonic as his amateur status will allow. "We had 15-20 knots at the start. This increased to 35 knots an hour later. We were on the wind to the Fastnet Rock and at that point the nearest boat to us was Fenix, the Swan. We lost them off Cork on the Sunday morning and then we saw nobody until the finish." After a slow trip to the Fastnet Rock, the passage up the west coast of Ireland could not have been more different, in 20-30 knot winds from just south of due west. This picked up the further north they went. "We were flying. We did 124 miles in 9 hours, sitting at 17 knots and surfing at up to 22 under the 3A, our small masthead asymmetric." Early on the Sunday morning after the Saturday start they had broken a halyard as the

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