Team Tonic fall behind record
However, Hewson's progress over the north coast has boosted his standings in the overall race on IRC handicap and the fleet leader moved into third place behind Dubois 40 footer Azure and the 1977 Holland 39 and defending champion Imp. Hewson has revised his ETA for the Wicklow finish for 11.00pm this evening as winds freshen again on the Irish Sea.
The 704-mile Bord Failte Round Ireland Race started on Saturday afternoon at 2.00pm. There were 28 starters ranging in size from 30 to 60 feet and three boats have since retired due to gear failure including one dis-masting. The course record was set in 1998 by Colm Barrington on Jeep Cherokee (the former Whitbread 60 Toshiba).