Team Tonic fall behind record

Finish imminent in Bord Failte Round Ireland Race

Tuesday June 25th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Bord Failte Round Ireland Race leader Team Tonic skippered by Nick Hewson fell out of contention earlier today when fresh winds off the north-west coast died. The Farr 52 footer had been set to break the 1998 course record of three days, four hours and 23 minutes but shortly after the check-in point at Mew Island, Co. Down winds dropped to light airs.

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).

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