Round Ireland record established

By former Whitbread maxi

Tuesday December 3rd 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Irish Independent, a Frers designed Whitbread maxi sailing with a crew of 27 has establish a new monohull record for sailing round Ireland.

Skippered by Gary Keegan, the boat passed the Kish light off Dun Laoghaire at 2204 GMT on 27 November and made the 708 mile loop of the island in a time of 75 hours, 27 minutes and 33 seconds. The World Speed Sailing Record Council's John Reid commented that this time was some 56 minutes faster than that of the benchmark time established by Colm Barrington's Jeep Cherokee in the 1998 Round Ireland Race.

Irish Independent - maxi. Frers built in 1989. 28m. Skipper Gary Keegan. Irish. Time - he broke - started on Thursday. Finished on Sun broke it by 56 minutes. 1st monohull attempt round ireland that we've had. Had to establish a bench mark. The bench mark - Jeep Cherokee won 1998 Round Ireland Race (Colm Barrington),

The time, measured by the National Yacht Club in Dun Loaghaire, is still subject to ratification by the WSSRC.

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