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Lakota’s crew and the Cork Dry Gin round Ireland recordTrophy they were presented with in the NYC - Nov 1993. L to R Con Murphy, Cathy Mac Aleavey, Steve Fossett, David Scully and Brian Thompson

Lakota’s crew and the Cork Dry Gin round Ireland recordTrophy they were presented with in the NYC - Nov 1993. L to R Con Murphy, Cathy Mac Aleavey, Steve Fossett, David Scully and Brian Thompson

In Early Sept 1993, the 60ft. trimaran ‘Lakota’ shattered the previous record for the fastest circumnavigation of Ireland by almost one full day.

Sailing with a crew of 5 – American co-skippers Steve Fossett and David Scully, English yachtsman Brian Thompson and Irish husband and wife team, Con Murphy and Cathy Mac Aleavey from the National Yacht Club – “Lakota” crossed the start line at the Kish in Dublin Bay on Wednesday, 8th September 1993 and headed North East, finishing at 09.12 on Friday 10th September, completing the course in 44 hours, 42 mins and 20 seconds, averaging 15.84 knots. The Dun Laoghaire lifeboat officiated at the start and finish of the successful attempt.

David Andrews, T.D., Minister for Defence and the Marine, presented the Cork Dry Gin Perpetual Challenge trophy for the record to Steve Fossett at a presentation dinner in the National Yacht Club on the 18th November 1993. The trophy remains with the National Yacht Club until there is a successful challenge to beat “Lakota’s” time through some other sailing club or national authority.