“Irish Independent”

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailAt 01.31 hours Sunday morning the 30th November 2002, the National Yacht Club Commodore Chris Moore, and Rear Commodore Ronan Beirne were proud to witness from the bridge of the Dun Laoghaire Life boat, “Irish Independent Challenger” cross the finish line at the Kish Lighthouse after it’s successful breaking of the Cork Dry Gin Monohull Round Ireland Challenge. “Irish Independent Challenger”, a 80ft sloop beat the existing record for the fastest circumnavigation of Ireland by a monohull boat, held by Colm Barrington’s “Jeep Cherowkee”, by 56Minutes and 25 seconds. Gerry Pinkster, the official timer for the event, was also aboard the Life Boat with NYC member and coxwain Ken Robertson at the helm. Our thanks to Ken and his crew, and to Lifeboat Hon. Sec. Stephen Wynne for allowing the Lifeboat to be used. Many National Yacht Club members crewed on the boat, including Mick Liddy their navigator. Co-Owners Daragh Caffery, Stuart Fogarty and Gary Keegan intend to sail “Irish Independent Challenger” under the Burgee of the National Yacht Club. Actual Time taken 75 Hours 27 minutes 33 seconds Chris Moore