Recent Round Ireland Challenges

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailOn Monday 1st May 2005, David Parker set off at 1310 hours from the Kish Lighthouse in a Northerly direction to break the “Single Handed” record for the fastest time around Ireland, “all alone”. David sailing under the Bray Sailing Club Burgee, hopes to beat the previous record established in October 2001of 7days, 10 hours, 24min and 27 seconds set by Peter Keig of the UK in a 38’ boat. Tuesday 2nd May, saw the City jet sponsored hybrid 60ft open skippered by Jean-Pierre Chomett, set off from the Kish Lighthouse at 18.33 hours in a Southerly direction, attempting to win the magnificent “Cork Dry Gin Challenge” trophy and beat the record for a crewed monohull, set by Gary Keegan in December 2002 of 3 days, 3hours, 27minutes and 33sec. This French challenger is sailing under the burgee of Kinsale Yacht Club. 4/5/05 latest update to is that she passed the fastnet at 10.30 this morning, 16 hrs after starting at the Kish and approx 2 hrs ahead of the record time. Skipper Jean Phillippe Chomette expected to be beating into a northerly breeze for at least the next 8 hours with the wind forecast to back to a more favourable westerly later as they progress up the west coast. The Multihull Challenge set in September 1993 by Honoury member Steve Fossett of 44hours, 42 min. still remains unbroken. Commodore Con Murphy, and Cathy MacAleavey crewed aboard the 60ft trimaran for this record.