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No sooner had Dun Laoghaire waved goodbye to the visiting French Trimarans yesterday afternoon than the MOD70s were approaching the Fastnet Rock off the south west coast this morning. Yann Guichard's Spindrift racing holds a very small lead on the second leg of the European Tour. After leaving Dun Laoghaire, Dublin yesterday afternoon bound for Cascais, Portugal, conditions have not been quite as tough as they were initially forecast but the MOD70 fleet have been working upwind through the night,…
Sunday, 09 September 2012 17:37

Dun Laoghaire Says Farewell to the MOD70s

#mod70–Dun Laoghaire, Ireland bid a brisk, breezy farewell to the MOD70 European Tour fleet with Sébastien Josse's crew on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild collecting the maximum 3 bonus points from the prologue circuit and leading the fleet out on to Dublin Bay for the leg to Cascais, Portugal. In a brisk 15 knot SW'ly breeze the preliminary circuit of two triangles delivered great entertainment for the big crowd of spectators and challenging racing for the teams. Josse's crew lead Spindrift…
Saturday, 08 September 2012 23:03

MOD70s Thrill Dublin Bay with City Races

#mod70 – After six City Races it took one exciting Speed Match tie-break finale, a short out-and -back reaching sprint, to decide the overall winner of the Dun Laoghaire City Races. From two days of tight competition in a great mix of breezes Spindrift racing, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and FONCIA finished locked together with the same 63 points aggregate. But it was Yann Guichard's team on the black and white hulled MOD70 Spindrift racing that won the start and…
Saturday, 08 September 2012 11:11

MOD70 is 'No Ordinary Sailing Boat'

#MOD70 - The Irish Times' Simon Tierney goes for the ride of his life on board one of the super-fast yachts sailing in Dun Laoghaire this weekend on the MOD70 European Tour. Tierney reports from Brest in France on his "hair-raising" taster trip on the Spindrift, winner of July's Krys Ocean Race across the North Atlantic - completing the 2,950-mile route in just over four days 21 hours. As he signs a disclaimer and straps on his helmet, he knows…
#mod70 – The National Yacht Club rolled out the red carpet for its MOD70 European tour visitors this afternoon with the Irish London Olympic sailing team making its presence felt on and off the water. The MOD70s are the latest in Ocean Racing craft and are crewed by some of the most experienced ocean sailors in the world. A fickle south easterly breeze tuned inside out by close of play but not before the much fancied Foncia took a well…
Thursday, 06 September 2012 07:42

Giant Trimaran Fleet Arrive in Dun Laoghaire

#mod70 – Like giant exotic creatures from another planet the MOD70 Trimaran fleet arrived in Dun Laoghaire overnight after their first leg from Kiel in Germany. With one colourful hull suspended in air even early morning joggers on Dun Laoghaire's East Pier stopped to view the new arrivals into the Carlisle basin. Sails down and safely berthed near the town bandstand the five boat fleet there is no sign of life on board this morning as the 70-foot long craft…
The leader of the MOD 70s is 500 miles from Dun Laoghaire after passing the half way point on the 1238 miles stage from Kiel to Dublin this afternoon. The five boat fleet remains very closely matched, all making very similar speeds – around 10-12 knots of boat speed. As they close the final 50 or so miles to the bottleneck that is formed by the Strait of Dover, the busiest shipping lanes in the world, the 70 foot trimaran…
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