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Welsh J109 'Sgrech' is Latest of Six Yachts Out of Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race

15th June 2017
Retired – Sgrech is in Rosslare after a hull fitting delaminated Retired – Sgrech is in Rosslare after a hull fitting delaminated Photo: Afloat.ie

Welsh offshore champion yacht Sgrech skippered by Stephen Tudor is the lastest retiral from the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race

The former ISORA champion retired last night just hours in to the race as a precautionary measure after discovering a 'hull fitting was delaminating'.

The yacht, a J109, was a pre-race favourite and was vying for the lead in fifth place on IRC and possibly higher when the decision was made to pull into Rosslare Port in County Wexford.

ISORA chairman Peter Ryan, one of nine crew onboard the Pwllheli–based entry, told Afloat.ie that while there was a leak onboard, circumstances were 'all very manageable'.

Big seas gave the 43–boat fleet a pounding as they headed for the Tuskar Rock. The fleet are expecting more upwind sailing for the duration of the race along the south coast too.

Up to six boats – and possibly more – from a record entry of 45 are now out of the 275–mile race due to finish late tomorrow. 

Lobster_yacht_kinsale_gary_horganLobster (Gary Horgan) returns to Dun Laoghaire Harbour after a problem with a headsail shortly after the start of the D2D. Photo: Afloat.ie

Aurelia and Spirit of Jacana both withdrew before last night's 'vigorous start' on Dublin Bay.

Shortly after the gun, Kinsale Yacht Club two handed entry Lobster (Gary Horgan) returned to Dun Laoghaire Harbour after a problem with a headsail. White Tiger, a Beneteau First 44.7 skippered by Tony O'Brien, also of Kinsale Yacht Club pulled out with a reported torn mainsail.

prima luce Dingle

Another double–hander, the Dun Laoghaire based Prima Luce (pictured above), a First 35, skippered by Sean Lemass, has also retired.

French Mini entry Gemo is also back in Dun Laoghaire harbour and is also officially retired, citing concerns for south coast weather forecast.

The vintage gaff cutter Maybird has returned to Dun Laoghaire harbour due to a thumb injury sustained, according to the National Yacht Club organisers. Skipper Darryl Hughes damaged thumb as a result of door below slamming shut when he was checking things off Bray Head, County Wicklow.

The tracker shows the yacht Thisbe has pulled into Arklow but organisers have no further information on her status. 

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