The boat was equipped with central heating for the icy voyage, and Holland cut his teeth on coldwater cruising with a trip to Iceland with other RStGYC members in 2005.
It's air-conditioning they'll need in the Caribbean, however, as they join the 185-boat fleet currently revelling in 19-20 knots, and temperatures in the thirties.
Also among the races is giant maxi ICAP Leopard, due to make the journey to Ireland this summer for the Round Ireland race. Howth man Gordon Maguire, veteran of several global circumnavigations, is part of Leopard's rearguard in Antigua and will also make the trip home to Ireland to sail in the Round Ireland.
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