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Tenth Round Aran this weekend

12th June 2008

The tenth edition of Galway Bay Sailing Club's Round Aran race kicks off on Friday night, offering the last opportunity to break the record before a fleet of Volvo 70s descends on Galway next summer.

Competitors will start from a line off Nimmo's pier in Galway a 21.00 tomorrow, rounding the Aran Islands to port and finishing off Kilronan pier in Inis Mor.

According to the Galway Bay Sailing Club website, the record stands at 5 hrs 43 minutes, although the tongue-in-cheek reference to it may be a factor in why the World Speed Sailing Records Council has yet to ratify the record.

All the proceeds of the race go to charity - the €100 entry fee per boat benefitting the people of the Galway Hospice.

As befits such a honest, well-spirited race, no truck will be given to those trying to steal a few extra seconds on corrected time. We love the implicit trust placed in competitors by the Sailing Instructions:

'Competitors will take their own finishing times from a GPS, or from a watch synchronised with GPS time.

Finishing times shall be reported, in hours, minutes and seconds, to and acknowledged by the event co-ordinator by 1800hrs Saturday 14th June preferably by text message to 0879840208 stating boat name and finishing time.

Best of luck to all involved. Team

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