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French start as joint favourites

19th June 2008

Bernard Gouy may have never won it but his previous top performances in the Round Ireland race combined with his new boat of choice, a Kerr 10.7, make him a joint favourite for tomorrow's (Saturday's) 15th Round Ireland race from Wicklow at 4pm.

That's according to the national boating magazine Afloat which has published odds for the entire fleet with Ger O'Rourke's Volvo 70 matching the odds of the French man who has previously finished second and sixth in the 704 mile ocean race.

In a fleet studded with past winners including double winner Cavatina (Eric Lisson) at 18:1 the publication has stuck its neck out to offer a guide to the form horses.

Of course the odds for the handicap winner are produced very much tongue in cheek with the unpredictable outcome of the race one of its biggest draws.

Bernard (65) who sails with his son Laurent sailed from Brittany to race the biennial fixture races under the Clifden boat club burgee. They have moved up from a Jeanneau Sunfast 40 for this circumnavigation to a Ker 10.7. The magazine gives them 6:1 odds.

Other's short-listed for success inlcude Adrian Lee at 8:1 in the canting keel Cookson 50, a boat that has already achieved honours in the Sydney-Hobart and Fastnet race when the wind was up.

The biggest boat in the fleet and one that is in town seeking a sub 3 day record is Leopard given 10:1 for handicap honours.

Read the full fleet odds in the posting 'Gentlemen, place you bets' on afloat.ie 

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