#d2d – The first 24 hours of this year's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle have been atypical as the fleet juggled with the complexities of a building springtide, and relatively light north easterly winds. See live Tracker here
Most opted for the port gybe offshore option down the Irish Sea, taking them away from the stronger tides around Wicklow Head,
before gybing back inshore. Antix led the fleet around the Tuskar shortly before 4am in a relatively fresh 16 knots, but are now running downwind in a more modest 8 knot north easterly.
While Antix leads on the water, they are trading places for the overall IRC lead with Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive in Lulabelle. This is impressive going by the duo, keeping ahead of most of the fully crewed yachts. These pair are being closely followed by Liam Shanahan's J109 Ruth and Brian Carroll's Elan 40 Chancer.
With 130 miles to go the current rate of 7 knots should see Antix get to Dingle at about 10am Sunday, however, maintaining that progress may be difficult with the current forecast predicting even light winds ahead.
So all to play for over the next 24 hours, and plenty of sunshine and spinnaker work for the crews as they approach the iconic Fastnet Rock.
One time leader the J109 Mojito is stll chasing sistership Ruth. ISORA commodore Peter Ryan on board Mojito texted - 'Chasing Ruth! Hard to stick with her. Hard work. Gybing not paying. We have another plan if the wind holds'.
Brian O'Sullivan of Tralee's Amazing Grace text to say: 'We took a chance and ran the rhumb line from the kish bank and that has paid off! We' re now back in this race after a sluggish start'.
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