#d2d – As the leaders approach the final mark on the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race course, the Washerwoman Rocks, it looks like game set and match to the low handicappers.
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Afloat.ie's current prediction is line honours for O'Leary father and son on Antix, followed by Georges Sisk's WOW, but there is going to be a close battle for the overall prize between the veteran Oyster 37 Amazing Grace under the command of Brian O'Sullivan, and Blue Eyes, the Elan 340 entered by Simon Knowles and Colm Buckley, with the double-handers Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive on Lula Belle rounding off the top 3.
The Amazing Grace crew from Tralee Bay will be hoping that their slightly longer waterline can see off the Howth challenger and deliver a Kerry win when they cross the finish line just before dawn on Monday.
Brian O'Sullivan texting Afloat.ie this evening: 'Still going well enough inspite of the relatively calm conditions. A greay day to be at sea! Praying for that freshening breeze on our own turf up along the west coast'.
Pre-race favourites Antix, will do well to finish in the top ten as the wind continues to build giving the slower boats still on the water an increasingly favourable following breeze that will see a lively spinnaker run into Dingle.
Of course, we all know that predictions can be notoriously fickle, like the weather itself, and this is all based on error free final watches aboard our nominees.
Afloat.ie will stay with the fleet and will bring the next update around midnight.