#D2D Race – While Anthony O’Leary and his Antix crew may have home ground advantage in the waters of West Cork in the last stages of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race, the weather gods aren’t playing a supporting role as the veering and lightening breeze turns westward and then northwestward as the leaders rounded the Fastnet in the early hours of Sunday.
The Shanahan family's J109 Ruth took over the lead from Antix shortly after 3am and the likellihood is that other lower rated boats will push the early leaders down the pecking order. J109 Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox), JPK 9.60 Alchimiste (Mike Murphy) and DB1 Red Rhum (Jonathan Nicholson) are all making better speed than both Antix and Lee Overlay Partners (Adrian Lee). Less than half-an-hour of corrected time separates 2nd to 6th and the forecast suggests that these boats will retain the breeze for a while longer than Antix, but that they will suffer the same fate along the Kerry coast leading to a corrected time battle among the smaller yachts. In this case look to Alchimiste and Red Rhum to be the strongest challengers.
- In the two handed division, Blue Eyes (Colm Buckley & Simon Knowles) have strengthened their lead, while Kerry’s own Amazing Grace (Brian O’Sullivan and Frances Clifford) have taken over the lead from Lady Rowena (David Bolger) in the Cruiser division.
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