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WSSR Official: Lee & Hunt Set Around Ireland Double-handed Outright World Record

3rd November 2020
Catherine Hunt (left) and Pamela Lee are World Record holders for speed sailing round Ireland Catherine Hunt (left) and Pamela Lee are World Record holders for speed sailing round Ireland

The World Speed Sailing Record Council Council (WSSR) has announced the establishment of a new World Sailing Record established by Pamela Lee and Catherine Hunt for the 'Around Ireland doublehanded Outright World Record'. 

Ireland's World Speed Sailing Commissioner Chris Moore made the announcement this afternoon following the ratification of the elapsed record time by the WSSR of 3 days 19 hours 41 minutes and 39 seconds.

 As regular Afloat readers will know, the pair set the record last month from 13th to the 17th October 2020.

The official details that have earned the pair an Afloat Sailor of the Month Award are:

  • Yacht: “R L Sailing” Beneteau Figaro 3.
  • Start time: 06; 47; 15 GMT on the 13/10/20
  • Finish time: 02;28;54 GMT on the 17/10/20
  • Elapsed time: 3 days 19 hours 41 minutes and 39 seconds
  • Course length: 698 NM
  • Average speed: 7.61 kts

The benchmark time was set in the 2004 Round Ireland Race by Yannick Lemonnier and Aodhan Fitzgerald in 4 days 6 hours. 

Last month's attempt by Lee and Hunt also established the initial Around Ireland Record for Women.

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