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How to Make a Start in a Big Boat – Lessons 1 to 7

18th June 2016
Round Ireland Yacht Race
Today's Round Ireland 2016 start line showing a busy committee boat end. There was a southerly 10–knot breeze with a two knot tide pushing boats over the line Today's Round Ireland 2016 start line showing a busy committee boat end. There was a southerly 10–knot breeze with a two knot tide pushing boats over the line Photo: Afloat.ie

The nearer you were to today’s start of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016, the more amazing it all seemed. Yet it was difficult to see clearly what was happening as Teasing Machine and the mighty Rambler 88 came slicing through gaps which hadn’t even existed ten seconds earlier. Seen from a distance, it still looked both utterly marvellous – and totally scary. Photos: W M Nixonstart sequence

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