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Another Round Ireland Speed Record Bid?

18th July 2016
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The Phaedo3 team is considering a further Round Ireland record bid The Phaedo3 team is considering a further Round Ireland record bid Photo: Afloat.ie

There are unconfirmed reports that the MOD70 Trimaran Phaedo3 will make a further bid at the Round Ireland Speed Record this month. The MOD70 skippered by American Lloyd Thornburg is understood to be considering a return to Ireland to make a further bid on the 700–mile record time set by Oman Sail during last month's Round Ireland Race. In a thrilling three way duel Thornburg's crew were edged out of the honours in an Irish Sea battle on June 20th.

The historic new record for the fastest-ever sail round Ireland was set when Oman Sail crossed the Volvo Round Ireland Race finish line at Wicklow on June 20th in just 38 hours, 37 minutes and 7 seconds, smashing their own 2015 record by an incredible 2 hours, 14 minutes and 50 seconds. The new time is subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council.

Earlier this month, Phaedo 3 set a new record round the Isle of Wight. Omansail capsized at the weekend while her crew were attempting to set a new transatlantic record.

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