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Steering Problems Force WOW Out of Round Ireland Race

3rd July 2018
Royal Irish Yacht Club's Farr 42 WOW has retired from the Round Ireland Race Royal Irish Yacht Club's Farr 42 WOW has retired from the Round Ireland Race Photo:

The Royal Irish Yacht Club's Farr 42 WOW has retired from the Volvo Round Ireland Race due to steering problems.

It is understood the starboard-hand wheel collapsed when the former Irish yacht of the year was leading in IRC One. On safety grounds, the decision was taken to retire.

According to the race tracker, the George Sisk owned boat is now in Galway. All crew and boat are safe.

WOW Farr 42 Round ireland 4234Farr 42 WOW – starboard wheel collapsed Photo:

Seven boats from a starting fleet of 56 have now been forced out of the Race, mostly due to gear failure in the testing conditions experienced on the West Coast.

One boat retired for a precautionary medical check for a crew-member who received a minor shoulder injury after a fall on board.

As previously reported the sole trimaran in the race, Hugo Karlsson Smyth was an early loss on the south-west coast. 

Phosphorous Mark Emerson 3843Mark Emerson's Phosphorous II retired due to gear failure Photo:

Also out are Mark Emerson's A13 Phosphorus II, Brian McMaster's Cookson 50 Riff Raff, Paul Jackson's Sun Odyssey 40 Wild Spirit, Johnny and Jamie Ritchie's Dufour 41 Classic Mingulay, and Glyn Sheffield's Farr 40 Espresso Martini Too.

Riff Raff 4046Brian McMaster's Cookson 50 Riff Raff retired and headed for Crosshaven Photo:

Race tracker HERE Round Ireland updates in this one handy link HERE.

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