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Round Ireland Day 5. 2.30pm: Baraka GP Takes Line Honours

4th July 2018
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Baraka GP at Kish Lighthouse this morning, on course as though on rails for the finish and line honours at Wicklow Baraka GP at Kish Lighthouse this morning, on course as though on rails for the finish and line honours at Wicklow Photo: John Sheehy/RStGYC

Niall Dowling’s chartered Ker 43 Baraka GP was across the finish line at Wicklow a few minutes before 1.30pm to comfortably take line honours in the 2018 edition of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race, the 20th staging of this major event.

The Royal Irish YC skipper has seen his specialised boat put in a spectacular performance during the past 18 hours, lengthening away from all opposition to such good effect that the next in line, the Volvo 60 Libertalia Team Jokolia, is still all of 90 miles from the finish.

“AtAt the time of finish, Baraka was shown as having a Corrected Time lead of seven hours. Photo: John Sheehy/RStGYC

Baraka is indicated as currently having a strong lead in the main section of the fleet, the IRC Handicap Division. Her closest challenger, Chris Power Smith’s J/122 Aurelia, still has 140 miles to race, and at the time of finish, Baraka was shown as having a Corrected Time lead of seven hours.

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The Round Ireland Yacht Race is Ireland's classic offshore yacht race that starts from Wicklow Sailing Club (WSC) and is organised jointly with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC). This page details the very latest updates from the 2008 race onwards including the race schedule, yacht entries and the all-important race updates from around the 704-mile course. Keep up to date with the Round Ireland Yacht Race here on this one handy page.

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