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Line Honours for Mikey Ferguson on Pip Hare's 'Medallia' in Lonely Rock Race

19th August 2020
Medallia and crew including Belfast's Mikey Ferguson post race Medallia and crew including Belfast's Mikey Ferguson post race Photo: Richard Langdon

Belfast Lough's Mikey Ferguson found the Lonely Rock Race on Pip Hare's Open 60, Medallia, shorter than planned due to the impending storm.

The race director decided to shorten the course with the turn at Wolf Rock off Land's End instead of the Fastnet. And the finish at Plymouth.

However, the crew, Pip, Mikey and Paul Larsen were delighted to take line honours in an entry list of 14 with an elapsed time of 41:45:36 ahead of Tom Kneen's JPK 1180, Sunrise.

Pip was delighted with the result;  "Great testing the modifications to Medallia over the last few months. Also a great decision by the Race Committee to shorten the course with the forecast that was predicted. Really happy with the boat and any and all sailing done before the Vendee Globe in November is valuable".

Mikey was pleased to be on board Medallia; " Great to do some offshore sailing with a purpose again. It's been a long time. Nice that all the changes to the boat have worked well and we have a few more tweaks to do over the coming few weeks. All in all, a great shakedown and the boat should be in great shape for the Vendee in November".

Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down.

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