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Team Hibernia have smashed the Round Ireland Powerboat Record by taking six hours off the long–standing 2009 time. The high speed voyage which began at 5am this morning was not without its hazards. Were it not for fog and a patch of bad weather, skipper John Ryan believes he could have shaved a further 45 minutes off the seven year record. 

Crossing the finish line off Kinsale just after 6pm this evening the four man crew finished in just under 13 hours in a time of 12 hours 54 minutes and 24 seconds.

Crew for the boat included Philip Fitzgibbon, the existing record holder, who has now smashed his own record by over five and a half hours. Fitzgibbon, however continues to retain the record in the under 30–ft category. Also onboard were Sean McNamara and Denis Dillon.

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Record breakers – Team Hibernia has set a new Round Ireland Powerboat record. Photo:

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There were tracker problems on the Atlantic coast but there's no denying Team Hibernia's accurate Irish sea track to a new Round Ireland Powerboat record this evening.

There was added drama as they cruised along the south coast this afternoon with a fuel problem but it did not threaten what has been a text book run for the forty–footer that raced at 65 mph for most of the journey.

There was one reufeling stop at Malin Head on the north coast, approximately the halfway stage of the 700–mile circumnavigation. The crew took onboard a massive 1400 litres for the trip south. 

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Twin diesels powered the craft round Ireland

The boat used is an FPT turbo diesel powered @ 1140 hp, 44' all aluminium, that has a 100 mph top speed with 650–mile range.

A relieved Ryan admits to being 'sore' tonight after nursing a cracked rib for the entire journey, 'It's amazing what eight Nurofen will do', he told

See all of Afloat's Round Ireland Powerboat coverage here

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Published in Round Ireland Power

The latest update from Team Hibernia locates the Round Ireland powerboat on course for the sub 19–hour official record. The four man crew, who departed Kinsale this morning, skippered by John Ryan, are off Arranmore Island in County Donegal and preparing for the run across Ireland's north coast. Ryan is aiming to maintain an average speed of 65 mph for the circumnavigation. They are using a spot tracker that reporte their position every few hours. They last reported in at 10.50am off Donegal. 

The Wayne Kruse designed mono hull is powered by twin FPT N67 engines.

The scheduled deaprture time from Kinsale was 5am and the time to beat is 18 hours 38 minutes and 50 seconds. 


Published in Round Ireland Power

The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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