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Niall Dowling is July 'Sailor of the Month' (Offshore)

1st August 2018
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Niall Dowling of the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the line honours and overall winner of the Round Ireland Race Niall Dowling of the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the line honours and overall winner of the Round Ireland Race

The achievement of Niall Dowling of the Royal Irish YC in taking both Line Honours and the Overall Win in Wicklow’s Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018 with the Ker 43 Baraka GP is put into its proper perspective when we remember that at the halfway stage, Baraka was way down the rankings despite a tactically brilliant performance.

Until then, conditions had been completely stacked against her, such that off the coast of Mayo, she was in lowly 24th overall. But then things started to turn in her favour, with brilliant tactics and sailing to take the fullest possible advantage of the slightest helpful slant. Having had a mountain to climb, they climbed it at speed and then skied down the other side to a runaway victory.

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