Any of you who have been to the marina today will have seen Viking Lord back in her berth.
Congratulations to Paul and John on their epic voyage.
See the statement below from Paul Mc Sorley—
Viking Lord’s journey is done – we tied up in our berth in Fahan yesterday evening after a speedy windward passage from Ballycastle.
It was an epic trip – over 3200nm in total and we learned a lot about sailing along the way. We did manage to tart and finish both legs when 16 other boats retired. We may not have won but my goals were achieved. Viking Lord may not be a greyhound of the ocean but she was an easy plodder and looked after us.
Many thanks for all your support and for all the donations to our nominated charities – MDNA and Habitat. Viking Lord will return after a short break and a few repairs.
Paul Mc Sorley
Viking Lords predicted total finish time (Elapsed), Official time 24 days 8 hours 45 mins and 58 seconds.
The winner of the closest prediction to the official time was William and Karen (Melodrama) with a prediction of 27 days 4 hours 15 mins and 1 second.
Karen and William have earned a special prize all the way from the Azores (Not just enough to have Paul back…)
Many thanks to all those whop put in a prediction.
10.00am Start from starting line at Fahan direct to Tory.
Starting sequence will begin at 10:00am sharp!
The finish line will be as follows: A transit between the east end of the Pier which is N55°14.788′ – W8°13.542′ and a virtual mark which will be the outer limit mark which is N55°15.787′ – W8°13.542′. This is a 1nm line almost directly due south of the East end of the pier.
All competing Yachts must take their own elapsed time and relay same to me at the earliest convenience .
We hope to get race away on time so can everyone please be “on time”.
Another fantastic day on the water today for the White Harte Regatta. Wind turned up also which made it a little more interesting.
As usual the White Harte pulled together a great spread for us hungry sailors. A big thank you to Patricia for providing the food at such short notice. A special note to the White Harte for presenting the club with a beautiful piece of Derryveagh Crystal. This is one race which the club looks forward to each year and this year we have a real momento which will take pride of place in the newly refurbished clubhouse. It will bring a special sparkle to the skippers snug.
A big thank you to Robert for acting as O.D. for the day and making it to Rathmullan for the start and finish of the race.
2 fleets started the race in Fahan with a spinnaker run up the Lough to Inch Spit, a beat to Inch Flat, another run via Kinnegar to Salt Pans, Inch Spit again and for IRC across to Kinnegar then finish at Rathmullan. The club fleet dropped Kinnegar, the penultimate mark being Inch Spit.
The fleet tied up at the pontoon in Rathmullan and made tracks to the White Harte for refreshments. Corrected times worked out, results tallied up and crumbs cleared away for the announcement.
In the IRC fleet congratulations to Zutsy on a fine performance and taking 1st place.
In the Club Fleet congratulations to Firsty taking 1st place, Ladyhawk 2nd place and Mountain Mist 3rd place.
Thanks to all those who came to the start line in less than favourable conditions.