31 Oct Dolan halts Round Ireland record challenge in Dingle
Because of a rapidly worsening forecast, Irish sailor Tom Dolan has had to stop his solo Round Ireland sailing record attempt in Dingle, despite being more than 80 miles – or about 10 hours – ahead of the existing record pace after having sailed more than half the 688 miles course on his boat Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan.
Winds to storm force 9 and 5 metre seas with a very short, confused wave period are about to hit the SW of Ireland and Dolan was not prepared to take the risk on his 36 foot Figaro Beneteau 3, particularly with no safe havens to shelter in on the SW and S of Ireland.
“I am gutted, I really am because it was going so well and I was quick with some really high sustained speeds around the NE corner where there was flat water.” Said Dolan when he was safely tied up in Dingle. “I was getting gale force 9 warnings on the VHF radio and it was getting worse. 24 hours ago it was looking difficult bit doable but not now.”
“I will take stock in a while but immediately I need to look after the boat. But there are worse things going on in the world and for sure there are worse places to be than Dingle.”