American sailor Lloyd Thornburg and the rest of the Phaedo^3 crew are now, subject to ratification, the new record holders for the fastest sail around Ireland.

Phaedo^3 and its crew crossed the finish line at 4:01:04am on 5 August to claim the Around Ireland Sailing Record.

They managed to knock approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes off the current record, held by MOD70 Musandam-Oman Sail.

Their record breaking sail has to be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council before it is officially entered into the history books.

Thornburg and his crew set off from Dún Laoghaire at 3.09pm on 3 August.

They needed to finish before 5.30am on 5 August on the line between Dún Laoghaire South Pier and Kish Lighthouse to break the record.

The crew of Phaedo 3 celebrate the Around Ireland World Record

The crew celebrate. Credit: Rachel Fallon-Langdon/Phaedo^3


Previous holders of the Round Ireland speed record, Musandam-Oman Sail, only set the record in June.

The crew won the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race in 38 hours, 37 minutes and 7 seconds, beating their own 2015 record by an incredible two hours, 14 minutes and 50 seconds.

Musandam-Oman Sail finished just 58 seconds ahead of Phaedo^3.

Phaedo 3 crossed the finish line taking the Round the Ireland Speed Record

Phaedo^3 takes the record. Credit: Rachel Rachel Fallon-Langdon/Phaedo^3


This latest record for Phaedo^3 comes just weeks after Thornburg and his crew smashed the multihull record time in the Round the Island Race.

The giant MOD70 trimaran tore round the Isle of Wight course in two hours 23 minutes and 23 seconds.

In doing so, Thornburg and his crew smashed the record time Sir Ben Ainslie set in 2013 by a stunning 28 minutes.

The full crew on board for the Round Ireland speed record were:
Lloyd Thornburg – Helm,
Brian Thompson – Co-Skipper,
Miles Seddon – Navigator,
Damian Foxall – Bow,
Paul Allen – Trim,
Sam Goodchild – Trim,
Henry Bomby – Grinder,
Fletcher Kennedy – Grinder.


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