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Volvo Cork Week - Fastnet Race for the Beaufort Cup

Barry Byrne's Irish Defence Forces team came from behind to win the double points scoring Fastnet Race for the Beaufort Cup.

During the 130 mile race, four teams swapped the lead in an intense battle around the Fastnet Lighthouse.

The Irish Defence Force team, racing J/109 Joker 2, skippered by Barry Byrne, opened their defence of the Beaufort Cup with a win in the 150 mile Fastnet Race.

After digging in for trench warfare, with a beat all the way to the Fastnet Rock, Joker was fourth around the iconic lighthouse, and picked off the leaders to take the gun by just over four minutes from the Baltimore Lifeboat team skippered by Youen Jacob.

The Baltimore Lifeboat team, with Olympian Peter O'Leary calling tactics staged their own comeback, sailing offshore into extra breeze to move up the ranks and threaten the leaders.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney (Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland) racing J/109 Jedi, with an Irish Defence Force Team, led the fleet for much of the race, but lost out in the last few hours to come third.

The Fastnet Race is a double scoring race for the Beaufort Cup, three days of inshore racing will decide the overall winner, who will also nominate a donation of 10,000 Euros to the charity of their choice.

Fastnet Race for the Beaufort Cup

1st IRL1206 Joker 2 Irish Defence Forces / Crumlin Childrens J109 2 pts
2nd IRL3660 Juggerknot Baltimore RNLI J109 4 pts
3rd IRL8088 JEDI Irish Defence Forces / Simon Community J109 6 pts
4th IRL2129 Nieulargo Crosshaven RNLI Grand Soleil 40 B+C 8 pts
5th GBR8541R Jolly Jack Tar Royal Navy Sailing Association J109 10 pts
6th GBR1242R White Mischief 38th Irish Brigade & Royal Regiment of S J109 12 pts
7th IRL2067 JUSTUS Irish Defence Forces / Atlantic Youth Tr J109 14 pts
8th GBR7005R Trojan Royal Engineers J109 16 pts
9th IRL8991 Exhale Fisheries Ireland / Cork Penny Dinners & X362 18 pts
10th GBR7664T Crackajack PSNI Beneteau First 40.7 20 pts
11th IRL4076 Meredian Irish Naval Services / Simon Community Salona 22 pts
12th GBR9109T Red Arrow Royal Air Force / RAF Benevolent Fund J/109 24 pts
13th IRL2820 Y-Dream Warriors Sailing / Irish Heart Foundatio Beneteau 36.7 34 pts
14th IRL3607 C-SIGMA National Space Centre / RNLI Beneteau 36.7 34 pts

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