Cobh boat building company Safehaven Marine are giving five lucky people the opportunity to take a ride in their Thunder Child vessel this Sunday – the high-speed boat which will soon be used in a unique world record attempt.
The attempt involves a long way round circumnavigation of Ireland via Rockall — an uninhabited granite islet 290 miles West of Scotland. It would be a world first if completed. It encompasses a 2,000km voyage, which includes a 1,000km run out to the North Atlantic.
The company are holding an event at the Quay's Bar in Cobh at 2pm on Sunday where attendees will get a chance to go aboard and be shown round the Thunder Child. Raffle tickets will be sold in the bar for €5. Five winners will get a ride in the boat and all proceeds will go to Cobh Hospital.
Frank Kowalski, MD of Safehaven Marine and a Thunder Child crew member for the world record attempt, said the event is a thank you to the public for their support.
“We'll arrive at the Quays Bar in Cobh around 2pm and we'll do a few high speed runs up and down the harbour first. We'll then moor up and people will have a chance to come aboard,” he said.
“Everyone has been very supportive of the world record attempt and we wanted to give them the chance to come up and see the Thunder Child themselves,” he added.
Thunder Child's six-person crew completed a 350km test last month, leaving from Galway before heading toward Loop Head and then the coast of Kerry where they stopped off at the Skelligs. They averaged a speed of 42kts along the way.
Mr Kowalski said the team are prepared and can't wait to get started.
"Our window is starting next Wednesday 21 June and until July 20 we will be watching the weather and the optimum weather conditions we get during that period will see us go,” he said.
“We'll be going at a maximum three day's notice. We need optimum conditions on the whole route. We'll be ready to rock once we see the opportunity. We're ready to go at the drop of a hat,” he added.
A dedicated website will monitor the entire journey at https://thunderchild.safetrxapp.com/.
Meanwhile, Safehaven Marine last week announced that they have signed contracts with Svitzer for two Interceptor 48 15m pilot vessels, for operations at a new port terminal in Tangier, Morocco.