SAFEHAVEN Marine, the boat building company based in Cobh, have completed a high-speed trial run in advance of their attempt at a world record long-distance circumnavigation of Ireland later this summer.
They circumnavigation of Ireland via Rockall - an uninhabited granite islet 290 miles West of Scotland - 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 attempt will be made in the XSV 17 'Thunder Child' craft which can seat a crew of up to 10.
The six-person crew completed a 350km test this week, 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.
Despite snagging a fishing net on the journey, a diver was able to clear it without any damage being caused.
Skipper and Safehaven Marine managing director Frank Kowalski said the success of the attempt depends on weather conditions.
“No one has ever done it before because it is too extreme out to Rockall and back. We just need good, calm weather and if we get high pressure it'll be very good for us. The North Atlantic is really rough and a nasty old place if you get bad weather there.”