Cork boat breaks world record following Arctic Circle voyage

Cork boat breaks world record following Arctic Circle voyage

Cork boat Thunder Child II achieved a world record following their Arctic Circle voyage from Killybegs to Reykjavik, which was successfully completed on Friday, July 9. 

CORK boat Thunder Child II has set a world record following their Arctic Circle voyage from Killybegs to Reykjavik in Iceland.

The Thunder Child II boat was designed and built in east Cork by Youghal-based Safehaven Marine. 

The super-swift craft has been described as “a unique, hybrid hull design, asymmetrical catamaran, with a wave-piercing deep V mono-hull”.

The five crew members left Killybegs in Donegal at 3am on July 8 as they set out to try and set a UIM record for Ireland to Iceland, a distance of 1,500 kilometres.

They achieved their goal in just under 32 hours, which represents a new world record time. In total they travelled 866 nautical miles, averaging just over 30kts underway.

The five crew members of the Thunder Child II boat who recently achieved a world record following their Arctic Circle voyage from Killybegs to Reykjavik, Iceland. Pic credit: Safehaven Marine Twitter.
The five crew members of the Thunder Child II boat who recently achieved a world record following their Arctic Circle voyage from Killybegs to Reykjavik, Iceland. Pic credit: Safehaven Marine Twitter.

The crew members encountered their toughest leg of the journey in the North Atlantic where they were punching a head sea swell all the way.

The Thunder Child II boat is valued at over €1m and it is designed for high speed, with minimal turbulence.

Measuring 23 m in length, it has a 5.3 m beam and boasts a Hyuscraft hydrofoil system fitted between the two catamaran hulls.

In July 2017 the 17-metre original Thunder Child set a record in circumnavigating Ireland, anticlockwise, via Rockall, in just over 34 hours.

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