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 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.
Thunder Child II and her crew successfully achieved their World record attempt: ‘Ireland to Iceland’. Crossing the start line in Killybegs and the finish line in Rejkavik in just under 32hrs. We traveled 866 nautical miles averaging just over 30kts underway. pic.twitter.com/dF4MbEbHha— Safehaven Marine (@SafehavenMarine) July 9, 2021
In July 2017 the 17-metre original Thunder Child set a record in circumnavigating Ireland, anticlockwise, via Rockall, in just over 34 hours.