Last June KLEINJANS entered Roaring Forty in the single handed OSTAR, which had to become one of the highlights of his career. Unfortunately after a few days into the race he had to retire while leading the fleet, due to rig failure. In the meantime KLEINJANS won the traditional Cowes to Dinard race in the double-handed class.
Since then the boat has been in Dun Laoghaire, the official starting place for every Round Ireland record attempt.
The Belgian skipper plans to set off on Friday at 1100 hours local time, when a fierce southeasterly should take him all the way over the northern tip of Ireland, and hopefully a bit further. Once on the Atlantic side, he hopes to benefit from a big shift and use the predicted westerly to take his boat back to Dublin. 'I think I can do it in three days and a half, but if I can do it in less than that, I won't fail to do so,' said the very confident skipper.
The total distance of the planned circumnavigation is 708 nautical miles, with LIDDY's current record completed at an average speed of 5.35 knots.