On the 29th of September four Irish powerboat racers successfully managed to cross the Irish Sea from Dublin to Holyhead on their first attempt in an effort to raise funds and awareness of Pieta House, the centre for self harm and suicide prevention.
Team Adventure Training Ireland (Pilot Donnchadh Mac Cobb & Co-pilot Carmel Guilfoyle) and Team Aptriva (Pilot Peter Sweeney & Co-pilot Chris Gleeson) departed from Dublin City moorings on the River Liffey at 9am and arrived into Holyhead Port at 1.10pm, completing the crossing in 4 hours and 10 minutes.
The crossing was done in their P750 powerboat race boats which are 4 metre long inflatable powerboats capable of high speeds, big jumps and tight turns. The distance covered on the day was just over 120KM and the max speed reached was 65km/ph.
After leaving through Dublin Port, the boats headed for the Baily Lighthouse on Howth head where they topped up the fuel tanks before heading east into the Irish Sea leaving the sight of land behind them. With a westerly wind behind them the conditions began to freshen as the crews got closer to the Welsh coast. With one fuel stop and a few short breaks to readjust and take a breather they fleet pushed on. The last 15 miles in particular were described as a nightmare by the crews as they battled exhaustion and pain as their bodies took a constant bashing by the elements.
The team have raised nearly €3,000 for Pieta House to date and are still welcoming sponsorship of any size for this great cause. You can donate online here.