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Thursday, August 04, 2011
Kirkland Make It Around the Island

Kirklands in action
Olympic hopefuls Jesse and Zander Kirkland Exhausting blast around Bermuda.

With no time to break, just a moment under the lee of St. David's Head to drink some water as they got ready for the mission up the South Shore.

Zander Kirkland said, “We blasted off the starting line at Spanish Point and cruised down the North Shore with great pace, thanks to the breezy conditions and the relatively flat water, we made it to St. David's Head in 45 minutes from Spanish Point.”

Jesse Kirkland said, “The South Shore was a brutal 15 mile upwind leg, as we jumped swells with the flying fish, we came inside the reef at Elbow Beach and did a close 'fly by' for the beach goers. Once we got to Sonesta, we were able to speed up as we bore away from the breeze. In no time we were ripping across Whale Bay and into the West End. By the end, the breeze had built some and we were just trying to hold it together.”

The pair were both really tired, but just remained focused on finishing. It was freaky sailing over the reefs of the West End at such high speeds, something that would not have been possible at a lower tide.

Zander concluded, “We think was a great event and want to improve on our time! It was a great way for us to showcase the speeds that this boat can achieve. The 49er is the fastest Olympic Sailboat and is one of the main focal points for media coverage on the ISAF World Cup Tour. Just imagine a whole fleet of these boats racing and you can understand racing these boats on the World Stage.”
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