After experiencing extreme weather followed by a lack of wind, the boat Rothmans went on to win the 1990 Round Ireland Yacht Race.
Attempting to break the speed record for the Round Ireland Yacht Race, the British Yacht Rothmans was doomed to fail. Rothmans, which was at one stage predicted to be likely to break the record, ran into very collapsed winds and drifted for several hours. At the time of this report, mid-way through the race, the NCB Ireland yacht is reported to have caught up.
Sixty yachts left Wicklow the previous Saturday encountering some of the severest weather conditions that the race had encountered since 1984. 21 yachts, which were contesting, were blown out of the race with gear damage. However, a change in the weather left a dearth of wind for part of the race.
An RTÉ News report by Tom MacSweeney broadcast on 26 June 1990, shows the yachts with just 100 miles to go in the race. Rothmans, skippered by Laurie Smith, went on to win the Cork Dry Gin Round Ireland Yacht Race, which finished in Wicklow on 27 June. Rothmans completed the 704 mile journey in 84 hours 56 minutes and 6 seconds.
The Round Ireland Yacht Race first took place in 1980.