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An “exhausted” Jesse and Zander Kirkland took just three hours and 47 minutes and ten seconds to sail around the Island yesterday as part of a bid to raise funds for their Olympic dreams.

The Bermuda brothers challenged the public to estimate how long it would take them to circumnavigate the Island in a 49er boat, at a cost of $10 per guess.

St. David’s Islander Duncan Frith came the closest with his estimate of three hours and 47 minutes just ten seconds off the mark. He will receive a $100 gift voucher from the event sponsors AS Coopers and Butterfield and Vallis.

Monies raised will go to support the Kirkland’s run-up to next summer’s London Olympics, and cover the costs of world-class coaching as they look to step up their preparations.

Zander said: ”It was an exhausting blast around Bermuda.

“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 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, it would not have been possible at a lower tide.”

The brothers thanked the many escorts who ensured they completed the challenge safely.

Zander added: “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 the focal point for media coverage on the 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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Published August 05, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 05, 2011 at 9:51 am)

Kirklands complete Island sail

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