Fastest crossing of the Irish Sea on wakeboards: Irish cops set world record (Video) CORK, Ireland -- Gardai (Irish policemen) Liam Phillips, David White, Brian Callanan, Anthony Daly and Sergeant Hugh Twomey from Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland, successfully Wakeboarded from Rosslare, Ireland to Fishguard, Wales (62 miles) in a time of 5 hours and 18 minutes , setting the world record for the Fastest crossing of the Irish Sea on wakeboards (team).
Photo: Five Gardaí from Community Policing North Cork set a new world record by wakeboarding from Rosslare to Fishguard. Liam Phillips during the World Record attempt. Photo by: John Parker (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel by wakeboard is 2 hr 2 min and was achieved by Edward Bosson (UK), who travelled from Dover Beach, UK, to Carn-aux-Oeufs, France.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the record for the longest ramp jump on a wakeboard (male): 15 m (49.2 ft), set by Jérôme Macquart (France).
Garda David White said: "We are just delighted to be here and to have done it. We're stiff and sore but it was so worth it."
The challenge was completed in a relay fashion with each Wakeboarder spending 10 minutes in the water before being replaced by the next.
The event started at Rosslare Harbour, Ireland, and was completed at Fishguard Harbour, Wales.
Photo: David White during the world record attempt. Photo: John Parker (enlarge photo)
The 62 mile stretch of sea between Rosslare and Fishguard provided the challenge as the gardai grappled with the cold sea and the rough waves.
Accompanied by boats from Mallow Search and Rescue, the team completed the charity event for Special Olympics Munster.
Sponsorship cards are available in every Garda Station in Ireland so that you can show your support for this initiative. In addition you can make a donation online on www.specialolympics.ie/wakeboard
Avid wake-boarder Garda David White said "we are stiff and sore but it was so worth it."
When the team reached Fishguard, members of the Welsh Police organised a barbecue in their honour and Garda Daly said they were delighted with the hot food.
Inspector Senan Ryan of Mallow Garda Station said: "I really don't think the lads have yet realised just what they have achieved. We are all very proud of them."