A RETIRED Irish fisherman and avid sailor has become a celebrity – in the frozen North Atlantic – after retracing the route of St Brendan the Navigator.
Mr Murphy, from west Cork, arrived in Iceland last month on his restored 19-metre yacht, 'Bella Donna'.
He has since been treated like a celebrity and has featured in Icelandic newspapers, radio shows and top TV programme, 'Landinn'. The sailor has enjoyed the experience so much he has decided to overwinter in Iceland and press on to Greenland in early 2013.
"It has been fantastic, people have been really kind and very friendly," he said.
Most yachts on a trans-Atlantic crossing take a southerly route to avoid the frozen waters around both Iceland and Greenland.
He then plans to sail down the US east coast to the Caribbean.