Irish sailor makes mark on the high seas with podium finish
Published 21/12/2015 | 02:30
An Irish sailor has finished third in a solo transatlantic sailing race.
Enda O'Coineen (60) will also go down in history as the first Irish person to achieve a podium finish in a leg of the IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championships.
The leg in question was a non-stop journey from the Caribbean to France (Transat St Barth-Port la Foret), a distance of some 3,400 nautical miles.
The championship involves six challenging races - the Vendee Globe, the Fastnet Race, the Route du Rhum, the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Barcelona World Race and the Transat St Barth-Port la Foret.
Mr O'Coineen told the Irish Independent he had a nightmare start to the race, as a technical difficulty meant his 60-foot yacht 'Currency House Kilcullen' had to be removed from the water and serviced before it could begin sailing.
The delay meant his yacht was 26 hours behind other competitors - but he made a remarkable comeback.
The solo sailor was on the high seas for 13 days and survived on tinned, dehydrated foods - similar to those on the International Space Station.