Monday 26 September 2016

O'Coineen storms his way to third

Published 21/12/2015 | 02:30

French skipper Fabrice Amedeo (p) came second, beating O’Coineen by 24 hours Photo:AFP/Getty Images
French skipper Fabrice Amedeo (p) came second, beating O’Coineen by 24 hours Photo:AFP/Getty Images

Irish single-handed sailor Enda O'Coineen won third place in the 3,375-mile transatlantic race yesterday afternoon.

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The course from St Barths in the Caribbean to the Breton town of Port La Foret crossed two major tropical storms that caused widespread problems.

O'Coineen was delayed starting the race due to mechanical problems, but had regained ground when the first storm hit the fleet a week ago.

He managed to continue and was rewarded with third place, 24 hours behind Fabrice Amedeo. French veteran skipper Seb Josse won the contest.

Completion of this race qualifies the skippers for inclusion in the Vendee Globe non-stop single-handed race around the world next autumn.

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