Thursday 21 November 2019

Fisherman retraces voyage of St Brendan

Ralph Riegel

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.

Finbarr Murphy admitted he was taken aback by the reaction to his arrival in isolated ports in the Faroe Islands and Iceland, which haven't see a yacht in decades.

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.

Mr Murphy arrived in Iceland, via the Orkneys, Norway and Faroe Islands, in pursuit of his dream to sail the North Atlantic like St Brendan to Greenland and North America.

He then plans to sail down the US east coast to the Caribbean.

Irish Independent

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