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Irish sailor makes mark on the high seas with podium finish


Brave: Enda O'Coineen

Brave: Enda O'Coineen

Brave: Enda O'Coineen

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.

Irish Independent