Sunday 15 July 2018

My voyage around the globe revealed wonders of the seas

After 50 days alone at sea - tossed by huge waves and buffeted by gale force winds - Enda O'Coineen can finally say he is on the home stretch

Take a bow: Enda on ‘Le Souffle du Nord’
Take a bow: Enda on ‘Le Souffle du Nord’

Enda O'Coineen

Last Friday, Enda O'Coineen crossed the Equator and is now on the final leg to France to unofficially finish the Vendee Globe Around the World Race. The race began in November 2016 - but on New Year's Day 2017, somewhere on the ocean between Cape Horn and New Zealand, his main mast came crashing down - and he had to bring his boat into shelter in NZ.

Bloodied but unbowed, Enda decided to complete the solo circumnavigation as an "unofficial finisher" - and this is an extract from his ship's log...

CROSSING the Equator, now on my way home, was magic. Again I met King Neptune, whose court was in full session. It was a warm welcome - circumnavigation complete - having met the monarch also on the way out.

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