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Enda Completes His Remarkable Odyssey
Finally he made it. On Easter Sunday Irish solo racer Enda O'Coineen, 63, skipper and team ambassador and for Le Souffle du Nord and Team Ireland, who both had to give up their Vendée Globe - yesterday finished sailing around the world.
The solo racer writes a new chapter in the sailing history of Ireland. He took 66 days between New Zealand and Les Sables d'Olonne to finally finish off his own 'race'. As well as completing his personal mission, to complete the circumnavigation after losing his mast off New Zealand there has also been a strong initiative of solidarity with the association Le Souffle du Nord which also had to stop into New Zeland.
Enda's mast came down on January 1st 2017 when he was around 200 miles south of New Zealand. After retiring into New Zealand he combined with the programme of Thomas Ruyant's Le Souffle du Nord. The rebuilt-rebranded Team, Le Souffle du Nord Kilcullen Team Ireland was launched from Christchurch.
Since leaving New Zealand on 26th January O'Coineen has covered the returning 13,000 miles as a symbol of solidarity between the teams.
"After 66 days alone at sea since New Zealand I am elated. It's incredible. I'm overwhelmed... and now I'm surrounded by thousands of people who gave me an amazing welcome into Les Sables d'Olonne. It's an honour to be here and to be representing Le Souffle du Nord Kilcullen Team Ireland. The support, interest and encouragement has been great.”
“This adventure really started in January 1st 2015 when we decided to 'Go for It' and to take on this challenge. Preparations have gobbled- up all the ranges of personal emotion, physical challenge, personal resource, fear and jubilation in between. There is no logic to the logic. And right to the finish line for the final week, rounding the Azores and the North West corner of Spain, the storm crossing the Bay of Biscay, kept me on edge."
Enda O'Coineen on the road back to the equator
After 42 days at sea since leaving New Zealand, the Irish sailor Enda O’Coineen continues his solo journey to return home with the IMOCA Le Souffle du Nord-Kilcullen Team Ireland. Enda is presently off the coast of Brazil. O’Coineen started the last Vendée Globe but retired into New Zealand when the mast of his IMOCA broke. The 63 year old describes himself as a pure amateur adventurer is striving to complete his round the world circumnavigation on the boat which was previously Thomas Ruyant’s and which also retired into New Zealand.
He reports" I'm fine. I think a lot and say to myself that I am very lucky to be able to do what I am doing. In 1000 miles, I will be back at the equator, then there is the climb up the northern Atlantic for the finish, the climax into Les Sables d'Olonne. "
Enda has inspired many, such as Alex Thomson ("We are in the pure human adventure, in the inner journey of a man ..."), Eric Bellion ("Enda is the definition of the free spirited man He did not do the Vendée Globe to be in the spotlight and he proves it today. ") Or even Thomas Ruyant himself (" I find that the marriage of Le Souffle du Nord and Team Ireland is a great success. "
Enda O Coineen is expected late March - early April for his passage into the famous channel of Les Sables d'Olonne. No doubt the public will be present to salute his tenacity and spirit.
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Charlie Dalin to compete in the Vendée Globe
After displaying the colours of MACIF for four years in the Figaro circuit, Charlie Dalin, French offshore racing champion in 2016 and French vice-champion in 2017, has just been entrusted with the helm of a new generation IMOCA by APIVIA Mutuelle, a subsidiary of the MACIF Group.
A new boat will be built in 2019 in order to allow one of the rising stars of the new generation to aim for victory. This is once again proof of the continuing attraction of the Vendée Globe, as we already know that four new boats will be there on the start line in 2020 (Hugo Boss, Arkema – Paprec, Charal and Apivia Mutuelle). For Charlie Dalin, this is the culmination of what he has been aiming for. Originally from Le Havre, Charlie took his first steps in the Mini-Transat before succeeding in the Figaro circuit. The Vendée Globe was clearly one of his priorities. He will be getting a boat that matches his ambitions. The support of the subsidiary of the MACIF group should, also enable Charlie Dalin to benefit from the experience and know-how of François Gabart and his team.
Simon’s maiden innings
The young skipper Sébastien Simon, aged 28, will be competing in the next Vendée Globe at the helm of an IMOCA monohull flying the colours of Arkea-Paprec, which will be designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian and with a project manager, Vincent Riou. Before moving to his new class, Sébastien Simon, 3rd in the French elite offshore racing championship in 2017, will race with Morgan Lagravière on a Figaro boat in the Transat AG2R – La Mondiale, which starts on 22nd April.
Amedeo announces a new partner
« I’m still hungry for the Vendée Globe. » Now certain that Newrest, his partner for the last Vendée Globe, will remain at his side, Fabrice Amedeo has announced the name of his new co-sponsor, Art & Fenêtres who will accompany him until the next non-stop solo round the world race in 2020. Based in the Sarthe, the company will be alongside him for his next races, including the Route du Rhum in November. The 60-foot foiler, Pieter Heerema’s former No Way Back, is due to be relaunched on 8th February.
Attanasio – a two pronged attack
As he busily prepares for the Transat AG2R - La Mondiale (start on 22nd April) on a Figaro, Romain Attanasio is also hard at work on his new 60-foot boat, Fabrice Amedeo’s former Newrest. Now certain that Famille Mary and Etamine du Lys will accompany him in the next Vendée Globe, Romain Attanasio is now hoping to find a third headline co-sponsor.
Le Souffle du Nord – Team Ireland set sails again to complete the voyage
On Friday 26th January, Irish sailor, Enda O’Coineen set sail from Dunedin, New Zealand, aboard Thomas Ruyant’s former Le Souffle du Nord, which has now been renamed Le Souffle du Nord – Team Ireland. He is heading for Les Sables d’Olonne, which he hopes to reach in April after sailing 13,000 miles via Cape Horn. For the Irish sailor, whose boat was dismasted in the Indian Ocean on 1st January 2017, this is an attempt to unofficially complete the Vendée Globe and for the association, it is an opportunity to take up a huge challenge by converting the 13,000 miles left to sail into 13,000 smiles, which each symbolically represent a sign of commitment to the North of France.