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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