64 years old

Dublin, IRL

Self-taught and with a very strong character, the Irishman, Enda O’Coineen will definitely be one of the attractions in the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe. And not just because he will be the first Irishman to take part in the Vendée Globe.  This colourful character is a strong emblem of the Irish fighting spirit and taste for adventure. Enda O’Coineen has had a successful business career, creating the first business networks in the former Eastern bloc countries just after the Berlin Wall came down. But he is also one of the creators of Ireland’s famous sailing magazine, Afloat. In his youth, he crossed the Atlantic on an inflatable boat, just to prove to his boss – who manufactured what we now refer to as RIBs – that it could be done. Among a host of other facets to this unusual character, we can add that Enda O’Coineen was both the founder of the Atlantic Youth Trust, an educational programme taking hundreds of youngsters each year on board classic yachts, and President of the International Federation of Irish Pubs.

In 2015, Enda O’Coineen amazed everyone, when he made it to the podium of the St Barth-Port La Forêt transatlantic race on an IMOCA (he finished third). It is clear that the Irishman is an excellent sailor and is far from being unknown in the world of ocean racing. In particular, he has sailed on one-design boats and on Maxis. He was in fact behind the Irish project in the crewed race around the world, the Whitbread, in 1987. He was also one of the leading lights behind the Green Dragon project in the Volvo Ocean Race, two decades later. He also fought hard for Galway, his home town in Connacht, to host the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race. In this Vendée Globe, he would like firstly to complete the round the world voyage. He has what it takes to do just that aboard a very good boat.



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : IRL 3
  • The boat’s previous names: Ecover 3 / Président / Gamesa
  • Designer: Owen Clarke Design LLP / Clay Oliver
  • Chantier : Hakes Marine
  • Launch Date: 01 August 2007
  • Length: 18.28 m
  • Beam: 5,80m
  • Draught: 4.50 m
  • Displacement (weight): 8 t
  • Number of drifts: 2
  • Mast height: 27.30 m
  • Keel blade: Carbone
  • Upwind sail area: 300 m²
  • Downwind sail area: 580 m²

An Owen Clarke design, Kilcullen Team Ireland is none other than the former Gamesa aboard which Mike Golding took part in two Vendée Globe races, with very different outcomes. In 2008, the boat was dismasted off Australia. Restored, she was to finish third in the double-handed transatlantic race in 2009. She was modernised and updated and lightened in 2011, returning to a classic rig. In spite of dismasting again just after her launch in May 2012, Mike Golding managed to complete his preparation and finished in sixth place in the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe after 88 days and 6 hours. A very good boat that was completely refitted by Mer Agitée in Port-La-Forêt.


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