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Green Dragon Sails Again – This Time As a VOR 2020 'Mirpuri Foundation' Project

30th December 2016
Green Dragon Green Dragon Photo: Mirpuri Foundation

Ireland's 2009 Green Dragon Volvo Ocean Race boat will sail again in a transatlantic race to promote the work of a non profit organsation.

As our photo above shows the famous Irish vessel has been rebranded as 'Mirpuri Foundation', a research body in aerospace and medical domains. The project for the former VOR yacht is 'just at its begining', according to a spokeswoman, but it already counts the support and sponsorship of  the Foundation which Mr. Paulo Mirpuri is president.

The project is designed spread the Mirpuri message across the world with a Portuguese crew as ambassadors prior to a future Portuguese Volvo Ocean Race 2020 project.

A transatlantic crossing is planned for January 29th next year.

Ireland's Volvo 70 finished fifth out of seven entries in the 2009 Volvo Ocean Race.

Attempts to sell Green Dragon for two million euros in 2009 after the race did not materialise. She  thenspent some time in dry dock in Galway, rendered obsolete because her hull was heavier and keel lighter than her rivals.

In spite of the disappointing performance the boat was welcomed in to Galway after the 2009 Transatlantic leg by a huge crowd and a week long celebration that has subsequently set the bar for all other stop over ports in subsequent races.

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  • Comment Link Peter Vine 2nd January 2017 posted by Peter Vine

    Also no mention of her year as "True North" , promoting Dubai's successful bid to host World EXPO 2020. She sailed from Ireland to Austraia under skipper Alistair Moore and first mate, Sarah Blake (the late Sir Peter Blake's daughter). The mission was coordinated by Anna Lynch from Galway and was facilitated by Enda O'Coineen and the Green Dragon consortium.

  • Comment Link Alan Repko 30th December 2016 posted by Alan Repko

    No mention of Enda O'Coineen in your Green Dragon retrospective. He's responsible for the great Galway connection! I had the pleasure of helping bring Green Dragon from Alicante to Lisbon - on the way to its spiritual home in Galway.

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