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Hello and you’re very welcome to my weekly Podcast…. where this week I have been talking to a sailor with great courage….So listen to the Podcast below which takes you onto the deck of a 39-foot yacht at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour, where I talked to a postman from Limerick who has been sailing around Ireland to raise support for Guide Dogs, because he is losing his sight and there is no way to prevent him going blind. Chris Egan described his voyage to me and what he personally faces. 

Also on the Podcast you can hear the first interview with the new Chief Executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Jim O’Toole, who discusses the issues facing coastal communities and the fishing industry and outlines what he sees as the priorities for the State fisheries board.

In these Summer months we must always be concerned about the level of drownings, of which there are more males who die this way than females. Some of the male drownings are suicides, as John Leech, Chief Executive of Irish Water Safety, the State board whose headquarters are on the banks of the Corrib in Galway City, told me when he assessed the latest statistics of drownings.

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Four years after he sailed around Ireland as part of a fundraising campaign, Limerick cancer survivor Chris Egan will take to the seas again - only this time he's battling a debilitating sight condition writes Andrew Carey.

In 2013, Chris Egan and David Bevan, who were both cancer patients, completed a remarkable 1,200 nautical mile journey that included stopovers in Dublin and Cork for treatment.

However, Chris' health problems are far from over and two years ago, he was diagnosed with a retinitis pigmentosa which will eventually lead to the complete loss of his sight.

The Rathkeale postman is losing all peripheral vision and whatever remaining vision he has is affected by light.

"I only see shadows now most of the time”, the avid yachtsman said as he announced details of his new sailing challenge.

Chris, who recently qualified in independent living skills training with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, is retracing his round Ireland sailing challenge when he leaves Limerick during this May's Riverfest.

Explaining his condition, Chris said that "if I was to look a person’s face, I would just see either their right eye or the left eye, not both. In saying that, the sight I have is good, but limited - just like looking down a tunnel and not being able to see anything outside of that".

He is determined to do one last round Ireland fundraising campaign as a gesture of thanks to those who have helped him in his latest struggle. He says that he is undertaking the round Ireland challenge in a bid to repay that help and to raise awareness and funds.

"There have been moments when it has been tough and realising the challenge of dealing with this because it is a condition that only worsens," Chris explains.

Chris, who uses a long cane to overcome obstacles like kerbs and steps, says that his ability to cope is helped by learning new skills and tapping into his memory of when he had full sight.

In 2010, he was diagnosed with lymphoma and Hodgkins Disease that required surgery and chemotherapy.

“You just keep going one day at a time - but you have moments. Thankfully I have a huge interest in sailing and that helps with lots of very good people around when you need them.

"Facing a cancer battle, as many know, was a challenge but visual impairment is different because it is a worsening condition. There is no light at the end of this tunnel, if you pardon the pun," he adds.

James McCormack, Commodore of Foynes Yacht Club, who will assist Chris in his latest sailing challenge along with fellow club members, said that he knows the postman to “be always hugely positive for almost 30 years.

"This is another hurdle in his life and he will overcome it and I will support him whatever way I can."

Mr McCormack said that his yacht will be used for the sailing challenge with Chris and two other crew members from the County Limerick yacht club.

Chris’ sailing challenge will raise money for Irish Guide Dogs for the blind and the RNLI.

“Anything we do on the water is hugely dependant on the RNLI and we want to support them but the Irish Guide Dogs will be the main benefactors.

"We will sail around Ireland and leave Riverfest on May 1 and hit off down to the bottom of the River Shannon, turn right (at Loop Head) and keep going around until we come back again", he said.

Fundraising events have been planned for March and April in the lead up to the May Bank Holiday departure.

Published in Shannon Estuary

About boot Düsseldorf: With almost 250,000 visitors, boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair and every year in January the “meeting place" for the entire industry. From 18 to 26 January 2020, around 2,000 exhibitors will be presenting their interesting new products, attractive further developments and maritime equipment. This means that the complete market will be on site in Düsseldorf and will be inviting visitors on nine days of the fair to an exciting journey through the entire world of water sports in 17 exhibition halls covering 220,000 square meters. With a focus on boats and yachts, engines and engine technology, equipment and accessories, services, canoes, kayaks, kitesurfing, rowing, diving, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, SUP, fishing, maritime art, marinas, water sports facilities as well as beach resorts and charter, there is something for every water sports enthusiast.

At A Glance – Boot Dusseldorf 

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The first boats and yachts will once again be arriving in December via the Rhine.

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