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Hugo Boss - skipper Thomson has made clear the team’s sole focus over this period will be maximising their time on the water over the next five months
Alex Thomson has returned to the water onboard HUGO BOSS, the boat which he hopes will lead him to victory in the 2020 Vendee Globe. Thomson who has strong links to Cork Harbour and is a former Afloat Sailor of…
2020 Vendée Globe Start Is Confirmed for 8 November
Organisers of the Vendée Globe have confirmed the start of this year’s event will take place Sunday 8 November off Sables d’Olonne. As reported last month on Afloat.ie, the Vendée Council and SAEM Vendée had hoped to maintain that date…
Pip Hare
The Visually Impaired Sailing Association (VISA-GB) today announced that Pip Hare the respected sailor and Vendee Globe competitor has become the Patron of the Association. VISA-GB is unique amongst disabled sailing charities because the majority of its board of trustees…
IMOCA 60 sailing
Preparations for the start of the next Vendee Globe are going ahead in an uncertain context in terms of public health and the economy. The Vendee Council and the SAEM Vendee are doing their utmost in conjunction with all the…
Yves Auvinet, chairman of the SAEM Vendée speaking on France's TV3 on Tuesday
Vendee Globe solo round the world race boss said this week a 'final decision' will be made about the November start of France's 'Everest of sailing' next month due to COVID-19 concerns. Yves Auvinet, chairman of the SAEM Vendée told…
November's Vendee Globe Solo Round the World Race is Go!
The health crisis that has shaken society for the last month is forcing those who are involved in the worlds of sports and business to adapt amidst this period of uncertainty. The French President’s address on 13th April did, however,…
At 1745 hrs this Sunday, January 5, Virgin Media THREE are broadcasting the Journey to the Edge Documentary on Enda's feat.
As regular Afloat readers will know, every four years, an elite group of sailors endeavour to sail single-handed, non-stop in a circumnavigation of the planet, through the most unpredictable and perilous conditions imaginable. They are competitors in the Vendee Globe…
The new Vendee Globe poster
The just-unveiled Vendée Globe Race poster is as epic as the world-girdling French event it seeks to represent. With the presence of the foils clearly visible and a solo skipper perched at the bow of the boat, the poster aims…
Enda O'Coineen at his Belfast book launch
No Alibis on Botantic Avenue in Belfast was the venue for the launch of Enda O’Coineen’s latest book, Journey to the Edge writes Betty Armstrong. This cosy venue owned by David Torrans was filled with friends and the several large…
Enda O'Coineen's new book Journey to the Edge
Enda O’Coineen has many friends who sail Northern Waters. Now there’s the chance to meet up with him next week at the launch of his latest book, Journey to the Edge in No Alibis bookstore on Botanic Avenue, Belfast writes…
Only 34 sailors will be able to take the Vendee Globe start on the 8th of November 2020
The ninth edition of the Vendée Globe will start from Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday the 8th of November 2020. There are finally 37 candidates hoping to be at the start of the next Everest of the Seas race but…
Enda O’Coineen sailing the boat on which he completed his Vendée Globe route
From Enda O’Coineen, in business and adventure, we can learn much. The man sails on a sea of obsession in life — guided only by the goals he sets himself. He became the first ever Irish entry to qualify for…
Joan Mulloy (left) & Alexia Barrier on board for the Transat Jacques Vabre on Sunday
A look at the only Female duo made up of the international pairing of French woman, Alexia Barrier and Irish sailor, Joan Mulloy (4myplanet). The only all-female offshore pairing in this Transat Jacques Vabre, which starts this Sunday, intends to…
Imoca 4myPlanet skippers Alexia Barrier (right) and Joan Mulloy posing during pre-start of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019, duo sailing race from Le Havre, France, to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, on October 19, 2019 in Le Havre, France
The progress of equality in sailing can often resemble the turning of an oil tanker rather than a carbon fibre offshore racing boat, but there are some new grounds for optimism at sea. The race village of the 14th edition…
The veteran IMOCA 60 4myplanet which Mayo’s Joan Mulloy will be co-skippering with Alexia Barrier in next weekend’s 12,000 mile Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre to Bahia in Brazil
Solo sailor Joan Mulloy of Mayo has teamed up as co-skipper with France’s Alexia Barrier on the latter’s veteran IMOCA 60 4Myplanet to become the only all-female crew in the 30-strong IMOCA 60 Class in the 12,000 mile Transat Jacques…
An emotional Enda O'Coineen on the soon to be screened documentary on his Vendee Globe challenge
The World Premiere of the Irish sailing documentary 'Journey to the Edge' will be screened as part of the IFI Documentary Festival on Sunday, September 29th at 13.00 in Temple Bar, Dublin. The docu covers Irish sailor Enda O'Coineen's bid…

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