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Enda O'Coineen Safely in New Zealand, But Reports 'My Dream is Shattered'

9th January 2017
Yachtsman Enda O'Coineen with the damage to his yacht, the Kilcullen Voyager Yachtsman Enda O'Coineen with the damage to his yacht, the Kilcullen Voyager Photo: Photo: RNZ / Lydia Anderson via Facebook

Following his dismasting on New Year’s Day shortly after he’d resumed racing as Ireland’s sole entry in the Vendee Globe, 61-year-old Irish skipper Enda O’ Coineen with the IMOCA 60 Kilcullen Voyager has succeeded in his gallant ambition of reaching New Zealand without having to call for aid from the rescue services.

But in an exclusive report filed for the Sunday Independent, he bluntly admits that “his dream is shattered” as he ponders the options available to him and his support team in Ireland and France as the boat lies berthed totally mastless in Dunedin in South Island, New Zealand.

Having spent five days sailing just 240 miles under jury rig when his best days run while in full racing trim was 395 miles, he will need all his legendary resources of resilience to recover from this setback. But messages of support and encouragement from well-wishers all over the world will be buoying him up, and his dream of a sail training ship for Ireland under his Atlantic Youth Trust project is now receiving even more favourable attention.

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