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Replacement Mast Gets Enda O’Coineen One Step Closer To Record Books

14th January 2017
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Enda O'Coineen was dismasted 180 nautical miles south east of Dunedin in New Zealand on New Year’s Day Enda O'Coineen was dismasted 180 nautical miles south east of Dunedin in New Zealand on New Year’s Day

#VendéeGlobe - Just days after admitting his “dream is shattered” after his dismasting off New Zealand at the halfway mark of the Vendée Globe, Irish skipper Enda O’Coineen is already preparing for a return to the water.

And as the Otago Daily Times reports, that’s all thanks to the kindness of Dunedin local Blair McNab, a plumber and yachtsman who read about the 61-year-old sailor’s plight and donated him a spare 9m mast.

Though smaller than his original rig, O’Coineen said it should be enough to get him to Auckland, where a replacement mast up to the task of the round-the-world offshore challenge might be sourced.

That would enable the first-time Vendée entrant to complete the route and sail Kilcullen Voyager back to Ireland, even if he’s no longer in official race contention.

"I’m the first Irishman to sail single-handedly halfway around the world — I’ve just got to do the other half,” he said.

The Otago Daily Times has more on the story HERE.

Published in Vendee Globe
MacDara Conroy

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