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 Betty Armstrong
In 2016, the 60-year-old entrepreneur and businessman Enda O’Coineen became the first-ever Irish entry to qualify for the Vendee Globe – one of the most arduous, challenging and dangerous events in sport: a solo circumnavigation.
Having made it more than halfway, through some of the most perilous and unpredictable conditions imaginable, hundreds of miles off the south coast of New Zealand, Enda’s mast was ripped off in a mini-hurricane and it looked like his race was over.
However, his first instinct was not to give up, but to try again… and late in 2017, through sheer grit, determination and incredible human resilience, he sailed the Kilcullen Voyager into the history books.
The Galway-born businessman will be in Belfast on Tuesday 3 December for the book launch 18.30hrs. He will also be supporting the Atlantic Youth Trust in Belfast whose mission is to bring young people from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland together for youth development voyages on a purpose-built tall ship. You are invited to attend. No Alibis is at 83 Botanic Avenue, just a couple of hundred metres out of town from the Railway Station at Botanic.