Enda’s dream looked as if it had come to an end last year when Kilcullen Voyager-Team Ireland dismasted on New Year’s Day 2017 off Dunedin, halfway through the Vendée Globe.
But after regrouping back home, plans were set in motion to resume the round-the-world route with a new IMOCA 60, and another Vendée dropout, Souffe du Norde Kilcullen Team Ireland.
First came a circumnavigation of New Zealand begun before the end of last year and completed last month — a shakedown of sorts before Enda embarks on a two-month solo voyage from Dunedin to Les Sables.
“I’m officially out of the race so we’re going to unofficially re-enter and finish it,” he says, adding about his planned departure this Friday 26 January: “You’re never really ready to go but on Friday I'll wake up and just set off. I’ve known since last year I needed to do this and so here I go.”
The Otago Daily Times has more on the story HERE.