Veteran sailor Enda O’Coineen is expected to round the notorious Cape Horn within the next twently-four hours in his endeavour to complete his solo lap of the globe.
O’Coineen set out from Les Sables d’Olonne, France, on November 6, 2016, in the Vendee Globe world circumnavigation. On New Year’s Day 2017 however, his attempt came to dramatic end when he was demasted 180 miles south of New Zealand.
Determined to complete the course, O’Coineen teamed up with another Vendee competitor who has retired from the race, to create the ‘Le Souffle du Nord Kilcullen Team Ireland‘.
The rounding of Cape Horn will be one of a just few by Irish sailors, to be followed in a few weeks by Annalise Murphy as rounds the globe as a crew member in the Volvo Ocean race.
“Cape Horn is one, if not the most feared pieces of land to round on the planet. And it is certainly living up to its reputation as I approach, with 60kph winds and roaring seas hurtling me towards the great cape.”
O’Coineen hopes this passage will be the coldest and wildest weather he will encounter as he turns turns northwards into the Atlantic Ocean and heads of the finish line at Les Sables d’Olonne.
“It’s hard to explain why I put myself in this position: alone, cold and exhausted at the bottom of the earth. But as any sailor or adventurer knows, as soon as you reach your destination and accomplish your goal, you quickly forget about the hardship.”
“I am living on the edge, moment by moment.”
O’Coineen is supported by the Irish and French teams. “The work of Le Louffle du Nord and the Atlantic Youth Trust keeps me motivated during the lows,” he says.