Every four years an elite group of sailors endeavour to sail single-handed, non-stop in a circumnavigation of the planet, through the most unpredictable and perilous conditions imaginable. They are competitors in the Vendée Globe – one of the most arduous, challenging and dangerous events in sport.



These sailors know the real adversaries are the waves and the weather, the ice and the isolation. The 2016 race had an Irish Skipper competing for the first time, as Irish businessman Enda O’Coineen sailed the Kilcullen Voyager into the history books.

But this grand solo voyage did not go to plan…