No Irish person has managed to do it before now. It's the longest, loneliest sporting event in the World. Nine months at sea alone in a small boat, It will entail stepping back to the Golden Age of solo sailing, with no modern technology. I will sail the race in the spirit of Brendan the Navigator and Edward Conor Marshall O'Brien, the first skipper to take a small boat around the world via the three great southern capes.
I have selected the Saltram Saga 36, and believe she is the best boat for me to be able to win the race.
Alan Papa designed her as a development, from the Colin Archer “Redningskoite” Sailing lifeboat hull. For many years they have been regarded as being amongst the most sea worthy around, but are substantially faster than the original. She will come into her own in the Southern Ocean, able to hold on to working sail in strong winds, without heeling more than 20°, while in soft weather, she can sail so well because of her wet area.