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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 the competitors in the Vendee 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 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.

What’s inside

“Thought-provoking, fast-paced and an exciting account that reveals the powers from within”

President Michael D. Higgins

Chapter 1

Understanding The Journey



It is always difficult to know where something starts, to pin-point where the idea, the challenge first bites.

All my life I’ve wanted to do things. Some seem to have been with me forever.

Others just grew and grew until they took hold of me and sparked me in to action.

All I know is that I became addicted to doing things, to wanting to test myself against the toughest and the best.
And they don’t come much tougher, or better, than sailing around the world on your own.

The idea, the dream, the urge, the drive (call it what you will) had been in my mind and my heart for a long time.
Yet it really only began to take real shape on a whim.
A whim that compelled me to buy the boat in the middle of the night. Just like that.
And impulse.
As if something was directing me.
So I’ll nail that as the starting point of my great adventure.
The upshot of my impulsive, if costly, decision to buy the yacht was to give me the immediate and sharp focus on how to go about fulfilling my dream of sailing solo around the world. Of course I had been thinking about doing it for some time.
But would I have made such a decision in the cold light of day? No.
I was euphoric, you see. I often get that way around New Year.

And on that occasion I just felt my time had come.
The thing was, I had recently concluded a good business deal, so I felt I could afford to take the risk.
There’s that word you are going to hear from me many times.
Risk. It is the key concept at the centre of my journey.
It shaped what I did, and when and how.
People thought I was mad to undertake such an adventure.
And maybe I was. Maybe I still am.
But I was prepared to take the risks. Taking a risk not only brings satisfaction at braving odds. It also helps search for, and ponder on, a greater understanding of what this life is all about. It breeds acceptance that in real, proper life, there can be no safety net.
It’s all or nothing for me anyway.
So while, on one level, this is a story about circumnavigating the world, it is also more intricate, complicated and profound than that daunting task on it’s own.

I hope you will agree with me on that by the time you’ve finished reading this.
I would contend that it’s ramifications reach far beyond the autobiographical detail and challenges of an ocean voyage.



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Enda O’Coineen has a strong background in hospitality, technology, finance and corporate governance. He has worked in investment management, has led enterprises in the chairman and CEO roles and has a broad range of small and large transaction experience – investing directly, and on behalf of third parties. He also has an extensive domestic and international multi-channel sales and brand building background.

A graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway in management and finance, Mr. O’Coineen has worked extensively in the US and in Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. O’Coineen has led and played key roles in several highly successful turnarounds and start-ups. He has professional acquisition and exit expertise and extensive experience in the technology and internet early mover space.

He founded AFLOAT Magazine, Security World Magazine and Aquabroker Insurance in Ireland before moving to Prague and founding the Czech & Slovak Credit Bureaus and a mortgage business called SIMPLY. Prior to de-regulation in the Czech telecoms market he founded Globix Telecom with an investment of $150,000 and sold it 4 years later at a value of $35m.

With Kilcullen Kapital Partners (an affiliate of Kilcullen Kapital Invest Limited), he has led major brownfield investments in manufacturing. Included in this is the acquisition of ZPA and its transformation into a Smart Metering manufacturing business. He was also a founding partner in Enercap, a renewable energy fund which has successfully raised and invested €100m in renewable energy projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Through Kilcullen Kapital Partners Mr. O’Coineen also oversaw the purchase, restructure and sale of the Prague Stock Exchange building together with several syndicatedAtlantic-Yough-Trust2 property investments in excess of $50m.

In addition to success in management, finance and leadership, Mr. O’Coineen believes strongly in ‘putting something back in’ and in particular has contributed significant time and personal resource into youth development and community. This includes being a founding chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race project in Galway, on a voluntary basis, which generated over €100m direct benefit to the local economy. He is also founding President of the Atlantic Youth Trust which plans to introduce over 1,000 young people annually to ocean adventure, challenge and personal development. He is also a founder and President of the Irish Pubs Global Federation which has in excess of 7,000 members worldwide. Mr. O’Coineen is a published author with five books to date, including Journey To The Edge.

The Journey To The Edge Documentary

Irish Businessman Enda O’Coineen joins an elite group of sailors for the Vendee Globe as they race single-handed, non-stop in a circumnavigation of the planet, through the most unpredictable and perilous conditions imaginable.

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