4 June: Discover the race of your life in Dublin

27 May 2015

On Thursday 4 June, former Clipper Race circumnavigator, Conor O’Byrne will be sharing his adventures of the high seas at Howth Yacht Club in County Dublin, Ireland from 7:30pm.

Conor, a 40 year-old Garda from the Irish capital took part in the last edition of the race crossing 40,000 miles of the world’s oceans spending 11 months at sea.

He says: “My aim in presenting my Clipper Race experience at Howth Yacht Club is to encourage people that may have any underlying desire to either sail across an ocean or to achieve one of the greatest adventures in modern sailing of becoming a circumnavigator. For 20 years my ambition was to sail around the world, an ambition that no matter how hard I tried to supress never went away.

“It is difficult to put into words the adrenaline rush of surfing down the Southern Ocean swells or the euphoria of being greeted by the home crowd as we sailed victorious into Derry-Londonderry having won the race across the Atlantic, and not to mention the emotional rollercoaster the entire crew went through during our man overboard rescue in the Pacific. The Clipper Race has helped me to create memories that I never thought imaginable and I enjoy sharing these stories because I think everyone should give themselves the chance to experience it.”

Regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet, people from 40 different countries will take part in the tenth edition Clipper 2015-16 Race, starting from London on 30 August.

Previous sailing experience is not necessary as full training will be provided, but you do have to be aged 18 or above by the time the race starts.

For further information click here or contact Conor here.

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