An Arranmore woman has said that she has enjoyed taking part in one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other.
Sharon O'Donnell from Arranmore was on board the 70-foot Derry-Londonderry-Doire Clipper yacht that was runner-up in the Clipper Round the World Race.
Sharon was on board the yacht for 54 days. She was present on the China to Seattle leg of the race and was also onboard the clipper from New York to Derry.
She spent many months training and preparing for the event.
She said: “I heard about the race on the radio. It was said that experience wasn't necessary. I always had an interest in sailing. “
Sharon went online to make inquiries and within a short period of time had applied and was called for interview in England. Being successful in interview, Sharon began months of training at a base in Southampton.
Sharon joined the team for the China to Seattle leg of the journey and was soon sailing through the Pacific ocean en route to Seattle.
The main leg of the journey that Sharon wanted to complete was the New York to Derry voyage.
“This part of the race meant more to me as I wanted to remember all the people that had left for America from this area and could never return home,” she said. The duties of the crew members on the 40,000 nautical mile race were cooking, cleaning, sailing, keeping watch among others.
“I enjoyed every minute of it. Even the parts that were difficult I enjoyed,” she said.
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