Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 July 2015

World’s enough for sailor Bill

Published 29/06/2009 | 00:00

Principal race officer of Round the World Volvo Ocean Race, Bill O'Hara from Bangor has finished in St Petersburg this weekend.

The popular Ballyholme sailor has completed his 37,000-mile voyage having started in Alicante last October.

Speaking from St Petersburg Bill told the Belfast Telegraph: “I would love to do a third round the world as the new format with hopefully 12 boats will be really exciting.

“The close finishes were very exciting in this round the world, and the Cochin in India was memorable as a port, but Galway was the best.”

Bill has no ambitions to sail in the Volvo Ocean Race.

“It takes a special person to sail in the Volvo Ocean Race,” he said.

“I have the utmost respect for the sailors but have no intention of joining them on the water. It's just too hard.”

Ireland's entry Green Dragon finished fifth overall as an exhausted crew enjoyed their final race to St Petersburg.

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