“The ocean is the boss; if it’s calm, it’s time to go freediving; if there’s wind, it’s time to go sailing; if it’s too rough to sail, then there’s probably surf somewhere.”
“The ocean is my means of transport, accommodation, sustenance, employment, entertainment… For a long time now it’s been at the core of everything I do.”
Eoin! What’s your story?
Why are you excited about joining the OceanMinded – Ocean Nomads fleet?
After spending years seeing ocean pollution first-hand, witnessing the total lack of sub-marine life in certain areas and the continuing destruction of what remains in others, I am really looking forward to spending time with people who are passionate about solving these issues. Hopefully people who enjoy the simple life, and value sights and experiences over luxury. I am looking forward to being out of phone signal for days at a time, disconnecting from the online world and life revolving around the absolute basics of ‘when am I on watch again’ and ‘what is my next meal going to be’. These days, offshore sailing is an almost unique opportunity to escape the incessant flow of Facebook updates and Instagram stories for days at a time. …yes, I know I could just turn my phone off more often but I lack the self discipline, and I do enjoy seeing what my friends around the world are up to!
Why are you passionate about sailing?
Sailing offers the chance to travel to amazing places in relative comfort with surfboards and other toys, just like a camper van but causing no pollution and not spending loads of money on fuel, tax and insurance. Yacht racing is a great adrenaline buzz and offers great satisfaction when you get a whole crew of people working seamlessly together. And jobs on boats tend to be in amazing sunny places where you get to meet lots of like-minded people and have a lot of fun together. I can’t think of any other activity which combines so many amazing qualities so closely together.
What has been one of your most epic sailing adventure thus far?
What does the ocean mean to you?
What’s your wildest ocean-related dream that you would love to experience in your lifetime?
Solo offshore racing! I love racing, and I love sailing solo. Someday I would love to combine the two and enter the Mini Transat race, or something like that. …it’s not that I don’t love crewed sailing too, but the feeling of independence that you get from sailing solo is pretty special; and entering a singlehanded race is something that I’m not sure I’ll ever have the funds to do.
Come and meet Eoin on departure, arrival or on the OceanMinded – Ocean Nomads fleet soon heading from Mallorca to Tenerife.