'We did it!' Olympian Annalise finishes race around the world
Tributes poured in last night as Irish Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy successfully completed her first round-the-world expedition as a crew member in the Volvo Ocean Race.
The 28-year-old Rathfarnham native was among the young, international crew skippered by veteran British yachtswoman Dee Caffari. She was sailing as a member of the Turn the Tide on Plastic team over the past nine months to raise awareness of the scourge of plastic choking the world's oceans.
After arriving in The Hague yesterday following the gruelling 45,000-mile race, and despite coming last, in seventh place, the Rio silver medallist tweeted: "We did it! One year ago I had never sailed offshore! Now I've just finished racing around the world."
She said she was "super proud" to be part of the team.
Irish actress Caitriona Balfe, star of TV's Outlander, tweeted her congratulations, as did fellow sailor Sara Winther.
Tanaiste Simon Coveney, himself a keen sailor, also congratulated Annalise on "another great achievement".