Professional Offshore Sailor
Joan Mulloy is a professional solo sailor from Westport, Ireland. Joan grew up on a mussel farm in Clew Bay, County Mayo and has always had a deep love for the ocean. She learned to sail at age eight in a mirror dinghy with her cousins. With almost 30,000 miles of offshore sailing experience, Joan launched her solo sailing career in 2018 and is now competing at the highest levels of her sport. Joan's first year as a solo sailor has been a great success! She competed in the competitive Figaro circuit in France. Then, she stepped into the Imoca 60 to race in the Monaco Globe Series in June 2018, where she placed fourth in a competitive field of highly experienced sailors. In August 2018, Joan was the first ever Irish female competitor in the gruelling La Solitaire du Figaro race, where she finished the race 5th (as a rookie). Joan's ultimate goal is to compete in the prestigious Vendee Globe in 2020. The "Everest of sailing," this race takes place every four years and had no female participants in 2016. Joan is hoping to be the first Irish woman to ever race the Vendee and, of course, the first one to win it!
Never ever, ever give up!