Declan Mackell becomes the first Irishman to sail around the world single handed.

42-year-old Belfast man Declan Mackell circumnavigated the globe alone in a Contessa 32 named Sean-Ois completing his journey at Strangford Lough.

The report shows Delan Mackell on his return sailing up Strangford Lough into Portarferry in County Down. He is welcomed at Portaferry Harbour by his parents and well-wishers.

Declan Mackell at Strangford Lough (1982)
Declan Mackell at Strangford Lough (1982)

Declan Mackell speaks to RTÉ News about the standout moments from his journey including getting hit by a freighter off the Canary Islands.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 August 1982.