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Solo sailor – NYC Commodore Ronan Beirne (left) salutes NYC member and Mini Transat entrant Tom Dolan in Dun Laoghaire
Solo Sailing
With 80–days to go to the 2017 Mini Transat Race, solo sailor Tom Dolan was in Dun Laoghaire at his club, the National Yacht Club, to coach some friends out in the bay in an evening of fresh winds. Tom…
Atlantic hero. Conor Fogerty back in his home club of Howth YC last week, still getting used to being winner of the Gipsy Moth Trophy in the OSTAR 2017
Sailor of the Month
The OSTAR – the premier Single-Handed Transatlantic Race, following the time-honoured course from Plymouth in England to Newport, Rhode Island – inevitably goes on for so long that even the most dedicated followers can sometimes allow a day or two…
How To Get Fit For Solo Sailing: Body Maintenance For Top Performance
Sailing Fitness
In the final instalment of his three-part series, Vendee 2020 Vision solo sailor Andrew Baker emphasises an often neglected but crucial element in training for any performance sailing activity: recovery. We all can appreciate the importance of training hard. Most…
How To Get Fit For Solo Sailing: Hitting The Gym
Sailing Fitness
In the second of a three-part series, Vendee 2020 Vision solo sailor Andrew Baker breaks down his workout regimen - with tips for how you can make the most out of your own gym sessions. Weight Training Size & Strength:…
Andrew Baker is an experienced offshore sailor and part of the Vendée 2020 Vision solo programme
Sailing Fitness
In the first instalment of a three-part series, Vendée 2020 Vision solo sailor Andrew Baker explains the importance of sailing fitness - and lays out his own routine for attaining and maintaining optimum performance on deck Fitness is not always…
Crowded finish – IRL 910 (Tom Dolan & Francois Jambou) coming in to Douarnenez ahead of the crowd for the 600-mile Mini-Fastnet finish, taking third just five minutes and twelve seconds behind the winner
Solo Sailing
Tom Dolan and his co-skipper Francois Jambou are back up to speed in Brittany and well rested after a mixture of experiences in the Douarnenez Mini-Fastnet two-hander writes W M Nixon. The race to the Fastnet and back is part…
This is what it looks like when 62 boats are starting together in the Mini-Fastnet 2017 at Douarnenez. The best boats in the fleet are still close together after two days of racing, and Tm Dolan & Francois Jambou are doing well after rounding the Fastnet this morning at 0720 hrs Irish time, when they were making 8.3 knots
Solo Sailing
Perhaps it was the boost of racing along the coastline of his homeland, but through the early part of this morning Tom Dolan, sailing with Francoise Jambou in the 62-boat Two-Handed 600-mile Mini-Fastnet from Douarnenez, has moved up three places…
BAM! placed second overall in OSTSAR 2017 and first in the Gispy Moth class
Solo Sailing
#OSTAR - Ireland’s Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club has burned off the last 40 miles of the OSTAR in blazing style, zooming in to Newport, Rhode Island to cross the finish line at 1545 hrs Irish time this afternoon…
Handsome is as handsome does. Ian Lipinski’s scow-like Griffon.fr leads the fleet by a good margin as the 62 boats in the Mini-Fastnet 2017 take on the long haul from North Cornwall across to the next turn at the Stag Rocks in West Cork
Solo Sailing
The anticipated softening of the northeast wind which has been powering the fleet in the 600–mile two–handed Mini-Fastnet Race from Douarnenez in Brittanny to the famous rock, and back, has seen a slackening of the pace writes W M Nixon.…
Conor Fogerty’s Bam! racing fully-crewed in last year’s Volvo Round Ireland race, in which she narrowly beat sister-ship Mister Lucky (Mick Hipgrave). Bam! is due to finish today at Newport, Rhode Island in the OSTAR 2017, but this time round, she’s 500 miles ahead of Mister Lucky, and will be third on the water, with only a two-handed Open 40 and a single-handed Open 60 ahead of her
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club has just 40 miles to sail to Newport, Rhode Island, and a hyper-successful Transatlantic finish for his Jeanneau Sunfast 36 Bam! in the OSTAR 2017, which started from Plymouth in Devon on Monday 29th…
The Sunday morning start for the Mini Fastnet fleet at Douarnenez. An upper limit of 70 had been set on entries, but during the final prep days, the numbers were shaken down to 62 boats
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s Tom Dolan currently lies fourth in class as the 62–strong fleet in the 600-mile Mini-Fastnet from Douarnenez in western Brittany goes into its first night, crossing the English Channel to the first mark at the Wolf Rock writes W…
Fogerty Maintains Ostar Transatlantic Progress, Autopilot Malfunction is Main Concern
Solo Sailing
Conor Fogerty is making great westerly progress this morning following a windshift last night in the closing stages of the OSTAR Transtlantic Race. The Howth Yacht Club sailor is vying for overall honours after a storm ravaged crossing. He has…
BAM dances with TWOSTAR leader Rote 66 as the fleet leader Vento approached the Nova Scotian coast
Solo Sailing
#OSTAR - The OSTAR and TWOSTAR fleets have seen a slew of retirements after a storm hit the fleet in the North Atlantic on Friday (9 June), leaving one yacht abandoned and another dismasted. According to Yachting & Boating World,…
Tom Dolan finished the MAP Trophy race on a high, but not quite high enough to give him a podium place
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s Tom Dolan had improved his position to fourth in class when the 55-stong Mini Transat Class had a close finish in the 220 mile Marie-Agnes Peron Trophy race at Douarnenez during the night writes W M Nixon. While he…
Tom Dolan (910) showing what he can do with a breeze, but at the moment he does well to keep his speed above 7 knots.
Solo Sailing
Less than two miles separate Ireland’s Tom Dolan in his Mini 650 Cellastab.com (IRL 910) from leader Benoit Hantzperg (Mahi-Mahi, 869) as they approach the western turning point in the Atlantic far beyond the Ile de Seine in the 220-mile…
Ian Lipinski’s one-off Griffon is probably the oddest-looking boat in the Mini fleet, but once again she leads overall in the Open Division, this time in the current 220-mile Trophee Agnes Peron circuit from Douarnez
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s Mini Transat campaigner Tom Dolan has moved up several places in a good night despite difficult racing in the Bay of Biscay in the 55-boat 220-mile Marie-Agnes Peron Trophy from Douarnenez writes W M Nixon. Having had to contend…

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