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The Figaro Solo Race took the fleet close through some rocky and tide-riven parts of the West Brittany coast yesterday
Tom Dolan, the Meath sailor racing Smurfit Kappa in his first Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, has been slowly working his way up the rankings of the 36-strong fleet as they run across the Bay of Biscay in nor’easters in the…
The Figaro fleet in open water in daylight. But despite being single-handed, they continue to race when required at full throttle through some very rocky channels. Photo La Solitaire URGO Figaro 2018
Joan Mulloy, the first Irishwoman to take up the Figaro Solo challenge in France, has gained a couple of places racing Taste the Atlantic in the second day of Stage 2 to northwest Spain, after being delayed by a broken…
Tom Dolan is snapping at the heels of the top ten
A broken main halyard at the start delayed Joan Mulloy’s departure yesterday in Stage 2 of the Solitaire URGO Figaro 2018, but Ireland’s other entry Tom Dolan is snapping at the heels of the top ten in this Stage, which…
Joan Mulloy and Tom Dolan discuss the first leg of the Figaro on RTE One radio tonight
Ireland’s solo Figaro sailors Joan Mulloy and Tom Dolan will be the focus of tonight's episode of RTE Radio 1’s Seascapes. Presenter Fergal Keane travelled to France to catch up with the skippers, teams, and sponsors ahead of leg 1…
Joan Mulloy - starts leg two of the Le Figaro on Sunday
At 03:00am this morning, County Mayo’s Joan Mulloy crossed the finish line of the first leg of one of the most competitive solo sailing races, La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro. Mulloy is the first Irish female to compete in this…
Alan Roberts is in there among the leading group as the Solitare URGO Figaro closes in on the finish of the first stage
The first shortened stage of La Solitaire URGO Figaro is speeding to a finish tonight off St Brieuc with less than a mile separating the leading dozen boats as they drag race along the rocky North Brittany coast in a…
Sebastien Simon is back in the lead in the Figaro Solo after the first stage from Le Havre to Saint_Brieuc has bees shortened
This morning as the leaders in of La Soliatire URGO Le Figaro were approaching the southwest turning point of Stage 1 at Grand-Basse de Portsal off northwest Brittany, the Race Director informed them by VHF that he was shortening the course.…
Joan Mulloy has been finding better speed to get herself west of the Lizard Point, and the most recent postings show her at 26th out of 36 starters
Light southerly winds and tricky tides have provided a challenging scenario for the leaders in La Solitaire URGO Figaro as they battled to round the isolated Wolf Rock to the southwest of Land’s End this afternoon writes W M Nixon.…
. Ireland’s Joan Mulloy at the start of the Le Figaro, she is currently showing at 23rd, but like several others is virtually becalmed, and she now has a shortfall of 21 miles on the leader
The second night in La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro has been an extremely frustrating one for the fleet as they struggle with light airs in the western English Channel writes W M Nixon. They’ve been trying a variety of tactics…
Mast repairs underway on Tom Dolan's Figaro yacht today
Andi Robertson spoke with Ireland's solo sailor Thomas Dolan about his retiral from leg one of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro. Listen in to the recording below Race Director Francis Le Goff commented this morning from on board the monitoring…
Tom Dolan – down but not out. Dolan broke a spreader on his mast as he had just passed the radio France buoy marking the end of the little show of the first stage of the 49th Solitaire urgo - le figaro
Unfortunately, Stage 1 of his La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro only lasted about 90 minutes for the Irish solo racer Tom Dolan yesterday. He has been forced to retire in to Le Havre because of a damaged starboard spreader. Dolan…
The 30-year-old Tom Dolan (above) from Kells, County Meath, will set out on his 32ft–yacht Smurfit Kappa to become the first Irish sailor in history to win the ‘rookie’ category. In a  first for Irish Sailing, two Irish solo sailors, Joan Mulloy (left) will be on the line for the La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro this Sunday
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan will see his dream become reality on Sunday when he starts the iconic Figaro du Solitaire race. The 30-year-old from Kells, County Meath, will set out on his 32ft–yacht Smurfit Kappa to become the first…
Joan Mulloy crosses ahead of Anthony Marchand in the Solitaire URGO Figaro Prologue Race this week. At the finish, however, Marchand was 20th while Mulloy had slipped to 28th. In an interesting marketing technique, the BIM-sponsored Taste the Atlantic livery on the Mulloy boat does not seem to mention Ireland anywhere at all.
Sailing fans and supporters currently flocking into the French port of Le Havre for the start of the first of four stages of La Solitaire URGO Figaro 2018 on Sunday are looking to enjoy the shared and at times noisy…
A classic of our time. Joan Mulloy of Westport with her Figaro 2 Taste the Atlantic, tuning up for Sunday’s start at Le Havre of the Figaro URGO Solo 2018. This will be the last time the 2003-vintage Figaro 2 design will be used
First unveiled in 2003 as the new boat for the 1970-founded Figaro Solo Series, the Marc Lombard-designed 34ft Figaro 2 is a class act writes W M Nixon. But with the last one built in 2015, and replacement by the…
Joan Mulloy got a campaign boost through crowdfunding
Joan Mulloy, a pioneering solo sailor from Clew Bay in County Mayo has reached the target of her ambitious #FirstIrishWoman funding effort four days ahead of schedule. Just two weeks ago, Joan launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise €15,000 before…
Solo Sailor Joan Mulloy's 'Women in Leadership' Event Ahead of Figaro Race
Solo sailor Joan Mulloy, who will be Ireland's first female entry into the Solitaire du Figaro race, the premier solo sailing race series in France, at the end of this month has started a crowdfunding campaign to support her pioneering professional…

The solo multi-stage offshore sailing race is one of the most cherished races in French sailing and one that has had Irish interest stretching back over 20 years due to the number of Irish stopovers, usually the only foreign leg of the French race.

The race has previously called to Dingle, Kinsale, Crosshaven, Howth and Dun Laoghaire.

In 2013 Royal Cork's David Kenefick raised the bar by becoming a top rookie sailor in the race

Now in 2018, for the first time Ireland will have two Irish boats in the offshore race thanks to Tom Dolan and Joan Mulloy who join the rookie ranks and keep the Irish tricolour flying high in France

 

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