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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…
Dolan and co-skipper Tanguy Bouroullec crossed the finish line of the iconic transatlantic yacht race after 19 days, nine hours, five minutes and 10 seconds
Ireland’s Tom Dolan of the National Yacht Club has finished the Transat AG2R La Mondiale in 11th place overall, coming home as first rookie in the process. Dolan and co-skipper Tanguy Bouroullec crossed the finish line of the iconic transatlantic…
Tom Dolan enjoys a snack bar onboard Smurfit Kappa-Cerfrance as the Irish skipper approaches the Transat finish line
Irish ocean racer Tom Dolan was inside the last 100 miles of the 4,000-mile AG2R La Mondiale Transat race on Friday, battling tropical squalls en route to the finish. Dolan and French co-skipper Tanguy Bouroullec, sailing Smurfit Kappa-Cerfrance, were placed…
Ireland’s Tom Dolan and France’s Tanguy Bouroullec are 11th in the closing stages of the AG2R La Mondiale
With 240–miles to the finish line at St Barth, Tom Dolan's “Smurfit Kappa Cerfrance” from the National Yacht Club is now in 11th place overall and in second place in the rookie class, only nine miles behind Teamwork, who is…
County Meath's Tom Dolan has less than 700 miles to sail to the finish in the Caribbean island of St Barts having set sail from Concarneau in France on April 22, and currently lie tenth
Irish ocean racer Tom Dolan from the National Yacht Club and his co-skipper Tanguy Bouroullec had moved inside the top ten in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale on Tuesday as the finish line draws close. The pair have less than…
Dolan and Bouroullec’s Smurfit Kappa-Cerfrance was less than ten miles ahead of La Droulec and Berrehar’s Concarneau Entreprendre in the rankings on Friday
Ireland’s Tom Dolan and French co-skipper Tanguy Bouroullec have locked horns with fellow newcomers Erwan La Draoulec and Loïs Berrehar as they battle it out for the title of first rookie in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale. Dolan and Bouroullec’s…
Tom Dolan is currently in 12th position with co-skipper Tanguy Bouroullec on their yacht Smurfit Kappa-Cerfrance
The National Yacht Club's Tom Dolan has gambled on a southerly route being the fasted as he attempts to climb up the leaderboard in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale. The 30-year-old from Kells, Meath, is currently in 12th position with co-skipper…
Ireland’s Tom Dolan sorts out a spinnaker repair. Scroll down for video.
Ireland’s Tom Dolan and France’s Tanguy Bouroullec have seen their fortunes rise and fall and rise again as the fleet in the Figaro two-handed AG2R Mondiale from Concarneau in Brittany to St Barths in the Caribbean puts the obligatory Canary…
Tom Dolan has moved into the top ten in his Transatlantic Race with co-skipper Tanguy Bouroullec
Irish ocean racer Tom Dolan has moved up to eighth overall following a full-on 48 hours in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale. The 30-year-old from Kells, County Meath, and co-skipper Tanguy Bouroullec rocketed up the leaderboard as they flourished in…
Tom Dolan in the pit, Tanguy Bourouulec at the mast as Smurfit Kappa-CerFrance gets away from Concarneau
Tom Dolan and Tanguy Bouroullec’s intro to two-handed Figaro sailing with Smurfit Kappa-CerFrance was always going to be a very steep learning curve writes W M Nixon. They had very limited time to prepare their boat and hone their skills,…
The Transat AG2R La Mondiale will see Dolan (left) race 3,800 miles from Concarneau in Brittany, France, to St Barts in the West Indies alongside teammate and former Mini 6.50 rival Tanguy Bouroullec.
Irish ocean racer Tom Dolan is to face the might of the Atlantic for the second time in less than six months as he takes to the start line of the Transat AG2R La Mondiale.  Dolan, 30, will face his…
The sponsors get their moneysworth at the start – Tom Dolan and Tanguy Bouroullec with Smurfit Kappa-Cerfrance put themselves right in the picture as racing gets under way in the Concarneau 250 for the Guy Cotten Trophy
Meathman Tom Dolan made no secret of the fact that he expected his first competitive outing in the two-handed division of the famous Figaro Class to be a chastening experience writes W M Nixon. With former Mini-Transat rival Tanguy Bouroullec…
Joan Mulloy of Westport begins her second experience of top level Figaro Solo racing tomorrow with the Concarneau 350
The elite Figaro Class’s 350-miles Solo Concarneau for the trophee Guy Cotton in the Bay of Biscay tomorrow (Thursday) will test Ireland’s Tom Dolan and Joan Mulloy on an intricate course writes W M Nixon. The route take two fleets…

The Solitaire du Figaro, was originally called the course de l’Aurore until 1980, was created in 1970 by Jean-Louis Guillemard and Jean-Michel Barrault.

Half a decade later, the race has created some of France's top offshore sailors, and it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new boat equipped with foils and almost 50 skippers Including novices, aficionados and six former winners.

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

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. 

The 2019 course is more Than 2,000 miles between Nantes, Kinsale (Ireland), Roscoff and Dieppe and is the longest in the race's history.

 

At A Glance – Figaro Race

  • It starts in June or July from a French port.
  • The race is split into four stages varying from year to year, from the length of the French coast and making up a total of around 1,500 to 2,000 nautical miles (1,700 to 2,300 mi; 2,800 to 3,700 km) on average.
  • Over the years the race has lasted between 10 and 13 days at sea.
  • The competitor is alone in the boat, participation is mixed.
  • Since 1990, all boats are of one design.

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