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Peter Lawless’ 41ft yacht Waxwing in Kilrush ahead of his pending solo circumnavigation
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is backing Limerick sailor Peter Lawless’ pending solo, non-stop round-the-world voyage on his Rival 41 yacht Waxwing. While the charity has sponsored the yacht’s passive self-steering equipment, in return Peter — son of…
The Flying Irishman' crossed the finish line in 5th place after 2d 0h 36m 11s
Ireland’s Tom Dolan proved his preparation for next month’s La Solitaire du Figaro is on course when he finished a very tough, testing Solo Concarneau Trophée Guy Cotten race in fifth place from 33 starters. Exhausted after sleeping for just…
Tom Dolan - relishing return to solo racing
Tom Dolan set off this afternoon on his final solo offshore race test before La Solitaire du Figaro, starting the 33-boat 380 nautical miles Solo Concarneau Trophée Guy Cotten. After a season which so far has largely been dominated by…
Ireland’s Tom Dolan and French co-skipper Tanguy Leglatin finished the Tour de Bretagne in 13th place
A faltering wind and strong contrary tide put paid to the hopes of Ireland’s Tom Dolan and French co-skipper Tanguy Leglatin of rescuing a solid final race result on the Tour de Bretagne à la Voile which finished today in…
The lifeboat crew motored the yacht to a safe berth in Castletownbere harbour
Castletownbere RNLI was launched yesterday evening (Saturday 10th July 2021) just after 7.20 pm to go to the immediate assistance of a lone sailor who had become injured on his yacht off Bere Island in West Cork Castletownbere lifeboat was…
Tom Dolan and Tanguy Leglatin make a good start in the Tour de Bretagne à la voile
After four of the eight races which constitute the Tour de Bretagne à la Voile, Ireland’s Tom Dolan who is racing Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan with coach Tanguy Leglatin, lies in eighth place in the 32 boat fleet. Buoyed by his first-ever…
Dolan is delighted to be back sailing his own Figaro Beneteau 3 Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan and is raring to get going again
Top Irish offshore racer Tom Dolan will sail the upcoming Tour de Bretagne with leading French coach Tanguy Leglatin seeking to land a solid result for Smurfit Kappa and new co-sponsor Kingspan and to keep his preparation for mid-August’s La…
Yannick Lemonnier's go funds me page has already raised over €1,000 of the €10,000 required after his dismasting
Irish offshore solo sailor Yannick Lemonnier has pledged to continue his Mini Transatlantic Race campaign after his recent yacht dismasting in the English Channel. Speaking to Afloat, Lemonnier said he had received such a warm and supportive response from sailors…
Yannick Lemonnier was on his way back to Ireland, following the French Mini Fastnet race he had completed a few days previous
Irish offshore solo sailor Yannick Lemonnier's September Transatlantic ambitions have been set back after his mini 491 Port of Galway dismasted, last night around 2h30, off Ushant, a French island at the south-western end of the English Channel. Organisers of the Mini Fastnet…
Tom Dolan has announced support from Kingspan
Irish skipper Tom Dolan strengthens his long term solo and short handed Figaro Bénéteau offshore racing programme after agreeing an exciting new support package with Kinsgpan, the building materials and insulation group which operates in 70 countries worldwide and is…
Yannick Lemonnier (left) with GBSC Commodore Johnny Shorten. The Galway sailmaker is embarking on the first part of his Mini campaign that features a 600-mile race from Douarnenez in Western France
Galway Bay Sailing Club's Yannick Lemonnier has launched his Mini Transat yacht 'Marcel forever' at Galway Docks. The Galway sailmaker is embarking on the first part of his Mini campaign that features a 600-mile race from Douarnenez in Western France. It's a campaign…
Ireland’s Tom Dolan (right) and his French co-skipper Gildas Mahé at the finish to the Transat en Double in Saint Barthélemy
Ireland’s Tom Dolan and his French co-skipper Gildas Mahé have been coming to terms with a slightly disappointing outcome following a very close finish to the Transat en Double Concarneau to Saint Barthélemy race. The Franco-Irish duo finished very early…
Ireland’s Tom Dolan racing with Gildas Mahé on Breizh Cola are lying in fourth place
The last 450 miles of the Transat en Double Concarneau to Saint Barthélemy sees the leaders of the 18 boat fleet finely balanced with a group to the north which has been gaining and the long-established leading pack which have…
Tom and Gildas continue their westward journey. They are approaching the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. There is only one third of the crossing left to reach Saint Barthelemy. From the picture of Tom above, it looks like they are doing well, still in third place and have plenty to eat!
With just over 1200 nautical miles to the finish line and more than ten days since leaving Brittany, Ireland’s Tom Dolan and his French co-skipper Gildas Mahé are fighting hard in third place on the Transat en Double Concarneau –…
Tom Dolan (left), racing with the French co-skipper Gildas Mahé lies in fourth place on the Transat en Double
Ireland’s Tom Dolan, racing with the French co-skipper Gildas Mahé on Breizh Cola, lies in fourth place on the Transat en Double Concarneau Saint Barthélemy as the fleet heads west across the Atlantic after passing the Canary Islands rounding mark…
Irish Sailor of the Year Tom Dolan (left) with French Ace Gildas Mahé
Racing on Breizh Cola with French ace Gildas Mahé, Ireland’s Tom Dolan reported today that he is happy with their positioning on the Transat en Double Concarneau – Saint Barthélemy fleet. Racing downwind in 18-20kts of NE’ly tradewinds 175 nautical…

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