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Yannick Lemonnier in Galway Docks with Galway Bay SC Commodore Johnny Shorten
Solo sailor Yannick Lemonnier racing Port of Galway finished the first stage of the Eurochef MiniTransat 2021 at 16th in class this afternoon (Saturday) at Palme in the western Canaries, having moved up a couple of places during the final…
You win some, you lose some….with some interesting Galician rock structures convenient for study, Black Mamba is going no further in the Mini Transat 2021
The Minis Transat fleet was emphatically divided by hundreds of miles when the leaders managed to get themselves well south past Cape Finisterre in northwest Spain before ferocious weather and aggressive killer whales forced a significant section of the fleet…
The way of a ship at sea….
While everyone else was staring goggle-eyed at rapidly-changing and decidedly hostile weather charts last Thursday, and wondering whether the weekend's racing was going to be possible at all, in typical style the always-amazing Gary MacMahon was at sea off our…
Safe for the moment - Yannick Lemonnier aboard his Mini 650 Port of Galway in Baiona, northwest Spain
While the leading boats in the fleet of 90 racing the Mini Transat 2021 are now passing Madeira and well on their way to their planned stopover in the Canaries (where they may well find that volcanic activity interferes with…
Tom Dolan and Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan have clear air and are on their way to first at the Fastnet Rock.
The exceptionally-demanding final 642-mile stage of La Solitaire du Figaro 2021 took the 34-strong fleet from Morlaix in Brittany northwest round the Fastnet Rock, and then southeast to the finish at Saint-Nazaire on France's Biscay Coast. After three frustrating stages,…
Galway solo sailor Yannick Lemonnier at the start of the 2021 Mini Transat Eurochef 2021 Race
Galway solo sailor Yannick Lemonnier is in 15th place in the 25-boat Proto division on the first stage of the Mini Transat Race. Lemonnier, the only Irish competitor, is 85-miles behind leader Perre Le Roy in a leg that has…
Peter Lawless’s Rival 41 Waxwing in Tenerife today (Tuesday)
Limerick solo sailor Peter Lawless has had further setbacks to his hopes of being the first Irishman to sail round the world non-stop and alone, as he has experienced renewed difficulties with his steering gear and rudder, which necessitated putting…
Podium place plus for a cheerful Tom Dolan in Saint-Nazaire, with Vivi Trophy victory and third in the final Figaro stage
Ireland’s Tom Dolan was in fine form last night (Friday) in Saint-Nazaire at the awards ceremony for the 52nd Solitaire du Figaro, winning the Vivi Trophy for the best-placed non-French skipper in the demanding fourth stage, and taking third place…
Taking third place in stage four a jubilant Tom Dolan (Smurfit Kappa - Kingspan) crosses the line at Saint Nazaire to complete the podium of the final stage of La Solitaire du Figaro
Tom Dolan with Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan threw aside the earlier frustrations of the Figaro Solo 2021 by taking third place at the conclusion of the final stage at the finish off St Nazaire tonight (Thursday). Having been in the lead in…
Tom Dolan is in third place and vying for a stage four win this lunchtime in the closing stages of the 2021 La Solitaire Du Figaro
Having led the fleet round the Fastnet rock, Ireland's solo sailor Tom Dolan is in third place and vying for a stage four win this lunchtime in the closing stages of the 2021 La Solitaire Du Figaro off Saint Nazaire,…
Peter Lawless’s world-girdler Rival 41 Waxwing had a three-day no-contact stopover off Portugal to sort rudder problems, but is now under way southward again
After a three day, no-shore-contact stopover at anchor off Portimao in southern Portugal to sort rudder and electronics problems, Limerick’s Peter Lawless (52) is southward bound again in his Rival 41 Waxwing in his bid to be the first Irishman…
Tom Dolan leads La Solitaire du Figaro Towards the Fastnet
The Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan is leading the 52nd La Solitaire du Figaro fleet towards the Fastnet Rock with high hopes that he will be able to stay in front and lead the 34 boat fleet round the iconic…
Ireland's Tom Dolan is expected to return to the Fastnet Rock this week in the final stage of the 2021 Figaro solo race
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan was placing his faith in a slightly different, more westerly strategy as he left Morlaix Bay in north Brittany this afternoon at the start of a mammoth 685 miles final stage of La Solitaire du…
Disappointed in Roscoff - Tom Dolan rues the loss of a top ten finish on leg 3
The disappointment was etched into Tom Dolan’s tired face as he docked Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan into Roscoff this afternoon at the end of a tough 624 miles Stage 3 of La Solitaire du Figaro. Having been ninth at Bishop Rock, at…
A friend in need? Even with the support of friendly dolphins, the final leg of Stage 3 of the Figaro Solo 2021 has not gone well for Tom Dolan
Things had been looking good for Tom Dolan on Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan going into the final 120-mile Isles of Scilly to Roscoff leg of Stage 3 in the Figaro Solo 2021. He’d worked his way up to 8th as they made…
Tom Dolan has ranged through the fleet in Stage 3 of the Figaro Solo 2021, but is currently in the top ten in the final 120-mile leg from the isles of Scilly to Roscoff in Brittany
In the exceptionally challenging sailing of the 620-mile third stage of the Figaro Solo 2021, Tom Dolan on Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan was lying eighth as he rounded the Bishop Rock at the western point of the Isles of Scilly at 1400…

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