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Tom Dolan on Smurfit Kappa maintaining concentration, keeping the boat moving, staying on the optimum course……the Figaro Solitaire 2020 was a massive test of focus and wakefulness for the lone sailors over hundreds of miles in light winds
When solo star Tom Dolan was told last Saturday evening that the exceptionally calm condition of the inner Bay of Biscay meant that the proposed final fourth stage of the Solitaire du Figaro 2020 would not be sailed, among the…
Timothy Long's Alchemy in Pwllheli
As reported in Afloat.ie on 1st September here, fifteen-year-old solo sailor Timothy Long from Buckinghamshire is fundraising for the Ellen McArthur Cancer Trust by sailing solo around Britain, a distance of approximately 1600 miles. In his Hunter Impala 28 'Alchemy'…
Tom Dolan has received a welcome boost heading into the second stage from Sunday
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan is now in an even stronger position heading into the second leg of La Solitare du Figaro, after the protest committee’s strike against two higher-placing finishers from Thursday (3 September). Both Tanguy Le Turquais and…
Alchemy entering the Marina
Timothy Long from Buckinghamshire in England is only 15, and by the time he finishes his fundraising solo sail around Britain, he will have 1,600-miles under his belt. In his Hunter Impala 28 'Alchemy' Timothy covers around 45 miles a…
The Saltram Saga 36 – Pat Lawless’s Iniscealtra is one of this special type, based on the Colin Archer all-weather concept.
While Ireland is battered by the multiple surges of Storm Ellen, the irrepressible Pat Lawless of Ballyferriter on the Dingle Peninsula is riding it out on the southern fringes of the huge weather system, halfway home from the Azores in…
Class40 Credit Mutuel skippered by Ian Lipinski
Mini Transat Winner and 2018 Round Ireland Yacht Race contestant Ian Lipinski has set a Round Britain solo record. On Friday, 10 July, the Class40 Credit Mutuel skipper crossed the virtual finish line by crossing Cape Lizard, to set this…
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in April 2019 recreating his arrival in Falmouth 50 years to the date he completed the Golden Globe Race
In the latest editions of her new podcast series, double Olympic gold medalist Shirley Robertson sits down for a two-part chat with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder of the Clipper Race and the first man ever to sail solo non-stop around…
She’s coming home – Garry Crothers’ Ovni 435 Kind of Blue in Lough Foyle, which she left in 2017 for a long ocean cruise which has now had to be reduced to a Transatlantic circuit
Garry Crothers, the indomitable 64-year-old one-armed solo sailor from Lough Swilly Yacht Club, hopes to get back to his Lough Foyle berth in Derry on Saturday after completing his Coronavirus Lockdown-enforced 3,500 mile marathon from the Caribbean in his Ovni…
Ireland's Kenny Rumball (left) and Tom Dolan will compete at next's week's French offshore Solo Maitre Coq race
Ireland will have two solo entries in next week's Solo Maitre Coq offshore race for the first time which starts and finishes in Les Sables d’Olonne. Tom Dolan of County Meath and Kenny Rumball of Dun Laoghaire Harbour will go head…
Fair winds for the Ovni 435 Kind of Blue, with skipper Garry Crothers taking it easy on the foredeck. Usually he sails with at least two others on board and can relax like this, but for the current Transatlantic voyage home, he’s very much on his own as he faces the extra challenge of being one-armed
Garry Crothers of Lough Swilly YC, who has refused to let life-changing injuries from a horrific motorcycle accident prevent him from fulfilling his dream of sailing the oceans, is now better than halfway home across the Atlantic in his Ovni…
New team - Kenny Rumball and Pam Lee on the two day 317nm spin from Port La Floret to Dun Laoghaire
As I type this, I am currently motor sailing along the Brittany coast having left Port La Floret and am delivering Figaro3 Number 20 to Dun Laoghaire with my co-skipper Pamela Lee. There has been a lot of speculation in…
Tom Dolan racing downwind in Smurfit Kappa
In the wake of the two-month lockdown from which it emerged on May 11th, France has reopened the coast and allowed all types of marine activities along the Atlantic. This is, of course, good news for Tom Dolan. The skipper…
Solo adventurer Darragh Carroll and his boat Rán in northern Scotland in March
A modern-day Viking hopes to complete an epic journey by land and sea from Norway to the Midlands despite the setbacks of stormy weather and the coronavirus pandemic. As RTÉ News reports, Darragh Carroll left the island of Tromoya off…
Yves Auvinet, chairman of the SAEM Vendée speaking on France's TV3 on Tuesday
Vendee Globe solo round the world race boss said this week a 'final decision' will be made about the November start of France's 'Everest of sailing' next month due to COVID-19 concerns. Yves Auvinet, chairman of the SAEM Vendée told…
RS Aero - singlehanded sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
“Today we should be reporting on a fantastic first event for the RS Aero in Ireland. The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School was due to host the inaugural RS Aero Open last Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of May…
Snacks are difficult to choose; they need to be high in calories while at the same time being tough enough to survive banging around the boat
Fancy a little distraction? I've decided to show you some of the steps that we took to reduce waste during last year's Solitaire du Figaro writes Irish Solo Sailor Tom Dolan Now more than ever we all need to think…

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