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Pat Lawless is signed up for the second edition of the Golden Globe Race in 2022
Independent analysis on media coverage during the 2018 Golden Globe Race says the event attracted worldwide coverage worth as much as US$185 million. Les Sables d’Olonne, which will be the host start and finish port again in 2022, gained two…
Tom Dolan competing in the Tour de Bretagne à la Voile
Tom Dolan, the Irish skipper of Smurfit Kappa, finished his first season in the Beneteau Figaro 3 on something of a high note when he took fourth place on the last stage of the 12th Tour de Bretagne à la…
Solo sailor Jeanne Socrates
Solo sailor Jeanne Socrates, a member of the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), has sailed into Victoria BC harbour on the west coast of Canada on 7th September after successfully completing another single-handed unassisted nonstop circumnavigation. Jeanne set sail from Victoria…
Joan Mulloy's ocean racing boat, Believe in Grace as she arrived at Tower Bridge London having completed a special trip from the West of Ireland to  London, retracing the route of her formidable ancestor, Grace O’Malley  Irish Pirate Queen who famously met with the Virgin Queen in 1593
County Mayo solo sailor, Joan Mulloy of Westport, will sail along the River Thames to Tower Bridge, completing a special journey that replicates one made by her formidable ancestor, the legendary Granuaile, over 400 years ago. Under black sails emblazoned…
IMOCA 60 line honours for Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt and their shore crew after arriving in Plymouth
While IMOCA 60s are renowned for racing non-stop around the world in the Vendée Globe, the doublehanded crews of these extraordinary space-age craft appreciate the Rolex Fastnet Race as it offers most conditions of a round the world race within…
 Pat Lawless of County Kerry
Ireland is among 22 entries for the 2022 edition of the Golden Globe Race that will be hosted again by the Vendée City of Les Sables d'Olonne it has been announced this week. As Afloat previously reported back in April, Pat Lawless…
2019 La Solitaire racing
The 50th Solitaire Urgo-Le Figaro finished last Wednesday after a fourth and final leg won by Eric Péron, which confirmed Yoann Richomme’s overall first place. With hardly any time to get over this fourth leg, which was just as exhausting…
Bird in the hand - Tom Dolan arrives on the dock with a feathered friend in Roscoff last night after another tough leg of the Figaro Race
“You need to be mentally strong for this type of sailing. You have to make tough decisions when you’re tired.” “Being by yourself, sailing solo, depends very much on the person and how you use your own resources,” The first…
Joan Mulloy gets to grips with her Beneteau Figaro 3 foiling yacht
Today’s Sunday Business Post will carry a special preview of the first leg of the 50th La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro international race as the skippers set sail from Nantes for Kinsale. The West Cork stopover this coming week is…
OSTAR & TWOSTAR To Remain In Plymouth, RWYC Confirms
Plymouth’s Royal Western Yacht Club has confirmed that it will run its OSTAR and TWOSTAR transatlantic races in 2020 from Britain’s Ocean City as it has done every four years since the first race in 1960. “These races from Plymouth…
Bitter sweet moment: Tapio Lehtinen shows the strong barnacle growth on the bottom of his solo yacht Asteria, and finds they are a delicacy in France selling for 80 Euros per Kilo
Barnacle growth was the root cause of Golden Globe Race Finnish skipper Tapio Lehtinen's slow solo circumnavigation but the 110-day difference between his and Race winner Jean-Luc Van Den Heede's time was definitely enjoyable. "I have certainly got my money's…
Joan Mulloy shows off her new boat livery featuring the Grace O’Malley brand
Joan Mulloy is set to compete under the black sails of the Irish pirate queen — and fellow Mayo mariner — Grace O’Malley, the Figaro contender has announced. Following a months-long drive to secure sponsorship for her sophomore Solitaire bid,…
Tom Dolan prepares for the start in the Solo Maître Coq
With more than half of the 340 nautical miles coefficient, 4 offshore race sailed in the Solo Maître Coq Ireland's Tom Dolan on Smurfit Kappa is in 27th place this afternoon as the 47 strong fleet pass the northernmost turning…
Tom Dolan - set for solo run
After an excellent 14th overall and fifth in the final leg, when sailing with Damian Foxall in the doublehanded Sardinha Cup, Ireland's Tom Dolan is now ready to fly solo on his Smurfit Kappa as he takes on this week's…
Bernard Moitessier’s steel ketch Joshua. A One-Design class of ten new boats developed to this design is planned to provide the backbone of the fleet for the 2022 Golden Globe re-enactment.
For those of us who find historical re-enactments to be slightly spooky, following the twists and turns of the Golden Globe Golden Jubilee Race through the latter half of 2018 and into the early months of 2019 has been -…
Pat Lawless
20 sailors from 10 countries have signed up to compete in the next Golden Globe Race slated to start on 4th September 2022, and many more have expressed an interest to compete. Among the line up as Afloat reported earlier…

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