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Dolan Aims for Podium in Mini Transat, Irish Sailors Gather in France to Salute Solo Bid

30th September 2017
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Tom Dolan (left) and Jack Roy at today's mini-reception to wish Dolan 'Bon Voyage' in his Mini Transat bid. There are 4,050 miles to cover between La Rochelle – Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and Le Marin (Martinique) Tom Dolan (left) and Jack Roy at today's mini-reception to wish Dolan 'Bon Voyage' in his Mini Transat bid. There are 4,050 miles to cover between La Rochelle – Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and Le Marin (Martinique) Photo: Gerry Jones

Irish Sailing President Jack Roy was on hand in Bassin des Chalutiers, La Rochelle today to wish sole Irish entry Tom Dolan good luck in tomorrow's Mini Transat Race start.

An eve of race Irish reception with the Cultural & Sporting Attache from the Irish Embassy was held in the National Yacht Club sailor's honour. Roy was among a number of Irish sailors in France to wish the intrepid County Meath sailor the very best for his Transatlantic Race ambitions.  

Dolan's aim is a podium place, and he has been on that podium or near it in almost every race this past summer. But now it’s down to the moment of truth tomorrow, to race the 1,350 miles to Gran Canaria, about a week of sailing following which there’s a pause while they wait for the current very vigorous hurricane season to end, and then they race the 2,700 miles Transatlantic miles to Le Marin in Martinique.

Read Afloat's Mini Transat Race preview with a special focus on Tom Dolan by W M Nixon here.

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