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Tom Dolan, Solo Sailor
Tom Dolan – his resilience, skill and determination in pulling himself up from 56th to 11th in the current Stage 1 of the Mini Transat 2017 has become one of the highlights of the race.
The leaders of the Mini-Transat 2017 are now at the latitude of Lisbon, but well offshore in trying to keep in a line of the fading north to northeast wind writes W M Nixon. The pace in this first 1350-mile…
Tom Dolan busy putting boats astern – since Sunday, he has moved from 56th to 14th overall.
A large area of lighter winds and calms currently developing around the Canary Islands may hamper the closing speeds of the Mini Transat fleet as they near the finish of their 1350-mile race from La Rochelle through this weekend and…
Although only twenty years old, Erwan Le Draoulec has emerged as one of the key pace-setters in the Mini Transat 2017 campaigns
Ireland’s solo sailor Tom Dolan and the other contenders in the leading group in the Mini Transat have finally been able to start exiting the Bay of Biscay at better speeds this morning as new east to nor’east winds have…
The persistent drizzle and low cloud did little to cheer those Mini sailors at the start of the Mini–Transat yesterday
The weather played a sly hand on Sunday morning in the Bassin des Chalutiers and it has not been kind to Ireland's solo sailor Tom Dolan who is at the back of the pack aftter the first 14 hours of…
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)
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…
A sense of anticipation. Tom Dolan in fine form in 2016 when he started campaigning his new Pogo 30 IRL 910, on which he’d done the finishing and fitting-out work himself. He wryly remembers now that he immediately won his first solo distance race: “Big mistake. I’ve been a marked man ever since”.
In its forty years, the 4,000 mile Mini-Transat has become a very French event, despite always having a significant international presence which this time round will see Ireland’s Tom Dolan (30) in a leading role for 2017’s staging, starting tomorrow…
Tom Dolan with his boat, which he finished himself from a bare hull before achieving remarkable racing success. Now it is time for us to rally round in support. He has travelled an incredible distance in solo sailing achievement, but he needs help from all of us to get over the final funding hurdle for the MiniTransat 2017.
In five weeks time, Ireland’s talented solo sailor Tom Dolan – currently ranking fourth overall in the 60–plus top helms in the Mini Transat 650 class – will be in the final stages of countdown to the start of the…
A fresh new nor’wester brought Tom Dolan to the finish last night at les Sables d’Olonne of Stage 2 of the Transgascogne 2107. But the northeast to east breezes during yesterday had been more to his advantage, and at one stage he was leading by better than six miles.
The arrival earlier than expected of a fresh nor’wester in the Bay of Biscay in the final approaches to Les Sables d’Olonne at the finish of Stage 2 of Transgascogne 2017 last night put paid to Ireland’s Tom Dolan’s chances…
Tom Dolan in Aviles, coming to terms with missing the podium by one second
With just 19 miles to the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne tonight, Ireland’s solo sailor Tom Dolan is currently leading the Mini 650 Class in Stage 2 of the Transgascogne 2017 from Aviles in northwest Spain writes W M Nixon.…
When the going wasn’t so good. Tom Dolan making the best of light airs approaching Aviles at the end of Stage 1, when he lost third place by one second
Ireland’s Mini Transat entrant Tom Dolan has had to make some tough tactical decision in the 245-mile Stage 2 from Aviles in Spain back to les Sables d’Olonne in the Mini Transgascone 2017 writes W M Nixon. Although an anticipated…
Showing ahead – Ireland’s Tom Dolan is narrowly ahead in the 245-mile Mini 650 race from Aviles in Spain back to les Sables d’Olonne, Stage 2 of the Transgascogne 2017
Ireland’s Tom Dolan has put the disappointment of losing third place by just one second in the outward leg of the Mini 650 Transgascogne Race 2017 from les Sables d’Olonne across the Bay of Bidcay to Aviles in northwest Spain…
Tom Dolan’s Pogo 3 IRL 910 is in the top rankings of the Mini 650 fleet, which starts Stage 2 of the Transgascogne 2017 from northwest Spain back to France today. Tom will be giving a presentaton at the Speaker Supper in the National Yacht Club on Thursday August 17th
The return stage to Les Sables d’Olonne of the Mini Class’s Transgascogne 2017 starts this afternoon off Aviles in Asturias on the north Spanish coast, with the 53-strong fleet knowing that Clarisse Cremer and Erwan Le Draoulec start respectively with…
Tom Dolan
As the leaders glided across the finish line in Aviles of Stage 1 of the Transgascogne 2017 this afternoon, Ireland’s Tom Dolan has had the torture of seeing a place on the podium slip through his finger by just one…
Cometh the hour, cometh the woman – Clarisse Cremer took the lead in the Transgascogne race today within eight miles of the finish at Aviles, and stayed in front to win.
Was he there in third with a podium place, or wasn’t he? For the second time in the Sables d’Olonne to Aviles stage of the Transgascogne 2017, Tom Dolan’s tracker on his Mini 650 IRL 910 failed to check in…
Tom Dolan – holding third with less than thirty miles to the finish of Stage 1 of Transgascogne 2017
Tom Dolan’s Pogo 3 IRL 910 lies third in class this morning as the leaders go into the final thirty miles of the Les Sables D’Olonne to Aviles first stage of the Transgascogne 2017 writes W M Nixon Front runner Erwin…
With the wind on his starboard quarter, Tom Dolan is storming along for Aviles
Ireland’s Tom Dolan has had a magic second afternoon in the first stage of the Transgascogne 2017 race from Les Sables d’Olonne to Aviles in northwest Spain. With the wind now round in the northeast, the Meathman has been revelling…

Tom Dolan, Solo Offshore Sailor

Even when County Meath solo sailor Tom Dolan had been down the numbers in the early stages of the four-stage 2,000 mile 2020 Figaro Race, Dolan and his boat were soon eating their way up through the fleet in any situation which demanded difficult tactical decisions.

His fifth overall at the finish – the highest-placed non-French sailor and winner of the Vivi Cup – had him right among the international elite in one of 2020's few major events.

The 33-year-old who has lived in Concarneau, Brittany since 2009 but grew up on a farm in rural County Meath came into the gruelling four-stage race aiming to get into the top half of the fleet and to underline his potential to Irish sailing administrators considering the selection process for the 2024 Olympic Mixed Double Offshore category which comes in for the Paris games.

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