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Tom Dolan, Solo Sailor
The start of the Transgascogne 2017 yesterday afternoon was bedevlled by the light winds which have resulted in a shortening of the course to Aviles by removing a first leg to Belle Ile.
With 138 miles to go to the finish of the first leg at Aviles in northwest Spain, Ireland’s Tom Dolan is coping well with the vagaries of the summer winds of the Bay of Biscay in the Mini 650 Transgascogne…
Tom Dolan in his Pogo 3 IRL 910. Although he has several sponsorship support packages in place, he still needs a main sponsor for the big event, the Mini-Transat in October, and so his boat is sailing the current Trans Gascogne 2017 under the name of Still Seeking A Sponsor
Ireland’s solo sailor Tom Dolan currently lies a close 8th in the Mini 650 class in the Trans Gascogne Race 2017, which started yesterday from Les Sables d’Olonne writes W M Nixon. A two-stage event across the southern half of…
Solo sailor – NYC Commodore Ronan Beirne (left) salutes NYC member and Mini Transat entrant Tom Dolan in Dun Laoghaire
With 80–days to go to the 2017 Mini Transat Race, solo sailor Tom Dolan was in Dun Laoghaire at his club, the National Yacht Club, to coach some friends out in the bay in an evening of fresh winds. Tom…
Crowded finish – IRL 910 (Tom Dolan & Francois Jambou) coming in to Douarnenez ahead of the crowd for the 600-mile Mini-Fastnet finish, taking third just five minutes and twelve seconds behind the winner
Tom Dolan and his co-skipper Francois Jambou are back up to speed in Brittany and well rested after a mixture of experiences in the Douarnenez Mini-Fastnet two-hander writes W M Nixon. The race to the Fastnet and back is part…
This is what it looks like when 62 boats are starting together in the Mini-Fastnet 2017 at Douarnenez. The best boats in the fleet are still close together after two days of racing, and Tm Dolan & Francois Jambou are doing well after rounding the Fastnet this morning at 0720 hrs Irish time, when they were making 8.3 knots
Perhaps it was the boost of racing along the coastline of his homeland, but through the early part of this morning Tom Dolan, sailing with Francoise Jambou in the 62-boat Two-Handed 600-mile Mini-Fastnet from Douarnenez, has moved up three places…
Handsome is as handsome does. Ian Lipinski’s scow-like Griffon.fr leads the fleet by a good margin as the 62 boats in the Mini-Fastnet 2017 take on the long haul from North Cornwall across to the next turn at the Stag Rocks in West Cork
The anticipated softening of the northeast wind which has been powering the fleet in the 600–mile two–handed Mini-Fastnet Race from Douarnenez in Brittanny to the famous rock, and back, has seen a slackening of the pace writes W M Nixon.…
The Sunday morning start for the Mini Fastnet fleet at Douarnenez. An upper limit of 70 had been set on entries, but during the final prep days, the numbers were shaken down to 62 boats
Ireland’s Tom Dolan currently lies fourth in class as the 62–strong fleet in the 600-mile Mini-Fastnet from Douarnenez in western Brittany goes into its first night, crossing the English Channel to the first mark at the Wolf Rock writes W…
Tom Dolan finished the MAP Trophy race on a high, but not quite high enough to give him a podium place
Ireland’s Tom Dolan had improved his position to fourth in class when the 55-stong Mini Transat Class had a close finish in the 220 mile Marie-Agnes Peron Trophy race at Douarnenez during the night writes W M Nixon. While he…
Tom Dolan (910) showing what he can do with a breeze, but at the moment he does well to keep his speed above 7 knots.
Less than two miles separate Ireland’s Tom Dolan in his Mini 650 Cellastab.com (IRL 910) from leader Benoit Hantzperg (Mahi-Mahi, 869) as they approach the western turning point in the Atlantic far beyond the Ile de Seine in the 220-mile…
Ian Lipinski’s one-off Griffon is probably the oddest-looking boat in the Mini fleet, but once again she leads overall in the Open Division, this time in the current 220-mile Trophee Agnes Peron circuit from Douarnez
Ireland’s Mini Transat campaigner Tom Dolan has moved up several places in a good night despite difficult racing in the Bay of Biscay in the 55-boat 220-mile Marie-Agnes Peron Trophy from Douarnenez writes W M Nixon. Having had to contend…
The boat name changes for virtually every race, but the number stays the same on Tom Dolan’s Pogo 610, and in the current Marie-Agnes Peron Trophy, he’s listed as an Irish entry.
In a fleet of 55 boats, Ireland’s Mini Transat contender Tom Dolan currently lies sixth in class in his Pogo 610 IRL 910, sailing this 220 mile race as Sellastab.com for the Marie-Agnes Peron Trophy from Douarnenez. After a good…
Tom Dolan’s Pogo 610 offshoresailing.fr (IRL 910) taking second place in the 500-mile Mini-en-Mai on May 12th at la Trinite sur Mer
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan is back in contention tomorrow in France in the shortest race in the countdown to the Mini Transat in October writes W M Nixon. But although the Trophee MAP from Douarnenez south to Ile de…
Tom Dolan competes in the Mini-en-Mai Race. See Video below.
After Ireland’s Tom Dolan slipped to second in the 500-mile Mini-en-Mai in the last 30 miles last Friday he shared his frustration in a searingly honest analysis of his performance. Now he has put together a video (below) from race…
Dolan slipped to second in the 500-mile Mini-en-Mai in the last 30 miles on Friday
After Ireland’s Tom Dolan slipped to second in the 500-mile Mini-en-Mai in the last 30 miles on Friday, all of Irish sailing – and a wider community of supporters internationally – shared his frustration writes W M Nixon. But those…
Dolan saw his wafer-thin class lead worn down by a succession of challengers in other Pogo 3s
The finish of the Mini-en-Mai at La Trinite sur Mer today concluded a period of frustration for Ireland’s Tom Dolan in Offshoresailing.fr, as he saw his wafer-thin class lead worn down by a succession of challengers in other Pogo 3s…
Ireland lead's Mini Classe – Tom Dolan is 52nm miles from the finish this morning. See race tracker below.
Ireland’s Tom Dolan maintained a narrow lead during the third night of the 500–mile Mini-en-May with his Pogo 3 Offshoresailng.fr (IRL 910) as the fleet made their way through inshore passages past La Rochelle and inside the Ile de Re…

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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