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Tom Dolan, Solo Sailor
It's almost certain that trade winds should accompany the Ireland's Thomas Dolan and the Mini Transat fleet right up until their arrival in Pointe-a-Pitre. There is no longer much difference in speeds between north and south, and everyone is moving…
Turning west, like most of the fleet, Ireland's debutante entry in the Mini Transat lies in 24th place this morning with a daunting Atlantic crossing ahead of him. County Meath's Thomas Dolan is in a mid–fleet position in his 44–boat fleet…
County Meath solo sailor Thomas Dolan lies in 27th place from 44 starters in the early stages of the Mini–Transat race sailing tonight off the Mauritanian coast. It's a drop of some 17 places from this morning's tenth place for Dolan…
The Mini Transat Îles de Guadeloupe competitors – including Ireland's Thomas Dolan – set off to conquer the Atlantic Ocean yesterday with a sustained northeasterly wind and rough seas. 'The red rocket and I will head off for what will…

ARRIVAL !!!!!!!! Tom has crossed the finish line at 4h12'00" TU+2 !! Bravo Tom! Well done!

Posted by Tom Dolan - Mini Transat 2015 on Sunday, 27 September 2015
Ireland's Thomas Dolan arrived into Lanzarote this morning taking a top twenty position in his 44–boat fleet, a very credible finish for the County Meath solo sailor in the first leg of his first Mini–Transat. The pontoon reserved for the…
With a strong following wind off the coast of Portugal, Ireland's sole entry in the Mini–Transat race made a gain overnight in his mid-fleet position. County Meath's Thomas Dolan lies 18th overall from 44 starters in the solo race and…
County Meath's Thomas Dolan lies in the top half of the Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe fleet after Saturday's start from Douarnenez, France. The sole Irish competitor in the solo race is 19th from 45 and 30 miles behind the…

Bon départ Tom !!! Well done Tom !!!!

Posted by Tom Dolan - Mini Transat 2015 on Saturday, 19 September 2015
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan's dream of competing in this year's Mini–Transat came true yesterday when the County Meath man departed Douarnenez in France and embarked on his 4000–mile race.  It’s hard to imagine better conditions for the start of the…
Meath's Dolan Is Lining Up For Mini Transat Race Against 84 Competitors
#minitransat – On 19 September 2015, Ireland will be among 84 Mini–Transat 2015 competitors heading out to do battle with the Atlantic for the 20th edition of the Mini Transat. As was the case in 2013, the race will set sail…
 Dolan and Lightweight Double Hit Form at World Rowing Championships
Ireland won two races in the second half of the programme at the World Rowing Championships in Bled in Slovenia today. Sarah Dolan had an outstanding second 1,000 metres to win the C Final of the lightweight single sculls. The…
Dolan Third in Repechage at World Rowing Championships
Sarah Dolan took third place in her repechage of the lightweight single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Bled in Slovenia today. The 21-year-old Trinity student could not make it into the top two which would put her into…
Dolan and Lambe Must Take Repechage Route
Sarah Dolan and Claire Lambe finished fourth in their heat of the lightweight double sculls at the World Under-23 Championships in Amsterdam and must compete in a repechage tomorrow. Austria, Germany and Canada headed the field through the race, with…
Dolan and Maher Fourth in Munich Time Trials
Ireland’s two lightweight single scullers at the World Cup Regatta in Munich, Sarah Dolan and Michael Maher, both had fourth-place finishes in their heats this morning and are set to compete in repechages later today. The heats were run on…
Dolan and O'Donovan Shine at National Trials
Sarah Dolan, an under-23 lightweight, and Paul O’Donovan, a junior athlete, topped the rankings at the National Rowing Trials at the National Rowing Centre in Cork and made the A Finals of the single scull. Dolan registered 96.3 per cent…
Sheridan Leads Dolan at Howth Yacht Club Lasers
HOWTH YACHT CLUB. LASER FROSTBITE SPRING (O'ALL) 13/02/2011 LASER STANDARD: 1, Daragh Sheridan HYC (25.00); 2, Evan Dolan NYC (27.00); 3, Daragh Kelleher SSC (32.00); LASER STANDARD APPRENTICE: 1, Conor Murphy HYC (13.00); 2, Darach Dineen HYC (14.00); 3, Brendan…
Dolan Beats McMahon in Howth Yacht Club Laser Race
HOWTH YACHT CLUB. LASER FROSTBITE WINTER (O'ALL) 19/12/2010 LASER STANDARD: 1, Evan Dolan NYC (28.00); 2, Paul McMahon HYC (31.00); 3, Conor Greagsbey NYC (36.00); LASER STANDARD APPRENTICE: 1, Conor Murphy HYC (12.00); 2, Brendan Costello MYC (21.00); 3, Conor…

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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