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Tom Dolan, Solo Sailor
Ireland has two entries in today's noon start (Irish time) of the La Soltiaire du Figaro fleet
Dublin's Kenny Rumball and Meath's Tom Dolan can expect a fairly fast, long, and open 642 nautical miles first leg, to the Fastnet and back, in the first challenge for the 35 solo sailors who embark on the 51st edition of…
Tom Dolan after finishing the Solo Concarneau
From what proved to be a very closely fought, light winds psychological roller coaster Ireland’s Tom Dolan returned a solid, middle of the fleet 14th place in the Solo Concarneau Trophée Guy Cotten which finished Saturday. For Kenny Rumball, Ireland's…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Kenny Rumball on deck in his Figaro3
Irish solo sailors Kenneth Rumball and Tom Dolan are both looking for the advantage in this afternoon’s Solo Concarneau race, the final warm-up event before the 1830 miles, four-stage La Solitaire du Figaro which takes place at the end of…
Tom Dolan is racing in the Solo Concarneau this weekend
Ireland’s Tom Dolan sailing Smurfit Kappa is looking to the 380 nautical miles Solo Concarneau Trophée Guy Cotten, which starts Thursday, to confirm that he has everything in place for the season’s pinnacle solo event, the 1830 miles, four-stage La…
 François Jambou (left) and Tom Dolan were second in the Drheam Cup Figaro Duo class
Ireland’s solo racer Tom Dolan gave his hopes for this year’s La Solitaire du Figaro solo offshore race a significant boost when he and French co-skipper François Jambou finished second overall on Smurfit Kappa in the Figaro duo class of…
Second in the Drheam Cup - After a cold cold night at sea, for once masks were welcome on board. The crew of Smurfit Kappa - Concarneau Entreprendre (Francois Jamboux (left) and Tom Dolan pictured heading south-east, in the direction of the La Trinité-sur-Mer finish where they finished second in the Figaro Duo class
Tom Dolan of Meath and longtime colleague Francois Jamboux of Concarneau revived the spark of previous joint successes with a scorcher of a race with Smurfit Kappa in the 400-mile Drheam Cup from Cherbourg to La Trinite sur Mer via…
Tom Dolan, the 'flying Irishman' is vying for the overall lead of the Drheam Cup this morning
County Meath Solo sailor Tom Dolan is dicing for the lead this morning in the closing stages of the double-handed Drheam Cup as the fleet close in on the La Trinite sur Mer finish line. See tracker below. A determined…
The 2020 Drheam Cup has started with two Irish double-handed campaigns in the 100-boat fleet
Ireland's 'Figaro Duo' teams are racing in the 400-mile Drheam Cup and after a 1 pm start this afternoon are neck and neck in the seven-boat Figaro division. Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee are making their double-handed…
Kenny Rumball (above) will compete in the 400-mile Drheam Cup with co-skipper Pamela Lee on Sunday
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee make their double-handed debut for Ireland at the Drheam Cup on Sunday and joining them on the Figaro Beneteau 3 fleet start line are County Meath and French combination Tom Dolan and Mini…
Tom Dolan - missed out on the first new breeze after a drifting start
Early mistakes in very light and very fluky winds cost Tom Dolan dearly, leaving the Irish solo racer with no real chances to recover and make the solid opening he had wanted in the 340 nautical miles Solo Maître CoQ…
The 2020 Solo Maître CoQ fleet includes two Irish boats
Lunchtime today effectively sees the first Irish battle on the long road to the Paris Olympic Games 2024 as two embryonic campaigns go head to head in the offshore keelboat discipline, in the French season opener, the Solo Maître CoQ.…
Ireland's Kenny Rumball (left) and Tom Dolan will compete at next's week's French offshore Solo Maitre Coq race
Ireland will have two solo entries in next week's Solo Maitre Coq offshore race for the first time which starts and finishes in Les Sables d’Olonne. Tom Dolan of County Meath and Kenny Rumball of Dun Laoghaire Harbour will go head…
Next week’s Solo Maitre Coq starts and finishes in Les Sables d’Olonne.
With the gradual easing of the French lockdown and offshore racing sailors now having returned to training, the future is again looking brighter for Irish solo racer Tom Dolan. Since relaunching at the beginning of June the Brittany based racer,…
Tom Dolan racing downwind in Smurfit Kappa
In the wake of the two-month lockdown from which it emerged on May 11th, France has reopened the coast and allowed all types of marine activities along the Atlantic. This is, of course, good news for Tom Dolan. The skipper…
The 2020 race course
On 30th August in Saint Brieuc bay, France it is going to be a demanding and difficult start for the 51st edition of the Solitaire du Figaro for Ireland's solo sailor Tom Dolan and the rest of the foiling Figaro…
Tom Dolan in his new Figaro 3
The Coronavirus outbreak has caused French organisers of the Solo Maitre Coq and the Transat AG2R La Mondiale to delay both events and with it the plans of Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan for an Irish bid in the Transatlantic…

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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