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McGuckin starts the longest single sporting challenge on the planet – a non-stop sailing circumnavigation on a 36ft yacht
Sunday 1 July, at 12:00 local time in Les Sables d’Olonne France, Irishman Gregor McGuckin crossed the starting line of the Golden Globe Race onboard his very ordinary looking 33-year-old yacht, Hanley Energy Endurance. All going to plan, Gregor will…
Joan Mulloy has qualified for the Route du Rhum Race
On a sunny Monday morning, Mayo sailor, Joan Mulloy sailed up a calm Galway Bay after completing a 1,300 nautical mile solo trip on Team Ireland’s IMOCA 60. She departed Portimao, Portugal and headed out into the Atlantic in order…
Gregor McGuckin departs Ireland for his race around the world
In the space of just a week, both President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar have given their support to Dublin sailor Gregor McGuckin ahead of his solo non-stop sailing lap of the planet as part of the Golden…
GGR skippers congregate in Les Sables d'Olonne. Back row left to right: Loic Lepage (FRA) Uku Randmaa (EST), Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Don McIntyre - Race Founder, Abhilash Tomy (Ind) LSDO sport) Are Wiig (NOR) Jean Paul Dubreuil (Vice President LSDO) Agglomeration Yannick Moreau (President LSDO Agglomeration; Mark Sinclair (AUS) Ertan Beskardes (GBR) Mark Slats (NED) Igor Zarertsjiy (RUS) Susie Goodall (GBR)  Front row: Philippe Peche (FRA), Kevin Farebrother (AUS) Gregor McGuckin (IRE) Antoine Cousot (FRA) Jane Zhou (GGR organiser) Istvan Kopar (USA) Nabil Amra (PAL) Celine Trommenschlager (GGR organiser).  Photos: Christophe Favreau
Dubliner Greg McGuckin, who will set sail around the world on July 1 has finished ninth in his Golden Globe fleet of 27 in the race to the round the world French startline. The Golden Globe Race village in Les Sables…
Built by the owner-skipper himself to a design by American William Atkin, the 32ft non-stop-world-girdling Suhaili was in fine form off Falmouth yesterday with Robin Knox-Johnston on the helm
Fifty years to the day after Sir Robin Knox-Johnston set out from Falmouth UK in his rugged 32ft yacht Suhaili to become the first man to sail solo non-stop around the Globe, the British master mariner returned yesterday to lead…
Mark Thompson on the Contessa 32 SYZYGY captured this image by drone
#soloFastnet - After a frustrating first 36 hours, the majority of the soloFastnet fleet have now passed Land’s End — with the lead solo sailors already halfway across the Celtic Sea towards Fastnet Rock. All three classes got away from…
McGuckin will be the only Irish entrant in the Golden Globe Race
Irish solo sailor Gregor McGuckin has been campaigning to compete in the incredible non-stop, around the world, solo sailing race, the Golden Globe Race, for almost two years. Today, just one month out from the start of the race, the…
Joan Mulloy and Thomas Ruyant
Mayo’s Joan Mulloy is taking the helm of the impressive Kilcullen Team Ireland IMOCA 60 to compete in the Monaco Globe Series on the 1st June. This will be Mulloy’s first IMOCA event and will give her valuable points towards…
Ireland’s solo star Enda O Coineen has successfully rounded Cape Horn through the weekend
Ireland’s solo star Enda O Coineen has successfully rounded Cape Horn through the weekend in his combined-resources Open 60 Team Ireland/Soufle du Nord writes W M Nixon. In doing so he has transformed his sailing conditions from a severe 49-knots…
Enda O'Coineen on the deck of his IMOCA 60
In the coming 24 hours, Enda O’Coineen is on course to sail solo around the notorious Cape Horn as he endeavours to complete his solo sailing lap of the planet. Enda restarted his voyage in late January a little over…
Tom Dolan in his Pogo 3 IRL 910, in which at sixth overall in November 2017, he was the highest-placed Irish sailor ever in the biennial Mini-Transat. He has now moved up to the Figaro Solo, and this week in training with the Figaro 2 in Lorient, he recorded his first win.
Tom Dolan, who last November became the highest-placed Irish sailor ever in the gruelling Mini-Transat, will be giving club talks in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire next week of his adventures writes W M Nixon. It’s quite a story, the remarkable…
At 31, Gregor McGuckian he will be one of the youngest participants in the Race and will be one of only 200 people who have sailed solo around Cape Horn.
Gregor McGuckin (31) is attempting the gruelling feat of becoming the first Irish man to sail non-stop single handed around the world using no modern technology in the upcoming Golden Globe Race. In 150 days, Gregor will set sail from…
Enda O’Coineen pictured last November with his new boat, the former Vendée dropout Souffe eu Nord
New Zealand’s Otago Daily Times profiles  Enda O’Coineen as he prepares to complete his interrupted circumnavigation of the world. Enda’s dream looked as if it had come to an end last year when Kilcullen Voyager-Team Ireland dismasted on New Year’s…
Man alone – Tom Dolan racing the Atlantic. He’ll be telling all in Westport on January 25th
On Thursday January 25th, at 19:30hrs, Mayo Sailing Club will be hosting a public presentation in the Westport Coast Hotel’s Atlantic Suite by Mini-Transat sailor Tom Dolan, and the admission of just €2 includes tea, coffee and biscuits. Originating on…
The start will be given in Barcelona on the 12th January 2019, at 13:00 (GMT+1).
With 365 days to go until the start of the fourth edition of the Barcelona World Race (12th January 2019), Barcelona’s round the world event has issued the official document containing details of the key rules of the regatta. This…
Joan Mulloy at the helm of her Figaro Solo – she found a high level of support in her home town of Westport on Wednesday
Westport’s rising sailing star Joan Mulloy visited her home town of on Wednesday December 20th with legendary sailing veteran Enda O’Coineen, and delivered a fascinating talk at the invitation of Mayo Sailing Club reports Afloat.ie’s Clew Bay Correspondent. Seeking sponsorship,…

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