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Tom Dolan from County Meath (left) is aiming to make history by becoming the first Irishman ever to finish on the podium of the Mini Transat race
They’d optimistically talked of “a week and a day” when the 54 solo sailors in the Production Class set out on 1st October in the 1350 miles La Rochelle to Las Palmas Stage 1 of the Mini Transat 2017 writes…
Dream on. Tom Dolan in the conditions he really enjoys, here he is using a weedstick to check his keel and rudder but this morning the Mini Transat 2017 fleet struggles in light airs towards the finish of Stage 1 at Las Palmas in the canaries.
The extensive area of calms and light winds north of the Canary Islands did provide some gratefully-received local zephyrs last night for the Mini-Transat 2017 fleet writes W M Nixon. But although at one stage Ireland’s sole entry Tom Dolan…
Tom Dolan has found slightly better breezes out west in slow race to the finish
Solo Sailor Tom Dolan has again moved up the placing in the 1350-mile Stage 1 of the Mini-Transat fro La Rochelle to Last Palmas in the Canaries, as the leaders grapple with light and fluky winds in the final 300…
Clarisse Cremer
Clarisse Cremer, continually rising star of French women’s offshore sailing and a formidable performer in the Mini-Transat fleet’s Transgascogne Race at the end of July, is currently the leader in the 1350-mile Stage 1 of the Mini-Transat from La Rochelle…
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…
Hugo Boss Trialling in Cork Harbour this week
I got to helm Hugo Boss for a while on Tuesday off Cork Harbour. The tiller surprised me. I thought, with the size and length of this IMOCA 60 round-the-world ocean racer, I would be holding a heavy tiller, requiring…
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…
Hugo Boss doing what she does best – zooming offwind on the foils
There have been several Irish offshore racing sailors who have been making national and world headlines for some years now, but in recent weeks and months the wave of new enthusiasm for the big ticket events has surged to fresh…
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…

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