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The dream starts to become reality. Molly Claire at Lanzarote, having sailed out from Ireland before her Transatlantic passage
The French ocean sailing pioneer Bernard Moitessier became famous for trying not to be famous. In the Golden Globe challenge of 1968 with his Colin Archer-style steel ketch Joshua, he was very much in contention in the non-stop circumnavigating contest…
Etienne Messikommer (Switzerland) with his colorful Numbatou (Hull 88)
Dublin solo sailor Jim Schofield has taken a more conservative stance towards the McIntyre Adventure Globe 5.80 Transat Race, and is sailing his Molly Claire (Hull 57) under reduced canvass. Schofield’s primary objective is to cross the Atlantic Ocean on…
Jim Scofield, Don McIntyre and Peter Kenyon chose the east side of Fuerteventura towards stronger winds along the west coast of Africa
A group of four Spanish boat builders planned a trip to Lanzarote to surprise the Globe 5.80 Transat entrants before their Atlantic crossing, only to find out the start was moved forward before their landing time on Wednesday (17 November),…
The Inaugural Globe 5.80 Transat Fleet departure Press Conference in Marina Rubicon with all five entrants Left to Right: Michal, Etienne, Don, Peter and Ireland's Jim Schofield (right)
Due to a weak weather forecast for the scheduled start on November 18th, the Race Director and the five remaining entrants of the inaugural Globe 5.80 Transat including Irish solo sailor Jim Schofield have agreed to move the start date…
Done it! Yannick Lemonnier at the MiniTransat finish in Guadeloupe
Galway sailmaker Yannick Lemnnier finished the Eurochef MinisTransat yesterday (Monday) in Saint-Francois, Guadeloupe at 20:37:47 UTC in 16th place in the Proto Division in his 2004-vintage Manuard design Port of Galway tracker here  To achieve this, he overcame a dismasting…
Pierre Le Roy’s Teamwork in winning form for the Eurochef Minitransat 2021
Pierre Le Roy’s super-scow Teamwork finished the MiniTransat 2021 in Guadeloupe on track on Friday with a good lead on the water of almost 12 hours from Fabio Muzzolini, and at noon Sunday the first seven boats of the Proto…
Late starter Jim Schofield from Ireland arrived safely in Marina Rubicon Lanzarote on the 10th of November
The six solo sailors entered in the first edition of the Globe 5.80 Transat as launched by Don McIntyre (who is racing) arrived in Lanzarote at the end of the first stage from Lagos, the Swiss Etienne Messikommer won. The…
Scow’s That! Teamwork has built up a clear lead in Eurochef Ministransat 2021, and is 200 miles from the finish in Guadeloupe and Line Honours in the 86-boat fleet
Pierre Le Roy sailing the uber-scow Teamwork has a good lead in the Euorochef Minitransat 2021 as he closes towards the finish at Saint-Francois in Guadeloupe 200 miles away, where he is expected to cross the line tomorrow (Friday) evening.…
The first-ever single-handed Globe 5.80 Transat Race set off from Portugal
A group of six Class Globe 5.80 home-built plywood Minis are making history with the first-ever single-handed Globe 5.80 Transat Race setting off at noon yesterday from Lagos Portugal. They are bound for Rubicon Marina in Lanzarote in the Canaries…
Port of Galway's Yannick Lemonnier is heading across the Atlantic in the Mini Transat Race
As planned, the second leg of the 23rd Mini Transat EuroChef kicked off Friday and Ireland's only entry in the solo sailing race is lying 12th in the Proto division. As reported earlier, Galway Franco-Irish sailmaker Yannick Lemonnier, racing Port of Galway,…
Jim Schofield built his Globe 5.80 in his shed in Blessington in County Wicklow
The McIntyre Globe 5.80 design was created by Australian voyager and adventurer Don McIntyre to bring Mini Transat-style campaigning within the reach of independent sailors with minimal resources. Photographer Jim Schofield (57) of Blessington in County Wicklow - a member…
Yannick Lemonnier in Palma in the Canaries after finishing the first stage of the Eurochef Minitransat 2021
Despite being battered by storms and whales off northwest Spain, 87 boats of the originally 90-strong fleet which started from France in the Eurochef Minitransat 2021 completed the first stage to La Palma in the Canary Islands. There, life was…
Disappointed in Teneriffe - Peter Lawless is making repairs to Waxwing in the Canary Islands
Disappointment is always hard to take, but Peter Lawless is determined, even though he has, this time, failed in his ambition to become the first Irishman to sail around the world non-stop. The Kerry solo sailor left Kilrush Marina in…
Yannick Lemonnier in Galway Docks with Galway Bay SC Commodore Johnny Shorten
Solo sailor Yannick Lemonnier racing Port of Galway finished the first stage of the Eurochef MiniTransat 2021 at 16th in class this afternoon (Saturday) at Palme in the western Canaries, having moved up a couple of places during the final…
You win some, you lose some….with some interesting Galician rock structures convenient for study, Black Mamba is going no further in the Mini Transat 2021
The Minis Transat fleet was emphatically divided by hundreds of miles when the leaders managed to get themselves well south past Cape Finisterre in northwest Spain before ferocious weather and aggressive killer whales forced a significant section of the fleet…
The way of a ship at sea….
While everyone else was staring goggle-eyed at rapidly-changing and decidedly hostile weather charts last Thursday, and wondering whether the weekend's racing was going to be possible at all, in typical style the always-amazing Gary MacMahon was at sea off our…
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