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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in April 2019 recreating his arrival in Falmouth 50 years to the date he completed the Golden Globe Race
In the latest editions of her new podcast series, double Olympic gold medalist Shirley Robertson sits down for a two-part chat with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder of the Clipper Race and the first man ever to sail solo non-stop around…
She’s coming home – Garry Crothers’ Ovni 435 Kind of Blue in Lough Foyle, which she left in 2017 for a long ocean cruise which has now had to be reduced to a Transatlantic circuit
Garry Crothers, the indomitable 64-year-old one-armed solo sailor from Lough Swilly Yacht Club, hopes to get back to his Lough Foyle berth in Derry on Saturday after completing his Coronavirus Lockdown-enforced 3,500 mile marathon from the Caribbean in his Ovni…
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…
Fair winds for the Ovni 435 Kind of Blue, with skipper Garry Crothers taking it easy on the foredeck. Usually he sails with at least two others on board and can relax like this, but for the current Transatlantic voyage home, he’s very much on his own as he faces the extra challenge of being one-armed
Garry Crothers of Lough Swilly YC, who has refused to let life-changing injuries from a horrific motorcycle accident prevent him from fulfilling his dream of sailing the oceans, is now better than halfway home across the Atlantic in his Ovni…
New team - Kenny Rumball and Pam Lee on the two day 317nm spin from Port La Floret to Dun Laoghaire
As I type this, I am currently motor sailing along the Brittany coast having left Port La Floret and am delivering Figaro3 Number 20 to Dun Laoghaire with my co-skipper Pamela Lee. There has been a lot of speculation in…
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…
Solo adventurer Darragh Carroll and his boat Rán in northern Scotland in March
A modern-day Viking hopes to complete an epic journey by land and sea from Norway to the Midlands despite the setbacks of stormy weather and the coronavirus pandemic. As RTÉ News reports, Darragh Carroll left the island of Tromoya off…
Yves Auvinet, chairman of the SAEM Vendée speaking on France's TV3 on Tuesday
Vendee Globe solo round the world race boss said this week a 'final decision' will be made about the November start of France's 'Everest of sailing' next month due to COVID-19 concerns. Yves Auvinet, chairman of the SAEM Vendée told…
RS Aero - singlehanded sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
“Today we should be reporting on a fantastic first event for the RS Aero in Ireland. The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School was due to host the inaugural RS Aero Open last Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of May…
Snacks are difficult to choose; they need to be high in calories while at the same time being tough enough to survive banging around the boat
Fancy a little distraction? I've decided to show you some of the steps that we took to reduce waste during last year's Solitaire du Figaro writes Irish Solo Sailor Tom Dolan Now more than ever we all need to think…
Conor Fogerty's BAM! placed second overall in OSTSAR 2017 and first in the Gispy Moth class
The Royal Western Yacht Club of England has announced the rescheduling of its OSTAR TWOSTAR that was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID 19 virus, to a new date of May 9th 2021. The 2021 race will continue to…
New UK Lonely Rock Race Will Round Ireland's Fastnet Rock to Port
The first Royal Western Yacht Club Lonely Rock Race will set off from the vicinity of Ryde in the Eastern Solent on 16 August 2020. The course will leave the Isles of Scilly to Port, round the Fastnet Rock to…
Figaro Bénéteau Class Get Start at Drheam Cup 2020
The third edition of the Drheam Cup, from 18 to 27 July, starting in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and finishing in La Trinité-sur-Mer, has been opened up to more competitors, as the Open De France De Course au Large-labelled race will welcome a…
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…
Bill Hatfield
On Saturday, the 22nd February, Bill Hatfield became the oldest man to sail around the world solo and non-stop. But Bill is not only the oldest man to circumnavigate the world solo, nonstop and unassisted at age 81, he’s now…
CCA Commodore Bob Medland (left) and Gregor McGuckin
The outstanding achievement of Irish solo sailor Gregor McGuckin in the Golden Globe round the world race was recognised in New York last Friday with a presentation by the Cruising Club of America. As Afloat reported earlier, McGuckin received his…

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