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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…
Class40 Credit Mutuel skippered by Ian Lipinski
Mini Transat Winner and 2018 Round Ireland Yacht Race contestant Ian Lipinski has set a Round Britain solo record. On Friday, 10 July, the Class40 Credit Mutuel skipper crossed the virtual finish line by crossing Cape Lizard, to set this…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…

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