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Tom Dolan giving his talk at the Royal Cork last week
Tom Dolan’s series of talks on his remarkable 2018 offshore season continues in Dublin at the National Yacht Club tomorrow evening, Tuesday 27 November. Last week the Figaro debutante regaled the members of the Royal Cork in Crosshaven with tales…
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
On Nov.6th at 0200hrs French solo yachtsman Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, the current Golden Globe Race leader, rang GGR organisers to advise that his yacht Matmut had sustained mast damage, that all was OK, and that he intended to sail…
Figaro rookie Tom Dolan will elaborate on his solo experiences this year
The first in a series of talks delivered by offshore yachtsman Tom Dolan will take place at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Tuesday 20 November. Tom — who is in the running for 2018 Irish Sailor of the Year…
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
At 1500hrs UTC 5th NOV. Golden Globe Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede called GGR Founder Don McIntyre to advise that his Rustler 36 Matmut had been knocked down badly to about 150° which had damaged the connecting bolt attachment…
Paul Meilhat on SMA leads a group of IMOCAs shortly after the start
The 11th edition and 40th-anniversary staging of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race got underway in spectacular style today off the Brittany port of Saint Malo, as a record entry of 123 skippers set sail for Guadeloupe. Conditions…
Tom Dolan - moving into a new boat next season
There were highs, lows, thrills and spills – but Tom Dolan has emerged from his first season in the ultra-competitive Beneteau Figaro class with his head held high as third overall rookie. Despite only taking charge of his racing boat…
The 44-year-old British skipper in Hugo Boss is not tipped by French experts
Alex Thomson will start the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race on Sunday 4th November armed with what, in Hugo Boss, he considers to be the fastest, best-optimised IMOCA 60 in the race's record-sized fleet of 20 boats. He…
The tracker showing the location of the abandoned yachts in the Indian Ocean
As Afloat.ie reported five days ago, Gregor McGuckin's Round the World Yacht is still drifting a month after evacuation in the Golden Globe Race. The Dubliner's yacht is not the only Golden Globe boat left adrift, and here's an update on…
The latest tracking information suggests that Gregor McGuckin's yacht is drifting at a rate of about 1 knot in an ENE direction
It's just over a month since Gregor McGuckin was forced to 'evacuate' his dismasted Biscay 36, 'Hanley Energy Endurance', and so ending his solo attempt at a non-stop circumnavigation in the Golden Globe Race. As Afloat.ie readers know, McGuckin is…
Irish sailor Gregor McGuckin with his father Randal McGuckin and his mother Lynne McGuckin in Dublin Airport
Heroic Irish solo sailor Gregor McGuckin arrived back in Dublin today to a rapturous welcome in Dublin Airport from his family, friends and members of the sailing community. It is Gregor’s first time on Irish soil since embarking on his…
Nicolas Troussel sailing his Class 40 Corum in the 2018 Round Ireland race off Wicklow in July. No single ocean race has seen so many entries in one class as next month's Route du Rhum Class 40 fleet in which Troussel's Corum is a front-runner
The largest fleet in the Route du Rhum 2018 – the solo transatlantic race that starts from St Malo on November 4th – is the Class 40 monohull division with 53 sailors taking part that includes Nicolas Troussel, the French entrant…
County Mayo's Joan Mulloy arrives at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire
Figaro Sailor Joan Mulloy from County Mayo sailed into the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire today fresh from her exploits in France where she became the first Irish woman to complete the famous French Solo Race. It looks as…
Joan Mulloy on her Figaro yacht
Joan Mulloy will be at Mayo Sailing Club Friday, the 5th October at 7 pm to give a presentation about her recent experience in the single-handed endurance Solitaire du Figaro race, her other sailing and her ambition to go all…
Gregor McGuckin
The Australian frigate HMAS Ballarat will be within helicopter range of Ile de Amsterdam at first light tomorrow (Thursday) and will commence operations to pick up Gregor McGuckin, one of two Golden Globe Race skippers dismasted during a fierce storm…
Now 81 days into this approximate 250-day non-stop race around the planet, McGuckin will have to complete the voyage without a mizzen mast. The mast in question is pictured above next to where McGuckin is standing
Irish Golden Globe Race entrant Gregor McGuckin has lost his mizzen mast during a knockdown in the Indian Ocean. The 32-year-old is currently battling 70 knot (130 kph) winds and over 10m seas as a very severe storm passes over…
 Sebastien Simon (above) is the provisional overall winner of the 49th edition of the La Solitaire du Figaro
A freshening nor’west to north wind brought life to the final stages of the concluding Stage 4 of the Solitaire URGO Figaro 2018 off Saint Gilles this afternoon, and kept Anthony Marchand in the lead at the finish of the…

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