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Tom Dolan (left) and Erwan Le Draoulec in the middle of the fleet in stage three
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan is delivering on his pre-race promise of consistent sailing and is now up to 13th place and less than four miles behind the leader. It's an impressive performance from the County Meath sailor to add…
Timothy Long's Alchemy in Pwllheli
As reported in Afloat.ie on 1st September here, fifteen-year-old solo sailor Timothy Long from Buckinghamshire is fundraising for the Ellen McArthur Cancer Trust by sailing solo around Britain, a distance of approximately 1600 miles. In his Hunter Impala 28 'Alchemy'…
Tom Dolan in Dunkirk and ready to go for stage 3 on Sunday morning
Tom Dolan is hoping the same measured, steady approach that has served him well on the first two stages of La Solitaire du Figaro will work just as well on Stage 3, a challenging 504 miles leg from Dunkirk in…
Dolan is now only 12 minutes outside the top five as the 35 solo skippers seek to maximise their rest and recovery before Sunday’s restart
Finishing 11th into Dunkirk, France on the 404 miles second stage of La Solitaire du Figaro this evening Ireland’s Tom Dolan has maintained the level of consistency which he was seeking when he left Saint Brieuc on Sunday morning. As…
Tom Dolan finishes in Dunkirk
Ireland’s Tom Dolan (Smurfit Kappa) retained an excellent level of consistency on Stage 2 of the 51st La Solitaire du Figaro to back up his tenth on the first leg with an 11th to lie 11th overall. Sailing a near-perfect…
Figaro boats in stage two of the race to Dunkirk
There's another strong performance in the making for County Meath's Tom Dolan in the second stage of the La Solitaire du Figaro today with the third time Irish Figarista lying 11th in the 35-boat fleet, having been as high as…
Tom Dolan has received a welcome boost heading into the second stage from Sunday
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan is now in an even stronger position heading into the second leg of La Solitare du Figaro, after the protest committee’s strike against two higher-placing finishers from Thursday (3 September). Both Tanguy Le Turquais and…
The French media record the Figaro fleet rounding of the Fastnet Rock on Tuesday evening
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan made the solid start he wanted to open the 51st La Solitaire Figaro, the annual French multi-stage solo offshore race when he brought Smurfit Kappa across the finish line on the Baie de Saint Brieuc…
Tom Dolan - 12th in leg one of the 2020 La Solitaire du Figaro
After three days of racing, County Meath's Tom Dolan (Smurfit Kappa) was pipped on the line this morning by Britain's Sam Goodchild two seconds, the Irish skipper taking 12th in the first leg of the La Solitaire du Figaro.  It…
Ireland's Tom Dolan rounds the Fastnet Rock in tenth place in the La Solitaire du Figaro race
Passing the iconic rock in his home waters in seventh place casts out some of the ghosts of La Solitaires past for Tom Dolan. The Irish sailor was third for most of the passage across the Celtic Sea but dropped…
Alchemy entering the Marina
Timothy Long from Buckinghamshire in England is only 15, and by the time he finishes his fundraising solo sail around Britain, he will have 1,600-miles under his belt. In his Hunter Impala 28 'Alchemy' Timothy covers around 45 miles a…
County Meath's Tom Dolan is vying for the lead as the fleet approach the Fastnet Rock
Ireland's solo sailor Tom Dolan (Smurfit Kappa) is in third position as the 35-boat La Solitaire du Figaro race to the Fastnet Rock off the County Cork.  Dolan left the Baie de Saint Brieuc start line on Sunday with one…
Tom Dolan is currently lying in seventh place after the first night at sea  in the 51st Figaro Race from France
Tom Dolan has had a great start to the 51st La Solitaire Du Figaro, the County Meath man's third attempt at the solo marathon race.  Dolan is lying in seventh place this morning, mixing it with the all-important top ten…
Ireland has two entries in today's noon start (Irish time) of the La Soltiaire du Figaro fleet
Dublin's Kenny Rumball and Meath's Tom Dolan can expect a fairly fast, long, and open 642 nautical miles first leg, to the Fastnet and back, in the first challenge for the 35 solo sailors who embark on the 51st edition of…
The Saltram Saga 36 – Pat Lawless’s Iniscealtra is one of this special type, based on the Colin Archer all-weather concept.
While Ireland is battered by the multiple surges of Storm Ellen, the irrepressible Pat Lawless of Ballyferriter on the Dingle Peninsula is riding it out on the southern fringes of the huge weather system, halfway home from the Azores in…
Tom Dolan after finishing the Solo Concarneau
From what proved to be a very closely fought, light winds psychological roller coaster Ireland’s Tom Dolan returned a solid, middle of the fleet 14th place in the Solo Concarneau Trophée Guy Cotten which finished Saturday. For Kenny Rumball, Ireland's…

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