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Yannick Lemonnier's go funds me page has already raised over €1,000 of the €10,000 required after his dismasting
Irish offshore solo sailor Yannick Lemonnier has pledged to continue his Mini Transatlantic Race campaign after his recent yacht dismasting in the English Channel. Speaking to Afloat, Lemonnier said he had received such a warm and supportive response from sailors…
Yannick Lemonnier was on his way back to Ireland, following the French Mini Fastnet race he had completed a few days previous
Irish offshore solo sailor Yannick Lemonnier's September Transatlantic ambitions have been set back after his mini 491 Port of Galway dismasted, last night around 2h30, off Ushant, a French island at the south-western end of the English Channel. Organisers of the Mini Fastnet…
Tom Dolan has announced support from Kingspan
Irish skipper Tom Dolan strengthens his long term solo and short handed Figaro Bénéteau offshore racing programme after agreeing an exciting new support package with Kinsgpan, the building materials and insulation group which operates in 70 countries worldwide and is…
Yannick Lemonnier (left) with GBSC Commodore Johnny Shorten. The Galway sailmaker is embarking on the first part of his Mini campaign that features a 600-mile race from Douarnenez in Western France
Galway Bay Sailing Club's Yannick Lemonnier has launched his Mini Transat yacht 'Marcel forever' at Galway Docks. The Galway sailmaker is embarking on the first part of his Mini campaign that features a 600-mile race from Douarnenez in Western France. It's a campaign…
Ireland’s Tom Dolan (right) and his French co-skipper Gildas Mahé at the finish to the Transat en Double in Saint Barthélemy
Ireland’s Tom Dolan and his French co-skipper Gildas Mahé have been coming to terms with a slightly disappointing outcome following a very close finish to the Transat en Double Concarneau to Saint Barthélemy race. The Franco-Irish duo finished very early…
Ireland’s Tom Dolan racing with Gildas Mahé on Breizh Cola are lying in fourth place
The last 450 miles of the Transat en Double Concarneau to Saint Barthélemy sees the leaders of the 18 boat fleet finely balanced with a group to the north which has been gaining and the long-established leading pack which have…
Tom and Gildas continue their westward journey. They are approaching the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. There is only one third of the crossing left to reach Saint Barthelemy. From the picture of Tom above, it looks like they are doing well, still in third place and have plenty to eat!
With just over 1200 nautical miles to the finish line and more than ten days since leaving Brittany, Ireland’s Tom Dolan and his French co-skipper Gildas Mahé are fighting hard in third place on the Transat en Double Concarneau –…
Tom Dolan (left), racing with the French co-skipper Gildas Mahé lies in fourth place on the Transat en Double
Ireland’s Tom Dolan, racing with the French co-skipper Gildas Mahé on Breizh Cola, lies in fourth place on the Transat en Double Concarneau Saint Barthélemy as the fleet heads west across the Atlantic after passing the Canary Islands rounding mark…
Irish Sailor of the Year Tom Dolan (left) with French Ace Gildas Mahé
Racing on Breizh Cola with French ace Gildas Mahé, Ireland’s Tom Dolan reported today that he is happy with their positioning on the Transat en Double Concarneau – Saint Barthélemy fleet. Racing downwind in 18-20kts of NE’ly tradewinds 175 nautical…
Tom Dolan is weather boat (FRA 44 Breizh Cola on mainsail) in last night's start of the Transat en Double from Concarneau
Tom Dolan and Glldas Mahé are lying seventh in the 18-boat Transat en Double Concarneau-Saint Barthélemy after last night's start of the postponed fixture. Dolan's prediction that the first stage of the race will be key has proved correct as the fleet…
Irish Sailor of the Year Tom Dolan (foreground) who has agreed a sponsorship extension with Dubarry and French Ace Gildas Mahé onboard their Figaro 3
As Sunday’s start of the Transat en Double race to Saint Barthélemy was postponed because of severe weather forecasted for the Bay of Biscay, Tom Dolan and Dubarry are pleased to make use of the delay to announce an extension…
Irish Sailor of the Year Tom Dolan (right) with French Ace Gildas Mahé in joking form before the Transat en double was postponed due to severe weather
Irish sailor Tom Dolan is among the 18 duos breathing a collective sigh of relief today in Concarneau, France after Sunday’s start of the Transat en Double race to Saint Barthélemy has been postponed because of severe weather forecasted for…
Irish Sailor of the Year Tom Dolan (right) with French Ace Gildas Mahé
Next weekend Irish racer Tom Dolan and current Irish Sailor of the Year will line up at the start of the 3,890 nautical miles Transat En Double Concarneau - Saint-Barthelemy harbouring realistic hopes of finishing on the podium, possibly even winning…
The newly-built Ilen at Foynes on 22nd July 1926, as recorded in his own highly personal style by Harbour Master Hugh O’Brien
Global circumnavigator and sailing ship designer Conor O’Brien (1880-1952) inevitably saw his most noted vessels, the 42ft world-girdler Saoirse and the 56ft trading ketch Ilen, being closely associated by the rest of the world with their birthplace in Baltimore. But…
A lone yachtsman was rescued just outside Kinnego Bay on the southern shore of Lough Neagh
Lough Neagh Rescue was paged on the 9th April to the aid of a lone yachtsman whose vessel had engine difficulties just outside Kinnego Bay on the southern shore of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland. On scene, the lifeboats found…
Tom Dolan - overbalanced while stepping back into the cockpit of his Figaro Beneteau 3 and landed heavily, hurting his ankle and injuring his hand
County Meath solo sailor Tom Dolan is confident he will be fighting fit for the double-handed Transat en Doible Concarneau to Saint Barthelem which starts May 9th. This is despite an ankle injury sustained by Dolan in the Season Opening…

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