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'Like a dope' Tom Dolan says he sprained his right ankle onboard his Figaro 3 in the Solo Maite Coq, first solo offshore race of the season
Tom Dolan had a disappointing retiral in the weekend's first on offshore race of the season that saw only 18 or 29 of the Solo Maitre Coq fleet finish the course in the Bay of Quiberon. Dolan, who fell in the…
Tom Dolan was pleased with the first race’s opening seventh place but he was nearly as happy to have kept his head on the second race and recovered after a bad start
The annual Solo Maître CoQ, the traditional curtain-raiser for the Figaro season, has never gone very well for the Irish racer Tom Dolan but the skipper of Smurfit Kappa has this time made a strong start to the early season…
Les Sables d'Olonne Press Conference to launch the 2022 Golden Globe Race and feature the Vendee Globe and Mini Transat all starting from Les Sables.
The 1968 Golden Globe was the first-ever around the world yacht race. Since then, legends like the only finisher and winner Sir Robin Knox Johnston, and Bernard Moitessier have inspired many sailors and created new Around the world races. Philippe…
Figaro Beneteau 3 sailor Tom Dolan took seventh from 29 in the first race of the 2021 Solo Maitre Coq Regatta
Tom Dolan finished seventh and just seven minutes and five seconds behind Alan Roberts, the winner of the first inshore race of the 2021 Solo Maitre Coq. Dolan is racing in the foiling Figaro Beneteau 3 class of 29 entries.…
Tom Dolan - I have done the work I wanted to do and in training I have been going well so I am quite confident, but, hey let’s wait and see
It is with a mix of hard-earned confidence and early season nerves that Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan starts his 2021 racing season on Monday in Les Sables d’Olonne. France on the annual Solo Maître CoQ race series. Since finishing…
County Meath sailor Tom Dolan gets his first test of 2021in the Solo Maitre Coq Regatta this week
Ireland's Sailor of the Year Tom Dolan gets his first test of the 2021 season this week when he races in the Solo Maitre Coq Regatta in the Figaro Beneteau 3 foilers. For two days, the Dolan among a fleet…
The Race Around aims to fill the void for those that have finished the Mini Transat and the Route du Rhum and perhaps have the following Vendée Globe cycle in their sights
The organisers of The Race Around, Class 40’s official round-the-world race, have announced the establishment of a solo category running alongside the already announced double-handed fleet. In a move that will spark memories of the highly successful ‘BOC Challenge’ and…
Conor O'Brien's Saoirse gets underway from
Ireland's Conor O'Brien was the first amateur skipper to circumnavigate the globe by the classic sailing ship route south of the great Capes, running down his easting in the big winds of the Great Southern Ocean which blow unhindered round…
The new look for Yannick Lemonnier's Mini 6.50. Original designer Sam Manuard has done away with the single canard daggerboard, and replaced it with two asymmetrical foils
Quite a few of us still think of Yannick Lemonnier as the keen young French guy who came to Galway by way of Dingle, and in time became the Irish branch of Quantum Sails, with a new loft in the…
Pat Lawless’s Saltram Saga is a proven ocean voyager
Bring your own cup of tea, biscuits, glass of something stronger…. plan to sit back, unwind and enjoy watching and listening to the adventurous Pat Lawless as he tells Killaloe Sailing Club and everyone else the story tonight (Wednesday) at…
Irish Sailor of the Year 2020 Tom Dolan will race across the Atlantic in his Figaro 3 this year
Ireland’s leading solo offshore racer Tom Dolan was recognised for his exceptional 2020 season, during which he finished in an unprecedented fifth place in La Solitaire du Figaro, when he was named Irish Sailor of the Year. The award, now…
A short season maybe, but all their stars were in alignment in 2020 - Tom Dolan on his Figaro 3 Smurfit Kappa
The Figaro Solo was arguably the peak in sailing competition – both inshore and offshore – in Europe during 2020. In a truncated and contorted season, somehow the crème de la creme of international solo sailing were guided into a…
Irish Sailor of the Year 2020 - Tom Dolan brought his Figaro 3 Smurfit Kappa firmly into the frame in 2020
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan has been named Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year for 2020 in recognition of his fifth overall and best ever Irish result in the year's La Solitaire du Figaro Race, amid another landmark 12 months…
Cruising Club of America Names Solo Sailor Randall Reeves as Winner of 2020 Blue Water Medal
Randall Reeves has been named winner of the 2020 Blue Water Medal by the Cruising Club of America (CCA) for sailing his 45-foot aluminium cutter, Moli, alone around Antarctica and then through the Northwest Passage in a single season—departing and…
Younger brother Peter Lawless (left) aims to complete a solo circumnavigation in 2021, a year before his brother Pat (right) departs on the 2022 Golden Globe Race
A second son of the late solo circumnavigator Pat Lawless from Limerick has announced plans to follow in his father's wake and sail solo around the world. Peter and his brother Pat, both based in County Kerry, are embarking on separate solo…
Solo star Tom Dolan
Developing out of the successful Weather and Sailing conferences is this short webinar focusing on weather and the single-handed sailo scheduled for next Tuesday, December 15.  The two speakers for this joint webinar, which will focus on the challenges faced…

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