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Basil Bourgnon (Ednred) has invested in the west before Land’s End
Tom Dolan of Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan is making his mark in the Solitaire du Figaro ace as he positions himself to the west alongside leader Basil Bourgnon of Edenred. Dolan is currently in sixth place and well-prepared for racing across the…
Tom Dolan, who is representing Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan, had a strong and safe start to the first stage of the 610-mile race off Ouistreham
Irish sailor Tom Dolan is currently in fourth place on the second day of the 54th La Solitaire du Figaro race, which is taking place in France. Dolan, who is representing Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan, had a strong and safe start to…
The 54th la Solitaire du Figaro leave the starting line off Ouistreham, France, heading for Kinsale County Cork
The 54th La Solitaire du Figaro Paprec, a renowned solo sailing race, kicked off its first stage today at Ouistreham beach off Caen on France's Normandy coast. The 32 solo skippers were given a purposeful but relatively straightforward start on…
Nobody said it was going to be easy…..before he starts tomorrow’s 54th Figaro Solo, Tom Dolan has to be sure that every line and control in his complex boat Smurfit-Kappa Kingspan is functioning smoothly
The Solitaire du Figaro has been a significant feature of the European sailing scene for 54 years now, and today it is well established as La Solitaire du Figaro Paprec, supported by the 1985-founded French re-cycling and green energy conglomerate.…
The la Solitaire du Figaro 2023 fleet berthed in Caen
Irish skipper, Tom Dolan is gearing up for the La Solitaire du Figaro solo offshore race, which starts on Sunday from Caen, Normandy and heads to Piriac-sur-mer via stops in Kinsale, County Cork in his native Ireland and Roscoff in…
Dunmore East RNLI tows a French yacht back to the harbour, one of two tows it completed of the 6-metre yachts west of Hook Head
Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat crew called out twice yesterday (17 August) to assist two solo sailors who were part of the qualifying stages for a long-distance solo race. Each sailor was piloting their own 6m sail-only vessels and had intended…
Irish Solo Skipper Tom Dolan
Tom Dolan, the Irish solo skipper of Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan, is gearing up for the upcoming 54th edition of the Solitaire du Figaro. With only 20 days remaining until the race, Dolan is devoting all his time to final preparations. The…
After two days of inshore races, Ireland's Tom Dolan recovered from a disappointing start to the offshore race of the Solo Concarneau
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan achieved a tenth-place finish on the 395-mile offshore race of the event, which took place on Friday afternoon. After two days of inshore races, Dolan recovered from a disappointing start to the offshore race and…
Tom Dolan:
After a series of mainly double-handed and crewed races so far this season, Irish sailor Tom Dolan returns to solo racing mode this week when he takes on the 47th edition of the Solo Guy Cotten – Concarneau against high-calibre…
Historic Irish vessel the AK Ilen departing the Port of Funchal, Madeira, as the Saoirse Centenary Rally draws to a close
The centenary international Irish sailing event called the ‘Saoirse Rally’ has come to a successful end on the 8th of July 2023 after a series of celebrations hosted in Funchal, Madeira by the Clube Naval de Funchal, Madeira Tourism Board…
A hundred years down the line. Ilen leads the Conor O’Brien Centenary Parada Nautica at Funchal
A hundred years ago on this day, Conor O’Brien of Limerick’s 42ft own-designed ketch - newly-built by Tom Moynihan of Baltimore with some of the West Cork shipwright’s small but very effective hull shape improvements - was well into a…
Dolan and Bloch’s Smurfit Kappa–Kingspan in action off Brittany
After five races on the Tour de Bretagne à la Voile, the Irish-French pairing of Tom Dolan and Kévin Bloch, racing the Irish skipper’s Smurfit Kappa–Kingspan, are holding fifth place in the 26-boat fleet as of Friday (7 July). Still…
Vendée Globe president Alain Leboeuf and Yannick Moreau, Mayor of Les Sables d’Olonne at the launch of the second New York Vendée
Organisers of the Vendée Globe have released the Notice of Race for the transatlantic New York Vendée–Les Sables d’Olonne in May 2024. Last held in 2016 with 14 IMOCAs, this second edition will be the first organised by the Vendée…
Kévin Bloch (left) and Tom Dolan after their arrival in Brest on Tuesday 4 July
Ireland’s Tom Dolan and his French co-skipper Kévin Bloch took a hard earned fifth place on Tuesday (4 July) at the end of the first offshore leg of the Tour de Bretagne a la Voile, racing from Saint Quay-Portrieux to…
Irish skipper Tom Dolan is sailing doublehanded with Kevin Bloch in Saturday's Tour de Bretagne à la Voile
Irish skipper Tom Dolan eagerly looks forward to Saturday's Tour de Bretagne à la Voile, where he believes a podium place is within reach. The four-stage, double-handed race starts on Saturday, July 1st and goes around the Brittany peninsula starting…
Duncan Lougee
A vessel has been found in the search for a solo sailor who went missing last week while en route to West Cork. However, there is still no sign of its skipper, whose family have issued an appeal for any…