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Top five for Tom Dolan in the Mini Transat. It took 15 days, 1 hour, 49 minutes, 10 seconds and an average speed of 8,13 knots for the County Meath sailor to make the crossing
In a final twist to the Mini-Transat 2017 saga this afternoon at Le Marin in Martinique, Ireland’s Tom Dolan came within 21 minutes of grabbing a podium place writes W M Nixon. After Erwan Le Draoulec’s clear win this morning,…
Erwan le Draoulec (20) has this morning won the Production Class in the Mini-Transat 2017
With Production Class winner Erwan Le Draoulec finished early this morning in the Mini-Transat 2017 with a very clear lead, Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan’s many supporters at home and abroad maintain a slim hope that he might yet scrape…
Ian Lipinski’s Mini-Transat Proto Class win with Griffon.fr in the Mini Transat 2017 has given him an unprecedented double – he won the Production Class in 2015
Fortunes have waxed and waned as the 80 little boats in the Mini Transat Boulangere close towards the finish of the 2,000 mile transoceanic leg from Las Palmas in the Canaries - via a mandatory gate in the Cape Verde…
Tom Dolan – fighting flukey winds and fatigue as Mini-Transat approaches final stage
Ireland’s Tom Dolan held on to third place over the weekend as the Mini-Transat Production Class leaders closed into the final third of the Transoceanic leg, with the northeast tradewinds providing difficult sailing in increasingly volatile conditions writes W M…
Tom Dolan and IRL 910 have been enjoying sailing like this - though often with more wind and sunshine – since coming through the Cape Verde Islands Gate at the weekend in the Mini-Transat 2017. Currently he lies third in the Production Class, with the halfway point of the open ocean stage to Martinique being passed within the next day or two.
Tom Dolan has been having a good week in the Mini-Transat as he consolidates his position among the leading five writes W M Nixon. This morning, he’s in third place, having gained from his closest challenger Pierre Chedeville making what…
Tom Dolan is now battling to take fourth place in the “long haul” of the Mini-Transat Race, having moved into fifth after getting clear of the Cape Verde Islands
As the wind-killing shadow of the Cape Verde Islands faded astern yesterday evening and he shaped his course with his Pogo IRL 910 for the finish of the Mini-Transat Race 2017 two thousand miles away in Martinique, Ireland’s solo sailor…
Tom Dolan in flying form in his Pogo 3 IRL 910
Ireland’s solo sailor Tom Dolan has been finding form and much-improved placings among the leaders in the Mini-Transat 2017 as the front runners approach the mandatory course gate, the channel between Santo Antao and Sao Vicente, the most westerly islands…
Dolan and his sparring partner Pierre Chedeville, still on port tack over towards Africa, are on 11 and 10 knots respectively
Ireland’s solo sailor Tom Dolan moved up to 15th place over-night as the fleet in Mini-Transat continues to hold closer to the African coast in search of stronger northeast breezes writes W M Nixon. However, the decision to make the…
Mini-Transat – Tom Dolan Gains Ground by Holding Towards African Coast
In the Transatlantic stage of the La Boulangerie Mini-Transat 2017, which started yesterday from Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, solo sailor Tom Dolan and his rival/friend Pierre Chedeville have chosen to break from the fleet and hold well to the…
One of the pre-race favourites after a strong 2017 season, Dolan led the fleet out of La Rochelle, France, until realising he had made a course error and had to turn back.
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan has vowed to bounce back after a disappointing start to his bid to reach the podium of the Mini Transat when the second leg begins on November 1. The 30-year-old from Kells, County Meath, admits…
Tom Dolan (left) stocks up for tomorrow's Transatlantic voyage
As the tension builds for Ireland's Tom Dolan, the Mini Transat fleet have had a late change of course ahead of tomorrow's Transatlantic start from Gran Canaria.   Midway between the Bahamas and the Azores, a tropical wave is taking shape…
Mark Mansfield (right) onboard Ireland's Mini–Transat entry with solo skipper Tom Dolan in Las Palmas
Royal Cork's Mark Mansfield, the four time Olympic helmsman, dropped in on Tom Dolan in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria ahead of today's prologue in the second leg of the Mini Transat. Regular readers will know that solo sailor Dolan, who…
Tom Dolan: 'After all my hard work, it only took me one hour and one line on a piece of paper to mess it all up
Tom Dolan has had a good rest and recharge after ten and a half tough days at sea during the first stage of the 2017 Mini–Transat. Here he gives a short rundown of how things went with some video from…
Tom Dolan Holds 12th Place as Mini Transat Fleet Finally Reaches Las Palmas
At 00.57.20 this morning UTC, Ireland’s Tom Dolan finally crossed the finish line in Las Palmas in the Canaries in 12th place at the end at the end of a mostly slow 1,350 mile Stage 1 of the Mini-Transat from…
Tom Dolan from County Meath (left) is aiming to make history by becoming the first Irishman ever to finish on the podium of the Mini Transat race
They’d optimistically talked of “a week and a day” when the 54 solo sailors in the Production Class set out on 1st October in the 1350 miles La Rochelle to Las Palmas Stage 1 of the Mini Transat 2017 writes…
Dream on. Tom Dolan in the conditions he really enjoys, here he is using a weedstick to check his keel and rudder but this morning the Mini Transat 2017 fleet struggles in light airs towards the finish of Stage 1 at Las Palmas in the canaries.
The extensive area of calms and light winds north of the Canary Islands did provide some gratefully-received local zephyrs last night for the Mini-Transat 2017 fleet writes W M Nixon. But although at one stage Ireland’s sole entry Tom Dolan…

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