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Ireland’s Tom Dolan and his Beneteau Figaro 3 Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan are back in the English Channel
Ireland’s Tom Dolan and his Beneteau Figaro 3 Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan are back in the English Channel ready to take on all of the many challenges offered by the Le Havre Allmer Cup which starts on Sunday with a 340 nautical…
Tom Dolan and Alan Roberts on Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan
Tom Dolan and his English co-skipper Alan Roberts were taking the many positives from the seventh place finish that they secured early this morning (Thursday 5 May) when the Trophée Banque Populaire Route Sur La Route Iles Ponant finished into…
Ireland’s Tom Dolan (left with England’s Alan Roberts
Ireland’s Tom Dolan pairs up with England’s Alan Roberts looking to cash in on new 800 mile Trophée Banque Populaire Grand Ouest race. Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan paired up with on-form top English racer Alan Roberts on Sunday when…
Kenny Rumball at the Solo Maitre Coq Regatta
Here I am on the ferry back to Ireland, absolutely shattered after another month of intense offshore sailing in France at the highest level, there is a lot to reflect on as always and more importantly build upon! If you…
The Falkland Islands postage stamp of 2001 featured an Irish tricolour to honour the origins of Ilen, while also revealing her very practical propellor installation
Following the departure last Saturday for her 700-mile Limerick-London voyage, the trading ketch Ilen under the command of Ilen Marine School Director Gary Mac Mahon was able to sail the track as far as Land's Endin Cornwall, which she rounded…
Tom Dolan - shorter courses have been the Achilles heel for the Irish solo sailor
A hard-earned 12th place in the final coastal race (Sunday) was small consolation for Irish solo racer Tom Dolan. Added to his 13th from Saturday’s light wind windward-leeward circuit Dolan, skipper of Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan finishes the first major race of…
Gentle start to a great voyage – Saoirse getting under way in Dun Laoghaire on June 20th 1923
Barry Keane and Tony Doherty of Mountaineering Ireland have formally proposed that commemorative postage stamps be issued to celebrate the up-coming Centenary of Conor O’Brien’s pioneering voyage round the world south of the Great Capes with his Irish-built 42ft ketch…
The Offshore Racing Academy's Kenny Rumball from Dun Laoghaire Harbour
There was a dramatic end to the 'grand course' of the 19th edition of the Solo Maître CoQ with plenty of light patches putting the sailors' nerves on edge. Corentin Horeau crossed the finish line completing the 327-mile course between Belle-Ile,…
Tom Dolan - itching to be back racing solo on his Figaro Beneteau 3 Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan
A long, comprehensive spring season of training and preparation comes to an end Tuesday as Irish solo offshore sailor Tom Dolan takes on the first major solo race of the 2022 season. The Solo Maître Coq is the traditional curtain…
Ireland’s leading solo offshore racer Tom Dolan
Ireland’s leading solo offshore racer Tom Dolan has almost finished his training phase prior to the start of the five events which comprise the 2022 French Elite Offshore Racing Championship, the season-long solo and short-handed circuit which has La Solitaire…
Route du Rhum - The legendary solo Transatlantic race reaches the age of 44 years old this year
The 2022 edition of La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe sees the legendary solo Transatlantic race reach the age of 44 years old. It is long since established itself as the most popular and well known solo transoceanic race…
Jamie Young of the Killary Adventure Centre was the sixth sailor to declare entry in the Global Solo Challenge race
42 sailors have now entered the next Global Solo Challenge which will start from La Coruna in Spain, the first boats setting off in September of next year. The 42nd entrant, announced this week is Italian Riccardo Tosetto, a yachting…
As I sit down to write the update for February, it dawns on me, how quickly the month has raced past and also as to how much sailing and time on the water was achieved in 28 days! We started…
Jim Schofield of Blessington – only a very few have bravely turned the pandemic to such advantage
A very complete double of a successful Covid Project, followed by an adventurous Covid Breakout Achievement, came to fruition in January when Jim Schofield (57) of Blessington returned home to West Wicklow. His Covid Project was completed in the cramped…
23-year-old UCD engineering student Mark O'Connor has entry into the 2023 Mini Transat as the main aim of his new campaign.
With a target of this season's 220 nautical mile French Solo Trophée Map race, Dublin Bay offshore sailor Mark O'Connor has launched a Mini 650 campaign. The 23-year-old UCD engineering student has entry into the 2023 Mini Transat as the main aim…
Dublin solo sailor Jim Schofield taking part in the McIntyre Adventure Globe 5.80 Transat Race last year
Irish solo sailor Jim Schofield has turned his ambitions from crossing the Atlantic to something a little closer to home: boat repairs. Just weeks after finishing the McIntyre Adventure Globe 5.80 Transat Race in his self-built wooden yacht — constructed…

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