National Yacht Club


Irish Solo Sailior Tom Dolan


This July the 2017 Mini Transat Race, solo sailor Tom Dolan was in the National Yacht Club, to coach some friends out in the bay on an evening of fresh winds.

In June, Dolan got on the podium in the Mini-Fastnet Race despite being fouled by a fishing net. That same month, he was in second in the 500 Mini-en-Mai Race. In May, he finished second in the 500 Mini-en-Mai Race but was leading for a lot of it. And in a much needed development that month, Dolan also signed Smurfit Kappa as a sponsor

NYC Commodore Ronan Beirne saluted all those solo achievements and presented club burgee to Dolan for his race across the Atlantic in October, in the 40th edition of the Mini–Transat race. 

 Attendees at the NYC Sailing Supper on August 17th heard Tom give a most entertaining talk on his exploits and plans for the race ahead. For a lone sailor from Ireland, making his way into the top places in the world’s most challenging solo racing environment in France has been a great achievement. But it has always been on a shoestring budget, with Tom buying his new boat IRL 910 in the most basic form available using a small inheritance, and bringing her up to standard and competitiveness with hours and weeks of his own hard work.

He has supported himself through running a coaching academy, but while his campaign is receiving a measure of sponsorship support, there is a real shortfall in funding. This will inevitably cause what should be completely unnecessary stress at a time when he ought to be able to concentrate entirely on the campaign in hand. We are well aware of the stress which operating on an inadequate budget can cause, and would urge Tom’s many friends and supporters to rally round with generosity and goodwill at this time of need. 

Here’s the link