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TOM DOLAN

It was in 2009 that Tom left for France with a dream of racing across the oceans, a world little known of in Ireland, especially coming from a small farm in the Meath countryside. From a young age Tom worked with cattle and sheep in the wind and the rain and the mud. Aged 9, on a small lake not far from his home, he first took to the water in a little wooden dinghy which he and his father had renovated. Unfortunately, as it remains quite an inaccessible sport in Ireland he left sailing behind and spent his teenage years in pursuit of a normal life, career and job. But in the back of his mind he always felt a yearning for the sea. 
When he was 19 he was given the opportunity of becoming a volunteer with the Glenans Sailing School in Baltimore, Co. Cork, a French organization, based there since 1969. In exchange for their time and labour, it offered people the chance to learn about sailing and the sea. After volunteering with them for several months, he was offered a paid position and Tom bade farewell to the normal life of a landlubber! After a few years, he was offered the opportunity to train professionally at the largest Glenans base in Concarneau, in western Brittany.

He was now based in the Mecca of sailing and he began crewing and racing regularly. He learned the language and became fondly referred to as “the most Breton of the Irish”. In 2012 he got his first taste of the Mini Transat Class in a double handed race around the Fastnet rock and back. Despite finishing last he was hooked. 
He set off to work for himself and began to make a living from all things sailing: deliveries, training, race boat preparation and recovery. He managed to notch up over 30 thousand miles including three Atlantic crossings. In 2014 a chance encounter with an old Glenans member gave him access to a Mini for his own use. He set out to compete in the infamous Mini Transat race in 2015
Despite arriving in 22nd place, Tom managed to finish as second rookie overall in the annual rankings and decided to persist with offshore racing. So in 2016 he came back with a blast and a new boat. The first race of 2016 resulted in him becoming the first Irish person to win a solo race in France, breaking years of local dominance. He now aims to be the first one to step onto the podium of the Mini Transat in 2017

Offshoresailing.fr

To help finance the 2015 Mini Transat, Tom joined up with his friend and co-skipper Francois Jambou and together they began offering sailing lessons on their boats. They soon realized that there was quite a strong demand for their services as people were attracted by the speed and manoeuvrability offered by these small boats. In 2016 they decided to work in a more professional manner and Offshoresailing.fr was born. Since then they have trained over 40 sailors from many nationalities: Irish, German, French, Belgian, Austrian, Chinese. Offshoresailing.fr also offers boat preparation services, project management (Mini, Transquadra) and very shortly will cater for crewed racing and team building activities for businesses.

www.offshoresailing.fr

2018-2020
Class Figaro “Smurfit Kappa”

10

races

2

Solitaire du Figaro

1

double handed Transatlantic

3rd

rookie in French Elite Offshore Racing Championship 2018

1st

1st Rookie Transat AG2R 2018

1st

Rookie Solo Normandie 2018

2 times

Nominated for Irish Sailor of the Year 2017 and 2018

6th

IRC - double Fastnet Race 2019

2014-2017
Class mini 6.50

22

courses

2

solo transatlantic

multiple podiums

2

victories

o

retirement

4th

French 650 Offshore Racing championship 2016 & 2017

6th

Mini Transat 2017 : Best ever Irish Result

3rd

Pornichet Select 2017

2nd

Mini en Mai 2017

3rd

Mini Fastnet 2017

1st

Irish person to win a singlehanded Mini race in France (2016)

1st

Mini en Mai 2016

1st

Trophée MAP 2016

3rd

irc - Sydney / Hobart 2017

5th

IRC - double Cowes/Dinard

MY NEWS

CONSULTING & COACHING

With almost fifteen years industry experience under his belt and having worked his was up from zero, Tom is the ideal person to accompany you in your offshore racing projects. In 2015 he co-founded offshoresailing.fr in Concarneau. It was at the beginning a coaching centre for Mini 650 but quickly developed into aone stop shop for shorthanded offshore racing coaching & consultation services for those wishing to take the first steps into the world of ocean racing, whatever the boat. We have had clients from all over Europe, China, Japan, the United States and even Russia.


Which boat to buy? New or second hand? What to look out for? How do things work in France?

 

These are questions you may ask yourself and the industry can, like many, be a bit daunting to newcomers. Do not hesitate to contact us to benefit from Tom’s experience and his network to avoid making costly mistakes.


We can accompany you through the different steps:


– Choosing your boat
– Optimising & preparing it for racing,
– Choosing a sail wardrobe
– Creating your own polar & sailect
– UseofNavigation& Weather software
– Automatic pilot setting and fine tuning

 

Then we can head out onto the water for expertise coaching on sail and boat settings and manoeuvring.

Once ready we can take it further by moving onto racing with you either doublehanded or crewed.

 

Make sure and contact us to talk about how we can adjust a program and services to fit your needs!

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Tom Dolan

 

 

Tom DOLAN

7B rue Tourville
29900 CONCARNEAU  –  France
+33 (0)7 80 40 45 17
tom@tomdolanracing.com

www.tomdolanracing.com

 

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