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ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY

TOM DOLAN

DUNLAOIGHRE, DUBLIN, IRELANDSEPTEMBER 2019

SAIL ONBOARD FIGARO 3 WITH

Sail with Irish Solo Sailor,Tom Dolan onboard Figaro 3in Dun Laoghaire this September to raise funds for the charity Sailing into Wellness

Tom Dolan and Figaro 3 is available for charter from Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October for corporate entertainment All funds raised through this initiative will be go towards Sailing into Wellness, an award winning programme which uses the experiences of sailing to help create stable lives for people suffering from poor mental health, addiction and social exclusion. The Figaro can host up to 6 guests for a 3 hour sail on the Smurfit Kappa, the state of the art Beneteau Figaro 3 offshore one design yacht on which Tom has just completed the 2100 miles, month long, four stage La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro race, will be sailed to Dun Laoghaire from the yacht’s base in Brittany.

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6 participants per sailMinimum donation of 100 euro per person *Total Donation : 600 euro* for 6 particpantsAdditional opportunity for corporate clients interested in a dinner and drinks with Tom & SIW Team in the national yacht club.Contact : Colin on 083 442 96 29 or email colin@sailingintowellness.ie for pricing.

all proceeds go to sailing into wellness

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25th Place - Figaro 20194th Place - SydneyHobart 20172nd Place - Mini En Mai 20174th Place - France Championships 20173rd Place - Mini Fastnet 20174th Place - Transgascognel 20161st Place - Trophee Map 20161st Place - Mini En Mai 20165th Place - Mini Fastnet 2017

RACING HIGHLIGHTS

TOM DOLAN

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ABOUT TOM

"I have always wanted to be able to take time to share the experience with others and to be able to give a little insight into what it is like sailing offshore like I do.There are so many people have helped me along the way, literally hundreds of people over the years, that I would like to be able to help others who are less fortunate.I want to be able to give a little something back to others who I know will benefit. If I can even help get someone’s life on course it would mean so much to me.”Tom DolanFor Sailing into Wellness

EARLY YEARS

CAREER

ACHIEVEMENTS & VISION

NEW HOME

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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

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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. 

about sailing into wellness

Sailing Into Wellness is a not-for-profit social enterprise, our corporate sailing events provide vital revenue to fund our community projects. Our founders Colin Healy & James Lyons are passionate about sharing their love of the sea to provide long lasting social impact 100% of our profits are used to fund community sailing projects; by sailing with us and Tom on this amazing boat, you are directly funding vulnerable groups to experience a completely new environment on the open sea.We work with those affected by substance abuse and poor mental health, to help build their recovery. Sailing is proven to be a powerful tool in their development. Your contribution helps us to support our participants to overcome both physical and mental challenges in an environment that is both exhilarating and therapeutic.

learn more about sailing into wellness

SEI Winners Video -Sailing into Wellness

SIFI Awardee Video

Corporate Team Building Days with Sailing into Wellness

www.sailingintowellness.ie@sailingintowell

“One of the things about Tom is that he wants to see sailing as totally inclusive. He is down-to-earth in his approach, did not come up through the traditional sailing club systems and feels strongly that it is fun, challenging activity which should be accessible to as many people as possible. He clearly sailing as a catalyst which can change lives for the better. We are really looking forward to working with him.”Enthuses James Lyons of Sailing into Wellness.To book your charter with Tom onboard Figaro 3 :Contact Colin on 083 442 96 29 or colin@sailingintowellness.ie

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