-CANCELLED- Lunchtime Talk: Joan Mulloy & Tom Dolan from the Solitaire du Figaro race

-CANCELLED- Lunchtime Talk: Joan Mulloy & Tom Dolan from the Solitaire du Figaro race
May 31, 2019 Cork Harbour Festival
  • June 7, 2019
    13:00 - 14:00

Cancelled: 07/06/19: due to the weather conditions Joan and Tom arrived very late into Kinsale which means that they won’t have time to join us in Cork for this lunchtime talk. Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

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This year the famous Solitaire du Figaro single handed sailing race is coming from Nantes to Kinsale for the 20th time, on the first leg of the race.  They are due to depart on 2nd June and will arrive in Kinsale via the Fastnet rock a few days later.

We are delighted to be able to invite you to welcome the two Irish participants this year, Joan Mulloy and Tom Dolan, who have agreed to make time in their tight schedule to meet some of you and join a little talk and answer some of your questions in the boardroom of the Port of Cork on Friday 7th June at 1pm.

Please join us and show your support to these two amazing sailors and encourage them on their way!

Figaro and Ireland history:

Right from the very beginning of the Solitaire du Figaro’s 50-year history, Ireland has been an important player in the story. Irish ports have always been popular stopovers and one port, Kinsale, has been visited on no fewer than 19 previous occasions, which makes it the most visited port of all time in the story of the Figaro.

It wasn’t until 1997 that an Irish sailor tackled the Figaro for the first time. This was Damian Foxall who sailed his boat DHL to first place in the Rookie division. This gave him the budget to compete again the following year with Barlo Plastics where he won the final leg of the race from Gijon to Concarneau.

That same year a second Irish sailor Marcus Hutchinson, sailing Bergamotte, completed the course in 26th place and as third Rookie. In 2000, Hutchinson completed the course again with IMPAC’T, again finishing in the twenties. In 2006 Paul O’Rian became the third Irish skipper to complete the course and in 2013 and 2014 Cork’s David Kenefick became the fourth Irish skipper to master solo sailing on a Figaro Bénéteau 2 called Full Irish.

It took a few years before Irish sailors became interested in the event again and then suddenly in 2018 there were two at the same time! Joan Mulloy hailing from Westport, County Mayo sailed Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey and Tom Dolan from Mullingar, County Meath sailed Smurfit Kappa around the course finishing 28th and 31st respectively. Both skippers are back in 2019 for the 50th edition in the all new Figaro Bénéteau 3 and the 20th stopover in Kinsale, Mulloy sailing Believe in Grace/BusinessPost.ie and Dolan sailing Smurfit Kappa.

Irish ports that have been visited by the Figaro fleet are Kinsale, Crosshaven, Dingle, Howth and Dun Laoghaire.

In 2019 the Irish flavour, other than the very publicly Irish-flagged entries, will see the fleet sail round the Fastnet Rock lighthouse as a turning mark in Leg 1 before sailing along the South coast to Kinsale. Leg 2 will then start rom Kinsale and head East to Carnsore Point and up the Irish Sea, around the Isle of man and then all the way back down the Irish Sea and across the Channel to Roscoff in France, the same port used by thousands of Irish holiday makers each summer when they take the ferry from Cork.

Hopefully any of the holiday makers in the West Cork towns of Baltimore and Schull will head out to the rock to watch the fleet sail past and drop by Kinsale during the stopover (5-9 June) to see the spectacle and maybe even meet the Irish skippers and encourage them on for the following three legs.




Customs House, Customs House St, Cork

This year has taught us all to be adaptable and to trim the sails when necessary.
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