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Superb performance by Dolan

Now in 6th place as legs 2 passes nears cape verde islands

Irish solo sailing star Tom Dolan has sailed a superb race so far during second leg of the Mini Transat. He has sailed a tactical race by going in a more easterly course close to the African coast line and it has paid off massively.

At 1430 UT today he was sailing 246 degrees on a starboard tack at 9.60 knots placing him in 6 th place out of a fleet of 55 competitors. During the last 24 hours, he covered 199.36 nautical miles versus 195.58 for the leader.

This speed advantage gives Tom the firepower he needs to win. Tom will be planning to make his move soon as the winds are forecast to increase up to 16 knots and backing  to 45 degrees. These are ideal conditions for him.

Tom is within 48 miles of the leader of the second leg of the Mini Transat as the fleet passes the southern gate at Cape Verde Islands.

Tom still must sail 2133.60 nautical miles to the finish line at Marin Martinique and shown his ability to stay the pace in the transatlantic race.

Dolan is aiming to become the first Irish sailor ever to make the podium of the Mini Transat, a feat that’s well within his capabilities as he’s proved this season with a string of top-three places in the Mini 6.50 class.

In the last edition of the race in 2015 Dolan finished a respectable 22nd in what was his Mini Transat debut.

Follow Tom during the race

Follow Dolan’s progress in the race at http://www.minitransat.fr/en/follow-race/cartography.  Tom races in the Série  Fleet. His boat  is 910 Offshoresailing.fr .

You can get updates on Tom’s Facebook page during the race.

A special thanks to all Tom’s  sponsors and partners  namely ;

Smurfit Kappa  Dubarry DingCellastabTechniques Voiles, RenostyleStudio des Schizogaphes , Petite Bistro, Concarneau, Irish Sailing , The National Yacht Club ,  Afloat  Magazine Rossiter Claims Management Services St Gerards School  NKE Marine Electronics   Zhik  Enterprise Ireland, Paris, The Embassy of Ireland, France