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Sail with Irish Solo Sailor Tom Dolan

Sail with Irish Solo Sailor Tom Dolan


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

From October 1st  you could sail with Figaro sailor Tom Dolan in Dun Laoghaire to raise funds for Sailing into Wellness, which operates wellness programmes in Dublin, Cork and Kinsale to help rehabilitate people post mental health and addiction issues.

The Figaro which will be based in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, can host up to 6 guests for a 3 hour sail and they are seeking donations of a minimum of €600 for each 3 hour booking. 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.

"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. And 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.”  said 32 year old Dolan - who grew up in a small farming community in Kells, County Meath before he left Ireland ten years ago to pursue his offshore sailing dreams.

Sailing Into Wellness is a not for profit social enterprise and 100% of profits from corporate events are used to fund community sailing projects. By sailing with Tom on this amazing boat, you are directly funding vulnerable groups to experience a completely new environment on the open sea. The group work with those affected by substance abuse and poor mental health, to help build  their recovery, as sailing is proven to be a powerful tool in their development. Your contribution helps to support participants to overcome both physical and  mental challenges in an environment that is both exhilarating and therapeutic. 

Founders Colin Healy & James Lyons are passionate about sharing their love of the sea to provide long lasting social impact. “One of the things about Tom is that he wants to see sailing as totally inclusive. He is totally down to earth and 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. And he clearly sees it 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.

  • Tom Dolan and Figaro 3 is available for charter from Tuesday 1st of October to Friday 4th October and Tuesday 8th  October to Friday 11th 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.

To book your charter with Tom onboard Figaro 3 please contact colin@sailingintowellness.ie or 083 4429629