Solo Sail Ireland

27th May 2018 - 7th November 2018 5:22 pm

The Solo Sail Ireland Challenge. One tiny boat, one massive trip… for Croí!

RiRichard Hayes Solo Sail around Ireland in aid of Croí Heart and Stroke chard Hayes sailed in one of the smallest boats around Ireland to raise funds for Croí. The laser dinghy weighed less than 60kg and is about twice the length of a kitchen table!

Check out this great video on the trip.

Richard arrived back into Galway Bay Sailing Club on Friday 14th September. He finally made his way back after 54 days out on the water, and close to 1,600 miles. Richard has become the first person ever to sail around Ireland in a tiny laser dingey, with no water support team what so ever!! All to support Croí and part fund defibrillators across communities in Ireland.

To make a donation to Richard’s fundraiser in support of Croí, Click Here













Media coverage

Ireland AM interview – October 25, 2018

Read this great article on Richard’s journey, “The Smallest Boats To Sail Round Ireland – A Story of Courage & Character

Hear Richard chatting to Patricia Messinger from Cork’s, C103 as he swings around the west of the rebel county, down in Skibbereen heading for the final 1/3 of this epic journey!

“Raw footage from day 37 of the Solo Sail Ireland, as Richard passes hook head.. thankfully now passing Cahersiveen, Co. Cork. Onwards and upwards, homeward bound!” Richard explains the inspiration behind taking on this epic challenge, spending over 50 days out on the water alone!!


You can hear Richard below, talking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Bay FM, explaining what an epic challenge he is undertaking, and why. Interview starts 1 hour 12 minutes.

Podcast of The Keith Finnegan Show – Tuesday May 22nd 2018


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This challenge started on Sunday May 27th, and the picture above captures the moment Richard set off from  Galway Bay Sailing Club, Renville, Oranmore. Richard is aiming to return here in approx 8-9 weeks, weather dependent. Richard will take on around 40 legs in order to complete the 1500km circumnavigation, and you can see up close footage of Richard tackling one of these legs in the video below.



The challenge was made possible thanks to the  support Richard received from main event sponsor, Homecare Medical Supplies, and many other local businesses. This generous support has enabled Michael, Richard’s father, to provide land support, and the only element of support for the duration of this challenge.

Homecare Medical Supplies – Main Event Sponsor

Richard spoke to Tommy Marren recently on Midwest Radio on how the challenge is going, what it’s been like sailing completely solo out on the ocean everyday, and how the land support camper van is fairing as overnight accommodation. Interview starts 40 minutes.









Tommy Marren Show interview




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Solo Sail Ireland Land Support crew, led by Richards dad, Michael the van doubles as sleeping accommodation for both men between sailings! LtoR: Luigi Ryan, Croí & Michael Hayes


Cardiovascular disease remains the No.1 killer in Ireland, with Richard’s family unfortunately experiencing the loss of a loved one, but it can be largely prevented. Money raised will help part-fund defibrillators for areas most needed across communities in Ireland, while also helping Croí continue the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Richard would greatly appreciate your support, whether you would like to make a donation, or assist with the land or water support, your support can make a real difference. Contact to get involved, and help save lives in your community.

To make a donation on iDonate Click Here

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