Race Around Ireland Bow Man Number 2 // Matthew “Living the Dream” Ballantyne.

Meet bow-man number two, Matthew “living the dream” Ballantyne ahead of his biggest challenge to date the Race Around Ireland.


Matthew Ballantyne 

What’s your job/profession? 

Sailing instructor and handyman for wild west sailing, also Cians apprentice.

Who is someone you admire, and why?

I admire my grandad as he was a man that had an answer for everything and introduced me to a lot of the stuff I’m interested in now, and he was a man that could do any job from mechanics to singing to painting.

Tell me three pet peeves. 

Being told I’m wrong when I’m right, people biting their forks when eating, being in Cians car when he’s playing Katy perry.

What’s a typical day like for you? 

Waking up at whatever time I feel like, or an hour before work if I have it, I normally check if I’ve work for the day and work around it if I wanna hang out with mates or watch Netflix then walk my dog is the only guarantee. It’s pretty much your average teenager’s day

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about or maybe would prefer not to know about?

I can do belly rolls, don’t ask why.

If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be?

Probably in my own bed.

Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?

It was either a mechanic or a Jedi.

If we went to happy hour, what would you order?

Whatever’s cheapest, (you mean Fanta!)

Name three words that describe you.

Cocky, overconfident, and clumsy 

What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year?

Mainly to finish the around Ireland yacht race, and to be Cian or Dave in J24 racing. 

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Listening to music is my go-to, nothing is better than music.

What would be your personal motto?

“Ships don’t sink because of water around them, ships sink cause of water in them. Don’t let what’s going on around you bring you down”.

What inspired you to do the SSE race around Ireland?

I was mainly inspired by my competitiveness and my desire to race yachts and to have big bragging rights on my mates and family.

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By |2022-06-13T15:10:42+00:00June 13th, 2022|Questionnaire, SSE Round Ireland Yacht Race, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dimitar ‘Miki’ Dosev // Round Ireland Cruise 2020

Dimitar ‘Miki’ Dosev // Competent Crew / Day Skipper Navigation / Round Ireland Cruise 2020

I`d like to share a little bit of my most recent adventure and self-discovery trough out the lockdown. It started many,many years ago,I must of been about 5-6years old when with my family we’ll go in the Bulgarian mountains for some trekking. I use to pull the barks of the Pine trees- like big chunks and later with a small knife I’ll drift in my dream and build a boat. With a Mast in the middle and two strings going forward and back. Non of my parents or as far as I know ancestors have anything to do with sea/oceans. When back at school in class of Arts there were two paintings I’d draw (Im not great at painting) one is Mountains ,the other one was small sand island with palm tree and a boat next to it with a big sunset. I have no idea how it got in to my head…. When I grew up a little had the chance to work on cruise liners in the Carrabien and cruise all over the world. I didn’t sail the boat, but many nights use to go on deck 7 right on the nose and stare at the stars look at the endless horizon. It all felt like home,as If I was a pirate or some explorer years ago… until this summer. It all started with two weeks of zoom classes on shore base skipper, than out at the lake learning competent crew, after flying the spinnaker until there was an opportunity to do a tour around Ireland.

Here I’d like to thank

Dave O’Connor


Seanie Jo Flynn

for their incredible support and encouragement all the way. The tuition I received from

Wild West Sailing

gave me confidence and self believe to a stage now I’m saving for a boat and dreaming…..dreaming to Sail first from Strandhill to

Malkata Tekila:)

,than all the way to New Zealand. It gives me shivers. In my short life I had the gift to live and experience dreams, unthinkable dreams : Living on a tropical island in the South Pacific, sitting night time on a top of a dune in Sahara desert, touring all over New Zealand and few more. How much is enough? and how far is too far…let’s find out. All this is not possible without true and only few friends, family and lots of hard work. Enjoy the ride.

By |2021-07-21T14:29:19+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments


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