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Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, Ireland's Biggest Sailing Event on Dublin Bay
Dun Laoghaire Regatta launch: (l to r) David Thomas (Managing Director, Volvo Cars Ireland), Don O'Dowd, David Lovegrove (President, Irish Sailing Association),  Councillor Cormac Devlin (An Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council), Tim Goodbody (Chairperson, Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta), and Alan Moore (Spirit Motor Groung at the official launch of the Regatta 2017 in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland last night. See photo gallery below
Volvo Regatta
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta will be among the biggest sporting participation events in Ireland in July, eclipsed only by the city marathons, when a massive fleet of over 400 boats sets sail from Dun Laoghaire Harbour. As Afloat.ie previously reported, the…
SB20s will compete at July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta that launches today
Volvo Regatta
The 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) which is now established as the biggest sailing event in Ireland was launched this evening at the Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire. This biennial fixture which is organised by the four Dun Laoghaire…
Alan	Morrison's Starflash from Ballyholme YC and Royal Ulster YC is one of many Irish Sea visitors heading for Dun Laoghaire in July. See entry list below
Volvo Regatta
As Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta readies for its official launch on Wednesday, early bird numbers for for Ireland's biggest sailing regatta continue to grow with over half the expected total fleet of 400 boats now signed up, four months before…
Checkmate XVIII – the old Emiliano Zapata, ex Dick Dastardly, ex French Beret, ex Concorde from 1985 is undergoing a refit in North Wales, launching early May
ICRA
Ireland will be the base for the Nigel Biggs Checkmate XVIII Half Ton campagin this season with a programme that includes the ICRA Nationals, Sovereigns Cup, Dun Laoghaire Regatta and the Half Ton Cup in Kinsale. In a previous Irish…
Dominant force – A 13–strong J109 fleet will boost Cruisers One numbers on Dublin Bay Sailing Club this season
DBSC
With just over six weeks to the Sherry Fitzgerald sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club season the stand–out class of the year looks like Cruisers One where a 20–boat fleet has 13 J/109s among its number. It's an impressive result that bodes…
Cruiser Racer action on Dublin Bay in the J109 class. This year there are five major events running between June 9 and July 9
Water Rat
The Irish Cruiser Racer Association must be applauded for providing a platform under the theme: 'we need to talk about cruiser racing' at tomorrow's conference in Limerick. Like an elephant in–the–room, the overcrowded Summer fixtures needs to be urgently addressed…
Richard O'Connor’s Glenluce of the Royal St. George Yacht Club was the outstanding trophy winner for the season
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The Dun Laoghaire Glen class held their annual dinner and prize giving in the newly refurbished dining room of the Royal St George Yacht Club last Saturday. Once again Richard O'Connor’s Glenluce was the outstanding trophy winner for the season.…
 Gold ISA medals awarded to overall 2016 National Champions 189 Azeezy
Mermaid
This year marked the third consecutive year that the Mermaid Sailing Association held a stand-alone Prizegiving Dinner event to properly acknowledge the winners of the sailing season just gone. Now normally held around February time, this event gives a fantastic…
Plastical classical…..Shipman 28s in Dublin Bay
Racing
It’s an interesting thought that some of the individual wooden classic boats which will be making a feature of their vintage origins in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary regatta from July 6th to 9th will actually be quite a…
The 68ft Nimmo, built by Dan Mill in Galway in a four year project eight years ago, is a reminder that there’s a lot more to sailing in the west than the traditional craft of the Irish Atlantic seaboard
W M Nixon
There is really no reasonable comparison between Ireland’s eastern and western seaboards writes W M Nixon. The east coast is quite densely populated, and while it has some areas of impressive scenery, in general it lacks the majestic inlets and…
Jack O’Keeffe leads a race of Drascombes around the Fastnet Rock
W M Nixon
With some visionary thinking by Cathy MacAleavey in her capacity as chief of the sub-committee organising the Classics, Traditional and Old Gaffers section of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta & Harbour Bicentenary Festival from June 6th to 9th, the scope…
Hal Sisk aboard the newly-restored 1894-built Peggy Bawn in Dublin Bay in 2005, with the square-rigger Jeanie Johnston in the background. Peggy Bawn will be one of the stars of the Classics & Traditional section in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017, celebrating the Bicentenary of the harbour. Photo: W M Nixon
W M Nixon
There could well be as many opinions as to what constitutes a true classic or traditional boat as there are owners of these often highly individual craft. As part of the celebration of the Bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour –…
Derek Martin's IRC Offshore Lively Lady from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is one of 18 Super Early Bird Prize Draw Winners Announced. Full list downloadable below.
Volvo Regatta
Five Royal Irish yachts won free entry into July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta following a draw from 180 'Super Early Bird entries' this week. In total 18 boats won the free entry prizes ranging from dinghies to IRC cruisers.  Among…
Red Alert competing in the Dublin Bay based DMYC Kish Race. A big turnout is predicted for coastal racing as part of July's Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Volvo Regatta
ISORA's Peter Ryan anticipates a 50% increase in offshore sailors into next July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The buoyant prediction is in step with an encouraging ' Super Early Bird' entry for the biennial event that closed on New Year's…
In the Beneteau 211 class a five boat entry to date has entries from Dun Laoghaire, Malahide, Windemere and The Clyde. See entry list below.
Volvo Regatta
In a pre-Christmas boost to next year's regatta season, over a quarter of the expected 400–boat entry have already entered next July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay. The biennial event is staged by all four Dun Laoghaire waterfront clubs…
Something to celebrate. Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s glory days and the Bicentenary of the harbour will be honoured with a large Classics Section in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta from July 6th-9th. This photo is believed to be from 1900, and it shows the Viceroy Lord Dudley crossing the in-harbour finish line in his new Dublin Bay 25 Fodhla close ahead of other DBSC 25s, and in company with the first of the new-style Water Wags.
W M Nixon
The notion that the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 from July 6th to 9th should include a significant Classics and Old Gaffers element to mark the Bicentenary of this great harbour surfaced only relatively recently. Yet this week a high-powered…

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