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400 Early Bird Entries Received For Dun Laoghaire Regatta

1st May 2017
Buoyant entries have been received for Julys' Dun Laoghaire regatta that will celebrate the bicentenary of the harbour Buoyant entries have been received for Julys' Dun Laoghaire regatta that will celebrate the bicentenary of the harbour Photo: Afloat.ie

Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta early bird entry closed on Friday, reaching 400 entries for the July event. Entry remains open but without the discounted rate.

2,500 sailors are expected to race across 22 classes making it Ireland's biggest regatta but also one of Ireland’s biggest participant sporting events when the first gun fires on July 6.

The 30% discount was extended until last Friday following technical difficulties with the event website. 

74 different Sailing Clubs drawn from across Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland and Isle of Man are involved.

Only once since its inaugural outing in 2005 have numbers dipped below 400 for the biennial sailfest and that was in the teeth of recession in 2013. But even then the fleet only dropped to 393, just 93 lower than 2007's record of 486. With 400 boats already signed up, could 2017 could threaten that record ten year record and bring numbers closer to the elusive 500? 

It would be entirely appropriate timing given the harbour's special anniversary. Entries are stronger than expected this year as all four Dun Laoghaire yacht clubs bang the drum for the harbour's bicentenary year. A special 'Kingstown 200' Cup will be presented to the winner of the regatta's classic boat division that includes a 'parade of sail'.

All the latest news on our dedicated regatta page here

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