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Day #3 0930 - The Murphy family’s consistently successful Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (Royal Cork YC) reached Dingle this morning at 09:27 hrs and immediately corrected into an overall lead in the D2D which she is unlikely to lose. Having passed the Fastnet at midnight, the Murphy crew then found themselves in a tense but performance-enhancing battle in a good southwest breeze through the remainder of the short night along the coasts of West Cork and Kerry.

Conor Doyle's Freya crosses the Dingle finish at 0531 this morningConor Doyle's Freya crosses the Dingle finish at 0531 this morning

It was performance-enhancing as they were racing in close company with defending champion Rockabill VI, Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 from the Royal Irish YC, and the new Sun Fast 3600 Searcher (Pete Smyth, NYC). Both are slightly higher rated than Nieulargo, but when you’re in the very open Atlantic off the coast of Kerry, the local vagaries of wind and water can see an apparently good lead evaporate like some will o’ the wisp.

Nick and Pete Smyth round Galley Head last night at 730pm on Searcher Photo: Prof O'ConnellNick and Pete Smyth round Galley Head last night at 730pm on Searcher Photo: Prof O'Connell

Well ahead, Conor Doyle’s leading Xp50 Freya from Kinsale had swept past the last major turn at Skellig Michael at 02:15, still making 8.8 knots but there was more than a feeling that the bite was already going from the breeze. Nevertheless, they were still across the finish line to take line honours in convincing style at 05:31 this morning (Friday), while their CT position will be improved in due course after redress has been given for a pause to rescue a drifting kite-surfer off the Wexford coast on Tuesday evening.

The Nieulargo crew in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday: (Front row left to right) Molly Murphy, James Fagan, Clive O'Shea, Ian Heffernan, (back row right to left) Denis Murphy, Mia Murphy, Annamarie Fegan, Brian Mathews, Nin O Leary, and Harry Durcan The Nieulargo crew in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday: (Front row left to right) Molly Murphy, James Fagan, Clive O'Shea, Ian Heffernan, (back row right to left) Denis Murphy, Mia Murphy, Annamarie Fegan, Brian Mathews, Nin O Leary, and Harry Durcan

Taken at 0530 this morning, the Nieulargo crew close in on the County Kerry finish lineTaken at 0530 this morning, the Nieulargo crew were closing in on the County Kerry finish line

Three hours elapsed after Freya’s finish before another three-way duel came over the line in the form of Robert Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 Samatom at 08:36, Chris & Patanne Power Smith’s J/122 Aurelia at 08:39, and George Sisk’s Xp44 WOW at 08:47, with Aurelia ahead on CT to correct into a provisional 5th overall as the next group battling for the overall CT victory closed in on the mouth of Dingle Harbour, with Rockabill VI first across at 09:12.

It was edge-of-seat stuff, but although Rockabill may have nipped in just ahead, Nieulargo seemed to find some final reserves of speed to give her 7.2 knots as she crossed at 09:27 with Searcher following a couple of minute later.

This brought “victory-for-the-moment” for Nieulargo, and it’s likely to stand, for although the Committee will be generous in their redress for Freya’s good deed on Tuesday, it’s unlikely to be the 2 hours and 26 minutes required to correct her ahead of Nieulargo.

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Northern Ireland yacht eXcession has contacted NYC Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race organisers to advise that the IMX 38 is experiencing electrical problems.

The crew reported: "Experiencing electrical problems - making best effort to keep AIS live. NOT Retiring. Just FYI"

As Afloat reported earlier, eXcession, under the triple ownership of John Harrington, Ruan O'Tiarnaigh and Jonathan Mullholland is representing Royal Ulster, Ballyholme and Sutton Dinghy Club in the IRC Racing division.

 

 

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Day #2 1330: “Neither fog nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds….”.

Okay, so we’ve substituted fog for snow in a misappropriation of the US Mail’s gallant motto in our celebration of the onward progress of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle fleet along the south coast today. But when you find you’re racing at full chat through banks of sea fog off the shores of Cork, with visibility reduced to 300 metres or less, any inspirational quotation is a help.

This is so even if the original came from some poetry rejoicing in the achievements of the courier service of the ancient Persian Empire, whose descendants today in modern Iran aren’t quite the flavour of the month in western democratic circles. But whereas in ancient times it was common for ships to get lost in a fog - the Irish Rover out of Cork (where else?) being a prime example - modern electronics mean you press on regardless with a fairly accurate idea of where you are, sustained by the hope that radar will show other boats at risk of collision.

Visibility is improving as the day makes on, but the wind is veering and freshening, possibly to the point where its power is a hindrance rather than a help. Fleet leader Freya (Xp50 Conor Doyle KYC) has passed the entrance to Cork Harbour, but misses out on the hopes of getting past the Old Head of Kinsale without tacking, as the veering re-shaped her course in towards the entrance to Kinsale.

Robert Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 Samatom (HYC)Robert Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 Samatom (HYC) Photo: Michael Chester

Around ten miles astern, the group led by Robert Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 Samatom (HYC) is also significantly headed, but the Murphy family on overall leader Nieulargo were located in such a way that this wind shift has left them even better placed, and they’re looking good as usual – as SCORA Commodore Darragh Connolly puts it, “on Nieulargo, the only thing they know is fast”.

It’s all in detail in the Tracker Chart – the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2021 may have seen little change in relative positions for the last twelve hours, but there’s a lot of racing to be done yet.

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Day #1 8 pm: The weather has settled down to a warm and sunny summer's evening as the fleet in the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race turn to windward close inshore between Wicklow Head and Arklow, theoretically with ample time to appreciate the lush beauties of the coastline of the Garden of Ireland, as they'll be plugging an adverse flood tide until midnight.

But the pressure of the racing is such that coastal beauty will have to be appreciated in hindsight. Conor Doyle's Xp50 from Kinsale was finally beginning to feel the benefit of her extra length, and had moved into a stylish lead on the water, but at the 1945hrs check in, she was shown as heading back north – however, that position had reversed at 2000, and she was back on track in light winds. Read how Freya picked up a Wicklow kitesurfer here.

But on corrected time it's the star of Crosshaven, the Murphy family's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo, whose name is in lights. She has seldom put a foot wrong in keeping ahead of some very determined assaults from decidedly hot boats close astern, with Pete Smyth's Sun Fast 3600 Searcher briefly almost managing to get ahead at one stage when the breeze had lightened and the tide was at its strongest.

Pete Smyth's Sun Fast 3600 Searcher (National YC) is fresh out of the box, and fancied to be in the frame in the race to DinglePete Smyth's Sun Fast 3600 Searcher (National YC) is fresh out of the box, and fancied to be in the frame in the race to Dingle

If you have to go to windward, conditions are as pleasant as possible – the breeze no longer batters – but with some boats working very determinedly indeed on getting inside the worst of the tide, there isn't really a moment to relax. And once the tide is in their favour in the small hours, they'll have the challenge of piloting their way past Ireland's uber-rocky southeast corner, buoyed by the prospect of having clear water racing once the Coningbeg Light off the Saltee Islands is put astern tomorrow morning.

Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl (Kinsale YC, Cian McCarthy & Sam Hunt) heads the two-handed divisionSunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl (Kinsale YC, Cian McCarthy & Sam Hunt) heads the two-handed division Photo: Michael Chester

Meanwhile, as of 2000hrs Wednesday, Nieulargo leads overall and in Class 1, the J/109 Indian (Simon Knowles, Howth YC) leads Class 2, the Sunfast 37 Desert Star of Irish Offshore Sailing, co-skippered by Ronan O Siochru and Conor Totterdell, is tops in Class 3, and the Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl (Kinsale YC, Cian McCarthy & Sam Hunt) heads the two-handed division.

Update 3 tomorrow morning.

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Day #1 (Start Time) 2 pm: They say in One-Design Racing that the boat which has made the best start is the one that is in a commanding position five minutes after the off. But in a distance race like the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle which started this afternoon in Dublin Bay in a humid, rather variable and sometimes decidedly brisk southerly, the reckoning was that maybe it was the first boat to the first turn at the Muglins which ultimately had the best of it, and that – in a tightly packed bunch of leaders – was the NYC's Sean Lemass-entered First 40 Prima Forte whose helming strength includes young Crosshaven male star Cian Jones.

That said, with a recall providing two starts for those who savour such things, there was no doubt that defending champion Rockabill VI (RIYC), Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80, was right there both times, exactly at the pin and sailing fast in clear air each time the signal sounded.

The D2D 2021 start from Scotsman's Bay off Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Michael Chester(Above and below) The D2D 2021 start from Scotsman's Bay off Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Michael Chester

The 38-boat D2D fleet prepare for the 2021 start at dun Laoghaire Photo: Barry O'NeillThe 38-boat D2D fleet prepare for the 2021 start at Dun Laoghaire Photo: Barry O'Neill

But further inshore a group of fancied craft including Prima Forte, the Murphy family's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo, the two Sun Fast 3600s Hot Cookie (John O'Gorman with Mono Mansfield aboard), and Pete Smyth's new Searcher with The Prof on the strength, were finding a private and very favourable breeze in company with Andrew Algeo's J/99 Juggerknot II  and Simon Knowles' J/109 Indian.

Kinsale yacht Freya (Conor Doyle) Photo: Michael ChesterKinsale yacht Freya (Conor Doyle) Photo: Michael Chester

For some glad moments at the Muglins, this select half dozen really did have the world at their feet until the serous metal offshore – Rockabill VI, Robert Rendell's new Grand Soleil 44 Samatom, and Conor Doyle's Xp50 Freya – girded their loins, so to speak – and threw a tack to start mixing with the gilded youths in towards the shore.

Robert Rendell's new Grand Soleil 44 SamatomRobert Rendell's new Grand Soleil 44 Samatom Photo: Michael Chester

In the mixing pot as they slugged south for Bray Head, Nielulargo sailed an absolute blinder and got well ahead of the other 40 footers, pacing with her newer bigger sister Samatom. Juggerknot II is also right there, sailing like a boat possessed, and nearby the Searcher/Hot Cookie battle continues, with Freya in the thick of it too, while out to sea the J/122 Aurelia (a boat to watch) and George Sisk's Xp 44 WOW were making steadily along at 7.2 and 7.4 knots.

George Sisk’s Xp 44 Wow Photo: Michael ChesterGeorge Sisk’s Xp 44 Wow Photo: Michael Chester

At 1530hrs, all are working closer to the shore. With High Water Dublin Bay at noon, the ebb was already running south by 11 o'clock this morning, so there'll be little or none of it left at Wicklow Head by 5.0pm. No-one will manage to get past before then, so this has all the makings of a sluggeroo all the way to the Fastnet.

The Sunfast 3600 Searcher Photo: Michael ChesterThe Sunfast 3600 Searcher tackles the big waves on Dublin Bay Photo: Michael Chester

As The Prof said before joining the Smyth brothers aboard the new Searcher this morning, "It's going to be tough but fun!" Tough but fun, forsooth…… has no-one told him about the proper joys of yachting? The only possible response is "Tally-ho!"

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National Yacht Club Race Chairman Adam Winkelmann has confirmed June's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race is 'most definitely on' and crews will begin preparing for the 320-mile offshore race next week. 

Winklemann told Afloat, "we are greatly encouraged by the recent government announcements and timelines for re-opening / back to sport".

The race will be sponsored this year by the National Yacht Club itself and by long term race partner The Dingle Skellig Hotel.

Assuming there are no changes to those plans in the coming month the D2D Race will start as planned on June 9th from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

As Afloat reported earlier, boats can train from May 10th and after June 7th race with crews in pods of up to 15 maximum and ISORA and DBSC are both planning on the water training from next week. 

Adam Winkelmann - June's D2D Race is 'most definitely on'Adam Winkelmann - June's D2D Race is 'most definitely on'

Based on the current travel restrictions in force, Winkelmann says the race will be restricted to boats and crews normally based on the island of Ireland or those in compliance with quarantine guidance and port entry restrictions. "This means our entries from the UK (other than Northern Ireland) will be refunded their entry fees paid," he says.

All boats on the waiting list will be accommodated and we will accept additional entries up to the closing date as per the NOR.

Defending Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race champion Paul O’Higgin’s Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht ClubDefending Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race champion Paul O’Higgin’s Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club

In the coming weeks the National Yacht Club will finalise sailing instructions (SIs) and arrangements to minimise contact and wherever possible to ensure safe operations for volunteers and competitors.

"We will look at pre-race berthing in DL harbour to ensure that we have safe berthing for visitors. We will also be making arrangements for the Dingle Marina and finishing operations that seek to comply with all advice and again minimise risk for all involved" he says.

There will be virtual declarations both pre and post-race and use the virtual finish line at Dingle. This will include plans for giving out and recovering YB trackers and handing out prizes.

Finally, Winklemann says "As you might expect we cannot organise any shore events at either end of the race and we ask that people make arrangements in advance and behave sensibly to avoid any gatherings other than those that comply with government guidance. We want to provide you all with a great race and a safe race - that is the priority for us".

• Accommodation is to re-open from June 2nd and outdoor dining from June 7th for groups of up to six people, indoor dining for residents at their accommodation. The organisers are asking competitors to book accommodation in Dingle as soon as possible using the booking form on the race website.

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The 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race has reached its 50-boat limit for the National Yacht Club fixture, bringing the club closer to rolling out a spectacular June offshore fixture starting from Dublin Bay.

The 50-boat limit has been made for practical reasons at the County Kerry finish of the 280-miler at Dingle, one of Europe's most westerly harbours.

Afloat's WM Nixon predicts the biennial fixture will be the race that should get sailing going again, if Covid restrictions are lifted.

Such restrictions are uppermost in the mind of Race Chairman Adam Winkelmann who told today's 2021 ICRA conference by Zoom that the biennial race is in 'great shape' but he is waiting for the next government Covid announcement in order to finalise plans. 

The Greystones Harbour JOD Red Alert shortly after the 2019 Dun Laoghaire startThe Greystones Harbour JOD Red Alert shortly after the 2019 Dun Laoghaire Dingle start Photo: Afloat

A notice on the event website says "in these uncertain times, we may have to request some boats not to take part or some competitors may be forced to withdraw their entries".

Winklemann told ICRA that if the restrictions do not permit the race to go ahead on June 9th, then a decision has already been made to "push the event out until its next staging in June 2023".

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Royal Cork Yacht Club's Alpaca, Paul and Deirdre Tingle's X-34 yacht is the latest entry into June's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Offshore Race.

The Cork Harbour entry brings to 42 the number of boats now entered for the 320-mile National Yacht Club fixture, edging the club closer to its 50-boat advertised limit.

The biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race, which starts from Dun Laoghaire Harbour on June 9th, is a race down to the east coast of Ireland, across the south coast and into Dingle harbour in County Kerry.

The initial lineup includes defending champion Rockabill VI, Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 which was also first on her debut on 2017, so the O’Higgins team have set the stakes high in aiming for the “Threepeat” in this classic challenge which always provides competitors with a remarkable variety of sailing.

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It's getting to be like a game of skittles in the planned lineup of high-profile 2021 events which everybody - way back in the dark depths of earlier pandemic lockdowns – thought would surely come to pass in the remote sunlit heights of what was then the distant future of supposedly plague-free 2021.

The skittles that have fallen this week have included the RORC Caribbean 600 scheduled for Monday, February 22nd off English Harbour, Antigua, and the 565-mile Rolex China Sea Race, which wasn't due to start until March 31st from the Royal Hong Kong YC. They're both gone, and gone so completely we've been given the 2022 dates already as consolation prizes. 

Start of the small class in the RORC Caribbean 600 in February 2020. The 2021 Race, scheduled for February 22nd, was cancelled this week.Start of the small class in the RORC Caribbean 600 in February 2020. The 2021 Race, scheduled for February 22nd, was cancelled this week.

So which skittles will still be standing as the pandemic moves away with glacial speed, and we begin to feel reassured that the vaccines are having a real effect? At the moment, with one viral surge piling on another like a feast-day down at Aileen's breaker off the Cliffs of Moher even as vax distribution tries to find the best way forward, the resumption of something remotely approaching normal life is anyone's guess.

Thus we might as well look back at our slightly chirpy preview of the possibilities for 2021, which we published here a mere four weeks ago, just as the ludicrous Christmas socialising was starting to weave its hyper-infectious wicked web. While very reasonably suggesting that the best plan was to keep planning - as followed and demonstrated in various extreme situations by General Dwight D Eisenhower - we did have enough savvy to suggest that though some events were already posted as preceding it, the National YC's 280-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race on June 9th had the whiff of reality about it as an internationally-recognised classic that provided the ingredients for getting an inevitably still-limited season properly underway.

Ian Hickey's 38ft Cavatina from Cork – twice winner of the Round Ireland race – is on the entry list for the D2D in JuneIan Hickey's 38ft Cavatina from Cork – twice winner of the Round Ireland race – is on the entry list for the D2D in June

It seems a lot of other people thought the same way, for no sooner was the entry list opened recently than they were into double figures with boats of serious provenance – the largest of them Conor Doyle's xP50 Freya from Kinsale – and as of yesterday (Friday) the listing had gone up to 32, making it look as though Organising Committee Chairman Adam Winkelmann and his team will indeed have to invoke their fifty boat limit.

It's all good news, and we'll look at these early entries in more detail in a moment. But though there is this glimmer of light in the distance on June 9th (with Howth's Lambay Race a nice little possible programme starter on Saturday, June 5th), we're looking at things that might just happen nearly five months away, which seems like forever. But fortunately, any internationally-minded sailing fan will find happenings of interest in the meantime.

As it is, through the winter some events have taken place, though in very shrunken-numbers versions. However, enough boats took part in the ARC 2020 to St Lucia before Christmas to note that the most interesting class winner was the 59ft classic 1936 German yawl Peter von Seestermuhe (formerly Peter von Danzig). She was designed by Henry Gruber, who served his time in the Sparkman & Stephens office in New York in the early 1930s, and then returned for a successful if brief individual design career in his native Germany, a career which was going fine until World War II got in the way.

The classic 1936 Henry Gruber-designed yawl Peter von Seestermuhe crosses the line in St Lucia in December to win her class in the ARC 2020. The classic 1936 Henry Gruber-designed yawl Peter von Seestermuhe crosses the line in St Lucia in December to win her class in the ARC 2020.

Gruber's extremely elegant yacht design oeuvre culminated in the handsome 88ft Nordwind (she's still going strong) for the Kriegsmarine – the German Navy - in 1939, when she took line honours in the Fastnet Race. In doing so, she toppled the 70ft Hallowe'en's course record which had stood since 1926. And yes, that's the classic Fife-designed-and-built Hallowe'en now owned by an Irish syndicate. At the prizegiving in Plymouth in 1939, Nordwind's German navy crew took everyone's breath away by turning up in their very smart Hugo Boss-designed dress uniforms, adding to the effect with a cascade of Heil Hitler salutes all round as they collected their trophies.

We can only hope that when the likewise under-the-radar RORC Transatlantic Race - currently underway from Lanzarote in the Canaries to Grenada in the Caribbean after being postponed from December – gets to the finish, and then on ashore to the mono-hull line honours winning crew collecting their trophies, that we'll see completely informal air-punching salutes. For it's possible that the first mono-hull across will be that gallant old warhorse, the Irish-Chinese Volvo 70 Green Dragon, a veteran of the 2008-2009 Volvo Round the World Race.

The old dog for the long road – the 2008 Irish Volvo World race entry Green Dragon – seen here at 30 knots – is currently vying for line honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race from the Canaries to Grenada.The old dog for the long road – the 2008 Irish Volvo World race entry Green Dragon – seen here at 30 knots – is currently vying for line honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race from the Canaries to Grenada.

Having graced the seafront at Salthill post-world-race for a while, the somewhat overweight Dragon was eventually sold to Austrian Johannes Schwarz in 2015 "for rather less than her building cost". As a result, the new owner got a bulletproof boat which has since given many people a lot of good sport afloat and much fun ashore.

So although Green Dragon's lead on the water is being challenged by two of the latest French Class 40s which feature the very fast downwind scow hull shape which was successfully pioneered some time ago by Ian Lipinsky in his Mini-transat Proto Griffon, let's hear it for the old Dragon hanging in there to give everyone the vicarious satisfaction of a line honours win.

Meanwhile, the Vendee Globe leading group has closed up off the east coast of Brazil to open up the possible final results, and while they may be talking in terms of a finish within a dozen days, the reality is that they still haven't even re-crossed the Equator yet, and the North Atlantic between there and the finish in the Bay of Biscay can be one very obtuse bit of wind and water as January morphs into February.

A boat transformed. While other America's Cup teams in New Zealand took a Christmas break, Ineos Britannia's technical staff worked night and day to transform the boat into a real contender for this week's resumption of racing.A boat transformed. While other America's Cup teams in New Zealand took a Christmas break, Ineos Britannia's technical staff worked night and day to transform the boat into a real contender for this week's resumption of racing.

For complementary entertainment, the America's Cup in New Zealand has suddenly leapt to life with Ben Ainslie's Ineos Britannia a boat transformed this week into a seeming potential winner. Her technical team had worked all hours on mods since the pre-Christmas series, when she had been usually found in the crabgrass. This new look has resulted in much excitement afloat, but it's as nothing compared to the kerfuffle in the back offices of the bookmakers of Auckland, where they'd been rating Ineos Britannia as the rank outsider in the betting until Friday of this week.

By the time the America's Cup is drawing to its conclusion in March, the pandemic picture will be much clearer, it's possible other events of a more pop-up nature will have emerged, and hopefully, we may be looking at some controlled sailing in May, with the arrival of June seeing a more positive scene afloat.

Thus a short and sweet Lambay Race on June 5th and a long and lovely Dingle Race on June 9th would be a neat combination, as both involve a real homage to the coasts of Ireland. Their basic course concepts are as simple as you can get, and yet as both are essentially coastal events in one jurisdiction, regulations are easily defined and complied with.

Two is better than one. For the D2D, Andrew Hall of Pwllheli has entered both his J/125 Jack Knife (above)……….Two is better than one. For the D2D, Andrew Hall of Pwllheli has entered both his J/125 Jack Knife (above)……….

…… and the internationally successful Lombard 45 Pata Negra …… and the internationally successful Lombard 45 Pata Negra

That said, the list of entries for Dingle as seen here shows there's already an international element, none more so than through Andrew Hall of Pwllheli, who has done a Matt Allen in having two entries – his own J/125 Jack Knife, and the chartered Lombard 45 Pata Negra which has provided several Irish crews with high-grade international success in recent years.

Even as it stands with 18 places still available, it's a formidable list with most of the main Irish sailing centres well represented, and a truly formidable line-up of hotshot boats gearing themselves up to deny Paul O'Higgins JPK 10.80 Rockabill (RIYC) the satisfaction of making it three in a row.

The current benchmark performer – Nieulargo finishing at Roche's Point to win the 2020 Fastnet 450. Photo: Robert BatemanThe current benchmark performer – Nieulargo finishing at Roche's Point to win the 2020 Fastnet 450. Photo: Robert Bateman

For although Rockabill showed she'd lost none of her edge through retaining the admittedly restricted ISORA Championship in 2020, she has yet to race the Murphy family of Kinsale with their all-conquering Grand Soleil Nieulargo in her current very competitive form. Nieulargo was a competitor in the previous D2D in 2019, but the Nieulargo of 2020 and today has upped her game and is a very different machine.

Extra interest is added with a two-handed division in which Cian McCarthy's Sunfast 3300 from Kinsale is already entered, and Dingle interest is stepped up not only with added support at the finish port but also with one of the early entries in the form of Kenneth Cunnane's Dingle-based Swan 46 Mynx.

Cinnamon Girl from Kinsale has entered for the two-Handed Division:

Adam Winkelmann is particularly pleased with the very positive attitude towards the race down in Kerry:

"The ongoing support by Volvo and Billy Naughton Cars underlines the value of the partnership of the event over many years," he says. "The Dingle Skellig Hotel also continue as accommodation partner and long-term sponsor, and we are delighted to work with them again in 2021.

Billy Naughton of Volvo agents Billy Naughton Cars presenting the second overall prize to Patanne Power-Smith of the J/122 Aurelia (RStGYC) at the prizegiving in the Dingle Skellig Hotel after 2019's raceBilly Naughton of Volvo agents Billy Naughton Cars presenting the second overall prize to Aileen Kelleher, a crew member of the J/122 Aurelia (RStGYC) at the prizegiving in the Dingle Skellig Hotel after 2019's race

While we are optimistic for the race itself in terms of on the water activity, we will have to wait and see what the Covid-19 situation allows in terms of on-shore activity around the race at the time. As always, it is the participants and public health that will take priority in terms of gatherings or prizegiving.

We also continue with great support from ISORA and DBSC as on-the-water partners. The timing of the 2021 race is designed to accommodate boats participating in Sovereigns Week (23 – 26 June) in Kinsale, and of course with the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (2-4 July One -Design and 9 -11 July Cruisers)

The Notice of Race is now available to download at www.d2drace.ie and entries can be made online via the website. Accommodation can be reserved directly with the Dingle Skellig Hotel www.dingleskellig.com"

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Day #2 - 7 pm While the current boat is bigger, everyone on the 94ft Windfall knew that the conditions were exceptionally favourable when Mick Cotter’s 78ft Whisper established the 1 day and 48 minutes course record for the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race in 2009.

After a frustrating day’s sailing, it was touch and go whether they would manage to get any better in 2019, but this evening Windfall did it. Only just, admittedly – the word is the gap was about 20 seconds. But after a challenging sail in demanding conditions, that 24 seconds was a pearl beyond price, and tonight’s celebrations will be mighty.

Windfall 3New record set - Windfall crew in celebratory mood Photo: Rachel and Richard Langdon/Ocean Images

Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race 10Skipper Mick Cotter (beige jacket waving) salutes the finish line team after breaking the course record Photo: Dominick Walsh

Dingle Windfall The natural amphitheatre of the Dingle Harbour entrance provides a suitable setting for the drama of Windfall’s record finish. Photo: Brian Farrell

Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race 5sWindfall eases sails for her record finish Photo: Dominick Walsh

Windfall 2Windfall sails into the unmistakable backdrop of County Kerry Photo: Richard and Rachel Langdon/Ocean Images

 Read all the D2D Race News in one handy link here

 

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