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D2D report – 1700 BST, Saturday June 11th. After 6 hours the fleet is spread along the coast from Mizen Head to Wicklow Head with the leaders some 35 miles from the Tuskar, battling a north-going flood tide writes our Offshore Correspondent. Most of the fleet has closed the shore to try and duck out of the main stream. The decision as to when to make a move to the east as the ebb builds could prove crucial as the yachts struggle to establish an advantage. Arklow boat Aquelina may have an edge here from their local knowledge, but are trailing leader Galway Harbour and previous winner Legally Brunette, although there is not much between them on the water.
Top rated boat, Pride of Dalkey Fuji, is not living up to her billing and may find that going offshore early was not the best move. Current predictions put Galway Harbour as the handicap leader from Raging Bull and Aquelina, but its early doors yet and there is not much physical separation between the boats.
With building southeasterly forecast for Sunday, an early rounding of the Tuskar and eased sheets may provide further separation between the on the water leaders and the smaller lower handicap boats, who look likely to suffer from the backing breeze.

News from onboard Raging Bull from Brian Carlin:

Location: The Arklow Banks Time: 14:20

About 4 miles south of the Mulligans, the wind turned around to the east, it got very light for an hour and then it began to strengthen from the south east.. We had the kite up for quite a while but changed back to the head sail.. The Class 40 started to make some ground on us, but Lynx Racing the Reflex 38 still has the lead closely followed by Legally Brunette. We are approx 3 miles behind them, starting to hike hard now... It's getting bloody cold too...

On the bright side, Emma and Tracey had the shop open down below, but no chocolate been handed up to me yet as I type this with my cold fingers..

We passed Wicklow head with lots of tide against us, but we squeezed through.. We watch the Class 40 run a ground briefly, as we passed the sand bank to the south east of the headland, they got her off fairly quickly and are 200 meters behind us now.

Wind direction is slowly moving from it's south east direction further south. At this moment we are not making the next headland.

Time to sign off for now.

Published in Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Starting at 1000 this morning, the ebb tide will make up for the light winds forecast for the early part of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race writes our Offshore Correspondent. However, it looks likely that anchoring will play a role once the flood sets in and there may be some close work inshore to escape the worst of the tide. It looks unlikely that any of the fleet will make the Tuskar before the next ebb which may well carry the whole fleet around the first waypoint and into the building headwinds.

This should advantage the smaller boats of the fleet initially, but could help the larger boats to get further along the south coast before the westerly sets in around midnight Sunday.

Alan McGettigan's Pride of Dalkey- Fuji should show a clean pair of heels to the fleet, but she will always be fighting the handicap and a slow start will not suit.

Expect to see quite a battle between 2009 winner Cathal Drohan's X41, Legally Brunette, the Tyrell J122 Aquelina and the relatively unknown Steve Kershaw's Fortuna Redux, the South African built Fast 42.  ISORA class leading form has already been shown by Richard Tudor's Sgrech and Vincent Farrell's Tsunami, while Matt Davis' Sigma 400 Raging Bull is a recent winner.

While the handicap suggests that Pride of Dalkey-Fuji  should take line honours, the current forecast suggest the overall winner will come from the lower rated boats.

Its going to be an interesting few days.

 

Published in Dun Laoghaire Dingle

Dun Laoghaire Harbour hopes to create 1000 new jobs according to the new Consultation Harbour Masterplan, on public display this Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 6pm at the Terminal building in the harbour. Mr Leo Varadkar, T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport visited the Harbour Board today to view the Masterplan model and the plans.

The Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Yacht Club's Submission to the Harbour Masterplan is Here.

"The Masterplan will position Dun Laoghaire Harbour as a marine, leisure and tourism destination of international calibre", says Gerry Dunne, Chief Executive Officer, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Board. "We need to spend an average of €5m a year on maintaining and developing the Harbour infrastructure. The Masterplan will involve investment of more than €230m, over the next 10-15 years and will result in 1000 sustainable jobs in areas such as tourism, marine service companies, select retail, and food and beverage."

Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport said "I welcome the master-planning initiative being taken by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. This is in line with international best practice and with measures to improve integrated transport planning more generally. I know there is very keen local interest in the future development of the harbour and I would encourage all the local stakeholders to participate positively in the process.

"In addition to being a successful commercial ferry port, this harbour is also the State's largest marine leisure amenity, an important maritime heritage site, and host to what is reputed to be the nation's most popular walk. The masterplan will help the company to successfully manage these multiple roles the future.

"I am particularly interested in making the most of the harbour's potential, both as a tourist attraction in its own right and as an attractive gateway for tourists to enter the country."

Major highlights of the Masterplan will be an International Diaspora Centre on the Carlisle Pier, which is expected to attract over 1 million visitors per year.  There will be other major commercial attractions, appropriate residential development and a new cruise berthing facility to enable Dublin Bay to welcome the Next Generation Cruise Ships to Dun Laoghaire.

There will be many improvements for the public and the many Voluntary Groups who use the amenities of the harbour, including a huge increase in public access to the waterfront, new slipways for the general public to use, and a new public marina.  The Masterplan is also making a specific commitment to enable Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Bay to host major International Sailing Events every year.

The Consultation Masterplan shows the Harbour Company's current thinking and asks people again for their views.  It takes into account all the ideas received by post and through the www.dlharbour.ie/masterplan website, the survey of people walking the East Pier as well as the meetings held over the last six months with different stakeholders who live and run businesses in the area.

"Dun Laoghaire harbour is one of the most beautiful man-made harbours in the world.  We want it to be recognised internationally as an exciting waterfront, marine and tourist destination – one which elegantly integrates the local town with a historic 200 year old harbour and offers a striking combination of modern amenities mixed with a traditional marine ambience in a Dublin Bay setting," says Dunne.

Published in Dublin Bay

Dun Laoghaire's new Harbour master is Captain Frank Allen, according to an announcement by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company this morning.

Captain Allen replaces Captain Simon Coate who is retiring.

A native of Cork, Captain Allen has spent all his working life in shipping. His first management role was as General Manager of Dundlak shipowners from 1986 to 1997. He was then appointed Ships captain for Carrisbrooke Shipping in the UK and subsequently worked as Operations Manager for Swansea Cork Ferries from 199 to 2003 before joining Dundalk Port as Harbour Master.

The Harbour Company is about to launch a Masterplan for the 200 year old harbour., the country's largest sailing and boating centre.

Published in Dublin Bay
With four weeks to go around 3,000 sailors are expected to start the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (July 7th – 10th) organised by the four waterfront yacht clubs on the Southside of Dublin Bay. Entries are being received steadily in all 25 classes for the fourth edition of the regatta.

Already 380 boats have signed up for the regatta which will be the biggest sailing event in Ireland in 2011. The competing sailors are drawn from Dublin Bay yacht clubs as well as from across Ireland with added participation from English, Welsh, Scottish, Isle of Man, French, Spanish, German and Danish yacht clubs.

For many of the boats in the cruising classes, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2011 will be the culmination of hard training and participation first at the ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven (17th – 19th June) and then the Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale (22nd – 25th June.) When the first starting guns are fired in Dun Laoghaire on the afternoon of Thursday 7th July, the fleet form should be clearer based on the results from the earlier regattas.

However star contenders that lined up for prizes at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2009 are already in contention for prizes in 2011.

IRC Class Zero has attracted ten entries and will feature boats such as Aquelina, a J122 Arklow Sailing Club, Dopplebock, German-entry Dopplebock from Nordduscher Regatta Verein, a new J111 that is the latest 'WoW' from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire and Cork's Jump Juice from the RCYC; all are expected to feature in the top results. Organisers are also expecting entries from Allan Hogg's, Argie Bargie from Royal Western Yacht Club, Kilrush, Co Clare and Vincent's Farrell's, Tsunami, from the National Yacht Club.

IRC Class 1 has already attracted 22 entries and will feature Afloat's Sailor of the Year 2010 Anthony O Leary with Antix Beag (RCYC), a modified 1720 which in the right conditions is unbeatable. Paul O'Higgins's Rockabill V (NYC/ RIYC) was IRC 1 champion at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2009 is also a key contender. Organisers say Rockabill is an extremely well crewed boat and could be in contention for the overall event prize.

IRC Class 2 has already attracted 24 entries and the star contender is David Cullen's King One, a half tonner from Howth Yacht Club which although a classic boat is very well sailed. Red Rhum, Jonathan and Christopher Nicholson's Dehler DB1 from the Royal St George Yacht Club which won on ECHO at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2009 is also in this class.

IRC Class 3 also has a strong entry with 33 entries so far and Flor O'Driscoll's Hard on Port (RStGYC) was the only boat in 2009 which achieved race wins across the regatta and is obviously the star contender in this class.

The non spinnaker classes (White Sail 1 and White Sail 2) which demonstrate the true spirit of sailing, have already attracted 25 entries, especially from visiting entries.

Philip Dillworth's Orna, a Grand Soleil 40 from the National Yacht Club which will sail in Non Spinnaker class 1 is a wonderfully consistent boat that wins everything. Other boats to watch out for in this class are Persistance from the RIYC which won on ECHO in White Sail 1 class at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2009 and Katanca from RIYC and MacMagic from HYC who both achieved line honors two years ago.

So far 12 J109's are registered to race at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2011 and John Hall's 'Something Else' from NYC is widely regarded as the boat to beat in that class. Other 'one design' classes will include the Beneteau 31.7s, the Sigma 33s, the Ruffian 23s and the Shipman 28s.

The dinghy classes will include Laser SB3s sportboats. Squibs, Mermaids, Dragons, Flying Fifteens, Fireballs and Lasers single-handed.

Ben Duncan and Brian Moran's SB3, Sharkbait from Howth YC is already sitting at top of its class. But another a key competitor in that class will be Annalise Murphy who is currently ranked 9th in the world by the ISAF (International Sailing Federation), is a 2012 Olympic sailing campaigner and has kindly taken on the role of 2011 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta ambassador. Annalise will be sailing the SB3, Bluebird. In the Dragon class, a former Olympic boat, Martin Byrne is currently the national champion on Jaguar, so is the boat to beat in that class.

The classic boat classes will include Glens, Howth 17s, IDRA 14s, Water Wags, Wayfarers and Etchells and may be consolidated into a single race area, depending on the turn out. The UK and Irish national championships for the Wayfarer class will also take place during the event, with 40 to 50 boats expected in this fleet alone.

Organisers are also trying to build a relationship with the kite boarding class, which may become an ISAF Olympic class by 2016. The Regatta will have a prize for a kite boarding event in Sutton, and will have a kite boarding demonstration on one of the regatta days.

In addition to the overall winners and runners up, special trophies will be awarded for Best IRC, Best One Design/ Keelboat, Best Dinghy/ Small Keelboat, Best Visiting Boat and the Irish Open White Sail Champion.

Behind the scenes, there'll be more than 300 volunteers making sure that the event runs smoothly and organisers say they will process more than 6,000 sets of results (including handicap combinations) over the four days.

The regatta will take over the entire waterfront at Dún Laoghaire for the event, using the four yacht clubs and benefiting from Dublin Bay Sailing Club's expertise and equipment.


Published in Volvo Regatta

With less than a week to the start of the the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 29 boats are entered for the 320-mile classic. 2009 race winner Legally Brunette is entered and there will be a two boat two handed match race. The final race entry list is below.

Name of Boat Sail No. Model IRC TCC Sub DivisionName
SpindriftIRL 1503HR34White CruiserDavid Kelly
DinahIRL 3508JOD 35White1.016Two HandedBarry Hurley
Powder MonkeyIRL 28892J109White1.028RacingChris Moore
Lula BelleIRL 3607Beneteau 36.7White1.019RacingLiam Coyne
OrnaIRL 532Grand Soleil 40CBlue1.043RacingPhilip Dilworth
AquelinaIRL 1281J122White1.088RacingSheila/James Tyrrell
Ocean BlueIRL 1352Pacific Seacraft 40Cream0.936CruiserFrancis Cassidy
Raging BullIRL 9666Sigma 400White RacingMatthew Davis
Emir HerrIRL 1118Beneteau 47.3Blue1.037CruiserLiam Shanahan
Something ElseIRL 29213J109Blue1.028RacingJohn Hall
Premier CruIRL 1152Beneteau 50Blue CruiserAlan Jackson
LisadorIRL 1295Dehler 36White0.959RacingHenry Hogg
JediIRL 8088J109White1.029RacingAndrew Sarratt
Galway HarbourGBR 7386RReflex 38White1.057RacingMartin Breen
Betty BoopIRL 285Puppeteer 330SBlue/White0.911RacingJohn Alvey
Tom Crean BreweryGBR 2750SJ320Light Blue1.008RacingYannick Lemonnier
MojitoGBR 1536LBavaria 39White0.988CruiserPeter Dunlop
Fortuna ReduxGBR 2568LFast 42White RacingSteve Kershaw
YahtzeeIRL 1068Beneteau 411White0.983CruiserRichard Mossop
English MickGBR 4771RBeneteau 47.7Blue RacingCarol Payne
RebellionIRL 6001Nicholson 58Blue1.059CruiserJohn Hughes
TsunamiIRL 4007Beneteau 40.7Grey1.061RacingVincent Farrell
Sailing West IntuitionGBR 9383RReflex 38Blue1.057RacingPaul Adamson
SgrechGBR 9319RJ109White1.021RacingStephen Tudor
Pride of Dalkey-FujiGBR 38Class 40Green1.251RacingAlan McGettigan
SunsariIRL 3201Sunfast 32iWhite0.945Two HandedTom Salter
Legally BrunetteIRL 4053X41White1.122RacingCathal P Doran
PersistanceGBR 8237TSigma 38White/Navy0.985CruiserJerry Collins
Saxon SenatorIRL 1447X37Blue1.039RacingWanfred/Eric Watermam
Published in Dun Laoghaire Dingle

A combination of an impossibly tight deadline, the high cost of entry and an appalling vista for sailing sponsorship in Ireland this season has halted any chance of an Irish entry into the La Solitaire du Figaro race when it sails in to Dun Laoghaire harbour on August 10th.

Competitive race entry costs ranged from anywhere between €60-250,000.

As late as February National Yacht Club organisers were touting the possibilities of two Dublin entries in to the race. It was a scenario that would have added extra spice for an Irish audience during the Figaro's only foreign stopover at the Irish east coast port.

A 71 boat fleet is expected to stay in Dun Laoghaire for four days and the National Yacht Club is staging a special festival around it.

Latest La Solitaire du Figaro news here

 

Published in Figaro
Dun Laoghaire will play host to two new and exciting events this coming August.
The first annual Dublin Bay Taste & Music Fest takes place at the Peoples' Park from 26-28 August.
Pitched as a 'back to basics' celebration of Ireland's culinary heritage, the weekend will feature a 'boulevard' of chefs doing live demonstrations using the finest of local ingredients - as well as guest chefs from San Francisco providing the best of US west coast cooking.
Earlier in the month, on 1 August the inaugural DLR Bay 10k road race kicks off near Dun Laoghaire DART station.
The runners will follow a route that takes in Seapoint, Monkstown, Sallynogging, Glenageary, Sandcove and Glasthule.
For more details visit www.dlrbay10k.ie.

Dun Laoghaire will play host to two new and exciting events this coming August.

The first annual Dublin Bay Taste & Music Fest takes place at the Peoples' Park from 26-28 August.

Pitched as a 'back to basics' celebration of Ireland's culinary heritage, the weekend will feature a 'boulevard' of chefs doing live demonstrations using the finest of local ingredients - as well as guest chefs from San Francisco providing the best of US west coast cooking.

Earlier in the month, on 1 August the inaugural DLR Bay 10k road race kicks off near Dun Laoghaire DART station.

The runners will follow a route that takes in Seapoint, Monkstown, Sallynoggin, Glenageary, Sandycove and Glasthule.

For more details visit www.dlrbay10k.ie.

Published in Dublin Bay
New plans for the Dun Laoghaire Baths are due to be displayed shortly in County Hall.
Proposals for the project, which is estimated to cost up to €21 million, include the retention and refurbishment of the existing baths pavilion to provide access to swimming and a paddling pool for children.
Also planned is a new structure behind the pavilion with toilet and changing facilities, storage lockers, and a café and restaurant.
Facilities for thalassotherapy (sea water therapy) are also being mooted, as is a proposal to cover the DART line to provide a new forecourt to the People's Park.
For more information visit www.dlrcoco.ie.

New plans for the Dun Laoghaire Baths are due to be displayed shortly in County Hall.

Proposals for the project, which is estimated to cost up to €21 million, include the retention and refurbishment of the existing baths pavilion to provide access to swimming and a paddling pool for children.

Also planned is a new structure behind the pavilion with toilet and changing facilities, storage lockers, and a café and restaurant. 

Facilities for thalassotherapy (sea water therapy) are also being mooted, as is a proposal to cover the DART line to provide a new forecourt to the People's Park.

For more information visit www.dlrcoco.ie.

Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat is set to appoint Mark McGibney as Coxwain with effect from 1 June. Eamon O'Leary will become second Coxwain from the same date.

A well-known Dublin Bay and racing sailor, McGibney is the sailing manager of the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dun Laoghaire's waterfront.

The Dun Laoghaire station is among the busiest in the Irish division.  A Trent-class all-weather lifeboat (ALB) 'Anna Livia' and smaller D-Class inshore lifeboat (ILB) are based in the harbour with a crew-panel of 28 local men and women supported by shore-crew and fund-raising volunteers.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats
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