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VDLR 2017 Boat of the Week is won by Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The J109 skipper, John Maybury, is joined onstage by all other trophy winners
Volvo Regatta
Ireland’s biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, came to a gentle close this afternoon after an exciting four days of racing in Dublin Bay with over 475 boats and almost 2,500 sailors competing. A light sea breeze of…
Paddy Gregory's Flashback took the Offshore lead at Dun Laoghaire Regatta this afternoon
Volvo Regatta
A sea breeze brought changes to the leader board in several classes in the penultimate day of Ireland's biggest sailing regatta, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay today. One contender for tomorrow's (Sunday) top prize of the 'Volvo…
Class One competitors jostle for position at the favoured pin end of today's coastal race of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Volvo Regatta
As Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 reaches its halfway stage, overall leaderboards are shaping up across 35 racing classes. The so far light wind seventh edition of Ireland's biggest sailing event has produced some impressive performances on the water where…
The photo that says a thousand words. Periwinkle and Myfanwy approach Dun Laoghaire harbour towards the finish of the first race on the Kingstown 200 series. To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Kingstown Harbour, this year’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 includes a significant fleet of Classic and Traditional vessels, racing for the Kingstown 200 Trophy. And the fleet is varied in the extreme.  Towards the end of their first race on Thursday - which concluded with an in-harbour finish close off the National YC where the classics are berthed - the leader on the water as expected was the superbly-restored Dublin Bay 24 Periwinkle (David Espey & Chris Craig), an Alfred Mylne design of late 1930s vintage.  But the final leg to the harbour mouth was a long reach in a pleasant sou’easter from the middle of Dublin Bay, and the Welsh visitor Myfanwy, a 36ft cutter designed by Alexander Richardson of Liverpool in 1897 (he also designed John Jameson’s legendary Irex in 1884) was going like a train. Owner Rob Mason recently restored her himself from virtual dereliction. He has given her a fine suit of sails to match her generous spread of canvas, and with a keen crew, Myfanwy was very much a contender, though Periwinkle did stave her off at the very end.  However, it has given us what could well be the photo that symbolises the Kingstown 200 within Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 200. The splendid granite East Pier now looks as though it is a natural part of the environment – you could well imagine it in place when Dublin Bay itself was formed. The crisp, clean and generously-sized tricolour flying proudly tells us there has been a change of management, but one that increasingly respects all that we have inherited from the past. And coming in past the pierhead are two handsome yachts which speak eloquently of our rich sailing history and heritage, as the Dublin Bay 24s were a major and very successful class in the bay from 1947 to 2004, while Myfanwy is a direct link back to a period when John Jameson of Dublin Bay with his mighty Irex was the most successful yacht owner of his era. Photo: David O’Brien/Afloat.ie
W M Nixon
The difference between an un-sailable calm and a light breeze which is just good enough to provide decent racing is enormous when you’re trying to get a very large regatta off to a successful start. So although the fleet racing…
Not hangin' around – The SB20 Sea Biscuit (Marty Cuppage) is racing for Southern Championship honours as part of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Volvo Regatta
It was business as usual for John Maybury's J109 Joker II in this afternoon's opening races of the 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The triple class one ICRA national champion has moved to the top of the leaderboard in Ireland's…
An Bord Pleanála reopens application to examine marine environment issues. Above: Cruiseship Mein Schiff 4 at almost 100,000 gross tonnage at anchorage off Dun Laoghaire Harbour during a call in 2015.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - Plans for large scale cruise ships to be accommodated in Dun Laoghaire Harbour are back on the agenda after Bord Pleanála relisted the application on Wednesday writes The Irish Times. The original planning application to accommodate cruise ships…
ICRA Commodore and leading WIORA member Simon McGibney (left) with President of Irish Sailing Jack Roy at Cill Ronan in the Aran Islands today for the opening of WIORA Week 2017
ISA
The President of Irish Sailing, Jack Roy, is on a busy schedule at the moment. Today he is in Cill Ronan in the Aran Islands for the opening ceremony and first day of racing in the West of Ireland Offshore…
Check out the Spring Tides Video below
Volvo Regatta
With light to moderate breezes anticipated for much of this year’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 which starts tomorrow afternoon, savvy sailors will be cognisant that the Full Moon, which occurs early in the morning of Sunday July 9th, will…
A Cruisers One start during the 2015 Regatta. 290 races will be held in VDLR 2017 starting on July 6
Volvo Regatta
With its focus on quality over quantity, next week's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has grown over 12 years into one of Ireland’s premiere sporting events, let alone sailing – and is now competing with the best in Europe. If you…
The Hunter Sonata 7 Asterix (Boushel/Meredith/Counihan) was a DBSC class three winner
DBSC
B21S - 1. ISOLDE (B MULKEEN & J MARTIN), 2. VENTUNO (R FOGARTY), 3. YIKES (P CARROLL) COMBINED CRUISERS TUESDAY - 1. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 2. Jalapeno (P Barrington et al), 3. Elandra (J Conway) CRUISERS 3…
Prospect (Chris Johnston) was third in today's DBSC race on Dublin Bay
DBSC
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 17 JUNE 2017 BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 2. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 3. Thirty Something (Kavanagh\Gaffney\Lubliner) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 2. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson),…
Star Pride arrives in Dun Laoghaire Harbour accompanied by The Dublin Port Tug Beaufort on her port bow
Cruise Liners
A Dublin Port Pilot boat and a Tug accompanied Star Pride, a 208–passenger cruise liner into her berth at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning. The 133m Star Pride, launched in 1988, is one of three German built cruise ships, that…
Swimming is prohibited at Dollymount (above) and Sandymount pending the results of water quality tests
Coastal Notes
#Pollution - The beaches at Dollymount and Sandymount on Dublin Bay have been closed to swimmers after a sewage spill in the Liffey caused by heavy rain on Thursday (8 June). According to BreakingNews.ie, swimming is banned at both of…
Volunteers Required For Watersports Inclusion Games
Dublin Bay
#Sailability - Volunteers are required for the Watersports Inclusion Games at the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire on 24-25 June. The free event celebrates sailing, rowing and canoeing activities for people of all abilities from the physical, sensory,…
Free guided walking tours of Dun Laoghaire Harbour (East Pier above) are part of the DLR Spring Heritage programme.
Dublin Bay
#HarbourTours – Following the recent visit of President Michael D Higgins to launch the Dun Laoghaire Bicentenary Celebrations, guided walking tours of the harbour continue to mid-June.  The free guided walking tours will delve into the magnificent engineering of the…
The Russian re-creation of a 1703 warship of Peter the Great, the Shtandard under sail off Dun Laoghaire and heading for Dublin Port Riverfest
Tall Ships
Tall Ships sailed under gentle south-west winds up the River Liffey and into Dublin Port at lunchtime having spent the night at anchor on the South side of Dublin Bay off Sandycove. The Tall Ships are in port and open…

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