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#dlregatta – Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta Chairman Tim Goodbody has published the Notice of Race for the 2015 edition of Ireland's biggest sailing event. At this early stage, the following events have been confirmed as part of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2015: 

• Royal Dee Irish Sea Offshore Challenge

• J109 Irish National

• RS Elite Irish National

• Beneteau First 21 Irish

• Wayfarer Irish National

• GP 14 Leinster Championship

• J24 Leinster Championship

In the notice of race published in time for November's weekend cruiser conferene in Galway, Goodbody confirms he is following the 'well proven format' of four days of racing commencing on the afternoon of Thursday 9th, and finishing Sunday afternoon 12th July.

The organising committee have taken on board the valuable feed-back from our 2013 regatta and are working hard to ensure an even more successful event for 2015.

The regatta is already in a position announce the continuing sponsorship of Title Sponsors Volvo Car Ireland and Spirit Motor Group, along with many "Premium" sponsors. 

Feeder races have been organised from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the West coast of England, with free berthing for the duration of the regatta.


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#vdlr –The Royal Ocean Racing Club's rating office in London has given a ringing endorsement of the dual scoring system employed at Irish regattas and reports of its findings when it visited Ireland's biggest regatta in July. The four clubs in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay jointly hosted the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta for a large fleet including around 120 IRC boats. Emma Smith and Jenny Howells attended the event on behalf of the RORC Rating Office and were able to provide on-site IRC assistance to the organisers, meet owners and crews, and watch some of the racing on the water. It was also interesting to see dual-scoring with ECHO (the Irish national handicap system) in action.

ECHO is a progressive handicapping system, so the ECHO TCC changes after every race to reflect actual performance; this system allows everyone to race together but ensures that the keen racers don't win under both systems. For instance, at this event, the IRC class 2 and overall IRC winner "Checkmate XV" saw her ECHO TCC increase from 1.012 to 1.121 over six races, leaving her 7th overall in ECHO 2. There are clear advantages to club racing of dual scoring between Spinlock IRC and a national or local handicap system which you can read about on the RORC Rating website.


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#VDLR2013 – Home grown success is being toasted in Dun Laoghaire this evening following the conclusion of Ireland's biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta on Dublin Bay.

In spite of an influx of over 120 visiting boats, key trophies are staying in the waterfront clubs after this afternoon's prizegiving at the Royal Irish Yacht Club brought the curtain down on the 2013 event.  VDLR prizegiving photos here

The Royal St. George YC had success in seven classes, Royal Irish sailors won six, including IRC classes 1 and 3, and the National YC won four one design divisions. Howth picked up two wins in IRC non–spinnaker divisions.

Trophies were awarded in each of the 25 competing classes plus several premier awards.

The top overall prize, for the Volvo Trophy, went to the Class II IRC winner Checkmate XV, a 1985 vintage half tonner that has been extensively refitted. 

The Nigel Biggs skippered entry from the Royal St. George Yacht Club, sailed by a group of friends, won all five race in its 26-baot fleet.

In a successful season so far for this Rob Humphrey's design, Biggs now adds the Volvo crown to the national title taken last month in County Kerry.

The 1985–built Humphrey's design has been extensively refitted and optimised for the IRC rule under the guidance of Wicklow based yacht designer Mark Mills.

The boat has been extensively campaigned already this season taking in regattas in Monaco and Marseiiles, before heading to Fenit for the ICRA Nationals in early June.

The Checkmate crew line up includes Pete Eevans, George Rice, Jimmy Houston, Robbie Sargent, Matt Byham, all of whom have either Commodore's Cup or Admiral's Cup experience. The average age on board Checkmate is 43.

The next regatta for the boat is the Half Ton Cup in Bologne.

The biennial regatta is being hailed an enormous success both afloat and ashore. A combined fleet of 393 boats raced over eight courses in a range of light to medium conditions since racing began last Thursday.


Regular Scottish visitor Steven Cowie's Zephyr competing in Class 0 Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

In the J109 class, John Maybury's Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club won this morning's final race to overhaul Pat Kelly's Storm and win Volvo honours and the Irish title too by a single point, a fitting climax to one of the toughest fleets in the competition.

Another Royal Irish boat, Bon Exemple, the Xp33 skippered by Colin Byrne, was the winner of IRC one and also received the top IRC boat prize in the regatta. Second in IRC one was Scotland's Now or never 3 with Byrne's club mate Paul O'Higgin's Rockabill V third. Rockabill briefly held the lead after the penultimate day but his O'Higgins' double win was shortlived after a protest for a port and starboard incident in Saturday's first race dropped the Corby 33 down the rankings.

Jean Mitton's Levana from the Royal St. George has been awarded best one design performance of the competition following her win in the 17–boat Beneteau 31.7 fleet, a results that bodes well for next month's national championships on the same race track.

Scottish boats took the honours in IRC Zero with Steven Cowie's Beneteau 40, Zephyr from Royal Gourock beaten overall by Jamie McGarry's Beneteau First 40.7 Grand Cru 2 from Clyde Cruising club. Dun Laoghaire regatta regular, McGarry also picks up the prize for best visiting boat.

In IRC 3, Barry Cunningham's optimised Quarter tonner Quest from the Royal Irish YC broke the stranglehold of six J24s to win the 25-boat fleet, possibly the most competitive class three fleet to date with the J24s tuned for next month's world championships in Howth. 


Award winning photographer Alan Betson captured the action for the front of the Irish Times Sports Supplement on Saturday, adding to the strong media coverage for the event. A post regatta feature is due to be broadcast tomorrow morning on RTE1's Morning Ireland radio show.

In the experimental IRC coastal division Arklow Sailing Club's Aquelina (James Tyrrell) was declared the winner in the inaugural 15-boat fleet. Read WM Nixon's account of the first race in this series in his Saturday Sailing Blog: Muglin's Challenge Caper

With five wins in nine races Ian Mathews and Chris Russell of the National YC were clear winners in the Flying fifteen one designs. Michael O'Connor of the Royal St. George won the SB20s and club mates Derek Jago and John O'Rahilly won the Squibs.


Funk Phenomena, sailed by Gavin Doyle and Dave Sweeney, competing in the Fireball Class. Photo: David Maher/ Sportsfile


 The Mermaid class at VDLR. Photo: David Maher/ Sportsfile

After ten races sailed in the Fireball dinghy class, Bryan Byrne and Steven Campion were two points clear of Conor and James Clancy to win the Volvo prize.

In addition to the 260 local boats that competed in the regatta, 120 came from yachts clubs outside Dublin Bay, Northern Ireland and right across the British Isles, which, organisers say, means a significant boost to the local economy.

The next Dun Laoghaire regatta will be held mid–July 2015.

A breakdown of overall results is below


IRC CLASS 0 1. Grand Cru II (J McGarry) 2. Zephyr (S Cowie) 3. Dark Angel (A Ackland)
IRC CLASS 1 Bon Exemple (X Yachts GB) 2. Now or Never 3 (N Sandford) 3. Rockabill V (P O'Higgins)
IRC CLASS 2 1. Checkmate XV (N Biggs) 2. Scenario Encore (S&J Fitton) 3. Tribal (L Burke)
IRC CLASS 3 1. Quest (Cunningham & Skerritt) 2. Kilcullen Euro Car Parks (Howth YC K25 Team) 3. Nyah (S Hyde)
J109 1. Joker II (J Maybury) 2. Storm II (P Kelly) 3. Jalapeno (Barrington/ Burke/ Phillips)
SIGMA 33 1. White Mischief (T Goodbody) 2. Leaky Roof (A Harper/ E&K Robertson) 3. Rupert (R&P Lovegrove)
BENETEAU 31.7 1. Levana (J Mitton) 2. Prospect (C Johnston) 3. Levante (M Leahy/ J Power)
IRC Coastal 1. Aquelina (S&J Tyrell) 2. Wow (G Sisk) 3. Mermaid IV (S Fitzpatrick)
NON-SPINNAKER 1 1. Bite the Bullet ( C Bermingham) 2. White Lotus (P Tully) 3. Orna (P Dilworth)
NON- SPINNAKER 2 1. Demelza (S Ennis) 2. Vespucci (S&K O'Regan) 3. Nauti-Gal (J&J Crawford)
Ruffian 23 1. Diane 2 (A Claffey/ C Helme) 2. Ruff Nuff (D Mitchell) 3. Bandit (Kirwan/ Cullen/ Brown)
Shipman 1. Curaglas (J Masterson) 2. Gusto (C Heath/ G Mills) 3. Whiterock (H Robinson)
SB20 1. Should Be? (M O'Connor) 2. BomChickaWahWah (J O' Driscoll) 3. Seriously Bonkers 3 (M Cuppage/ P Lee)
RS ELITE 1. Storm (J Gunning/ S Polly/ D Kelso) 2. Momentary Laps... (J Patterson) 3. Toucan (G&M Vaughan)
BENETEAU FIRST 21 1. Chinook (A Bradley/ P Morgan) 2. Yikes (J Conway) 3. Carna (S Spence)
DRAGON 1. Phantom (P Bowring/ D Williams) 2. Jaguar (M Byrne) 3. Diva (R&R Johnson/ R Goodbody)
Flying Fifteen 1. The Gruffalo (I Matthews) 2. Melliffluence (B Mulligan) 3. The Big Bow Wow (N Meagher/ N Matthews)
GLEN 1. Glenluce (R&D O'Connor) 2. Glendun (B Denham) 3. Glenariff (A Lee)
HOWTH 17 1. Isobel (B&C Turvey) 2. Oona (P Courtney) 3. Pauline (S O' Doherty/ E Ryan)
Fireball 1. Let's Get Messy (B Byrne) 2. Tipsey McStagger (C&J Clancy) 3. Goodness Gracious (L McKenna/ F Rowan)
IDRA 14 1. Starfish (A Carr/ D Kilroy) 2. Delos ii (P O'Neill) 3. Slipstream (J Ascoop/ H Keenan)
MERMAID 1. Tiller Girl (J O'Rourke) 2. Jill (P Smith/ P Mangan) 3. Endeavour (R Bannon)
SQUIB 1. Why not (D Jago) 2. Iola (F Whelan) 3. Perfection (J Fleming)
WATER WAG 1. Mollie (C MacAleavey) 2. Swift (G Kilroy) 3. Pansy (V Delaney)
Sail Fleet J80 Bay Challenge 1. More Mischief (E Doyle) 2. Katie (T Dunne/ F Fahy/ C McGuinness/ D Grace) 3. Xerxes (D O'Neill)
PY 1. IRL 171 426 (F Devlin) 2. IRL Return of the Milky Bar Kid (H Sheehy) 3. UG (R O'Leary)

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#vdlr2013 – To mark today's opening of the country's biggest sailing regatta, the Irish Times Newspaper has published the full entry list of 393 competing boats on page 25 of this morning's edition. Dublin becomes the heart of Irish Sea yachting today with a bumper fifth edition of Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta (VDLR) and a combined fleet of 25 racing classes.

What's even more satisfying for organiser Adam Winkelmann is 120 entries are made up of visiting boats. It's a huge achievement for the capital's waters given Scotland's version of Dun Laoghaire week, the Scottish Series, organised by the Clyde Cruising Club in May, struggled with only 80 entries.

The piece features a colour photograph of a spinnaker duel between top Dublin Bay Sigma 33s from last Saturday's Dublin Bay Sailing Club race in which Tim Goodbody's White Mischief from the Royal Irish YC has a narrow lead over Ronnie Moloney's Moonshine of the Royal St. George YC. Both boats are in action again this afternoon in a 12-boat Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta fleet.

All they need now in this current warm spell is wind, and although this morning Dublin Bay remains a glassy calm, we are reliably informed a 'gentle sea breeze' will get the fleet away at 3pm today. 

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#dlregatta – Liverpool Yacht Club and Royal Dee Yacht Club will race offshore to Howth on July 5 for The Lyver Trophy race that forms part of the overall ISORA series. The race that attracted a strong Irish entry two years ago is a British feeder race for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on July 11-14.

An Entry form and Notice of Race for the Lyver trophy 2013 is available to download below.


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There is a new helmsman at the wheel of Dun Laoghaire regatta next season and after taking soundings from local Dublin Bay classes, new event boss Adam Winkelmann is expecting in excess of 500 boats, despite the hard times. 'We all need to enjoy ourselves from time to time' Winkelmann, 'and that, as always, will be the focus of the regatta in July next year – great racing and good fun ashore'.

A number of classes have already committed to run open championships within the regatta including the Wayfarer UK and Irish Nationals, the J109 Open Championship, the SB3 Open Championship and a return match of the Irish Sea Championship in J80s between Ireland and Wales. The race management team headed up by Con Murphy, aided by the usual ocean of wonderful volunteers, are working to facilitate this to ensure the kind of quality race management and organisation that will ensure the success of these championships.

The non-spinnaker fleet was the largest fleet in the Regatta in 2009 and is expected again to top the numbers and provide great racing for large boats with a smaller crew.

The regatta combines the wonderful waterfront facilities of all 4 Dun Laoghaire clubs and includes support from other clubs in the Dublin area including Howth. There will be a full on entertainment programme for all participants and many more with the continued support of many of the sponsors of 2009 which included Volvo Cars, Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, The Royal Marine Hotel, Helly Hansen, Dubarry and many more.

One of the highlights of the regatta are the Ladies Lunches which will again be held across a number of the clubs on the Saturday. Top Fashion, great food, a dash of style accompanies by the glass of champagne are the order of the day. All these at a very reasonable price reflecting the realities of today's tightened purse strings.

There will be more announcements in the coming weeks.

For more information visit or event secretary Ciara Dowling at [email protected]

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