The VDLR, Ireland's largest regatta, runs from Thursday 9th July to Sunday 12th July and will see an armada of some 450 boats and 3,000 sailors from the UK, Ireland, France and Spain descend on Dublin Bay. Thousands of visitors are also expected to take part in a weekend of free, fun activities, including funfairs and street entertainment. The VDRL will conclude the festivities by playing host to Green Dragon and skipper double Olympic medalist Ian Walker when they are officially welcomed back to Ireland.
From 12 noon on Sunday 12 July festivities will begin at the Band Stand on the East Pier with TV's funnyman Hector O'Heoghagain hosting the event just back from the British and Irish Lions rugby tour of South Africa. In addition there will be entertainment for all the family including street theatre and music by Superfly. At 1300 Green Dragon will enter the harbour accompanied by the RNLI and guns will be fired from the East Pier. Ian Walker will be welcomed onto the band stand at 1330 by by Cathaoirleach Marie Baker.
Festivities will be provided courtesy of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and will continue until 1500.
So come along and show your support for Irish sailing and the Green Dragon Team and join in the festivities on Sunday 12 July.