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VDLR in numbers

8th July 2009

ImageWe all know at this stage that the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta's 450 boats will be crammed into one venue, but what about the bigger numbers for the event? Like the 9109 results calculated, or the kilometres of chain that will be hauled every day by marklayers?

The event's race office is the hub of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta, controlling racing across seven courses for the 24 fleets. All told, over the four days' racing, they will have 9109 individual results to tally if all races are sailed, which will then be divvied up to award 118 prizes on Sunday.


Between now and then, marklayers will haul a minimum of 5565 metres of warp and chain up and down from their RIBS - and that's the scenario if each course has a dream day, with one drop and solid breeze - the reality is more like five or six times that as courses change. 55 marks are spread across the seven courses, in an average depth of 15 metres of water.

As well as the 450 competing boats, 11 RIBS and 30 committee boats will be afloat.

As for the stats counted at the bar - those are entirely up to you.

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