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June 2019's edition of the Volvo D2D was a step-up for the event in so many ways and had a number of significant firsts writes Race Chairman Adam Winkelmann. 

Windfall - the biggest yacht to ever compete set a new record time. It was also the biggest fleet ever at 43. The race also had the largest number of finishers ever at 41 and the lowest number of retired yachts (2).

The youngest skipper Tom Shanahan at 19 years of age brought J109 Ruth home in fourth place overall with the first all amateur crew thereby winning the Dingle Peninsula Produce Hamper.

And in further youth sailing participation in the race, 17-year-old Diarmuid Desmond from Dingle Sailing Club sailed on Windfall and the County Kerry sailor was rewarded with a record time into his home port. 

It was also the first time that the race was sailed on the RORC offshore calendar.

When Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) crossed the finish line it was the first time a yacht has retained the overall win in the Volvo D2D race.

AureliaRace Chairman Adam Winkelmann addresses competitors at a packed prizegiving

The sponsors did their part too. The most beer drunk in an 11 hour period at the event race office in Dingle - 6 barrels of Dick Macs Pale Ale. Every participating boat received a bottle of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin at the prizegiving. The biggest prize giving function ever with 220 people attending in the Dingle Skellig Hotel. A Bretzel Bakery chocolate brownie on every table at the prize giving party.

Aurelia A packed prizegiving of more than 220 at the Dingle Skellig Hotel

My sincere thanks to all the volunteers from the National Yacht Club who made the event a massive success in 2019 - most notably Con Murphy (PRO), Cathy MacAleavy, Suzie Barry and Grainne Ryan. We also had wonderful media support from the Afloat team of David O’ Brien and Winkie Nixon aided by Miriam Ferriter of The Dingle Skellig Hotel and Photographer Dominick Walsh in Dingle.

The 2021 Race will start from the National Yacht Club on Wednesday 9th June 2021. This will be a limited entry event. Previous entrants will be offered early entry options and then the entry will be opened to others to allow up to a maximum of 50 yachts.

Special Recognition Awards in the Volvo D2D Race

1 Diarmuid Desmond – Dingle Sailing Club - Crewed on Windfall

2 Dave Morley – NYC – Start Mark Layer

3 Grainne Ryan – NYC – Trackers and Results

4 Suzie Barry - NYC – Start and Finish Race Office

5 Cathy Mac Aleavy – NYC – Superwoman!

6 Peter O’ Regan – Dingle Marina Superintendant

7 Niamh Kennedy – Dingle Sailing Club Sailing Manager

8 Olivier Prouveur – NYC Sailing Manager

9 Ian Meldon – NYC – Mac Lir Skipper for committee boat

10 Oonagh Deegan – NYC Assistant Manager

11 Tim Greenwood – NYC Start Committee Boar

12 Sandra Moore – NYC – Race Office 

Photos by Dominick Walsh

AureliaMichael Cotter receives the Seamus Gallagher Memorial Trophy - presented by Conor O Regan - Vice Commodore of the National Yacht Club

Aurelia Con Murphy and Adam Winkelmann with Sheila O’Connor and Miriam Ferriter from the Dingle Skellig Hotel

AureliaAurelia - Chris and Patanne Power Smith RStGYC receive the 2nd Place Overall from Bill Naughton of Volvo Tralee

AureliaTom Shanahan NYC receives the Dingle Peninsula Producers Hamper for 4th Place Overall and First All Amateur Crew - presented by Conor O Regan - Vice Commodore of the NYC

AureliaSuzie Barry - daughter of race co-founder Brien Barry, receives her volunteer award from Adam Winkelmann

Aurelia Cathy Mac Aleavy receives her volunteer award from Adam WinkelmannAurelia Niamh Kennedy of Dingle Sailing Club receives her award from Adam Winkelmann

AureliaCathy MacAleavy - Irelands first female sailing Olympian - presents the Mixed Crew 2nd Place Trophy to Windfall (RIYC / RStGYC) crew members Emma James and Laurie ReadAurelia Jackknife - Andrew Hall of Pwhlleli Sailing Club - receive the Alice Celebration Trophy for 1st Place in the mixed crewAureliaPaul Moxon of Amokura from Falmouth receives the 2nd place prize in the Cruising Class from Cathy MacAleavy

AureliaDavid Bolger of Lady Rowena RStGYC receives the Sam and Emma Trophy for 1st Place in Cruising Class - presented by Cathy MacAleavy

AureliaJoe Conway of Sigma 33 Elandra RIYC wins the Halidon Trophy for 1st place in boats under 33 feet

AureliaJoe Conway of Sigma 33 Elandra RIYC receives his prize for 5th Place in IRC 2 from Sheila O Connor of the Dingle Skellig Hotel

AureliaBlackjack skipper Peter Coad of Howth Yacht Club receives 3rd place in IRC2 from Sheila O Connor of Dingle Skellig Hotel

Aurelia2nd Place in IRC 2 is presented by Sheila O Connor of Dingle Skellig Hotel to Finbarr O Regan of Artful Dodger Kinsale Yacht Club

Aurelia Winner of the Dingle Skellig Trophy for 1st place in IRC2 to Rupert Barry of Red Alert, Greystones Sailing Club - presented by Sheila O’Connor

AureliaJackknife of Pwhlleli SC receive 5th place overall - presented by Billy Naughton of Volvo Tralee

AureliaTom Shanahan skipper of Ruth - National Yacht Club - receives 4th place overall - presented by Billy Naughton of Volvo Tralee

AureliaJohn O’Gorman skipper of Hot Cookie - National Yacht Club - receives 3rd place overall - presented by Billy Naughton of Volvo Tralee

AureliaHammer - aka - John Veale receives the record-setting champagne for Windfall from Conor O’ Regan - vice commodore of NYC

Aurelia The crew of Samatom of Howth Yacht Club - comfortable in pink - provided crowd control support to Adam Winkelmann during the prizegiving Aurelia The wonderful Dolphin trophies donated by former winner Liam Shanahan Snr to the event. The Shanahan family have had 3 generations of skipper in the D2D RaceAurelia Yannik Lemonnier receives the Mini 6.50 trophy from Cath MacAleavy

Download a full list of 2019 D2D prizewinners below plus a full set of results below

Read WM Nixon's race review here and all the D2D race news in one handy link here 

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The final stage of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, the 15 miles from Skellig Michael to the finish line on the north shore of Dingle Bay at the ampitheatre-like entrance to Dingle Harbour, may seem like an easy jaunt after what the fleet has been experiencing on the more exposed parts of the course writes W M Nixon.

But for contenders in the 2019 race, it provided a final extra test of stamina and determination, for many of them were sailing it in the dark. And with the forecast rain which was supposed to envelop Kerry tending to go to Clare and Galway, there was a distinct backing of the northerly wind and a chance to race at extra speed through the night to the finish, and pick up a place or two on the way if only the spark was still there to be harnessed.

Three top boats did this with conspicuous style. After Mick Cotter’s 94ft Windfall had taken line honours and established a new course record, the race was on to see which of the more normally-sized boats might get second on the water, and for almost the entire race the betting was in favour of Andrew Hall’s last-minute entry from Wales, the very slippy J/125 Jackknife.

jackknife from ahead2The J/125 Jackknife is a flying machine, but she’s also a distinctly skinny boat of minimal onboard comforts. Photo: O’Brien
But the J/125 is a very minimalist boat in terms of creature comforts, and a second night at sea in what had been a tough and very cold north wind-dominated race would have been making harsh demands on her crew.

Yet aboard Conor Doyle’s Xp50 Freya, a boat of substance and comfort, they could take it in their stride, and with talents aboard like Kenneth Rumball, the attractive big Freya seemed to be going better with every mile sailed.

freya sailing3Speed and comfort – Conor Doyle’s Xp 50 Freya had a storming night-time finish in the Dingle Race to take second in line honours. Photo: O’Brien

All the way up the beat from Mizen head to the Skellig, they were closing what had at one time been a 12-mile gap behind Jackknife. They were still astern making the final turn, and for the eased sheets passage to the finish, it might have been assumed that Jackknife would be back in charge.

Not a bit of it. Freya remorselessly wore down her lead as they raced through the night, and when they crossed the line at 02:09 in the small hours of Friday morning, Freya was four minutes ahead.

The overall winner Rockabill had meanwhile been sailing an exemplary race. In the long run down the east coast, they made good straight line progress under spinnaker while other boats went hither and yon tacking to lee. The guys on Rockabill know their boat, they knew that once the breeze had freshened again after its hiccup at the start this was the way for the best basic speed, and consequently they kept themselves in the frame while conserving energy.

Rockabill spinnaker4Energy conservation……Rockabill under standard masthead spinnaker getting maximum speed for minimum hassle. Photo: O’Brien

All along the south coast Rockabill was always there or thereabouts, and sometimes in first place on IRC, but her crew knew that if the forecast brisk breezes from ahead were experienced off the southwestern seaboard, they’d be in their element with energy to burn.

And they’d a private race going with the higher-rated J/122 Aurelia. Aurelia may have led round the Skellig, but Rockabill was hounding her, and in the romp up the bay, she rolled over the J boat and got in four minutes ahead of her to correct into an overall lead which was soon unbeatable by any boat still out racing.

rockabill finished4aRockabill’s winning crew brighten the Dingle darkness, with Mark Pettit on left (almost smiling), and owner/skipper Paul O’Higgins fourth from right. Photo: Dominick Walsh

aurelia start5 Aurelia at the start – she was to place second overall on IRC. Photo: O’Brien

Next in after Aurelia were the Martin brothers in the First 44.7 Lively Lady – they’ve been having the race of their lives, and while Lively Lady may have moved down to tenth on corrected time, it has been a remarkable sail they’ll remember for a long time.

Close behind Lively Lady as the new day hinted was one of the most interesting duels of all. Former Olympian Mark Mansfield was on the strength of John O’Gorman’s Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie (NYC), and the big Corkman found reserves of speed and stamina in the Cookie crew that they didn’t know they possessed.

hot cookie6The Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie (John O’Gorman) with the unmistakable presence of Mark Mansfield at the stern. Photo: O’Brien

Thus in the beat up to the Skellig, they were snapping at the heels of Conor Fogerty’s very new Figaro 3 Raw – an ironic state of affairs, as Fogerty’s previous all-conquering boat Bam had been a Hot Cookie sister-ship.

Once the turn had been made and sheets freed, you’d have expected the foiling Raw to be gone. No way. Big Mark and his shipmates sailed like men possessed, and they beat Raw to the finish by precisely one minute.

raw start7Conor Fogerty’s new Figaro 3 Raw was 8th to finish, and placed 18th on corrected time. Photo O’Brien

Throughout this diverse fleet, there’ll have been local duels like this going on at every part of the course. But it was a grand-standing finale that three of these duels at the very top level were fought with such tenacity right into the final furlong and through the line.

Managing the energy levels is a very significant part of offshore racing. It’s all very well having all hands on deck to squeeze every ounce of performance out of the boat when the crowds are still there to watch at the start, but in cold wet weather with headwinds towards the end, the need for a fresh watch to be available is paramount.

D2D tracks8 The tracks on the 270 mile course tell it all. Off the East Coast, the Mini 6.50s tacked to lee right out into the middle of the Channel, logging more than 300 miles, while on the south coast Windfall went well offshore in search of reported stronger winds and logged 299 miles. But two boats – overall winner Rockabill VI and early leader Outrajeous –managed to get to Dingle on just 277 miles

Thus Rockabill’s race has been a textbook performance in energy conservation. And it shows most vividly in the actual distance she sailed. It was a minimal 277 miles. Only one other boat – the J/109 Outrajeous skippered by Johnny Murphy to an eventual 6th overall after leading the J/109s all the way to the Fastnet – managed to get to Dingle on only 277 miles.

However, we shouldn’t let total economy of distance sailed dominate our thinking too much, there are many other factors involved. The reality is that the J/109 leader at the finish, the Shanahan family’s Ruth skipppered by 19-year-old Tom Shanahan who overtook Outrajeous with such a flourish at the Fastnet, did the course in 279 miles to place fourth overall and first in the Corninthian Division, a great achievement for such a young skipper.

Outrajeous D2D race start9 The J/109 Outrajeous was one of only two boats which managed to get to Dingle logging only 277 miles. Photo: O’Brien

Some really piled it on. For instance Windfall, in trying to find fresher northerlies offshore as she led the reach along the south coast, curved her course so much she was looking at 299 miles by the finish.

And the gallant little Mini 6.50 Port of Galway, which Dan Mill and Yannick Lemonnier were tacking to lee with such enthusiasm during all the run down the east coast that at times they were sometimes nearly in the middle of the Channel, well, when they finished at lunchtime yesterday 7 miles ahead of Louis Mulloy in Blackshell Farm, they were showing 305 miles logged.

Yannick Mini 650 4541The Mini 6.50 Port of Galway (seen here at the start of the 2018 Round Ireland Race) managed to log 305 miles racing to Dingle. Photo: O’Brien

Yet vigorous tacking to lee is the best way to get optimum VMG out of a Mini 6.50. But a Steady Eddy JPK 1080 like Rockabill VI under a traditional masthead spinnaker can hold the straight line, and still be giving of her best. It all depends on wind strength, of course, but it meant that when the energy was really needed in the final 50 miles of the race, Rockabill still had it by the bucket-load.

They were fresh as daisies at the finish, for success brings its own adrenalin, but there were some very tired and cold sailors finally getting into avail of Dingle’s warm hospitality. As for tonight’s mega prizegiving at the Dingle Skellig Hotel, there are so many divisions and categories and so many special awards that it seems likely there’ll be more or less something for everyone in the audience.

Red alertllRupert Barry’s JOD Red Alert from Greystones was winner of IRC 2. Photo: O’Brien
Thus although the fully-crewed hotshot boats and the big record-breaker inevitably have been receiving all the attention, we mustn’t forget that there were two IRC Classes, and Rupert Barry’s JOD 35 Red Alert from Greystones won IRC 2, while placing 14th overall, and there was also a keenly-contested two-handed division which was won Colm Buckley and Simon Knowles from Howth with the J/109 Indian, which they sailed to such good effect that they also took 12th overall in the 41-strong open division.

Indian D2D race start12Simon Knowles and Colm Buckley with the J/109 Indian (HYC) have won the Two-Handed Division, and placed 14th overall. Photo: O’Brien

In among the two-handers was the only wooden classic in the race, Paul Moxon’s 1939-built 50ft Amokura. Unfortunately after looking very stylish at the start, she suffered upper spreader damage further down the line, and at the time of writing is carefully plodding towards the finish under reefed main and storm jib, but the hope is she’ll make it to Dingle in time for the party.

amokura spinnaker13The classic 50ft yawl Amokura (Paul Moxon) was doing very well despite being Two-Handed, but she has been slowed by rigging damage. Photo: O’Brien

Either way, there’ll still be more Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race veterans around Dingle tonight than at any time in the race’s 26-year history. Such a gathering will make for a story in itself. Adam Winkelmann and Con Murphy and their many voluntary helpers have pulled off a real success, and deserve every congratulation.

Windfall finishing14Big boat in the big country – Windfall finishes the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race in a new record time. Photo: Richard & Rachel Langdon/Ocean Images

 Read all the D2D Race News in one handy link here and download overall results pdf below

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Day #2 - 6 pm Mick Cotter’s gallant tilt at getting the 270-mile Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race time through the 24-hour barrier by finishing before 6.0pm has been frustrated by a very few miles writes W M Nixon

Earlier today, it was a localised calm which stopped his big boat, the 94ft Windfall, at Mizen Head for just long enough to make it touch-and-go whether or not the record was still possible. Then the weaving northerly breezes of Kerry in Dingle Bay kept them hard on the wind all the way towards the finish, and as the Angelus bell sounded in Dingle town, Windfall still had seven miles to sail, even if she was making 10 knots and better.

That said, she was being headed, and now the challenge is to beat the 24 hrs and 48 minutes record set by the same skipper in the 78ft Whisper in 2009. But at least the big boat will soon be finished, and with a real-time for others to aim at. During the course of the race, fortunes have waxed and waned so much that at one stage Windfall was both ahead on the water and on corrected time. Which, when you remember that she’s nearly twice as long as the next biggest boats in the fleet, the Xp 50 Freya (Conor Doyle) and the classic 50ft yawl Amokura (Pau Moxon), was quite something as she carries a ferocious handicap rating.

Cruelly, the smaller craft – with Andrew Hall’s J/125 Jackknife still leading the pack – are now down in the same Mizen Head region which was Windfall’s undoing, but they’ve a reasonable sailing breeze and Jackknife is showing 7.1 knots, while next in line Freya is even better at 8.5, and seemingly going better relative to her competitors with every mile sailed.

The overall IRC lead is now back in Jackknife’s hands, but Paul O’Higgins’ defending champion Rockabill VI is lying second and always ready to pounce as they head into what looks like a difficult evening and night of racing, as the mainly northerly wind changes in response to the next lot of inclement weather heading in from the Atlantic.

As ever, the J/109s are on hand ready to pounce, and Johnny Murphy skippering Outrajeous is back in third overall, but right up there with him is a new presence among the front-runnners, the Shanahan family in sister-ship Ruth, overall winner in 2015 and now placed 4th ahead of Hot Cookie and Aurelia – for the moment, it seems, Mono is leading The Prof……..

Read all the D2D Race News in one handy link here

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Johnny Treanor and the crew of his Grand Soleil 34 Justina from the National Yacht Club have retired from the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race. The crew are safe and heading to Kilmore Quay in County Wexford having suffered 'a total loss of steering' just after passing the Tuskar Rock last night. 

As Treanor reported to the D2D race office this morning: "we had an all standing gybe with the kite up. We lost the kite sheets and had to blow the kite to get the boat back under control. The Rosslare Lifeboat stood by until we repaired and checked the function of the steering. We are now headed for Kilmore Quay under our own steam. ETA 08.30"  

"The Rosslare lifeboat stood by until Justina repaired and checked the function of the steering"

Fortunately, as Treanor says, "no one went overboard in the gybe and no one got hurt in the subsequent chaos, so all's well that ends well".

Read all the D2D Race News in one handy link here 

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Although there are less than 10 boats officially entered at this early stage this number belies a strong mix of new racing designs in the wings for June's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race that is expected to attract a fleet of over 40. 

Headlining these entries is the defending champion Paul O'Higgins in the JPK10.80 Rockabill VI but as David O'Brien reveals in today's Irish Times Sailing Column, O'Higgin's clubmate Andrew Algeo is also entered with the brand new J99, Juggerknot 2.

In other big news for the 13th edition of the race, Michael Cotter will race to Dingle in his 94-foot Carbon Maxi Windfall, a yacht that has already won class honours in the Maxi Two division of the Les Voiles de St-Barth 2018 Regatta.

According to race organiser Adam Winkelmann, top ISORA contenders are also likely to be in the hunt with J109s Ruth (a former winner) and Mojito from Wales expected to contest the 300-miler. Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia is also in the mix as is the new Grand Soleil 34 Justina and George Sisk's new XP44 Wow! 

Read more in today's Irish Times Sailing Column here.

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The interest and resulting entry for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle D2D Race has exceeded all our expectations, writes race organiser Adam Winkelmann.

We now have 39 confirmed entries and expect to have close to 45 boats on the start line on Wednesday June 14th. Janet Grosvenor from RORC will be here to observe the start on June 14th and race management procedures with a view to our ambition to be a RORC endorsed race in 2019. I think with these numbers we are on a good path to that. There is no doubt that the resurgence in ISORA has been a significant factor in the growth and composition of the racing class. By adding RORC in the future we can expect other boats to enter to qualify their crew for the Fastnet Race later in the same year.

We have had a very positive reaction from sailors to our revised schedule of a Wednesday evening start and a Prizegiving Party in Benners Hotel in Dingle on Saturday June 17th. We have included a time limit of 18.00hrs on Saturday in the Sailing Instructions to ensure that we can proceed with prizes later that evening. This facilitates the sailors crew planning for a return to Sovereigns Cup or to work on Monday! We will be giving each boat a crate of Crean’s Beer on arrival in Dingle. Many boats have also booked accommodation with our long term partner the Dingle Skelligs Hotel and no doubt much of the post race analysis will take place in the bar there.

We are looking forward greatly to the start from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on June 14th at 19.00hrs (starting area in Scotsmans Bay) and encourage as many as want to come out either on the pier or in boats to wave the fleet off on its journey. Yellow Brick tracking of the race will be available so families and supporters can follow the race from start to finish. If the crews bring the trackers to the pub with them as happened last time you will even be able to locate them there!

UPDATE: Comment From Sgrech skipper Stephen Tudor:

Sgrech is committed to the 'D2D' classic offshore race and will be on the starting line on June 14th.
The race provides offshore challenges at 270 miles but also some of the most spectacular scenery from the start in Dublin Bay, southwards down the banks along the east coast of Ireland, Tuskar Rock Light with her South Hen and Chickens. Along the south coast to Fastnet and onwards into the Atlantic.
The next corner the Bull, The Cow and The Calf - spectacular and it does look like a bull.
Next the Great Skellig - truly magnificent but watch out for the Washerwoman Rock - she is vicious!
Then north east to Dingle, the welcome from Fungie the resident dolphin.
Then there is Dingle - a fantastic destination and the high street pubs worth a visit before a party and a gentle cruise home! - Classic join us.

ISORA Chairman Peter Ryan adds: After the Round Ireland Race, it is one of the best offshore races in these waters. After the race, nothing matches the craic in Dingle.

Class divisions breakdown as follows: 

11 Cruiser Class
3 Mini 650 Class
5 2 Handed Class
19 Racing Class

39 D2D entries to date are below: 


DuFour 425



AJ Wanderlust

Jeanneau 45.2 Sun Odyssey

IOM 8931 R




IRL 1507



J Boats




Bruce Roberts

IRL 756



Granada 38




SIgma 33

IRL 4536




IRL 6695


Fulmar Fever

Westerly Fulmar

FR 14



Mini 650 Dingo 1

FR 699


Golden Fleece

Sigma 41



Harriet Marwood

Farrow & Chambers,   Collins 40 Tandem Keel







IOS Desert Star


irl 1397




IRL 8088




IRL 3660


Lady Rowena




Lively Lady

Beneteau First 44.7




Two Ton Dubois

IRL 7077



Shepherd design built by Jack Terrell in 1937

GBR 644R








IRL 1177



Discovery 55



Pipedreamer VI

Dufour 40

GBR 2271L


Platinum Blonde

Beneteau 35 First

IRL 3516


Port of Galway Black

Mini 6.50/ Proto



Port of Galway Green

Mini Transat 6.5 Proto



Prima Luce

Beneteau First 35

IRL 3504


Rockabill VI

JPK 10.80IRL

IRL 10800




IRL 1383



Spirit 54

IRL 1974


Spirit of Jacana





Sigma 400




Nicholson 32

IRL 1530


Wakey Wakey




White Tiger

Beneteau First 44.7




Sunfast 37




Austral Yachts




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