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Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Yacht Race News from the National YC
Conor Doyle's xP50 Freya from Kinsale is currently the largest entrant for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race on June 9th. She is seen here winning the Kinsale-Monkstown Race in a record two hours, but the course record she challenges in the race to Dingle was set by a 94-footer, Mick Cottter's Windfall in 2019
It's getting to be like a game of skittles in the planned lineup of high-profile 2021 events which everybody - way back in the dark depths of earlier pandemic lockdowns – thought would surely come to pass in the remote…
Getting on a head of steam. Rockabill Vi (Paul O’Higgins, RIYC) starting to find the strengthening fair wind in the early stages of the 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. Already the defending champion after winning in 2017, she held on to her title in Dingle, and was also ISORA Champion and ICRA “Boat of the Year”, while her owner-skipper became 2019 Sailor of the Year
It’s only a week since the listings opened for the National YC’s 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race scheduled for June 9th, and already 15 definite entries have arrived in with such speed that the organising committee - under…
The biggest ever entry in the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race arrives into Dingle Bay to set a new record in the 2019 race
Previous race entrants will be offered an early entry option into June's 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race before entry is opened to others boats to allow up to a maximum of 50 for the 280-miler.  The next edition of the…
Nieulargo is aiming for the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race and Fastnet Race in 2021
Royal Cork Yacht Club 2020 winner Nieulargo will set its sights offshore again in 2021 as the family-based Grand Soleil 40 aims for both of next year's big offshore fixtures on the Irish coast; next June's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race…
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI, the ICRA Boat of the Year for 2019
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay has won the ICRA Boat of the Year Award to round off a stand out 2019 season. Rockabill’s wins in the high scoring ICRA Nationals and…
Rockabill VI skipper Paul O'Higgins
Defending the title with the same boat in the biennial 270-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race is a real challenge at a time when the cruiser-racer fleet is expanding with some very hot new designs. But Paul O’Higgins (Royal…
Part of this year's D2D fleet assembled at the National Yacht Club prior to the race
Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race Chairman Adam Winkelmann has named the date for the next edition of the biennial offshore race as Wednesday 9th, June 2021. The 2021 280-mile race will start, as usual, from the National Yacht Club and Winkelmann says the race…
Co-skipper urgently needed…..Yannick Lemonnier aboard the Mini 6.50 Port of Galway in Dun Laoghaire alongside Liam Burke’s Farr 31 Tribal, also from Galway
So much happened during the brief and hectic Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2019 that the stories emanating from it will run and run for a long time writes W M Nixon. And of course in trying to keep…
Dun Laoghaire Dingle overall winner Paul O'Higgins (right), skipper of the defending champion yacht JPK10.80 Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is presented with the The Volvo D2D Race Trophy by Billy Naughton of Volvo (Billy Naughton Motors) Tralee. Scroll down for photo gallery
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…
Dun Laoghaire Dingle overall winner Paul O'Higgins, skipper of the defending champion yacht JPK10.80 Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Scroll down for photo gallery
As the last of the 42-boat fleet arrived into Dingle marina in County Kerry after racing 270-miles from Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay photographer Dominick Walsh has captured the atmosphere at one of Europe's most westerly marinas. The 2019 Volvo Dun…
An unlikely pairing…..Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 1080 Rockabill VI and Mick Cotter’s Southern Wind 94 Windfall get cleanly and swiftly away together from the start of the 270-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2019 on Wednesday evening. Windfall took line honours while defending champion Rockabill VI was the IRC Overall Winner for the second time. It was a credit to the IRC system that the maxi Windfall was 8th overall on handicap in a varied fleet of 41 boats
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…
Aurelia’s crew celebrate their runner-up slot in the Race Office in Dingle at 4.30 am this morning. Noted crew additions Maurice The Prof O’Connell of North Sails and Peter Ryan of ISORA are in middle of back row, while just visible on extreme right in background is Mark Pettit of current overall leader Rockabill VI
Day #3 - 8am  We concluded last night’s closing roundup of the continuing drama which is the 270-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2019 by noting that for some crews, the race only seemed to become serious once they’d put…
Now how on earth did they do that? Noel Butler helms the J/109 Outrajeous through the light spots after passing the Fastnet Rock while skipper Johnny Murphy ponders his options on how to get back into battle with the Shanahan family, who have just made a swift move to get ahead with sister-ship Ruth.
Day #2 10 pm – The Line Honours winner, the 94ft Windfall (Mick Cotter) may be finished with a new course record established, but for many boats you get the impression that the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race is only…
Mick Cotter on the wheel for Windfall's record breaking D2D finish in Dingle. It takes an impressive number of people to race a 94-footer, and there was jubilation across the board when Windfall crossed the line to pip the Dingle Race course record this evening
Day #2 - 7 pm While the current boat is bigger, everyone on the 94ft Windfall knew that the conditions were exceptionally favourable when Mick Cotter’s 78ft Whisper established the 1 day and 48 minutes course record for the Dun…
Michael Cotter's Windfall closes in on the County Kerry finish line but misses a sub 24-hour time
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…
Forget about the Emerald Isle, this is Forty Shades of Grey. .….The Fastnet Rock as seen from Windfall as she passed at 1000hrs this morning, when she still held some breeze
Day #2 - 2 pm  Mick Cotter’s 94ft Windfall has to average “only” 11.25 knots over the shortest course from Dun Laoghaire to Dingle if she is to break the 24-hour barrier for this classic 270-mile race writes W M…

Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race Information

The biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race is a 320-miles race down to the east coast of Ireland, across the south coast and into Dingle harbour in County Kerry.

The race is organised by the National Yacht Club.

It never fails to offer a full range of weather, wind and tide to the intrepid entrants, ranging from a 32ft cruiser to a 79ft all-out racer.

Three divisions are available to enter: cruiser (boats equipped with furlers), racing (the bulk of the fleet) and also two-handed.

D2D Course change overruled

In 2019, the organisers considered changing the course to allow boats to select routes close to shore by removing the requirement to go outside Islands and Lighthouses en route, but following input from regular participants, the National Yacht Club decided to stick with the tried and tested course route in order to be fair to large and smaller boats and to keep race records intact.

RORC Points Calendar

The 2019 race was the first edition to form part of the Royal Ocean Racing Club “RORC” calendar for the season. This is in addition to the race continuing as part of the ISORA programme. 

D2D Course record time

Mick Cotter’s 78ft Whisper established the 1 day and 48 minutes course record for the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race in 2009 and that time stood until 2019 when Cotter returned to beat his own record but only just, the Dun Laoghaire helmsman crossing the line in Kerry to shave just 20 seconds off his 2009 time.

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Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race 2021

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.

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