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J109 Mojito is Early Leader in Dun Laoghaire to Dingle. Race Start Photos Here!

7th June 2013
Delicate light air trimming on board Mojito this evening. To weather are Antix and Aquelina. Scroll down for race start photos from Michael Chester
J109 Mojito is Early Leader in Dun Laoghaire to Dingle. Race Start Photos Here!

#D2D – Third out of Dublin bay, ISORA commodore Peter Ryan and ISORA champion Stephen Tudor on board Peter Dunlop's J109 Mojito are the early IRC leaders an hour into the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race this evening.  See D2D race tracker here.

Scroll down for race start photos by Michael Chester. 

As forecasted, it was slow progress after the start at 4pm. Some of the 22–boat fleet were still negotiating Dalkey Sound, hugging the Dublin coast to avoid the worst of the last of an adverse tide at 5pm.

Spinnakers barely filled as back markers sailed perilously close to the Bulloch harbour shore while on the water leaders Antix, Aquelina and Mojio enjoyed a few knots more from the north easterly breeze on port gybe in Killiney Bay.  

The fleet was reduced by one with the withdrawal of the double-handed Blackjack but a very late entry 'Desert Star' of the Irish Offshore Sailing School based in Dun Laoghaire has taken her place.

By 6pm those still in Dalkey Sound elected to anchor such was the strength of the north going tide pushing them backwards not forwards on their 320-mile voyage.

Follow the progress of the fleet on the live D2D race tracker here and this handy link to all Afloat's D2D race coverage. We're using #d2d on race tweets.

Check back regularly for D2D race updates on

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Anthony and Peter O'Leary ready for the off in Scotsman's Bay this afternoon. Photo: Michael Chester.

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 Just 320 miles to go! The fleet leave Dublin Bay bound for Dingle on the D2D race. Photo: Michael Chester.  

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 Discover Ireland, the defending D2D champions, in race mode. Photo: Michael Chester. 

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