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D2D - Sunday 3:30am - Ruth takes lead from Antix

14th June 2015
D2D - Sunday 3:30am -  Ruth takes lead from Antix

#D2D Race – While Anthony O’Leary and his Antix crew may have home ground advantage in the waters of West Cork in the last stages of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race, the weather gods aren’t playing a supporting role as the veering and lightening breeze turns westward and then northwestward as the leaders rounded the Fastnet in the early hours of Sunday.

The Shanahan family's J109 Ruth took over the lead from Antix shortly after 3am and the likellihood is that other lower rated boats will push the early leaders down the pecking order. J109 Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox), JPK 9.60 Alchimiste (Mike Murphy) and DB1 Red Rhum (Jonathan Nicholson) are all making better speed than both Antix and Lee Overlay Partners (Adrian Lee).  Less than half-an-hour of corrected time separates 2nd to 6th and the forecast suggests that these boats will retain the breeze for a while longer than Antix, but that they will suffer the same fate along the Kerry coast leading to a corrected time battle among the smaller yachts.  In this case look to Alchimiste and Red Rhum to be the strongest challengers.

  1. In the two handed division, Blue Eyes (Colm Buckley & Simon Knowles) have strengthened their lead, while Kerry’s own Amazing Grace (Brian O’Sullivan and Frances Clifford) have taken over the lead from Lady Rowena (David Bolger) in the Cruiser division.

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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.