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Afloat's Predictions Spot On For Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race

14th June 2015
Afloat's Predictions Spot On For Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race

#d2d – In previewing the National Yacht Club's 280-mile Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race here on Friday morning,'s W M Nixon predicted that the best racing would be among the six J/109s, and that the smart money would be on the Shanahan family's Ruth.

Ruth has just finished first of the J/109s at 1945 hrs, and this puts her clear first overall on the leaderboard too. But in case anyone thinks this is counting chickens before they're hatched with most of the fleet being still at sea and racing, Ruth's success is cushioned by her Welsh-based sister ship Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox, Pwllheli SC) lying second overall just a couple of miles astern.

In fact, J Boats are definitely in the ascendant, as it looks very much as though the already-finished J/122 Aurelia (Chris and Patanne Power Smith, Royal St George YC) will continue to hold on to third place overall on IRC. But right now, the laurels are very much for Ruth and her determined family crew. Liam Shanahan and his team effectively match-raced neck-and-neck with Mojito all the way from the start in Dublin Bay on Friday night until noon today, when they finally opened out a lead as both boats got themselves clear of the calm patch which had been slowing the boats off Bantry Bay.

Getting past Dursey Head, Ruth finally managed to create a gap of two miles which they have diligently maintained ever since. And unlike the first finishers in early afternoon, who found the final couple of miles to Dingle frustrating with winds drawing locally from the southeast, Ruth has carried the afternoon and evening's northerly breeze all the way to the finish line and a triumphant conclusion to a great race.

Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race Live Tracker 2023

Track the progress of the 2023 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race fleet on the live tracker above and the leaderboard below

Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race Live Leaderboard 2023 

The 16th edition of the 280-mile race organised by the National Yacht Club starts at 2 pm on Wednesday, June 7th, on Dublin Bay.

  • Read the full 2023 race preview by WM Nixon here
  • Read all the D2D Race News in one handy link here
  • Listen to Lorna Siggins's interview with Race Chairman Adam Winkelmann on Afloat's Wavelengths here

WM Nixon will be posting regular race updates and analysis throughout the 2023 race here Team

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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.