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40 Boat Fleet for Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race Expected as Sailing Instructions are Published for June 9th Start

30th May 2021
Blaoga, a Dufour 45se from Howth Yacht Club, is on of 40 boats racing in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race on June 9th
Blaoga, a Dufour 45se from Howth Yacht Club, is one of 40 boats racing in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race on June 9th Credit: Afloat

Organisers expect a 40-boat fleet for the 14th edition of the biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race in ten day's time. 

The 320-mile offshore race will be a season highlight for the Irish fleet and is organised by the National Yacht Club.

An 11 boat ISORA fleet took the last chance for a D2D warm-up yesterday but conditions were light and flukey over the 50-mile coastal race course from Dublin Bay. 

The Archambault 31 A Plus from the host club is contesting the 2021 D2D RaceThe Archambault 31 'A Plus' from the host club is contesting the 2021 D2D Race Photo: Afloat

Sailing Instructions for the Wednesday, June 9th D2D start at 1355 hours off Dun Laoghaire has been published (downloadable below as a PDF document) and show the course shall be from the starting line in Scotsman’s Bay, East of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, leaving the marks listed hereunder to starboard:

  • (i) Muglins
  • (ii) Wicklow Head
  • (iii) Tuskar Rock
  • (iv) Barrels Light Buoy
  • (v) Bore Rocks Buoy
  • (vi) Coningbeg Light Buoy
  • (vii) Red Bank Buoy
  • (viii) Old Head of Kinsale
  • (ix) Fastnet Rock
  • (x) Mizen Head
  • (xi) Calf Rock
  • (xii) Gull Rock (off Bull Rock) and
  • (xiii) Washerwoman Rock (off Great Skellig)
  • (xiv) Great Skellig and thence to the finishing line off the entrance to Dingle Harbour.

D2D competitors are required to leave the Muglins Rocks to starboard when exiting Dublin Bay on June 9thD2D competitors are required to leave the Muglins Rocks to starboard when exiting Dublin Bay on June 9th

Other race documents are now available from the D2D site here

Afloat will carry a full D2D race preview next Saturday (June 5)  by WM Nixon


Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race Live Tracker 2021

Track the progress of the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race fleet on the live tracker above 

The 14th edition of the 280-mile race organised by the National Yacht Club starts at 2 pm on Wednesday, June 9th on Dublin Bay.

  • Read the full 2021 race preview by WM Nixon here
  • Read all the D2D Race News in one handy link here

WM Nixon will be posting regular race updates and analysis throughout the 2021 race 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.

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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