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Aurelia, 'The Golden One', is One of Three Royal St. George Yachts in the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race

8th June 2021
Royal St. George Yacht Club's Aurelia, skippered by Chris and Patanne Power Smith
Royal St. George Yacht Club's Aurelia, skippered by Chris and Patanne Power Smith

Runner up in the 2019 edition, Royal St. George Yacht Club's Aurelia, skippered by Chris and Patanne Power Smith returns to the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race startline with unfinished business.

This J/122 is a regular top performer in Irish offshore fixtures such as ISORA and Wicklow's Round Ireland Race, where the RStGYC crew posted third overall in the 2018 700-mile race

Aurelia, a name that translates from Latin as 'The Golden One', is the only J122 in the 2021 D2D fleet. 

A keen J Boat exponent, Aurelia is Power Smith's sixth J Boat. The self-taught Dun Laoghaire Harbour skipper has also previously raced a J24 and then through, a J92, J92S, two J109s, Jetstream and the very successfully campaigned Rollercoaster in which we won two Dublin Bay Championships. He spoke previously about his sailing to Afloat here.

Chris Power Smith, skipper of J/122 AureliaChris Power Smith, skipper of J/122 Aurelia

Power Smith returns to the start line for the 14th edition as a front runner, having already clocked up some early season training practice in both of May's ISORA training race days. 

Brendan Coghlan's Sunfast 3600, YoyoBrendan Coghlan's Sunfast 3600, Yoyo

Aurelia is one of three Royal St. George entries into Wednesday's race. 

Brendan Coghlan's Sunfast 3600 Yoyo is one of three of the French types racing to Dingle and Ian Bowring is racing again in his Sigma 33, Springer.

RStGYC Yachts in the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race

  • Aurelia J122, IRL 35950, Skipper: Patanne & Chris Power Smith, Class: IRC Racing, Rating: 1.075
  • Springer Sigma33, OOD IRL 4464, Skipper: Ian Bowring, Class: IRC Racing, Rating: 0.915
  • YOYO Jeanneau Sunfast 3600, 3618 Skipper: Brendan Coghlan, Class: IRC Racing, Rating: 1.036

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

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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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