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First Leg to the Tuskar Rock will be Key in 2021 Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race

9th June 2021
Bigger boats in the 38-boat Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race fleet such as Conor Doyle's Freya (above) from Kinsale are expected to make Wicklow Head this afternoon before the tide changes to put them in a strong position for overall honours
Bigger boats in the 38-boat Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race fleet such as Conor Doyle's Freya (above) from Kinsale are expected to make Wicklow Head this afternoon before the tide changes to put them in a strong position for overall honours Credit: Bob Bateman

Weather forecast models are now showing a quick Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, according to some of the top race navigators and tacticians in the 280-miler this morning. 

As Afloat reported earlier, there will be a beat to Tuskar on Ireland's southeast corner after this afternoon's start at 2 pm. 

There is a consensus that bigger boats in the 38-boat fleet are expected to make Wicklow Head before the tide changes.

It is likely the smaller boats won't and will have to beat around Wicklow Head then beat down close to the coast against the tide for the next six hours inside banks, then out to the Tuskar, according to Mark Mansfield, a sailing pro from Quantum Sails on board John O'Gorman's Sunfast 3600, Hot Cookie for the race. 

Wind forecasts are showing SSW after Tuskar Rock which will allow boats to fetch on port along the coast in medium winds, with maybe a short tack.

The bigger boats are expected to round the Fastnet Rock off County Cork about 8 or 9 pm. It will then be a fast reach on the last leg to Dingle with the first boats expected very early on Friday morning, maybe about 2 am or 3 am.

Some weather models are now showing it getting lighter through later Friday morning. 

All in all, there is agreement on the morning of departure that the first leg to the Tuskar will be the key period.

Those skippers that drive the boat hard with most crew on the rail for long periods will do well, according to one skipper.

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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