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20 Percent Time Penalty for Five Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race Boats That Entered Tuskar Traffic Separation Scheme

11th June 2021
The Sunfast 3600 Searcher skippered by Pete Smyth is one of five boats penalised by the D2D Race Commitee
The Sunfast 3600 Searcher skippered by Pete Smyth is one of five boats penalised by the D2D Race Commitee

Five boats have been penalised in the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race for sailing in the Tuskar Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) which is prohibited in the race rules.

The penalty does not affect the overall winner result but impacts the provisional second place overall, held by the Sunfast 3600 Searcher skippered by Pete Smyth of the host club.

The penalty news comes this evening as the fleet arrives into Dingle Bay at the finish of the 280-mile race that started on Dublin Bay on Wednesday.

In a notice to competitors issued this evening, the National Yacht Club Race Committee said the inclusion had been "brought to the attention of the Committee" who reviewed the race tracks on the YB tracker.

Following the review, the following boats were identified as "having entered the Tuskar TSS and under SI 15.3, a time penalty of 20% was applied to their elapsed times: Artful Dodger, Conquestador, Searcher, Springer, Tsunami"

One of these boats is still at sea racing, and another subsequently retired. 

Revised results have been published on the D2D website here

Competitors can appeal penalty decisions under the Racing Rules of Sailing.

The full notice reads: 

Notice to Competitors:

It has been brought to the notice of the D2D Race Committee that a number of boats may have entered the Tuskar Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) which under SI 9 is an obstruction. Following a review of the race tracks on the YB tracker by the Race Committee, the following boats have been identified as having entered the Tuskar TSS and under SI 15.3, a time penalty of 20% shall be applied to their elapsed times: Artful Dodger, Conquestador, Searcher, Springer, Tsunami.

D2D Race Committee

1725 hrs, 11 June 21.

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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