Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine


County Kerry Golden Globe Racer Pat Lawless Enters Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race

24th April 2023
2023 Golden Globe Race entrant Pat Lawless is one of the latest entries into June's 240-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race
2023 Golden Globe Race entrant Pat Lawless is one of the latest entries into June's 240-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race

Ireland's 2023 Golden Globe Race entrant Pat Lawless is one of the latest entries into June's 240-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race. 

Lawless will compete in IRC 3 in his round-the-world Saltram Saga yacht, Green Rebel.

Regular Afloat readers will recall the County Kerry sailor was forced to retire from the 30,000-mile GGR last November when his wind vane broke, and Lawless came ashore in Capetown, South Africa. The non-stop solo round-the-world race is still ongoing and due to finish this week with less than 900 miles to sail for the two front runners, as Afloat reports here.

Entries for Ireland's top offshore race of 2023 are now at 35, leading organisers to predict a 40-plus entry for the June 7th start from Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

The Irish offshore race is part of London's Royal Ocean Racing Club offshore Championship and as such attracts some international competitors such as the Volvo 70 Wizard and Ron O'Hanley's canting keel Privateer from New York that will race in a 14-boat IRC 1 division along with rumours of a second canting keel entry too.

As Afloat reported earlier, Denis and Annamarie Murphy's successful Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo from Royal Cork Yacht Club will defend its 2021 D2D race title.

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

About The Author Team

Email The Author is Ireland's dedicated marine journalism team.

Have you got a story for our reporters? Email us here.

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven't put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open. is Ireland's only full-time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button

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.