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Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Yacht Race News from the National YC
 Click here for VDLR News updates All aboard for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta! Ireland’s largest regatta to attract thousands of sailors and spectators Dublin, 9th July 2009- A vast armada of 450 boats from France, Spain, and the British Isles…
There has been a lot of interest in Afloat's start photos of the 2009 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race. The first batch are here and following requests a second batch are published below the fold. The next issue of Afloat…
Along with the news that the top five finishers in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race all broke the 2005 race record time, stories of the high speed dash down the East coast are also coming ashore! (Photos here) Whisper…
It's not over til the fat lady sings but afloat.ie is happy to stick its neck out and report that Legally Brunette looks strongest to win the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle handicap race following an epic finish in Kerry this…
Michael Cotter's Whisper (photos here) looks set to establish a new course record in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race, and be the first yacht in the history of the race to complete the course in 24 hours, if he…
In winds gusting to 30 knots and big seas the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle fleet led by Michael Cotter's Whisper departed for Dingle on schedule this morning. By noon the leaders in the 37-boat fleet were past Wicklow head and…
It looks like it is going to be a breezy start for tomorrow morning's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race on the East coast and much the same on the West Coast for leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race tomorrow…
Thanks to GPS satellite communication technology it wil be able to follow the progress of the 37 competitors entered in Saturday's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. The race will be on display in the National YC bar throughout the week-end…
A fleet of up to 40 boats including Michael Cotter's 80-footer Whisper will be on the Dun Laoghaire starting line for the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race on Saturday week. As a further innovation to this year's fixture, GPS Trackers…
34 boats – and more to come – will come to the line off Dun Laoghaire for the race to Dingle on June 6th. National YC sailing manager Olivier Prouveur says many of the fleet, drawn from over a dozen…

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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