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Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Yacht Race News from the National YC
The Murphy family's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo is leading the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race on corrected time
Day #1 8 pm: The weather has settled down to a warm and sunny summer's evening as the fleet in the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race turn to windward close inshore between Wicklow Head and Arklow, theoretically with ample time…
Freya picked up a kitesurfer in distress off Wicklow
Day #1 7 pm The largest yacht in the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race has temporarily suspended racing this evening to rescue a kitesurfer off the off Wicklow Coast. The 14th edition of the 280-mile offshore fixture started at 2 pm today off Dun…
Retired - The First 40 Prima Forte had halyard problems shortly after the start of the D2D Race
Day #1 4 pm: The first retiral from the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race is the First 40 Prima Forte that has retired into Killiney Bay just two hours after the start. The 14th edition of the 280-mile offshore fixture started…
Defending champion Rockabill VI makes a perfectly timed pin end start to the 2021 Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race
Day #1 (Start Time) 2 pm: They say in One-Design Racing that the boat which has made the best start is the one that is in a commanding position five minutes after the off. But in a distance race like the…
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
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…
If the wind is as predicted, the need to get the tide right comes into sharper focus as the yachts head down the Irish Sea to the first turning mark, the Tuskar Rock lighthouse (above), which guards the southeast corner of Ireland
"Time and tide will wait for no man, saith the adage. But all men have to wait for time and tide." Charles Dickens As Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race day dawns, the skippers and navigators check the forecast for the umpteenth…
D2D 2021 - (from left) Adam Winkelmann, Chairman of  the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, Councillor Una Power, the Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Tim Ryan Harbour Dun Laoghaire Harbour Operations Manager and Martin McCarthy Commodore of the National Yacht Club
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Cathaoirleach Councillor Una Power visited the National Yacht Club tonight on the eve of the 2021 Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race to wish competitors fair winds for Wednesday's 280-mile race. The biennial D2D Race – now in its 14th…
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…
Paul O'Higgins will defend his D2D crown in the JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI
As well as the defending champion, Dun Laoghaire's Royal Irish Yacht Club will have three other yachts in Wednesday's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. The 14th edition of the 280-mile offshore fixture starts at 2 pm off Dun Laoghaire Harbour and is…
Scroll down for the LIVE 2021 D2D Yellowbrick race tracker
Track the progress of the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race fleet below here on the live tracker when the race starts at 2 pm on Wednesday, June 9th from Dublin Bay. Read the full 2021 race preview by…
The IMX 38 eXcession, under the triple ownership of John Harrington, Ruan O'Tiarnaigh and Jonathan Mullholland
The National Yacht Club's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race which starts on Wednesday, 9th June should go some way this season to compensating two Belfast Lough boats for the cancellation of the Bangor Town Regatta. The IMX 38 eXcession, under…
The general consensus seems to indicate that the 38-boat fleet will encounter 10 to 20-knot southerly backing southwesterly winds over the first 48 hours
"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future". Yogi Berra. Long-range forecasts from numerous sites are being pored over avidly by crews competing in this year's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race commencing next Wednesday, June 9th at 1400. The general…
The National Yacht Club's Under 30 section are involved in a number of Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race campaigns. Will Byrne is racing to Dingle on the biggest boat in the 2021 D2D fleet, the Kinsale yacht Freya skippered by Conor Doyle
It's no surprise that as hosts of this Wednesday's  2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, the National Yacht Club is also fielding the biggest number of boats from the participating 19 yacht clubs but what's perhaps less well known is…
Conor Doyle's fifty-foot X-yacht Freya is the largest entry in the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race
Kinsale Yacht Club rivals its South coast Royal Cork neighbour with four offshore entries into Wednesday's 280-mile Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race.  It's a strong turnout for the West Cork club that also has the biggest entry into the race in…
Ian Hickey's Cavatina from RCYC is racing to Dingle
Four Royal Cork boats are contesting Wednesday's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race including two noted offshore performers who have previously won big in Irish races.  The RCYC foursome includes the Murphy family's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo, last year's winner of the…
John Murphy and Richard Colwell's much-fancied J109 Outrajeous is out of next week's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race
A Howth Yacht Club favourite for Wednesday's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race has pulled out of the biennial race. The entry has been withdrawn due to a number of factors, the most significant being that a key crew member has…

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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