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Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Yacht Race News from the National YC
While Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (RIYC) – the defending champion in next week's NYC Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race – is clearly fond of a good breeze of wind, her experienced crew have shown they can stay ahead in lighter airs
Way back whenever, as each wave of COVID seemed to sweep over its predecessor with a power worthy of Aileens herself, the incurable optimists among Ireland's sailors continued to hope that by some miracle we'd have reached a stage on…
Blaoga, a Dufour 45se from Howth Yacht Club, is on of 40 boats racing in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race on June 9th
Organisers expect a 40-boat fleet for the 14th edition of the biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race in ten day's time.  The 320-mile offshore race will be a season highlight for the Irish fleet and is organised by the National…
Kenneth Rumball and teammate Pamela Lee
Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailor Kenneth Rumball a previous successful competitor on the ISORA circuit, along with teammate Pamela Lee has been competing in the toughest offshore sailing circuit, the one-design Figaro circuit in France. This circuit has produced some of…
Racing to Dingle in June s 'most definitely on', say the National Yacht Club
National Yacht Club Race Chairman Adam Winkelmann has confirmed June's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race is 'most definitely on' and crews will begin preparing for the 320-mile offshore race next week.  Winklemann told Afloat, "we are greatly encouraged by the recent government…
ISORA training for June's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race is expected to begin on May 15th
Worry over if there will be a 2021 sailing season at all has been replaced by hope after the Government outlined its latest path out of COVID-19 last night. There has been overwhelming optimism following the news of the accelerated…
Grant Kinsman's A30 racing to Dingle in the 2019 Race
June's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Offshore Race is fully subscribed and operating a waiting list and still operating on the basis that it will go ahead as planned on June 9th despite the changing public health situation, according to Race…
Times past - There was a windy start to the 2009 Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race where Mick Cotter's Whisper set a course record. The 2021 race is set for a June 9th start
The 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race has reached its 50-boat limit for the National Yacht Club fixture, bringing the club closer to rolling out a spectacular June offshore fixture starting from Dublin Bay. The 50-boat limit has been made for practical reasons…
Amokura suffered upper spreader damage in the 2019 race but returns for another edition of the D2D in June
The 1939-built Fred Shepherd classic 50ft Amokura (Paul Moxon) returns to the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race start line in June for another attempt at the 320-mile Irish offshore race. The Falmouth based wooden yawl will be racing double-handed again but this time…
Paul and Deirdre Tingle's X-34 is the latest entry into the 2021 Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Alpaca, Paul and Deirdre Tingle's X-34 yacht is the latest entry into June's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Offshore Race. The Cork Harbour entry brings to 42 the number of boats now entered for the 320-mile National…
Conor Doyle's xP50 Freya from Kinsale is currently the largest entrant for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race on June 9th. She is seen here winning the Kinsale-Monkstown Race in a record two hours, but the course record she challenges in the race to Dingle was set by a 94-footer, Mick Cottter's Windfall in 2019
It's getting to be like a game of skittles in the planned lineup of high-profile 2021 events which everybody - way back in the dark depths of earlier pandemic lockdowns – thought would surely come to pass in the remote…
Getting on a head of steam. Rockabill Vi (Paul O’Higgins, RIYC) starting to find the strengthening fair wind in the early stages of the 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. Already the defending champion after winning in 2017, she held on to her title in Dingle, and was also ISORA Champion and ICRA “Boat of the Year”, while her owner-skipper became 2019 Sailor of the Year
It’s only a week since the listings opened for the National YC’s 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race scheduled for June 9th, and already 15 definite entries have arrived in with such speed that the organising committee - under…
The biggest ever entry in the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race arrives into Dingle Bay to set a new record in the 2019 race
Previous race entrants will be offered an early entry option into June's 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race before entry is opened to others boats to allow up to a maximum of 50 for the 280-miler.  The next edition of the…
Nieulargo is aiming for the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race and Fastnet Race in 2021
Royal Cork Yacht Club 2020 winner Nieulargo will set its sights offshore again in 2021 as the family-based Grand Soleil 40 aims for both of next year's big offshore fixtures on the Irish coast; next June's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race…
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI, the ICRA Boat of the Year for 2019
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay has won the ICRA Boat of the Year Award to round off a stand out 2019 season. Rockabill’s wins in the high scoring ICRA Nationals and…
Rockabill VI skipper Paul O'Higgins
Defending the title with the same boat in the biennial 270-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race is a real challenge at a time when the cruiser-racer fleet is expanding with some very hot new designs. But Paul O’Higgins (Royal…
Part of this year's D2D fleet assembled at the National Yacht Club prior to the race
Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race Chairman Adam Winkelmann has named the date for the next edition of the biennial offshore race as Wednesday 9th, June 2021. The 2021 280-mile race will start, as usual, from the National Yacht Club and Winkelmann says the race…

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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