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Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Yacht Race News from the National YC
Andrew Hall’s J/125 Jackknife from Wales holds the corrected time lead in the D2D Race
Day #1 8 pm: With Mick Cotter’s 94ft Windfall the on-the-water leader as she puts Cahore Point astern at 2200hrs, it’s intriguing to note that the unstable but brisk northerly airflow is generous if unpredictable in spreading its favours to…
The D2D start tonight at 6pm on Dublin Bay with Mick Cotter's 94-footer dominating the fleet. Scroll down for more D2D Race photos and vids
Day #1 (Start Time) 6 pm: The sky stayed grey, but the wind went away writes W M Nixon. There was almost a sense of anti-climax about the monochrome start to the 270-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race at…
The winds have been shaping up in optimum style to suit fast reachers, so Andrew Hall’s J/125 Jackknife from Pwllheli became a last minute entry for the Dingle Race, bringing the fleet up to 44 boats
A last-minute entry for this evening’s 280-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race is a clear case of horses for courses writes W M Nixon. Andrew Hall’s relatively new J/125 Jackknife from Pwllheli is renowned for her speed on a…
Always the Bridesmaid……The J/122 Aurelia (Chris & Patannne Power Smith) is seldom out of the frame, and tomorrow’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race will offer a useful opportunity to take the No 1 slot
There was an American Army General who pithily summed up the secret of success in old-fashioned wars as being a matter of victory going to “whoever gets the mostest there the fastest” writes W M Nixon This takes on a…
Conor Fogerty and Susan Glenny in Dun Laoghaire ahead of tomorrow's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race
Former Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year, Conor Fogerty arrived onto the dock in Dun Laoghaire from Les Sables de Olinges with “Raw”, a fresh out of the box, foiling Beneteau Figaro 3, Ireland’s first IRC foiling Figaro keelboat. Afloat…
Windfall berthed in Dun Laoghaire Marina. The superyacht, that is longer than the Revenue Customs Cutter she is berthed alongside, competes in the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle race this Wednesday
The largest boat entered for Wednesday's Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race run by the National Yacht Club has arrived into the marina at Dun Laoghaire, dwarfing all others in the 43-boat fleet now assembling at the Dublin suburb. Skipper Mick Cotter is looking…
Paul O’Higgin’s defending champion, the JPK 1080 Rockabill VI, will be hoping for firm breezes for next Wednesday’s 280-mile National YC Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race
Will the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race next Wednesday find itself sailing with mostly fair winds asks W M Nixon. Will the presence of lows to the west of them, and other lows to the southeast, provide a line…
Royal St. George's Michael Cotter is back to try to topple the record he set a decade ago with the 78ft Whisper (above)
Two youth sailors from the race finish port of Dingle in County Kerry will be onboard two entries in this month's 320-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race (D2D) as part of a race promotion to encourage more young people to try their…
As a build up for next month' 300-miler, Blue Oyster is on her way to sail in Kinsale Yacht Club’s Fastnet Race this weekend
Cork sailor Noel Coleman always had a dream to do the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and when the family acquired the heavy displacement Oyster 37 – a yacht which has already done a Round Ireland race – this seemed the ideal time…
Mick Cotter’s SouthWind 94 Windfall is the largest boat entered for next month’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race run by the National YC, and he’ll be looking to topple the course record he established with the 78ft Whisper in 2009.
You’ll seldom if ever hear anyone who has actually done the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race dismissing it in an offhand way as some sort of Round Ireland Lite writes W M Nixon. It may only be 280…
The new Dublin-based Grand Soleil 34 Justina is racing to Dingle this June
Although there are less than 10 boats officially entered at this early stage this number belies a strong mix of new racing designs in the wings for June's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race that is expected to attract a fleet of over 40. …
A D2D race record of 24hrs 43mins 45secs was set by the 90-foot Whisper (Michael Cotter) in 2009
Based on input from competitors and intending entrants to the Volvo D2D Race 2019 the organising committee in the National Yacht Club have decided that the course for the 2019 race shall be changed back to the traditional course of…
Liam Shanahan's Ruth at the start of the 2017 D2D on Dublin Bay
The 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle “D2D” Race starts from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, June 12th 2019. The 300–mile race along the Irish coastline is a great mini-offshore challenge for cruisers and racing boats…
The start of the 2017 D2D race. Changes to the 2019race means navigators and skippers can plot courses to hug the coastline, and to go inside Islands and lighthouses as part of their strategy"
The 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle “D2D” Race will start from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, June 12th 2019. The 2019 edition of D2D brings with it some important and exciting changes while retaining the…
The 2019 D2D race will start off Dun Laoghaire Harbour on June 12
The National Yacht Club has announced dates for its biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Race in 2019. The 2019 mini offshore race, that is also a fixture on the international RORC calendar, will start on Wednesday, 12th June off…
(Top) Rupert Barry’s JOD35 Red Alert at the start off Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday evening  and (above) We made it! The crew of Red Alert in Dingle this morning. They may have placed 7th in Racing 1, and 14th overall. But remember, that’s 14th out of 43 starters
The mood is good in Dingle this afternoon. And while some have hard-won successes to celebrate, others have the simple fact of getting there at all to further brighten their already bright day writes WM Nixon. For the National Yacht…

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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