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Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Yacht Race News from the National YC
Rockabill VI’s crew celebrate their D2D line honours in Dingle this evening. The winning Royal Irish YC crew were (back row) Peter Wilson, Paul O'Higgins, Conor O'Higgins, Rees Kavanagh, Ian O'Meara, Mark Pettit (front row) William Byrne and Ian Heffernan
#D2D - In Dingle of a warm summer Friday’s evening, the night has barely started at 9pm, writes W M Nixon. So the multi-talented crew of Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI were in plenty of time for a leisurely winner…
D2D Race organiser Adam Winkelmann of the National Yacht Club is ready and waiting for tonight's finishers
It's been a helluva race with a record turnout – and a record dropout – since Wednesday evening's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle start. Now, after an epic 48 hours ago, the National Yacht Club organisers have relocated to the County…
Rockabill VI makes her approach to the Dingle Finish. Scroll down for Tracker link
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI has been piling up the pressure from the front on the chasing opposition in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2017 writes W M Nixon. She swept up to Skellig Michael at 8.8…
Rockabill VI powering out of Dublin Bay shortly after Wednesday evening's start.  Closing in on the Dingle finish this afternoon her speed continues reaching at a brisk 7 knots in an easing southwesterly breeze
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.50 Rockabill VI has opened out a ten mile lead on the first of the chasing J/109s Mojito (Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox) in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2017 writes W M Nixon. In…
Rockabill VI (top) should round the Fastnet Rock by 11 am and Mojito (above) around 12.30 pm
As the 2017 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race enters its closing stages, Afloat.ie sticks its neck out and predicts how the race will pan out later today. Tide may yet play a big part in this race that looks set…
Rockabill VI is leader on the water, in IRC overall, and in Racing 1
This morning Paul O’Higgin’s JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI has finally begun to see a more confortable gap between her overall lead position in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2017 and the chasing trio of J/109s Mojito (Peter Dunlop…
The J109 Indian (Colm Buckley and Simon Knowles) had been comfortably leading the 2 handed division but retired to Dunmore East.  According to the race office, the pair reported no issues other than fatigue and the prospect of a continued poor forecast for the remainder of the south coast race to Dingle
“Anybody who finishes this race deserves a prize......” So said one battered yet usually successful old salt after retreating into Dunmore East writes W M Nixon. And for a while early this afternoon, retirals were coming so thick and fast…
The new pontoon at Dunmore East as it was recently with visitors in from Cork. Tonight, it will be hosting some visitors from Dun Laoghaire, casualties of the rough race towards Dingle
If you want to choose an especially rugged piece of water in which to make to windward into a southwesterly which is a solid Force 6-7 plus, then the southeast corner of Ireland would come up tops on all search…
On corrected time, Rockabill is ahead overall and second to George Sisk’s Farr 42 WOW (pictured above) for line honours
A Force 5 to 6 breeze from west’sou’west, blowing straight out of a rain-free sky along Ireland’s south coast, can make the Fastnet Rock, not to mention Dingle, seem a very long way away when you’re somewhere out at sea…
Retired – Sgrech is in Rosslare after a hull fitting delaminated
Welsh offshore champion yacht Sgrech skippered by Stephen Tudor is the lastest retiral from the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race.  The former ISORA champion retired last night just hours in to the race as a precautionary measure after discovering a 'hull…
Paul O’Higgins JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (RIYC) has taken the lead on the water and IRC
Although a fairly consistent southwest breeze gave the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race fleet a useful slant from Arklow southwards through the night, they’re currently rounding the Tuskar with the expectation of a dead beat most of the way to…
Ian Hickey’s veteran Cavatina makes the perfect start, bang on the gun and full speed on the line. However, Stephen Quinn’s little J/92 Lambay Rules (left) had been about to do the same, but a bigger boat (invisible behind Cavatina’s sails) just rolled over her, and then ran across her bow
If anyone is thinking of producing the Very Rough Guide to Making a Start in a Yacht Race, this evening’s opening episode in the continuing drama which is the 275-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2017 produced Rules 1,…
As ISORA fleet leader after five races, Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox) has to be a favourite in tonight's 2017 D2D race
Even with leading contenders Aurelia (J/122) and Jacana (J/115) scratching (the former with rigging problems, the latter with logistics difficulties), J/Boats still might have it all the way in the remaining fleet of 43 boats in the National YC’s 275-mile…
The D2D fleet assembles at the National Yacht Club this morning. The Arklow J122 Aquelina is pictured foreground with other competitors also arriving for tonight's start
A 43–boat fleet are expecting an upwind start and winds gusting to 25–knots for tonight's 7pm Dun Laoghaire–Dingle Race at the National Yacht Club. At start time, winds are expected to shift from a southerly to a south westerly direction…
Welsh offshore champion Stephen Tudor in J109 Sgrech is one of a handful of boats still expected to enter the 2017 D2D race to bring a total entry to 45 boats. See comment from Stephen Tudor below.
The interest and resulting entry for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle D2D Race has exceeded all our expectations, writes race organiser Adam Winkelmann. We now have 39 confirmed entries and expect to have close to 45 boats on the…
The crew of Southbound take on the challenging conditions of the 2009 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. The 2017 race begins on June 14
The National Yacht Club looks set to gain Royal Ocean Racing Club recognition for its mini–offshore Dun Laoghaire Dingle race as David O'Brien reports in the Irish Times Sailing Column this morning.  The Dun Laoghaire Dingle application is well timed…

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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