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Strong Take Up for Entry into Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2013

25th March 2013
Strong Take Up for Entry into Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2013

#vdlr – With a week still to go on its early bird entry and over three months to the close of entry, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) has received over 120 entries for what is expected again to be Ireland's biggest regatta again in 2013.

Entries received to date are spread across a good mix of visiting clubs from Ireland and overseas with all of the visiting clubs represented bringing additional boats who have yet to enter so the estimation would be that VDLR numbers of visiting big boats will be up from 2011.

In another boost for regatta chairman Adam Winkelmann the entries received so far (see below for full list) are up at least 30% on this time two years ago.

The J24's will be holding their Eastern championships and will be racing within IRC 3 division. The hope is is that it will attract additional J24's in advance of the Nationals and Worlds later in the summer at Howth YC.

VDLR 2013 Entries to date:

ClassClubBoat NameBoat MakeOwner
IRC 0 Clyde CC Eos Elan 410 Rod Stuart
IRC 0 Clyde CC Elf too Beneteau First 40 Christine Murray
IRC 0 Howth YC Crazy Horse Mill 36 Chambers/Reilly
IRC 0 Royal Dee YC Jezebel J 111 Guy Cowper
IRC 0 South Caernarvonshire YC Impetuous Corby 37 Richard Fildes
IRC 0 Swansea Yacht & Sub Aqua Club Dark Angel Dubois 37 Anthony Ackland
IRC 1 Fairlie YC Now or Never 3 Mat 1010 Neill Sandford
IRC 1 Helensburgh SC Carmen2 First 36.7 Alan Jeffrey and Paul Scutt
IRC 1 Howth YC Flashback Beneteau 34.7 Paddy Gregory, Don Breen
IRC 1 Royal Irish YC Raptor Mills 30CR Denis Hewitt & Ors
IRC 1 Royal St George YC Megalopolis Rob Humphries 36 Peter Allman
IRC 1 South Caernarvonshire YC Injenious J97 MG SAILING [Crompton/Hallworth]
IRC 2 Howth YC King One Modified Half Ton David Cullen
IRC 2 Howth YC Viking X-302 Kevin Darmody/Mark Patterson
IRC 2 Howth YC Sunburn Sunfast 32 Ian Byrne
IRC 2 Killyleagh YC Movistar Bleu ELAN 333 Raymond Killops
IRC 2 National YC Jester J Boats Declan Curtin
IRC 2 Royal Irish YC Cor Baby Corby 26 Ryan, Lattimore and Kiernan
IRC 2 Royal Irish YC Graduate J 80 Barron, Dunne, Merrigan O Keeffe
IRC 2 Royal St George YC Witzend 2 Beneteau Peter Conlon
IRC 2 Royal St George YC Kamikaze Jeanneau Sunfast 32 Peter Nash
IRC 3 DL Marina Chouskikou Beneteau First 28 Declan Ward
IRC 3 DL Marina Asterix Hunter Sonata Boushell/Counihan/Meredith
IRC 3 Douglas Bay YC IOM Tango Bolero 26 Andy Dunn
IRC 3 Dublin Bay SC Jaws - Seachange Now J24 Jaime Bergin, Brendan Foley, Others
IRC 3 Howth YC Alliance II Laser 28 Vincent Gaffney
IRC 3 Howth YC Hard on Port J24 Flor ODriscoll
IRC 3 National YC Cacciatore Hunter Sonata Mairead Ni Cheallachain
IRC 3 National YC Grasshopper 2 hanse 301 Kevin and John Glynn
IRC 3 Royal Cork YC NYAH J24 Stefan Hyde
IRC 3 Royal Dee YC She Too She 31B David & Jonathan Fawcett
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Borraine Aphrodite101 Ean Pugh
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Wynward Beneteau First 27 Wyn McCormack
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Supernova Quarter Tonner Joe Timbs
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Pamafe Beneteau First 285 Michael Costello
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC CriCri Jezequel Quarter Tonner Paul Colton
IRC Coastal Douglas Bay YC IOM Polished Manx Sigma 33 OOD Kuba Szymanski
IRC Coastal Liverpool YC Ulula Corby Nick Ogden
IRC Coastal National YC Adelie Beneteau First 34.7 Peter Hall
IRC Coastal National YC Rebellion Nicholson 58 Hughes/Hanlon/O'Mahony
IRC Coastal National YC Lula Belle Beneteau First 36.7 Liam Coyne
IRC Coastal National YC Tsunami Beneteau First 40.7 Vincent Farrell
J109 National YC Ruth One Design Liam Shanahan
J109 Royal Irish YC Indecision One Design Declan Hayes
J109 Royal Irish YC Joker 2 One Design John Maybury
Non Spinnaker Bray SC Chase Me westerly fulmar John Raughter
Non Spinnaker Bray SC Syledis in Blue Beneteau Clipper 323 John & Brenda Hayes
Non Spinnaker Carlingford Lough YC Gannet Westerly Typhoon Brian McCann
Non Spinnaker Carlingford SC Humdinger Jeanneau Sunfast 37 Michael Mc Cabe
Non Spinnaker DL Marina White Lotus Elan 333 Paul Tully
Non Spinnaker DL Marina More Mischief First 310 Eamonn Doyle
Non Spinnaker Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Just Jasmin Bavaria Match 35 Philip Smith
Non Spinnaker Howth YC Demelza Club Shamrock Stephanie Ennis
Non Spinnaker Howth YC Bite the Bullet Elan 333 Colm Bermingham
Non Spinnaker Howth YC Jokers Wild Beneteau 32S5 Gordon Knaggs
Non Spinnaker Royal Irish YC Persistance Sigma 38 Charles Broadhead, Ian Stuart, Jerry Collins
Non Spinnaker Royal Irish YC Eden Park Jeanneau Sun Oddessy Liam Farmer
Non Spinnaker Royal Irish YC The Great Escape Bavaria 33 Patrick & Denise Rigney
Non Spinnaker Royal St George YC Spirit Jeanneau 39 DS Colin OBrien et al
Non Spinnaker Royal St George YC/Royal Irish YC Vespucci Dehler 31 Sean & Kristina ORegan
Sigma 33 Cove SC Leaky Roof 2 One Design A.Harper/EandK Robertson
Sigma 33 Liverpool YC Saphoenix One Design Ken Roberts
Sigma 33 National YC Popje One Design Ted mcCourt
Sigma 33 Royal St George YC Gwili Two One Design Dermot Clarke/Paddy Maguire
Sigma 33 South Caernarvonshire YC Marauder One Design Dr P Milner/Dr T Saunders
Beneteau 31.7 National YC Levante One Design Michael Leahy/John POwer
Beneteau 31.7 National YC Prospect One Design Chris Johnston
Beneteau 31.7 National YC Kernach One Design Eoin ODriscoll
Beneteau 31.7 Royal Irish YC Extreme Reality One Design P McSwiney/ E ORafferty
Beneteau 31.7 Royal Irish YC Dies Irae One Design Patrick D Rowan
Beneteau 31.7 Royal Irish YC Prima Nocte One Design Deirdre Kennedy/Patrick Burke
Beneteau 31.7 Royal St George YC After You Too One Design Michael Blaney
Beneteau 31.7 Royal St George YC Levana One Design Jean Mitton
Ruffian 23 National YC Paramour One Design Larry Power
Ruffian 23 Sailing in Dublin Club Ruff Diamond One Design Regina Regan
Shipman National YC Bluefin One Design B Finucane
Shipman National YC Curaglas One Design John Masterson
Shipman National YC Malindi One Design Andrew Gray/Bernard Smith
Shipman Royal Irish YC Whiterock One Design Henry M. Robinson
Shipman Royal St George YC The Den One Design George Miller/Aisling Costello
Shipman Royal St George YC Poppy One Design Peter Beamish and others
Beneteau First 21 Malahide YC Mon Reve One Design Brian Stewart
Beneteau First 21 National YC eeZee Tiger One Design Paraic Bourke
Beneteau First 21 Royal Irish YC Capilano One Design Séamus Storan
Beneteau First 21 Royal Irish YC Small Wonder One Design Hugh Kelly
Beneteau First 21 Royal Irish YC Isolde One Design Peter Carroll
Beneteau First 21 Royal Irish YC Yikes! One Design Joe Conway
Beneteau First 21 Royal Irish YC Chinook One Design Andrew Bradley and Paul Morgan
Beneteau First 21 Royal St George YC Syzrgy One Design Rowan Fogarty
Beneteau First 21 TBC Carna One Design Stuart Spence
Beneteau First 21 Tralee Bay SC Wild Thing One Design Louis Byrne/Declan Costello
SB20 Irish Sailing Association Sharkbait One Design Ben Duncan/Brian Moran
SB20 Kinsale YC TBC One Design Ronan Downing
SB20 Royal Irish YC Venuesworld.com One Design Ger Dempsey
RS Elite Royal Ulster YC Storm One Design John Gunning/Stephen Polly/ David Kelso
Dragon Royal St George YC Phantom One Design Peter Bowring/David Williams
Dragon Royal St George YC Jaguar One Design Martin Byrne
Fireball Coal Harbour DL License to Thrill One Design Louis Smyth
Fireball Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Elevation One Design Neil Colin/Margaret Casey
Fireball Royal St George YC Tipsey McStagger One Design Conor and James Clancy
Flying Fifteen National YC The Gruffalo One Design Ian Mathews
Flying Fifteen National YC Deranged One Design Alan Green
Flying Fifteen National YC A Mere Triffle One Design Peter Sherry/Karl Ruddy
Flying Fifteen National YC Flyer One Design Niall Coleman
Glen Royal St George YC Glencoe One Design RM Craig/P&F Sheehan/J Murphy/ B Cotter
Glen Royal St George YC Glendun One Design Brian Denham
IDRA 14 Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club Shearwater One Design Ciaran Browne
IDRA 14 Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club Chimaera One Design Killian Sargent/Yvonne Murray
IDRA 14 Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Doody One Design John Fitzgerald/Jennifer Byrne
Mermaid Skerries SC Helen One Design Therese McHugh
Mermaid Skerries SC The Message One Design Ross Galbraith
Squib Royal St George YC Perfection One Design Jill Fleming
Squib Royal St George YC Anemos One Design Pete and Anne Evans
Squib Royal St George YC Fox One Design Michael Moran/Michael Shiel
Squib TBC Pintail One Design M.Muldoon/B.Stevens
Water Wag National YC Mollie One Design Cathy Mac Aleavey
Water Wag Royal Irish YC Swift One Design Guy Kilroy
Water Wag Royal Irish YC Good Hope One Design Hal Sisk
Water Wag Royal St George YC Little Tern One Design John Ross-Murphy
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Dun Laoghaire Regatta –  From the Baily lighthouse to Dalkey island, the bay accommodates eight separate courses for 25 different classes racing every two years for the Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

In assembling its record-breaking armada, Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta (VDLR) became, at its second staging, not only the country's biggest sailing event, with 3,500 sailors competing, but also one of its largest participant sporting events.

One of the reasons for this, ironically, is that competitors across Europe have become jaded by well-worn venue claims attempting to replicate Cowes and Cork Week.

'Never mind the quality, feel the width' has been a criticism of modern-day regattas where organisers mistakenly focus on being the biggest to be the best.

Dun Laoghaire, with its local fleet of 300 boats, never set out to be the biggest. Its priority focussed instead on quality racing even after it got off to a spectacularly wrong start when the event was becalmed for four days at its first attempt.

The idea to rekindle a combined Dublin bay event resurfaced after an absence of almost 40 years, mostly because of the persistence of a passionate race officer Brian Craig who believed that Dun Laoghaire could become the Cowes of the Irish Sea if the town and the local clubs worked together.

Although fickle winds conspired against him in 2005, the support of all four Dun Laoghaire waterfront yacht clubs since then (made up of Dun Laoghaire Motor YC, National YC, Royal Irish YC and Royal St GYC), in association with the two racing clubs of Dublin Bay SC and Royal Alfred YC, gave him the momentum to carry on.

There is no doubt that sailors have also responded with their support from all four coasts. Entries closed last Friday with 520 boats in 25 classes, roughly doubling the size of any previous regatta held on the Bay.

Running for four days, the regatta is (after the large mini-marathons) the single most significant participant sports event in the country, requiring the services of 280 volunteers on and off the water, as well as top international race officers and an international jury, to resolve racing disputes representing five countries.

Craig went to some lengths to achieve his aims including the appointment of a Cork man, Alan Crosbie, to run the racing team; a decision that has raised more than an eyebrow along the waterfront.

A flotilla of 25 boats has raced from the Royal Dee near Liverpool to Dublin for the Lyver Trophy to coincide with the event. The race also doubles as a RORC qualifying race for the Fastnet.

Sailors from the Ribble, Mersey, the Menai Straits, Anglesey, Cardigan Bay and the Isle of Man have to travel three times the distance to the Solent as they do to Dublin Bay. This, claims Craig, is one of the major selling points of the Irish event and explains the range of entries from marinas as far away as Yorkshire's Whitby YC and the Isle of Wight.

Until now, no other regatta in the Irish Sea area could claim to have such a reach. Dublin Bay weeks such as this petered out in the 1960s, and it has taken almost four decades for the waterfront clubs to come together to produce a spectacle on and off the water to rival Cowes.

"The fact that we are getting such numbers means it is inevitable that it is compared with Cowes," said Craig. However, there the comparison ends.

"We're doing our own thing here. Dun Laoghaire is unique, and we are making an extraordinary effort to welcome visitors from abroad," he added.

The busiest shipping lane in the country – across the bay to Dublin port – is to close temporarily to facilitate the regatta and the placing of eight separate courses each day.

A fleet total of this size represents something of an unknown quantity on the bay as it is more than double the size of any other regatta ever held there.

The decision to alter the path of ships into the port was taken in 2005 when a Dublin Port control radar image showed an estimated fleet of over 400 yachts sailing across the closed southern shipping channel.

Ships coming into the bay, including the high-speed service to the port, will use the northern lane instead.

With 3,500 people afloat at any one time, a mandatory safety tally system for all skippers to sign in and out will also operate.

The main attraction is undoubtedly the appearance of four Super Zero class yachts, with Dun Laoghaire's Colm Barrington's TP52 'Flash Glove' expected to head the 'big boat' fleet. At the other end of the technology scale, the traditional clinker-built Water Wags will compete just as they did at a similar regatta over 100 years ago.

The arrival of three TP 52s and a Rogers 46 to Dun Laoghaire regatta is a feather in the cap of organisers because it brings Grand Prix racing to Dublin bay and the prospect of future prominent boat fixtures on the East Coast.

With 38 entries, the new Laser SB3s are set to make a significant impact although the White Sail Class five almost rivals them numerically. The Fireball is the biggest dinghy class, with 27 entries, while there are 25 entries for the Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup which began on Monday.

Class 0 is expected to be the most hotly contested, if the recent Saab IRC Nationals, Scottish Series and Sovereign's Cup are any indication. Three Cork boats ­- Jump Juice (Conor and Denise Phelan), Antix Dubh (Anthony O'Leary) and Blondie (Eamonn Rohan) - are expected to lead the fleet.

(First published in 2009)

Who: All four Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Yacht clubs

What: Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Why: A combined regatta to make Dun Laoghaire the Cowes of the Irish Sea.

Where: Ashore at Dun Laoghaire and afloat at eight separate race courses on Dublin Bay. Excellent views from both Dun Laoghaire piers, Sandycove and Seapoint.

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