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Over 100 Visiting Boats Due for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

24th April 2013
Over 100 Visiting Boats Due for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

#vdlr – Over a third of entries for July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2013 are coming from outside Dublin Bay. See entry list below. The buoyant statistic for Dun Laoghaire's combined clubs regatta was revealed yesterday as a current entry tot of 310 boats received to date was announced.

The organisers of Ireland's biggest sailing event look set to top 400 boats with three months to the first gun on Dublin Bay.

Earlier this month Afloat.ie reported eight of nine of the IRC zero entries for July's competition are overseas entries. The exception is the defending IRC champion, the Howth based Mills 36, Crazy Horse skippered by Norbert Reilly.

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.

A breakdown of entries received to date is below.

VDLR 2013 Entries to date:

 

 

ClassBoat NameClub
IRC 0 Aquelina Arklow SC
IRC 0 Eos Clyde CC
IRC 0 Roxstar Clyde CC
IRC 0 Grand Cru Clyde CC
IRC 0 African Challenge National YC
IRC 0 Jezebel Royal Dee YC
IRC 0 Loose Change Royal Irish YC
IRC 0 Wow Royal Irish YC
IRC 0 Impetuous South Caernarvonshire YC
IRC 0 Dark Angel Swansea Yacht & Sub Aqua Club
IRC 0 Elf too Clyde CC
IRC 0 Crazy Horse Howth YC
IRC 1 Whats the Rush 2 Ballyhenry Boat club
IRC 1 Animal Clyde CC
IRC 1 Now or Never 3 Fairlie YC
IRC 1 Carmen2 Helensburgh SC
IRC 1 Flashback - Howth YC
IRC 1 Bada Bing Liverpool YC
IRC 1 Mighty Max 2 Liverpool YC
IRC 1 Adrenalin- National YC
IRC 1 Axiom Royal Irish YC
IRC 1 Rockabill V Royal Irish YC
IRC 1 Black Velvet Royal Irish YC
IRC 1 Raptor -  Royal Irish YC
IRC 1 Boomerang Royal St George YC
IRC 1 TBA Royal St George YC
IRC 1 Megalopolis Royal St George YC
IRC 1 Injenious South Caernarvonshire YC
IRC 1 Eazi Tiger Liverpool YC
IRC 2 Scenario Encore Blackpool and Fleetwood YC
IRC 2 Cherubino Carlingford SC
IRC 2 Dick Dastardly Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
IRC 2 Tribal Galway Bay SC
IRC 2 King One Howth YC
IRC 2 Viking Howth YC
IRC 2 MiniMumm Howth YC
IRC 2 The Big Picture Howth YC
IRC 2 Maximus Howth YC
IRC 2 Impetuous Howth YC
IRC 2 Sara Sarema-  Howth YC
IRC 2 Dux Howth YC
IRC 2 Movistar Bleu Killyleagh YC
IRC 2 Jester National YC
IRC 2 Cor Baby Royal Irish YC
IRC 2 Graduate Royal Irish YC
IRC 2 Peridot Royal Irish YC
IRC 2 Witzend 2 Royal St George YC
IRC 2 Helter Skelter Royal St George YC
IRC 2 Kamikaze Royal St George YC
IRC 2 Bendemeer Royal St George YC
IRC 2 Checkmate XV Royal St George YC/Visiting Cowes
IRC 2 Fifty shades Strangford lough yc
IRC 2 Sunburn Howth YC
IRC 2 Red Rhum Royal St George YC
IRC 3 Excalibur Bray SC
IRC 3 Chouskikou DL Marina
IRC 3 Asterix DL Marina
IRC 3 Tango Douglas Bay YC IOM
IRC 3 Jaws - Seachange Now Dublin Bay SC
IRC 3 Triple Seven Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
IRC 3 Triple Seven Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
IRC 3 Alliance II Howth YC
IRC 3 Hard on Port Howth YC
IRC 3 Challenger Howth YC
IRC 3 Pio Degli Ulivi Howth YC
IRC 3 Jamais Encore Lough Erne Yacht Club
IRC 3 Jelignite Lough Ree YC
IRC 3 Goyave Malahide YC
IRC 3 Cacciatore National YC
IRC 3 Grasshopper 2 National YC
IRC 3 HyFlyer Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club
IRC 3 Apache Quoile YC
IRC 3 NYAH Royal Cork YC
IRC 3 She Too Royal Dee YC
IRC 3 Wynward Royal Irish YC
IRC 3 Supernova Royal Irish YC
IRC 3 Pamafe Royal Irish YC
IRC 3 CriCri Royal Irish YC
IRC 3 Gossip Royal Irish YC
IRC 3 Saki Royal Irish YC
IRC 3 Taiscealai Royal Irish YC
IRC 3 Gung-Ho Royal Irish YC
IRC 3 Cartoon Royal Irish YC
IRC 3 Carrabeg Royal St George YC
IRC 3 Flash Wicklow SC
IRC 3 Borraine Royal Irish YC
IRC Coastal Ulula Liverpool YC
IRC Coastal Lula Belle National YC
IRC Coastal Adelie National YC
IRC Coastal Tsunami  National YC
IRC Coastal Lively Lady Royal Irish YC
IRC Coastal Lady Rowena Royal St George YC
IRC Coastal Polished Manx Douglas Bay YC IOM
IRC Coastal Rebellion National YC
J109 Sleeper Liverpool YC
J109 Ruth National YC
J109 Powder Monkey National YC
J109 Something Else National YC
J109 Jalapeno National YC
J109 Mojito Pwllheli SC
J109 Sgrech Pwllheli SC
J109 Indecision Royal Irish YC
J109 Jump The Gun Royal Irish YC
J109 Joker 2 Royal Irish YC
J109 Storm Rush SC
J109 Jeepster South Caernarvonshire YC
Beneteau 31.7 Levante National YC
Beneteau 31.7 Prospect National YC
Beneteau 31.7 Kernach National YC
Beneteau 31.7 Bluefin Two National YC
Beneteau 31.7 Extreme Reality Royal Irish YC
Beneteau 31.7 Dies Irae Royal Irish YC
Beneteau 31.7 Magic Royal Irish YC
Beneteau 31.7 Prima Nocte Royal Irish YC
Beneteau 31.7 After You Too Royal St George YC
Beneteau 31.7 Fiddly Bits Royal St George YC
Beneteau 31.7 Avalon Royal St George YC
Beneteau 31.7 30 Something Royal St George YC
Beneteau 31.7 Levana Royal St George YC
Beneteau 31.7 Twister Royal Ulster YC
Beneteau 31.7 Eauvation Douglas Bay YC
Beneteau 31.7 Attitude Royal Irish YC/Royal St George YC
Non Spinnaker Syledis in Blue Bray SC
Non Spinnaker Chase Me Bray SC
Non Spinnaker Gannet Carlingford Lough YC
Non Spinnaker Humdinger Carlingford SC
Non Spinnaker More Mischief DL Marina
Non Spinnaker White Lotus DL Marina
Non Spinnaker Just Jasmin  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
Non Spinnaker Demelza Howth YC
Non Spinnaker Brazen Hussy Howth YC
Non Spinnaker Bite the Bullet Howth YC
Non Spinnaker Jokers Wild Howth YC
Non Spinnaker Orna National YC
Non Spinnaker Aurora National YC
Non Spinnaker Setanta National YC
Non Spinnaker Zephyr National YC
Non Spinnaker Emir Herr National YC
Non Spinnaker Dragonfly Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club
Non Spinnaker Persistance Royal Irish YC
Non Spinnaker Sea Safari Royal Irish YC
Non Spinnaker Afternoon Delight Royal Irish YC
Non Spinnaker Act Two Royal Irish YC
Non Spinnaker Eden Park Royal Irish YC
Non Spinnaker The Great Escape Royal Irish YC
Non Spinnaker Spirit Royal St George YC
Non Spinnaker Calypso Royal St George YC
Non Spinnaker Juniper Royal St George YC
Non Spinnaker Katie Royal St George YC
Non Spinnaker Nirvana Royal St George YC
Non Spinnaker To Infinity and Beyond Royal St George YC
Non Spinnaker Nauti-Gal Royal St George YC
Non Spinnaker Vespucci Royal St George YC/Royal Irish YC
Non Spinnaker Pure Magic Bray SC
Non Spinnaker Windermere Greystones SC
Sigma 33 Leaky Roof 2 Cove SC
Sigma 33 Pippa IV DL Marina
Sigma 33 Saphoenix Liverpool YC
Sigma 33 Popje National YC
Sigma 33 Miss Behavin National YC
Sigma 33 Leeuwin Royal Irish YC
Sigma 33 Pastiche Royal Irish YC
Sigma 33 Gwili Two Royal St George YC
Sigma 33 Springer Royal St George YC
Sigma 33 Marauder South Caernarvonshire YC
Sigma 33 White Mischief Royal Irish YC
RS Elite Fullmarks Royal North of Ireland YC
RS Elite Toucan Royal North of Ireland YC
RS Elite Storm Royal Ulster YC
RS Elite No Angel Royal Ulster YC
RS Elite Momentary Laps... Royal Ulster YC
Ruffian 23 Carmen Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
Ruffian 23 Ripples Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
Ruffian 23 Ruff Rider Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
Ruffian 23 Paramour National YC
Ruffian 23 Different Drummer National YC
Ruffian 23 Icicle National YC
Ruffian 23 Bandit National YC
Ruffian 23 Riff Raff National YC
Ruffian 23 Ruf Nuff Royal St George YC
Ruffian 23 Diane 2 Royal St George YC
Ruffian 23 Ruff Diamond Sailing in Dublin Club
Shipman Invader Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
Shipman Bluefin National YC
Shipman Curaglas National YC
Shipman Malindi National YC
Shipman Whiterock Royal Irish YC
Shipman The Den Royal St George YC
Shipman Poppy Royal St George YC
Shipman Jo Slim Royal St George YC
Shipman Viking Royal St George YC
Shipman Twocan Royal St George YC
Shipman Juniper Royal St George YC
Shipman Euphanzel 3 Royal St George YC
J80 Bay Challenge- Northside Team to be Confirmed
J80 Bay Challenge- Northside Team to be Confirmed
J80 Bay Challenge- Northside Team to be Confirmed
J80 Bay Challenge- Northside Team to be Confirmed
J80 Bay Challenge- Southside Team to be Confirmed
J80 Bay Challenge- Southside Team to be Confirmed
J80 Bay Challenge- Southside Team to be Confirmed
J80 Bay Challenge- Southside Team to be Confirmed
SB20 Sin a Bhuifl - Howth YC
SB20 Sharkbait Irish Sailing Association
SB20 Venuesworld.com Royal Irish YC
SB20 Bad-Kilcullen Royal Irish YC
SB20 Sunday Brunch Royal St George YC
SB20 Smoke on the Water Royal St George YC
SB20 Should Be… Royal St George YC
SB20 Sin Bin Royal St George YC
SB20 TBC Kinsale YC
SB20 Rubadubdub National YC
SB20 Seriously Bonkers 3 Royal St George YC
SB20 BomChickaWahWah Royal St George YC
Beneteau First 21 Backchat DL Marina
Beneteau First 21 Frutti di Mare DL Marina
Beneteau First 21 Mon Reve Malahide YC
Beneteau First 21 eeZee Tiger National YC
Beneteau First 21 Capilano Royal Irish YC
Beneteau First 21 Small Wonder Royal Irish YC
Beneteau First 21 Isolde Royal Irish YC
Beneteau First 21 Yikes! Royal Irish YC
Beneteau First 21 Chinook Royal Irish YC
Beneteau First 21 Syzrgy Royal St George YC
Beneteau First 21 Plan B Royal St George YC
Beneteau First 21 Carna Scotland
Beneteau First 21 Wild Thing Tralee Bay SC
Beneteau First 21 Double Dutch UK
Dragon ZinZan Royal Irish YC
Dragon Phantom Royal St George YC
Dragon Jaguar Royal St George YC
Flying Fifteen The Gruffalo National YC
Flying Fifteen Deranged National YC
Flying Fifteen A Mere Triffle National YC
Flying Fifteen Flyer National YC
Flying Fifteen Ash National YC
Flying Fifteen Out of the Blue National YC
Flying Fifteen The Big Bow Wow National YC
Flying Fifteen Fflogger National YC
Flying Fifteen Kooigjug National YC
Flying Fifteen Snow White National YC
Flying Fifteen Perfect ten National YC
Flying Fifteen HiFibre National YC
Flying Fifteen As Good as it Gets- National YC
Flying Fifteen Melliffluence - National YC
Glen Glengesh Royal Irish YC
Glen Glencoe Royal St George YC
Glen Glendun Royal St George YC
Glen Glencree Royal St George YC
Glen Glenmarissa Royal St George YC
Glen Glenshane Royal St George YC
Glen Glen Miller Royal St George YC
Glen Glenshesk Royal St George YC
Squib Periquin Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
Squib Chatterbox Howth YC
Squib Black Amour Howth YC
Squib Pintail National YC
Squib Contender Royal North of Ireland YC
Squib Toy for the Boys Royal North of Ireland YC
Squib Perfection Royal St George YC
Squib Anemos Royal St George YC
Squib Why Not Royal St George YC
Squib lola Royal St George YC
Squib Kookaburra Royal St George YC
Squib BuzzLite Royal St George YC
Squib Nimble Royal St George YC
Squib Little Demon Royal St George YC
Squib Fox Royal St George YC
Mermaid Tiller Girl National YC
Mermaid Lively Lady National YC
Mermaid Aideen National YC
Mermaid Endeavour National YC
Mermaid Jill Royal Irish YC
Mermaid The Message Skerries SC
Mermaid Gentoo Skerries SC
Mermaid Bean Adhmaid Skerries SC
Mermaid Dolphin Skerries SC
Mermaid Azeezy Skerries SC
Mermaid Helen - Skerries SC
Fireball License to Thrill Coal Harbour DL
Fireball Blue Eyes Coal Harbour DL
Fireball Elevation Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
Fireball Tipsey McStagger Royal St George YC
Howth 17 Oona Howth YC
Howth 17 Isobel Howth YC
Howth 17 Sheila Howth YC
IDRA 14 Shearwater Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
IDRA 14 Chimaera Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
IDRA 14 Chaos Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
IDRA 14 Delos ii Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
IDRA 14 Diane Coal Harbour DL
IDRA 14 Dart Coal Harbour DL
IDRA 14 Doody Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
IDRA 14 Dunmoanin Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
Laser Std Sailplan Royal Irish YC
RS400 888 Coleraine Yacht Club
PY Double Handed Laser Vago Sailing in Dublin
PY Double Handed Laser Vago Sailing in Dublin
PY Double Handed Laser Vago Sailing in Dublin
PY Single Handed Mach 2 Coal Harbour DL
PY Single Handed Mach 2 National YC
PY Single Handed Rihanna None
Water Wag Mollie National YC
Water Wag Good Hope Royal Irish YC
Water Wag Swift Royal Irish YC
Water Wag Marie Louise Royal Irish YC
Water Wag Chloe Royal Irish YC
Water Wag Eros Royal St George YC
Water Wag Little Tern Royal St George YC
Water Wag Pansy The Water Wag Club
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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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