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Final Entry List for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2013

10th July 2013
Final Entry List for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2013

#VDLR2013 – Scroll down this page for the full entry of 390 boats in 25 classes equalling the inaugural 2005 regatta.

 

ClassBoat NameOwnerClub
IRC 0 Jezebel Guy Cowper Royal Dee YC
  Eos Rod Stuart Clyde CC
  Impetuous Richard Fildes South Caernarvonshire YC  
  Dark Angel  Anthony Ackland  Swansea Yacht & Sub Aqua Club
  Roxstar Findlay and Anderson Clyde CC
  Grand Cru II Jamie McGarry  Clyde CC
  Mighty Max 2 Neil Thomas Liverpool YC
  Loose Change Morris Mitton/Peter Redden Royal Irish YC
  Zephyr Steven Cowie Clyde Cruising Club
  Jacob John Stamp Port Edgar
  Elf too Christine Murray Clyde CC
  Crazy Horse  Chambers/Reilly  Howth YC
IRC 1 Injenious MG SAILING [Crompton/Hallworth] South Caernarvonshire YC  
  Carmen II Alan Jeffrey and Paul Scutt Helensburgh SC
  Boomerang Kirwan Family Royal St George YC
  Black Velvet  Parnell Family  Royal Irish YC 
  What's the Rush 2 Ernie Kelly Ballyhenry Boat club
  Animal Debbie Aitken Clyde CC
  Bada Bing Andy Napper, Andy and Annie Farrell Liverpool YC
  Now or Never 3 Neill Sandford Fairlie YC
  Axiom Michael J ONeill Royal Irish YC
  Megalopolis Peter Allman Royal St George YC 
  Rockabill V Paul OHiggins Royal Irish YC
  Adrenalin Balfe/McDonald/OMalley National YC
  Flashback Paddy Gregory, Don Breen Howth YC
  Raptor  Denis Hewitt & Ors  Royal Irish YC 
  Gringo  Tony Fox  National Yacht Club 
  Bon Exemple X Yachts GB Royal Irish YC
  Eazi Tiger Connolly/Kyffin/Oliver Liverpool YC
IRC 2 King One David Cullen Howth YC
  Kamikaze  Peter Nash  Royal St George YC 
  Movistar Bleu Raymond Killops Killyleagh YC
  Jester Declan Curtin National YC
  Cor Baby Ryan, Lattimore and Kiernan Royal Irish YC
  Viking Kevin Darmody/Mark Patterson Howth YC
  Dux  Anthony Gore-Grimes  Howth YC
  Graduate Barron, Dunne, Merrigan O Keeffe Royal Irish YC
  Checkmate XV Nigel Biggs Royal St George YC/Visiting Cowes
  Witzend 2 Peter Conlon Royal St George YC
  Bendemeer  Lindsay J Casey and Denis Power  Royal St George YC 
  Tribal Liam Burke Galway Bay SC
  MiniMumm Ronan Cobbe and Niamh McDonald Howth YC
  Scenario Encore Stuart/Julie Fitton Blackpool and Fleetwood YC
  The Big Picture R and M Evans and B Heffernan Howth YC
  Maximus Paddy Kyne Howth YC
  Cherubino Yves Letertre Carlingford SC
  Fifty shades Stuart cranston Strangford lough yc
  Dick Dastardly  Brian Cusack and Others  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC 
  Peridot  Yannick Charrier / Jim McCann / Paul Cadden / Hugh O'Donnell  Royal Irish YC 
  Impetuous Fergal Noonan/Robert Chambers Howth YC
  Helter Skelter Adrienne and Averil Jermyn Royal St George YC
  Significant Ian Macdonald Clyde CC
  Karukera Gerry Harvey Royal St George YC
  Sunburn Ian Byrne Howth YC
  Red Rhum Jonathan/Christopher Nicholson Royal St George YC
IRC 3 Tango  Andy Dunn  Douglas Bay YC IOM  
  NYAH Stefan Hyde Royal Cork YC
  Wynward Wyn McCormack Royal Irish YC
  Chouskikou Declan Ward DL Marina
  Supernova Timbs/Costello/McStay/Monaghan Royal Irish YC
  Cacciatore Mairead Ni Cheallachain National YC
  Alliance II Vincent Gaffney Howth YC
  Hard on Port Flor ODriscoll Howth YC
  Pamafe Michael Costello Royal Irish YC
  Cri-Cri Paul Colton Royal Irish YC
  Asterix  Boushell/Counihan/Meredith DL Marina 
  Jaws Jaime Bergin, Brendan Foley, Others Dublin Bay SC
  Grasshopper 2 Kevin and John Glynn National YC
  Challenger Paul Rossiter Howth YC
  Goyave Russell Camier Malahide YC
  Gossip Meredith, Kerins, Barron, Rowley Royal Irish YC
  Carrabeg D.L.Martin Royal St George YC
  Flash Graeme Noonan / Brian Flahive Wicklow SC
  HyFlyer John Barnard Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club
  Apache Jonathan Gifford Quoile YC
  Saki Ryan and McCormack Royal Irish YC
  Don Giovanni Cillian Macken Howth YC
  Taiscealai Brian Richardson Royal Irish YC
  Triple Seven D.Fitzgerald/S.Gardiner Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Gung-Ho Grainne and Sean OShea Royal Irish YC
  Cartoon Joe Brady/Sybil McCormack/Ken Lawless Royal Irish YC
  Jamais Encore JP McCaldin Lough Erne Yacht Club
  Jelignite Finbarr Ryan Lough Ree YC
  Triple Seven D.Fitzgerald/S.Gardiner Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Quest Barry Cunningham and Johnny Skerritt Royal Irish YC
  J Guevara Hasson Family Lough Swilly YC
  Euro Car Parks Kilcullen Howth YC K25 Team Howth YC
  Starlet Bourke, Maher, McGirr Howth YC
  Borraine Ean Pugh Royal Irish YC
Beneteau 31.7 Extreme Reality P McSwiney/ E ORafferty Royal Irish YC
  Prima Nocte  Deirdre Kennedy/Patrick Burke Royal Irish YC 
  Levante Michael Leahy/John POwer National YC
  Levana Jean Mitton Royal St George YC 
  Prospect Chris Johnston National YC
  After You Too Michael Blaney Royal St George YC
  Dies Irae Patrick D Rowan Royal Irish YC
  Kernach Eoin ODriscoll National YC
  Bluefin Two Michael/Bernie Bryson National YC
  Fiddly Bits PJ Timmins/B.Quigley/G.Murray/ D.Breen Royal St George YC
  Avalon Conan/Fox Royal St George YC
  Magic Donal O'Sullivan, David Espey Royal Irish YC
  30 Something Brian Kavanagh Royal St George YC
  Eauvation Jason and Debbie Corlett Douglas Bay YC
  Twister Byers/Fletcher/Fair Royal Ulster YC
  Attitude  Sugars/Milner Royal Irish YC/Royal St George YC
  Legally blonde  C.Drohan/P.Egan Royal St George YC 
J109 Indecision Declan Hayes Royal Irish YC
  Ruth Liam Shanahan National YC
  Joker 2  John Maybury  Royal Irish YC 
  Powder Monkey  Chris Moore, Mark Byrne,Others National YC 
  Something Else  John and Brian Hall, Sue McDonnell  National YC 
  Jump The Gun Michael Monaghan/John Kelly Royal Irish YC
  Sleeper Alasdair Davidson Liverpool YC
  Mojito Peter Dunlop/Vicky Cox Pwllheli SC
  Jeepster David Lean South Caernarvonshire YC
  Storm Pat Kelly Rush SC
  Sgrech Stephen Tudor Pwllheli SC
  Jalapeno  Barrington/Burke/Phillips National YC 
  Jedi  Sarratt and Austin and McGuiness  Royal Irish YC
  Jetstream John Collins Pwllheli SC
Non Spinnaker Vespucci Sean & Kristina ORegan Royal St George YC/Royal Irish YC
  Eden Park  Liam Farmer  Royal Irish YC 
  Bite the Bullet  Colm Bermingham  Howth YC
  Humdinger  Michael Mc Cabe  Carlingford SC
  The Great Escape  Patrick & Denise Rigney  Royal Irish YC 
  Syledis in Blue John & Brenda Hayes Bray SC
  Gannet Brian McCann Carlingford Lough YC
  Chase Me John Raughter Bray SC
  More Mischief Eamonn Doyle DL Marina
  White Lotus Paul Tully DL Marina
  Demelza Stephanie Ennis Howth YC
  Jokers Wild  Gordon Knaggs  Howth YC
  Persistance Charles Broadhead, Ian Stuart, Jerry Collins Royal Irish YC
  Spirit Colin OBrien et al Royal St George YC
  Excalibur Bart Connolly Bray SC
  Sea Safari Jacqueline Smith Royal Irish YC
  Calypso Howard Knott Royal St George YC
  Afternoon Delight M.Bennett, M Brennan, JP Mackay, G Begley Royal Irish YC
  Brazen Hussy Barry/Stirling Howth YC
  Katie T.Dunne/F.Fahy/CMcGuinness/D.Grace Royal St George YC
  Orna Philip Dilworth National YC
  Nirvana Bernard Neeson Royal St George YC
  To Infinity and Beyond Kieran Crowley Royal St George YC
  Dragonfly Alo McGoldrick Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club
  Act Two M Oleary/T Roche/D Andrews Royal Irish YC
  Aurora Ray Conway National YC
  Emir Herr  Liam Shanahan  National YC 
  Nauti-Gal John and Jason Crawford Royal St George YC
  Setanta Gavin Denn National YC
  Zephyr Ross Cahill-OBrien National YC
  Just Jasmin  Philip Smith  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC 
  Xerxes Dan ONeill Royal Irish YC
  Big Deal Derek Dillon Foynes YC
  Effex II Frank Friel Royal Irish YC
  Moonshine Team Foynes Partners Foynes YC
  Roaring Water Jack Coffey Royal Irish YC
  Eblana Roger Aplin  
  Pure Magic Steve Hayes Bray SC
  Windermere Joe Taylor Greystones SC
IRC Coastal Lula Belle Liam Coyne National YC
  Ulula III Nick Ogden Liverpool YC
  Lively Lady Derek Martin Royal Irish YC
  Adelie Peter Hall National YC
  Lady Rowena David Bolger Royal St George YC
  Aquelina Sheila Tyrrell/James Tyrrell Arklow SC
  Wow George Sisk  Royal Irish YC 
  African Challenge Dirk van Breda National YC
  Tsunami Vincent Farrell  National YC 
  Soufriere Stephen OFlaherty Royal Irish YC
  Mermaid IV Seamus Fitzpatrick Royal Irish YC
  Windshift Brian Gillen DL Marina
  Coirin Finn Lyden Royal St George YC
  Polished Manx Kuba Szymanski Douglas Bay YC IOM  
  Rebellion Hughes/Hanlon/O'Mahony National YC
  Miss Behavin Alan Bell and Others National YC
Sigma 33 Popje Ted mcCourt National YC
  Enchantress Larkin/Bonner/Nichol National YC
  Marauder Dr P Milner/Dr T Saunders South Caernarvonshire YC  
  Leaky Roof 2 A.Harper/EandK Robertson Cove SC
  Gwili Two Dermot Clarke/Paddy Maguire Royal St George YC
  Saphoenix Ken Roberts Liverpool YC
  Leeuwin Robert Kerr/H and C Leonard Royal Irish YC
  Springer Ian Bowring Royal St George YC
  Pippa IV  M.O'Brien/G.Kinsman/E.McMahon  DL Marina 
  Pastiche Thomas J O Neill  Royal Irish YC 
  Rupert Richard V Lovegrove/Philip R Lovegrove Royal St George YC
  Moonshine Ronnie Moloney Royal St George YC
  September Song Barry Colleary Royal Irish YC
  White Mischief Timothy Goodbody Royal Irish YC
Beneteau First 21 Capilano Séamus Storan Royal Irish YC
  eeZee Tiger Paraic Bourke National YC
  Small Wonder Hugh Kelly Royal Irish YC
  Isolde Peter Carroll Royal Irish YC
  Yikes! Joe Conway Royal Irish YC
  Syzrgy Rowan Fogarty Royal St George YC
  Mon Reve Brian Stewart Malahide YC
  Wild Thing Louis Byrne/Declan Costello Tralee Bay SC
  Chinook Andrew Bradley and Paul Morgan Royal Irish YC
  Carna Stuart Spence Scotland
  Backchat Karen Smith DL Marina
  Plan B Kieran Kingston/Vincent Mulvey Royal St George YC
  Double Dutch John Bickerstaff England
  Frutti di Mare Niallo Carroll DL Marina
Shipman Whiterock Henry M. Robinson Royal Irish YC
  Bluefin B Finucane National YC
  Curaglas John Masterson National YC
  The Den George Miller/Aisling Costello Royal St George YC
  Poppy Peter Beamish and others Royal St George YC
  Malindi Andrew Gray/Bernard Smith National YC
  Invader Gerard Glynn Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Jo Slim J.Clarke,BJ and G Maher Royal St George YC
  Viking Mason,McCrohan,McWeeney Glynn Royal St George YC
  Twocan David Freeman Royal St George YC
  Juniper Nick Jones/Harry Byrne Royal St George YC
  Euphanzel 3  John Simington/Graham Crisp/Colm Duggan Royal St George YC 
  Brent Goose Tony Vincent Royal St George YC
  Just Good Friends  Gerry O'Neill National YC
  Gusto  Christine Heath/Graham Miles Royal St George YC 
  Euphanzel John Simington & Others Royal St George YC
Ruffian 23 Paramour Larry Power National YC
  Ruff Diamond Regina Regan/Wyn Hughes/ Peter McIntyre Sailing in Dublin Club
  Carmen Brendan Duffy/Mike Hinkson Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Ruf Nuff derek mitchell Royal St George YC
  Different Drummer Declan Tonge National YC
  Icicle Colm Murray National YC
  Diane 2 Alan Claffey/Chris Helme Royal St George YC
  Riff Raff  Hilary Murphy-Fagan National YC 
  Ripples Frank Bradley Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Bandit Kirwan/Cullen/Brown National YC
  Ruff Rider  Ronan Lee  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC 
  Ruff Justice Pat ODowd,Jane Holland,Bryan Dobson Royal Irish YC
  Alias Jonathan Ryan, Jim Woods, Fred Barry National YC
SB20 Venuesworld.com Ger Dempsey Royal Irish YC
  Sunday Brunch David Dwyer/Richard Tate Royal St George YC
  Smoke on the Water Bob Hobby Royal St George YC
  Should Be… Michael O Connor Royal St George YC
  Sin Bin Emmet Ryan Royal St George YC
  Bad-Kilcullen Jerry Dowling Royal Irish YC
  Sin a Bhuifl Gillian Guinness Howth YC
  Shockwave Kevin Collins Sligo YC
  Ruby Blue Pete Smyth/Aidan OConnell Royal St George YC
  Odin James Gorman National YC
  TBC Dorgan/Collins Cove SC
  Lia Dave Barry Royal St George YC
  Alert Packaging Justin Burke National YC
  ShamBolic Allen/Kennedy/Ramsay Royal St George YC
  SacreBleu Doug Smith Royal Irish YC
  Timber Alan McNab Royal Irish YC
  Probably Ian Simington Royal St George YC
  Rubadubdub  Nick Doherty,Rob Gavin  National YC 
  Seriously Bonkers 3  Martin Cuppage/Peter Lee  Royal St George YC 
  BomChickaWahWah  John O'Driscoll  Royal St George YC 
Dragon Phantom Peter Bowring/David Williams Royal St George YC
  Jaguar  Martin Byrne  Royal St George YC 
  ZinZan Dan OConnor Royal Irish YC
  Diva Rick Johnson/Richard Goodbody/Rob Johnson Royal Irish YC
  Cloud Clare Hogan Royal St George YC
  Scorcher Greag Purcell Royal Irish YC
  Sir Ossis of the River Denis Bergin Royal Irish YC
  Mstere James Peters/Dave Cummings South Caernarvonshire YC
Glen Glencoe RM Craig/P&F Sheehan/J Murphy/ B Cotter Royal St George YC
  Glendun Brian Denham Royal St George YC
  Glen Miller  Paul Cusack/Conor Ohanlon/Niamh Strathern Royal St George YC 
  Glencree John Bligh/Henry Roche Royal St George YC
  Glenmarissa Frank Elmes/Wilf Higgins Royal St George YC
  Glengesh  Gearld Sands/Barry O Connor Royal Irish YC 
  Glenshesk Gena Walker/Liz Faulkner/Adrian Henderson/Mike Reid Royal St George YC 
  Glenshane Pete Hogan Royal St George YC
  Glenariff Adrian Lee Royal St George YC
  Glenluce Richard/Donal OConnor Royal St George YC
  Pterodactyl Roderick & David McCaffrey Royal St George YC 
Howth 17 Oona Peter Courtney Howth YC
  Isobel Brian and Conor Turvey Howth YC
  Sheila Mary Faherty Howth YC
  Pauline Shane O'Doherty/Eoghan Ryan Howth YC
RS Elite Storm John Gunning/Stephen Polly/ David Kelso Royal Ulster YC
  Fullmarks Mark Brien,Mark Ennis/Mark Mcneill Royal North of Ireland YC
  Toucan Gavin and Mike Vaughan Royal North of Ireland YC
  Momentary Laps... John Patterson Royal Ulster YC
Sailfleet J80 Northside 1 Noel Davidson Howth YC
  Northside 2 TBA Howth YC
  Northside 3 TBA Howth YC
  Northside 4 TBA Howth YC
  Southside 1 Mary O'Loughlin Dun Laoghaire
  Southside 2 Kenny Rumball Dun Laoghaire
  Southside 3 TBA Dun Laoghaire
  Southside 4 TBA Dun Laoghaire
Flying Fifteen The Gruffalo Ian Mathews National YC
  Deranged Alan Green National YC
  A Mere Triffle Peter Sherry/Karl Ruddy National YC
  Flyer Niall Coleman National YC
  Ash Joe Coughlan National YC
  Out of the Blue Fraser Mitchell National YC
  The Big Bow Wow Niall Meagher/Nicki Matthews National YC
  Fflogger Alan Dooley National YC
  Kooigjug K Dumpleton National YC
  Snow White Francis J Burgess National YC
  Perfect ten Alan Balfe National YC
  HiFibre Peter Murphy National YC
  Fflapjack Robin Hilliard National YC
  Rollercoaster Tom Murphy National YC
  UFO Valerie Mulvin National YC
  Hard Currency Charlie Boland  
  Melliffluence Ben Mulligan National YC 
  As Good as it Gets Ross Doyle National YC
Fireball  Elevation Neil Colin/Margaret Casey Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  License to Thrill Louis Smyth Coal Harbour DL
  Tipsey McStagger Conor and James Clancy Royal St George YC
  Blue Eyes Henry Rice Coal Harbour DL
  TBA McGuire/Chambers Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Sparkly Arkley Ed Hyland Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Blind Squirrel  Frank Miller  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC 
  Let's Get Messy Bryan Byrne Royal Irish YC
  Goodness Gracious  Louise McKenna/Francis Rowan Royal St George YC 
  Funk Phenomena Gavin Doyle/Dave Sweeney National YC 
Mermaid The Message Ross Galbraith Skerries SC
  Gentoo Brian Mc Nally Skerries SC
  Tiller Girl Jonathan ORourke National YC
  Jill Paul Smith, Pat Mangan Royal Irish YC
  Lively Lady Geraldine ONeill and Mick Hanney National YC
  Bean Adhmaid Martin OToole Skerries SC
  Dolphin Seamus OToole Skerries SC
  Azeezy Sam Shiels Skerries SC
  Aideen Brendan Martin/Dan Brennan National YC
  Endeavour Roger Bannon National YC
  Helen Therese Rooney Skerries SC
  Argo Darragh McCormack Foynes YC
  Mayhem Enda Weldon Rush SC
Squib Perfection Jill Fleming Royal St George YC
  Anemos Pete and Anne Evans Royal St George YC
  Pintail M.Muldoon/B.Stevens National YC
  Why Not Derek Jago Royal St George YC
  Periquin Noel Colclough Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Chatterbox Jeff Kay Howth YC
  Contender Denis Todd Royal North of Ireland YC
  lola Frank Whelan Royal St George YC
  Little Demon  Sheila Power  Royal St George YC 
  Kookaburra Peter/Marie Dee Royal St George YC
  Toy for the Boys Peter Wallace Royal North of Ireland YC
  BuzzLite Gerry OConnor Royal St George YC
  Nimble Brian OHare, and Alain Deladiennee Royal St George YC
  Black Amour Sean OReilly Howth YC
  Kerfuffle Jonathan and Hazel Craig Howth YC
  Hawkeye Simon Hutchinson Killyleagh YC
  Fox Michael Moran/Michael Shiel Royal St George YC
IDRA 14 Shearwater Ciaran Browne Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
  Chimaera Killian Sargent/Yvonne Murray Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
  Doody John Fitzgerald/Jennifer Byrne Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Diane Fergal OFlaherty/Brian Murphy Coal Harbour DL
  Slipstream Julie Ascoop/Heather Keenan Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
  Dart Pierre Long/Hazel Rea Coal Harbour DL
  Dunmoanin Frank Hamilton Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Delos ii Patrick ONeill Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
  Sapphire Lorcan OSullivan Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
Water Wag Little Tern  John Ross-Murphy Royal St George YC 
  Mollie  Cathy Mac Aleavey  National YC 
  Good Hope Hal Sisk Royal Irish YC
  Swift Guy Kilroy Royal Irish YC
  Marie Louise John J Magnet Royal Irish YC
  Eros Gail Varian Royal St George YC
  Chloe Kate OLeary Royal Irish YC
  Pansy Vincent Delany The Water Wag Club
  Coquette Seymour Cresswell Sailing in Dublin
  Sprite Adrian Masterson Royal Irish YC
  Freddie David corcoran/ bairbre Stewart Royal Irish YC
  Marcia Jim Foley and Yvonne Ryan Royal St George YC
PY Sky Bird Paul McDermott National YC
  The Return of the Milky Bar Kid Hugh Sheehy Royal St George YC
  Laser Vago Grace Lumsden Sailing in Dublin
  Laser Vago Federico CardonaPons Sailing in Dublin
  Laser Vago Stuart McBride Sailing in Dublin
  Mach 2 John Chambers Coal Harbour DL
  Mach 2 Annalise Murphy National YC
  Rihanna Rory Fitzpatrick None
  Sailplan Paul Keane Royal Irish YC
  888 Anthony Clendinning Coleraine Yacht Club
  Fossatoo Will Nesbitt Royal Irish YC
  Phooey Richard Harding National YC
  The Pearse Allen Sean Flanagan Royal St George YC
  Roubaix Francis Barry Royal St George YC
  West Sails Yannick Lemonnier Galway Bay SC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       
       
       
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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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