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#vdlr – Eight of nine of the IRC zero entries for July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta on Dublin Bay are overseas entries. The exception is the defending IRC champion, the Howth based Mills 36, Crazy Horse skippered by Norbert Reilly. 

In IRC one fity percent of entries received are visitors to Dublin Bay and in another boost for bay racing, 25 boats in the overall fleet are overseas entries with a good number still to enter, it is estimated.

29 clubs are currently represented with boats coming from Scotland, Wales, UK, Ireland and the North of Ireland.

The VDLR organisers have extended the early bird discount to the biennial regatta until the 22 April but already 250 entries have been received for an event still three months away.

The country's biggest club is leading the local waterfront club entries. The RStGYC has 53 entries, the Royal Irish YC has 42, the National YC has 26 and the DMYC 4 entries to date.

There is also steady growth in participation from across Dublin Bay with Howth YC sending 24 entries.

Current entries here


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#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 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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#VDLR – There's still six months to go to the first gun of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2013 (VDLR) but already the country's biggest sailing event is clocking up the entries and many are return visitors, a heartening prospect for regatta organiser Adam Winkelmann.

The fifth staging of the event starts on July 11 and with an estimated 400 entries in 28 classes the Dublin Bay regatta is attracting entries from across the Irish Sea including two entries in January from the Isle of Man and one from Fairlie Yacht Club in Ayrshire.

Liverpool Yacht Club's J109 Sleeper skippered by Alasdair Davidson has confirmed and is expected to head a number of boats from the Mersey.

Club mates Andy Dunn sailing a Bolero 26 and ISORA regular Kuba Szymanski in the Sigma 33 Polished Manx from Douglas Bay Yacht Club are already signed in for Ireland's biggest sailing event in 2013.

An expected fleet of eight boats including IRC 1 Animal, Debbie & Kevin Aitken are returning once again to the event from Clyde Cruising Club. VDLR 2013 has also attracted back Scotland's Neil Sandford sailing a Mat 1010 from Fairlie Yacht Club.

The RS Elite sportsboat fleet (approximately 20 boats) have four events in the UK and Ireland this season but their Grand Slam event has been confirmed as VDLR.

Royal North of Ireland's Peter Wallace has confirmed he will be returning to defend his 2011 one design Squib Title.

The event office has also received enquiries from an experienced Crew from Yorkshire seeking a J109 or Sigma 33 for charter.

Feedback from local classes and class captains is very positive and excellent attendance is expected also from the local Dublin Bay and Howth fleets.

Already signed up are Bay regulars Raptor, the Mills 31-footer (Denis Hewitt), Howth Yacht Club's modified Half tonner King One, (David Cullen) and the Royal St. George's Vespucci, a Dehler 31 sailed by Sean and Kristina O'Regan. Royal Irish Yacht Club Commodore Paddy McSwiney's Beneteau 31.7 is sailing as is the Robe Humphries 36 Megalopolis, skippered by Peter Allman.

An early entry promotional drive will commence this week with an annual Subscription prize to Afloat, Ireland's Boating Magazine for early entries.

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#vor – Volvo's long association with Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) is set to continue into 2013 with the car marque taking the Title sponsor package for the event next year.

Dun Laoghaire Regatta has announced Volvo Car Ireland will sponsor the 2013 event in association with Spirit Motor Group, the dealership for Volvo in South Dublin.

"Sailing is a global platform for Volvo with our global involvement in the sport including the Volvo Ocean Race and we are proud to continue our association with this superb inshore regatta organised by the 4 waterfront yacht clubs in Dun Laoghaire" commented Adrian Yeates, Managing Director Volvo Car Ireland.

Given the challenging economic environment this announcement illustrates the confidence of Volvo Car Ireland in the ongoing recovery in the Irish economy and the belief in the regatta as a marketing platform for the brand.

"We at Spirit Motor Group are delighted to work with Volvo Car Ireland and the Dun Laoghaire Regatta Committee to ensure a winning partnership for customers and the important sailing community that participate in the event" commented Alan Moore, Dealer Principal, Spirit Motor Group.

Adam Winkelmann, Chairman of the 2013 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Committee added "like all events we rely enormously on the support of our sponsors to run the event. The regatta relies heavily on sponsorship and an army of volunteers to deliver a quality event at an affordable price. We are really delighted that Volvo Car Ireland, our long-standing title sponsor, continues as our primary brand partner in that regard. We welcome once again Spirit Motor Group as a very important addition to the mix."

The biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta will attract in the region of 400 boats and 3,000 participants along with families and friends to Dun Laoghaire in July next year. The sailors come mainly from Ireland, UK, Wales and Scotland from where we expect at least the same number of visitors as 2011. The event promises an important boost to the local economy of Dun Laoghaire town in the middle of the summer season. The regatta prides itself in delivering quality racing along with a wonderful festive atmosphere across the Dun Laoghaire waterfront.

This announcement is timed to coincide with the launch of the 2013 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta official Notice of Race and Online Entry available here.

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George Sisk's new Wow sailed to success in the Crusiers Zero divison of the Dublin Port sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club race this afternoon. The new J111 that sailed its first race in July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta beat Vincent Farrell's Tsunami, a Beneteau 40.7, for the Bay's big boat IRC honours. Full results for the entire Dublin Bay Sailing Club race (for 23 JULY 2011) are below:

BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Fiddly Bits (Kevin Byrne et al), 2. Thirty Something (Gerry Jones et al), 3. Attitude (D.Owens/T.Milner)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey), 3. Thirty Something (Gerry Jones et al)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (George Sisk), 2. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Gringo (Tony Fox), 2. Jalapeno (Dermod Baker et al), 3. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne)

CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Jura (Barry McCabe), 2. Gringo (Tony Fox), 3. Jalapeno (Dermod Baker et al)

CRUISERS 2 Echo - 1. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al), 2. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan), 3. Bendemeer (Lindsay Casey Power)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke), 2. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan), 3. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Supernova (K.Lawless et al), 2. Asterix (Counihan/Meredith/Bushell), 3. Jammie Dodger (J.H & D.O'Neill)

CRUISERS 3 Echo - 1. Taiscealai (Brian Richardson et al), 2. Jammie Dodger (J.H & D.O'Neill), 3. Asterix (Counihan/Meredith/Bushell)

DRAGON - 1. Phantom (D.Williams/P.Bowring), 2. Susele (Michael Halpenny), 3. Sir Ossis of the River (D Bergin)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Deranged (C.Doorly), 2. As Good As It Gets (Alan Balfe), 3. Snow White (Frank Burgess)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Fflogger (Alan Dooley), 2. Snow White (Frank Burgess), 3. As Good As It Gets (Alan Balfe)

GLEN - 1. Glenroan (Terence Moran), 2. Glencree (J.Bligh/H.Roche), 3. Glenluce (D & R O'Connor)

IDRA 14 FOOT Race 2- 1. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 2. Squalls (Stephen Harrison), 3. Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne)

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Squalls (Stephen Harrison), 2. Dart (Pierre Long), 3. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton)

MERMAID Race 2- 1. Jill (P.Smith/P.Mangan), 2. Kim (D Cassidy), 3. Aideen (B.Martin/D.Brennan)

MERMAID - 1. Kim (D Cassidy), 2. Jill (P.Smith/P.Mangan), 3. Aideen (B.Martin/D.Brennan)

PY CLASS - 1. R Tate (Laser), 2. Desmond McCarthy (Laser 1), 3. Orla Callender (Laser 1)

PY CLASS Race 2- 1. R Tate (Laser), 2. Desmond McCarthy (Laser 1)

SHIPMAN - 1. Macro One (Joseph Murray), 2. Whiterock (Henry Robinson), 3. Euphanzel lll (Louis McSherry et al)

SIGMA 33 - 1. Popje (Ted McCourt), 2. Leeuwin (H&C Leonard & B Kerr), 3. Gwili Two (D.Clarke/P.Maguire)

SQUIB - 1. Kookaburra (P & M Dee), 2. Little Bird (N Barnwell), 3. Pintail (M Muldoon & B Stevens)

SQUIB Race 2- 1. Little Bird (N Barnwell), 2. Nimble (Brian O'Hare), 3. Kookaburra (P & M Dee)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS Echo - 1. Nirvana (Bernard Neeson), 2. Persistence (C. Broadhead et al), 3. Act Two (Michael O'Leary et al)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Act Two (Michael O'Leary et al), 2. Persistence (C. Broadhead et al), 3. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer)

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Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta showcased the dynamic new sport of Kiteboarding off Seapoint on Saturday.

This year's regatta sees the launch of a brand new class, Kiteboard Course Racing. Many of you will be familiar with the mutlicoloured spectacle of kiteboarding, or as its sometimes called kitesurfing. Its not unusual to see 100+ kites in the air as you cruise or race pass Clontarf's Dollymount Strand. The sport has moved rapidly over the past 10 years with a vibrant community in Ireland, and is probably one of the most affordable sail sports available today. Now with a budding race scene, you can expect to see kites in large numbers vying for podiums all around the country.

The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has a history of being at the forefront of sail racing, and is proud to showcase this new dynamic class. Kite Course Racing was held this morning (first Start 10.15am) and depending on the wind will race again tomorrow Sunday 10th July.

The latest technology drive in kiteboarding has been towards course racing. Kiteboarders on race specific equipment fly upwind as quickly as an AC45, and achieve fully powered up racing from 8kts upwards. As you would expect, it has all of the hallmarks of high octane sailboat racing, as riders fight tooth and nail for every boat/board length, screaming for water at the mark, while searching for wind shifts and the fastest route around the cans, all this is done with breathtaking speed and agility. Heres an example of kiteboards pitted against hydrofoiling Moths, and 49er's (​r-tv/ )

Among the many hopefuls on the starting line, you can expect to see Francois Colussi, owner of Clontarf based kiteboard store & school Puremagic. Look out for Francois riding Cabrinha, he has been at the top of the sport for many years, competing at international level before settling in Ireland to open Puremagic Dublin & Achill. Jade O'Connor also on Cabrinha is no stranger to finishing line honours, a stalwart competitor in dinghy classes and catamaran's for many years.

The format is olympic / triangle courses, and ISAF rules under appendix BB, races are about 25 minutes long, raced back to back, with an event carrying the usual discard rules. A strict box rule governs the boards, keeping costs down and competition up. Kite size's range from 6m to 16m, as you can imagine the power to weight ratio is quite phenomenal. The class has a professional tour and recent world championships in Sylt, Germany, which was attended by over 70 competitors. Recent showcases have included the Rolex Miami OCR, the class is also in the mix for inclusion at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games.

2011 VDLR Kite Boarding Race 1 (Saturday 9th July)
Full Results as follows;
1. Francios Colussi
2. Jade O'Connor
3. Colm Murphy
...4. James Hayden
5 Eoin O'Connell
6 Melissa Evans, Carl Jordan, Catherine Etienne, Ross Harte, Charlie.

With marginal conditions the kiteboard course racing completed two races on Saturday. Enjoying cross onshore conditions at the required minimum 8kts limit at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

A hard fought contest saw the PureMagic Team take first and second. Francois Colussi in first place on a 13m Cabrinha Crossbow, followed by Jade O'Connor also riding Cabrinha. In third place was Colm Murphy riding Nobile. A short but fantastic day's racing in Dublin Bay

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Responsive race management in trying conditions pulled off a successful day afloat and – averted a major regatta set back  – for the massive 420 boat fleet in the penultimate round of the four day Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta today.

In a classic Dublin Bay scenario a light westerly gradient breeze of 8 knots fought an opposing sea breeze leaving Ireland's top race management teams with little option but to reset some courses and abandon others across the regatta's nine different courses.

Despite the on the water headaches however, the outcome has been a full programme of races in nearly all the 25 competing classes, thanks to nimble race teams.


More light winds at Dun Laoghaire today. More Photos on the Afloat Gallery HERE.

It leaves just two more races for the one designs and dinghies and a single race to decide the overall honours in the Cruiser classes tomorrow (Sunday) morning.

The hardest done by was perhaps the SB3s and Dragons who were sailing in Scotsmans' Bay. Race three was started twice and abandoned twice as the regatta's Chief Race Officer Con Murphy sat between two bands of wind, neither stable enough for racing.

The fickle conditions brought the first slip from Flor O'Driscoll's leading J24 in Cruisers III. Though the Royal St. George Crew still lead their margin is now a single point over Ken Lawless' Supernova.

O'Driscoll who is counting three races wins only managed a second and an untypical  22nd placing today. Supernova closed the gap with two race wins. Another J24 3. Scandal (Brian McDowell) is third.

21 Cruisers III are racing in IRC and 33 under the local ECHO handicap to be the biggest class at the regatta.

The J109s are racing for national championship honours and Pat Kelly's Storm from Rush Sailing Club is back in command again after a slip on Friday. Second is Andrew Sarratt's with John Maybury's Joker third.

In spite of the race abandonment issues Sharkbait (Ben Duncan/Brian Moran) lead the Laser SB3s. Aidan O'Connell's entry from the Royal St.George is third with John O'Driscoll's BornChickaWahWah third.

In the dinghy classes Johnny Ross Murphy's Water wag Little Tern leads from Swift (Guy Kilroy). William and Linda Prentice's Tortoise is third.

The final races for all classes get underway in the morning at 10.55am

Selected overall VDLR results after Day three (provisional) below:

IRC CLASS 0 - 1. Crazy Horse (Chambers/Reilly), 2. Elf Too (Christina Murray) 3. Grand Cru II (Jamie McGarry)

IRC CLASS 1 – Something Else(John&Brian Hall/Sue McDonnell), 2 Bengal Magic (John Moorehead/Chris Ferres), 3. Antix Beag (Anthony O'Leary)

IRC CLASS 2 - 1. Ruthless (Conor Ronan), 2. Impetuous (Fergal Noonan/Robert Chambers) 3. King One (David Cullen)

IRC CLASS 3 - 1. Hard on Port (Flor O'Driscoll), 2. Supernova (Syd MacCormack/Ken Lawless/Pat Shannon), 3. Scandal (Brian McDowell)

NON SPINNAKER 1 - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Lula Belle (Liam Coyne), 3. Persistance (Charles Broadhead/Jerry Collins/Ian Stuart)

NON SPINNAKER 2 - 1. Bite the Bullet (Colm Bermingham), 2. Voyager (Joe Carton), 3. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer)

NON SPINNAKER DBSC CUP - 1. Persistance(Charles Broadhead/Jerry Collins/Ian Stuart), 2. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer),3.Eden Park (Liam Farmer)

J109 - 1. Storm (Pat Kelly), 2. Jedi (Barratt/Austin/McGuinness), 3. Joker 2 (John Maybury)

J80 WELSH/IRISH CUP- 1. Ireland 1 (Geoff O'Donoghue), 2. Ireland 2 (Stephen Doherty), 3. Wales 1 (Kieron Inman)

LASER SB3- 1. Sharkbait (Ben Duncan/Brian Moran), 2. Aidan O'Connell, 3. BornChickaWahWah(John O'Driscoll)

BENETEAU 31.7 – 1. Twister(Fletcher/Byers/Fair),2. Flying Machine (Conor&Donal O'Gallagher),3.30 Something(Kavanagh/Jones/Gaffney/Lubliner)

SIGMA 33 - 1.White Mischief (Tim Goodbody), 2. Popje (Ted McCourt), 3. Moonshine (Ronnie Moloney/David O'Flynn)

RUFFIAN 23- 1. Ruff Nuff (Derek&Carol Mitchell), 2. Diane 2 (Alan Claffey) 3. Ruff n'Ready(Cullen/Brown/Kirwan)

SHIPMAN- 1.Curraglass (John Masterson), 2. Whiterock (Henry M Robinson), 3. Joe Slim(Clarke/Maher&Maher)

GLEN - 1. Glenluce (Donal&Richard O'Connor), 2.Glenmarissa(Frank Elmes/Wilf Higgins), 3. Pterodactyl (Roderick & David McCaffrey)
FLYING 15- 1. Hy5ive(David Gorman), 2. The Gruffalo (Keith Poole) 3. The Big Bow Wow (Niall Meagher&Nicki Matthews),

DRAGON- 1.Phantom (Peter Bowring/David Williams), 2. Jaguar(Martin Byrne), 3. Sir Ossis of the River (Burgin/Murphy/Burke)

MERMAID - 1. Tiller Girl (Johnathon O'Rourke), 2. Endeavour(Roger Bannon), 3. Thumbalina(Patrick Boardman)

SQUIB - 1. Toy for the Boys (Peter Wallace), 2. Femme Fatale(Joe O'Byrne/Vincent Delaney), 3. Anemos (Peter & Anne Evans)

WATER WAG - 1. Little Tern (J Ross-Murphy) 2. Swift(Guy Kilroy), 3. Tortoise(William & Linda Prentice)

WAYFARER- 1. Devil's Advocat (Richard Hartley) 2. Still Gamboling (Brian Lamb), 3. Black Pear (David Wade)

FIREBALL- 1. El Rey Del Fuego (Francis Rowan) 2. Lets Get Messy (Andy Boyle/Barry Hurley), 3. Moon Monkey (Diana Kissane)

IDRA 14- 1. Delos II (Patrick O Neill) 2. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 3. Chaos (Julie Ascoop/Heather Keenan)

HOWTH 17- 1. Isobel (Brian&Conor Turvey) 2. Oona (Peter Courtney), 3. Leila (Roddy Cooper)

LASER RADIAL - 1. Declan Kickham, 2. Pump It (Luke Murphy), 3. Eoin Foley

LASER STANDARD- 1. Fossa Too (Will Nesbitt), 2. (Richard Tate), 3. Francis Barry

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Light winds replaced heavy for day two of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and although it has been a regatta of extremes so far it is also one that has completed the full schedule for all 25 classes.

Ireland's largest sailing event approaches the half way stage tomorrow and a number of key champions are emerging in cruiser, one design and dinghy classes.

Howth Yacht Club's Crazy Horse (Chambers/Reilly) leads Cruisers Zero from two Scottish visitors. Another local boat, the royal St. George's Sigma 38 Erislannan leads Class one, again from Scottish visitors.

Sligo Yacht Club's Conor Ronan has a two point lead in Class two but in the strongest regatta performance of the regatta to date the 2009 class three winner Hard on Port is in control again.

Flor O'Driscoll's J24 Hard on Port has three wins in his 38 boat fleet, the biggest fleet of the regatta.


Supernova,  (above) with three seconds, is challenging Hard on Port (below) with three first places in Cruisers III, the biggest fleet of the event


The one designs are lead, by fleet size at least, by the SB3s with 33 racing. The Howth trio of Ben Duncan, Brian Moran and Ric Morris are ahead but only by a point, their margin reduced by an OCS in race four.

The J109 class are also racing for national honours and after three races the early leader Pat Kelly's Storm has lost out to Joker (John Maybury) and Dermot Baker's Jalapeno in second.

The Dragon class only started racing the regatta today have now completed three races. Sir Ossis of the River sailed by Denis Bergin leads from Peter Bowring's Phantom.

Selected overall VDLR results (provisional) below:

IRC CLASS 0 (after three races) - 1. Crazy Horse (Chambers/Reilly), 2 Grand Cru II (Jamie McGarry) 3. Elf Too (Christina Murray)

IRC CLASS 1 (after three races) – Errislannan (Paul Kirwan), 2 Carmen II (Paul Scuff/Alan Jeffrey), 3. Animal (Debbie Aitken)

IRC CLASS 2 (after three races) - 1. Ruthless (Conor Ronan), 2. Impetuous (Fergal Noonan/Robert Chambers) 3. King One (David Cullen)

IRC CLASS 3 (after three races) - 1. Hard on Port (Flor O'Driscoll), 2. Supernova (Syd MacCormack/Ken Lawless/Pat Shannon), 3. Pinocchio (Noel Davidson)

J109 (after three races) - 1. Joker 2(John Maybury), 2. Jalapeno (Baker et Al), 3. Storm (Pat Kelly)

BENETEAU 31.7 (after three races) – 1. Twister(Fletcher/Byers/Fair),2. Flying Machine (Conor&Donal O'Gallagher),3.30 Something(Kavanagh/Jones/Gaffney/Lubliner)

SIGMA 33 (after three races) - 1.White Mischief (Tim Goodbody), 2. Popje (Ted McCourt), 3. Enchantress (Bonner/Nicholl/Larkin)

RUFFIAN 23 (after three races)- 1. Ruff Nuff (Derek&Carol Mitchell), 2. Ruff n'Ready (Cullen/Brown/Kirwan) 3. Paramour (Power/Sastre/Russell)

SHIPMAN (after three races)- 1.Curraglass (John Masterson), 2. Lulu (Bob & Tom Galvin), 3. Whiterock (Henry M Robinson)
GLEN (after three races)- 1.Glenmarissa(Frank Elmes/Wilf Higgins) 2. Glenluce (Donal&Richard O'Connor), 3. Pterodactyl (Roderick & David McCaffrey)

FLYING 15 (after four races)- 1. Hy5ive(David Gorman), 2. Gruffalo (Keith Poole) 3. Final Fling (Norman Hamilton/William Rutherford)

DRAGON (after three races)- 1.Sir Ossis of the River (Burgin/Murphy/Burke), 2. Phantom (Peter Bowring/David Williams), 3. Susele(Michael Halpenny)

MERMAID (after four races) - 1. Endeavour (Roger Bannon), 2. Thumbalina (Patrick Boardman), 3. MiDi (Enda Weldon)
SQUIB (after four races) - 1. Toy for the Boys (Peter Wallace), 2. Lola (Frank Whelan), 2. Anemos (Peter & Anne Evan)

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With a week to go to the biggest regatta of the season, organisers of Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta are still accepting entries in all 25 classes. There is now a likely total VDLR fleet size of 400 boats. The biggest cruiser classes are IRC 2 and IRC 3 so it is a reasonable assumption that some of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's own top performers such as Ken Lawless's Supernova or past winner O'Driscoll's J24 Hard on Port may well emerge as Volvo trophy winners. All the latest on VDLR next week here!

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A double win for the Cruiser II Smile in IRC and ECHO handicap in tonight's Dublin Bay Sailing Club race will be seen as a welcome boost just two weeks before the biggest regatta of the season writes our Dublin Bay Correspondent. 

It is not the first win this season either for Barry O'Sullivan's Corby 25. The National Yacht Club entry enjoyed another fine ECHO performance in one of DBSC's biggest fleets on May 28th too. Tonight Smile beat Jim McCann's well sailed Mustang 30 Peridot for the IRC honours.

Smile is one of 25 boats in the cruisers II fleet preparing for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, the country's biggest regatta that has secured 400 entries for its fourth staging from July 7th.

The rest of the DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 23 JUNE 2011 are below:

BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Attitude (D.Owens/T.Milner), 2. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 3. Levana (Jean Mitton)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Levana (Jean Mitton), 3. Attitude (D.Owens/T.Milner)

CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Errislannan (Patrick Kirwan), 2. Gringo (Tony Fox), 3. Adrenalin (Joe McDonald)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Gringo (Tony Fox), 2. Joker 11 (John Maybury), 3. Errislannan (Patrick Kirwan)

CRUISERS 2 Echo - 1. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan), 2. Jester (Declan Curtin), 3. Peridot (Jim McCann et al)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan), 2. Peridot (Jim McCann et al), 3. Jester (Declan Curtin)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Supernova (K.Lawless et al), 2. Lady Rowena (David Bolger), 3. Asterix (Counihan/Meredith/Bushell)

CRUISERS 3 Echo - 1. Taiscealai (Brian Richardson et al), 2. Lady Rowena (David Bolger), 3. Small Wonder (Hugh Kelly)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Deranged (C.Doorly), 2. Frequent Flyer (D Mulvin), 3. Kooigjug (K Dumpleton)

GLEN - 1. Glendun (B.Denham et al), 2. Pterodactyl (R & D McCaffrey), 3. Glenshane (P Hogan)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Ruff N Ready (Ann Kirwan et al), 2. Ruff Nuff (D & C Mitchell), 3. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell)

SB3s - 1. Flutter (Andrew Algeo), 2. Bom Chickawahwah (John O'Driscoll), 3. Defiant (R.Hudson/J.Hooper)

SHIPMAN - 1. Curraglas (John Masterson), 2. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 3. Whiterock (Henry Robinson)

SIGMA 33 - 1. Popje (Ted McCourt), 2. Enchantress (Michael Larkin et al), 3. Moonshine (R.Moloney/D.O'Flynn)

SQUIB - 1. Absolutely Fabulous (N Kennedy/P Reilly), 2. Nimble (Brian O'Hare), 3. Glassilaun (D O'Neill)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS Echo - 1. Act Two (Michael O'Leary et al), 2. Edenpark (Liam Farmer), 3. Calypso (Howard Knott)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Act Two (Michael O'Leary et al), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott), 3. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer)

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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.

Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2021

The dates for the 2021 edition of Ireland's biggest sailing event on Dublin Bay is: 8-11 July 2021

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