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#vdlr – More than half of the champions from Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2011 have indicated (see table below) they will be back this July to defend their respective titles in Ireland's biggest regatta.

The biennial event features over 28 different racing classes and organisers are already predicting a strong turnout of up to 400 boats with UK entries part of the early entries to date. A separate bid has been made urging more Cork sailors to attend this year.

Among those returning for the battle of the bay inlcude IRC Class Zero winner (and the new ICRA commodore) Norbert Reilly at the helm of the Mills 37 Crazy Horse from Howth.

Class one winner, the j109 Something Else skippered by John Hall from the National Yacht Club is also back.

In the one design classes Ben Duncan is defending in the SB20s, Tim Goodbody in the Sigma 33s, David Gorman in the Flying Fifteens. In the dinghy classes John Ross Murphy will be racing Little Tern in the Water Wag class (one of the biggst dinghy classes on the bay).

The full list of 2011 VDLR champions (compiled by VDLR) is below.

DefendingClass Boat NameOwnerClub
YesIRC O1stCrazy Horse Chambers/Reilly Howth YC
YesIRC 11stSomething Else John and Brian Hall, Sue McDonnell National YC
YesIRC 21stImpetuous Fergal Noonan & Robert Chambers Howth YC
YesJ1091stJoker 2 John Maybury Royal Irish YC
Yes-EnteredLaser SB31stSharkbait Ben Duncan/Brian Moran Howth YC
YesSigma 331stWhite Mischief Tim GoodbodyRoyal Irish YC
HopefullyBeneteau 31.71stTwister Fletcher, Byers, Fair Ballyholme Yacht Club / Royal Ulster Yacht Club
Yes-EnteredWater Wag 1stLittle Tern J. Ross-Murphy, Royal St George YC
YesFlying 151stHY5ive David Gorman National YC
YesHowth 171stOona Peter Courtney Howth YC
YesMermaid1stTiller Girl Jonathan O'Rourke National YC
YesSquib1stToy for the boys Peter Wallace Royal North of Ireland YC
YesGlen1stGlenluce Donal O'Connor & Richard O'Connor Royal St George YC
YesRuffian1stDiane 2 Alan Claffey Royal St George YC
YesDragon1stPhantom Peter Bowring,David Williams Royal St George YC
 
DefendingSpecial Trophies Boat NameOwnerClub
YesBest IRC Crazy Horse Chambers/Reilly Howth YC
YesBest One Design/Keelboat White Mischief Tim GoodbodyRoyal Irish YC
YesBest Dinghy/Small Keelboat  Sharkbait Ben Duncan/Brian Moran Howth YC
TBCSalamander Trophy - Best Visiting Boat  Black Pear David Wade Rock SC
TBCDublin Bay Non Spinnaker Trophy Arwen Philip O'Dwyer Royal Irish YC
Sold?Boat of the Week - Dubarry Shamrock Boot Supernova Syb McCormack / Ken Lawless / Pat Shannon Royal Irish YC
      
TBC     
 Non Spinnaker 21stBite the Bullet Colm Bermingham Howth YC
 Non Spinnaker 11stTsunami Vincent Farrell National YC
 IRC 11stXtravagance Colin Byrne Royal Irish YC
 IRC 31stRelativity Sean Flood Wicklow SC
 IRC 31stSupernova Syb McCormack / Ken Lawless / Pat Shannon Royal Irish YC
 IDRA 141stDelos II Patrick O' Neill Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club
 Fireball1stEl Rey del Fuego Francis Rowan National YC
 Shipman1stCurraglas John Masterson National YC
 Dublin Bay Sailing Club Cup1stArwen Philip O'Dwyer Royal Irish YC
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#vdlr – Dun Laoghaire's Phil Smith urged Cork sailors to make a special effort to race at this year's Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta, the country's biggest sailing event  when he presented the Notice of Race (NOR) for the biennial event to delegates at Saturday's ICRA Conference in Kilkenny. Download the full notice of race document below as a pdf.

Smith's appeal to Munster crews came during a novel presentation for the July 11-14 event on the Capital's waters that included a free raffle for two tickets to 'ANGLO: The Musical' now showing at the Bord Gais theatre in Dublin.

Smith told delegates that VDLR 2013 was again aiming to bring good value for sailors with free berthing part of each entry fee. An 'early bird' entry fee will be in operation until 31 March 2013.  The Notice of race includes racing for up to 28 fleets, including kiteboards. Cost of entry for IRC zero and one is €350 for early birds with dinghy entry fees starting at €90

The event which been underway since 2005 has attracted as many as 520 boats in past editions is organised by Dublin Bay Regattas Ltd, a not for profit company which is beneficially owned by the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC), the National Yacht Club (NYC), the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) and the Royal St George Yacht Club (RSGYC).

Published in Volvo Regatta

In spite of a healthy entry of over 300 boats for July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, organisers have extended the early bird entry incentive discount (due to close yesterday) for another two weeks.

Current Entries to the country's biggest sailing regatta stand at 320. There are  61 yacht clubs represented and over one third of the boats entered are visitors to Dublin Bay.  Entries have been received rom Denmark, Germany, France, England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, N.Ireland.

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Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary, Afloat.ie's Sailor of the Year, is an early entry for July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta that has already attracted 100 entries, 50% of which are come from outside the Dublin Bay area. 

The hope is O'Leary (who will be sailing Antix Beag) will be joined by a Crosshaven club mate Conor Phelan (sailing Jump), both are previous cruiser class winners in the 17-division championships that starts this year on July 7.

The biennial event, hosted by all four waterfront clubs, prides itself as Ireland's biggest sailing event. Seven nations and 32 yacht clubs are represented. So far 14 clubs are coming from England, two from Scotland, two from Wales, one from the Isle of Man and one from France.

The massive event that is expecting up to 500 entires is chaired this time by local sportsboat sailor Adam Winkelmann.

Dublin clubs have not been slow to enter early either. As expected Dun Laoghaire's own waterfront leads the way; The Royal Irish YC has 19, the National YC has 11, the Royal St George YC nine and the Dun Laoghaire Motor YC three entries.

An early entry discount is in operation for the next 28 days only. Enter here.

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The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) is to launch a case study on the socio-economic significance of the 2009 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta tomorrow. The biennial event attracted an entry of 449 entries and is the biggest regatta in Ireland. Over four days, the study (carried out by Irish Sea Marine Leisure Knowledge Network) found the event was worth nearly three million to the local economy.

Published in Dublin Bay
22nd April 2010

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Since 2003 the team behind Afloat magazine has also been producing high-end, internationally appealing and entertaining factual documentaries on the Irish waterways. The production team are a mix of creative, technical and business people whose expertise guarantees an innovative approach to production and a high-quality finished product. The focus is on marine based programmes which entertain and educate. The work has been broadcast on RTE One and internationally on Sky Channels.

 

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It’s one of the largest natural harbours in the world – and those living near Cork Harbour insist that it’s also one of the most interesting. This was the last port of call for the most famous liner in history, the Titanic, but it has been transformed into a centre for chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Giraffe wander along its shores, from which tens of thousands of men and women left Ireland, most of them never to return. The harbour is home to the oldest yacht club in the world, and to the Irish Navy. This deep waterway has also become a vital cog in the Irish economy. ‘The Harbour’ is not a history programme, nor is it a news focus. It’s simply an exploration of this famous waterway, its colour and its characters. Find out more about the harbour here.

 

The Estuary

Screened on RTE One in 2007.

The story of the Shannon estuary might well be one of neglect, except that against the odds this waterway has become one of Ireland's greatest natural resources. Windswept, sitting on the edge of the Atlantic, often ignored by the nation. The story of the Shannon estuary might well be one of neglect, except that against the odds this waterway has become one of Ireland's greatest natural resources. A new four-part documentary series, from the makers of RTÉ's The Bay and The Harbour series, uncovers the secrets of the Shannon Estuary. From flying boats to film-making, wildlife to wind-farms, the series reveals how a 100km-stretch of the Shannon waterway has become a hotbed for innovation in Ireland. Up to 40% of Irish energy needs are met here, on the shores of a waterway that is also home to Ireland's second largest airport, a 10,000 student university and a massive cargo port. Ireland - and the world - has learned from the estuary. The first duty free shop was opened here, along with the first industrial free zone. Over the years, thousands of business and political leaders from across the globe have come to Shannon to discover its secret - in the hope that they might copy it. Long before Ireland heard of green energy, this place was producing it. Listen in to dolphin conversations beneath the Shannon's waterline. Uncover the mystery of the Ark, the church on wheels built by a priest who prayed when the tide went out. Narrated by Brenda Fricker, the series aired on Friday nights at 7.30pm on RTÉ One from May 4th 2007. Find out more about the estuary here.

 

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60 years of the Irish Naval Service. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Irish Naval Service, this 3 x half-long feature documentary shows how the Service has evolved into a multi-tasking, multi-disciplinary force. Most Irish people rarely come into contact with the Naval Service, and so are unaware of the range of activities it undertakes. This documentary provides an ideal opportunity to reveal the full extent of the Service’s duties – and the commitment of those who serve on Ireland’s fleet.

The Regattas

Screened on RTE One, 2007 and Sky Sports in 2009.

Sailing featured in RTE’s Christmas schedules this year, with the broadcast of a half-hour documentary feature on the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2007. The production, entitled ‘The Regatta’, was shot over four days in Dublin Bay during this year’s regatta. Made by Baily Films, the company behind earlier critically-acclaimed water-based documentaries The Bay, The Harbour, The Estuary and The Navy, it features spectacular on-board footage from a range of craft competing in the event. The Regatta takes viewers both on board the competing craft, and behind the scenes, to examine the challenges thrown up by organising such a large-scale event on the bay. The Regatta was broadcast on RTE 1 on Saturday, December 22, at 4.20pm.

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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