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#vdlrIrish sailing tourism is buoyant in the capital with 250 boats from all over the world visiting Dublin Bay over the last four months and this week 120 boats from outside the Bay area are expected for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR).

The attraction of visiting Dublin City remains strong for visitors who arrive under their own sail into Dun Laoghaire Marina from all over the world including from the USA, Australia, Norway, Germany, France, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, UK, Spain, Italy. Dun Laoghaire Marina, the largest marina in Ireland, reports that 250 boats from overseas have visited its marina for varying periods of time since 1st April 2013.

These figures are being released in advance of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, the biggest sailing event in the country which will take place from Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th July. In addition to the 260 local boats that will compete in the Regatta, 120 will arrive to compete from other yachts clubs outside Dublin Bay, Northern Ireland and right across the British Isles.

Speaking about the influx of boats into Dun Laoghaire Marina, Paal Janson, General Manager said "the main reason we see such a flow of visitors into the Marina is because of the attraction of the capital city and the novelty of being able to visit a European city and stay in your own accommodation which is a relatively unusual offering. Dun Laoghaire Marina is also a safe and large marina with capacity for 820 boats, 24/7 access, full facilities and direct transport links."

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Dun Laoghaire's 820 berth town marina has welcomed sailors from all over the world this season. Photo:

The marina will also welcome all of the visiting boats from outside Dublin Bay for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR.) The VDLR is the biggest sailing event in the country. 380 boats and 2,500 sailors will compete across 25 different classes of boats and the competitors will race across eight different courses over the four days of the Regatta.

Speaking in advance of the VDLR, Adam Winkelmann, VDLR Chairman said, 'We have been running this regatta every two years since 2005 and over that period of time have only seen a 7.5% decrease in entries which is not that dramatic considering the state of the economy. The regatta also brings a significant amount to the local economy. Using the Irish tourism multiplier the average expenditure per competitor will be €60 per day which for 2,500 competitors will be €150,000 per day and €600,000 for the four day event."

#vdlr – The waterfront in Dun Laoghaire wears its history lightly. In observing it, you're immediately aware of the elegant pavilions which are the classically-designed premises of the three senior yacht clubs, places which are redolent of a long history. But because there is so much in the way of boats and sailing sharing the space with them, and bringing the harbour waters so brightly to life, these are not brooding edifices setting a sombre mood on all about them.

On the contrary, they're fun places, brimming with vitality. They speak of living in the present, even as they acknowledge their interesting past. And as their history has been intertwined with the history of Ireland for almost two centuries, perhaps it would be useful for the rest of the country to realise just how skillfully Dun Laoghaire's yacht clubs have steered themselves through times good and bad. For they've come through national changes which, you might think, would have swept away the clubs and much of what they represented. Yet now they are happily accepted as an integral part of the community, playing a key role in the life of one of Ireland's most vibrant regions, and functioning at a sporting level which gives them national and international significance.

With all four clubs combining in the four day Volvo Dun Laoghaire which starts next Thursday with summer settling in nicely in time on Dublin Bay, the importance of their shared role comes centre stage. But this past week, we highlighted the achievement of one club in particular, when the Mitsubishi Motors/ISA Sailing Club of the Year trophy was formally presented to the Royal St George Yacht Club on Wednesday evening.

Though its title is Club of the Year 2013, it's awarded for success in 2012, and it was first announced in March. However, clubs have their private side and their public side, and the presentation of the ship's wheel trophy (which has been part of the sailing scene since 1979) in the club's own premises makes the award complete, as it's an opportunity to celebrate the contribution made by all members to a club's success.

In fact, in the case of the George, it was people from all over Ireland who contributed to the success, as they volunteered to help with the main feature of the 2012 season, which was the Royal St George YC's position as the lead club in organizing the ISAF Youth Worlds in Dun Laoghaire in July. It was a massive effort, happily crowned with success and international praise. It was led by a formidable team in which Brian Craig managed to be a hands-on Chairman yet with a formidable talent for skillful delegation, so much so that on Wednesday night it was suggested he should write the definitive Delegation Manual. He shouldn't find the actual writing too onerous, as he could delegate that too.

But we could be sure he would do it in precisely the right way, for the thing that really impressed the adjudicators was the thoughtful way in which the George's ISAF team went out of their way afterwards to thank their many voluntary helpers, and to make sure they knew their efforts were truly appreciated. The club set a benchmark in organisational good manners which could be usefully emulated in every walk of Irish life.

However, there's much more to running a successful club than simply hosting events. The adjudicators look to sailing success by members as well, and in 2012 for the Royal St George it was Commodore Martin Byrne who set the pace – in his first year he had won the Edinburgh Cup in the International Dragons (first won by a George member with Jimmy Mooney in 1953), and in 2012 he was top skipper in the entire Irish Dragon class.

As for encouraging youthful talent, the George is almost notorious for its skill in recruiting the new sailors who come to Dublin from all parts of the country. The club goes out of its way to encourage university racing, and when UCD won the Irish title in March, and with it the right to represent Ireland in the Student Yachting Worlds in France in October, it was members of the George who pulled out all the stops to ensure that the UCDSC squad had the necessary boats and facilities to train for this major international event in which they were runaway winners.

And yet all this was happening under the umbrella of a club which can trace its history back to 1838. When the 900 delegates arrived in Dun Laoghaire for the International Sailing Federation's Annual Conference in November, those who had heard of the success of the ISAF Youth Worlds, but hadn't previously been to the venue, were surprised to find that at the heart of it is a stately clubhouse and an organisation going back 174 years.


Le Grand Fromage. The Marquis of Conyngham was the Royal St George YC's first Commodore

The club's extraordinary history, and its intertwining with the national story, was equally surprising for the visitors to grasp. After all, here was an organisation successfully reaching out to young sailors from every corner of the globe. Yet it was doing so from a clubhouse which, once upon a time, had been the almost exclusive preserve of the arrogant offspring of Cromwellian land-grabbers.


The Marquis of Conyngham's schooner Constance in the harbour, 1855.

Indeed, the membership was so extensively drawn from the wealthy land-owning classes that at one stage around the 1870s, the total tonnage of the large yachts owned by Royal St George YC membership rivalled those of the Royal Yacht Squadron itself. Yet further to complicate the story, the conference in the early 1900s which set in place the Land Commission which was to end the dominance of the Ascendancy landlord class was actually chaired by one of their own, Lord Dunraven, a member of the Royal St George YC since the mid 1880s.

The rare ould times. Royal St George YC Regatta in 1871, when the tonnage of the club's fleet of yachts was exceeded only by the fleet of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

So it's a club which knows when to move on as much as it is aware of the need to acknowledge its rich and colourful history. Certainly it has moved on from membership dominance by a certain kind of yachtsman. The first Commodore was the Marquis of Conyngham, and he was succeeded by others of similar style. But these days, with a greatly expanded clubhouse and the most modern sailing facilities, the flag officers are more likely to acknlowledge descent from remote princes of Breffni, and wild chieftains of the ancient Wicklow hills.


Sailing Club of the Year 2013. RStGYC Commodore Liam O'Rourke (left) receives the trophy from Frank Keane, Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors Ireland.

The names may have changed, but the sailing goes on more busily then ever, and the club is rightly making much of its 175th Anniversary this year. Commodore Liam O'Rourke is leading his members in a programme in which the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta will be the season's highlight, and the George's own special contribution will be hosting the finish of the first stage of the Clyde Cruising Club's Blue Water Trophy Race, which started from Troon in Scotland last night, with the leaders expected in Dun Laoghaire tonight and tomorrow.

This will be bringing a significant contingent of Scottish boats south with many of them then lining up to take part in the VDLR, where the total entry at close of the list at midnight Thursday was 377 boats, including more than 120 visiting ones. Yet any overview of the entry list for this year's Regatta from Thursday 11th July to Sunday 14th July, suggests a new maturity, a sensible coming-of-age. Organisers and participants alike are accepting the social limitations imposed by the fact that most participants will be sailing from their home port. It's one very suburban seafest. And the reality of several years of global recession, biting harder in Ireland than most other places, means that the excitement of completely new boats making their spectacular debut will be conspicuous by its absence.

In looking at the lineup and considering the spirit of the event generally, one word springs irresistibly to mind. This is an unpretentious regatta. Not in any derogatory sense, we hasten to add. It's just that times are tough, so it's simply a case of keeping the head own, and making the best of things. And once you've accepted that, then things aren't so bad after all. There are stacks of boats about, just waiting to be sailed. And though some top crews have left Ireland as economic emigrants (Australian sailing has become even noisier these past two years), there are still plenty of good sailors about. And thanks to the boom years, facilities are better than ever – so let's get out there, and use them.

The result is an entry list pushing towards 380 boats, with an interesting spread which sees the local fleets putting on their best show, while the intriguing array of visiting boats is drawn almost entirely from the Irish Sea/St George's Channel and the North Channel/Clyde areas, with some gallant supporters from the improving facilities in South Wales.

But if you're expecting significant numbers from Ireland's self-styled capital of sailing, good old Cork, well, as they'd say in Manhattan – fuggedaboudid. There's just former Helmsman's Champion of Ireland Stefan Hyde with his J/24 Nyah, and that seems to be it for the Rebel County. But thanks to the marvellous new road from Galway, they too have one representative, the appropriately-named Corby 25 Tribal (Liam Burke). Otherwise, the visitors come sailing from as far away as Coleraine and the Clyde to the north, and Swansea to the far southeast, plus virtually all ports in between.

Clyde sailors have a happy history of involvement with Dun Laoghaire regattas, and they are well-represented in the good turnouts in IRC 0 and IRC 1. It was the most telling indication that recession was upon us when the new First 40, successor to the great First 40.7, made her debut with first and second overall in the 2010 Sydney-Hobart Race. For not one has yet been seen in Irish ownership. But thanks to Clyde Cruising Club skipper Christine Murray, we'll have a chance to see her new First 40 Elf Too in action in Class 0 in Dublin Bay.

Lined up against her will be regular contender Richard Fildes from Abersoch with his Corby 37 Impetuous, and the Howth duo of Alan Chambers and Nobby Reilly with their Mills 36 Crazy Horse, while the home fleet has George Sisk's Farr 42 WOW leading the charge in a comprehensive turnout of a dozen IRC 0 boats.

With 18 boats, IRC 1 has a particularly good representation from the North Wales/Liverpool fleets. And like IRC 0, it has more visitors than locals, so Dublin Bay star Paul O'Higgins with his Corby 33 Rockabill V will be on his mettle to defend the honour of Leinster against visiting dominance.

IRC 2 will provide a sporty start with 25 entrants, 15 of them non-Dun Laoghaire boats. Top of the list is Dave Cullen's 30-footer King One from Howth, which was the Half Ton World Champion under the command of Paul Elvstrom a very long time ago. But there's life in the old King yet – last year she was top boat in Kent in Ramsgate Week, which has become a happy hunting ground for the Cullen crew. Another hot former Half Tonner is Nigel Biggs' Checkmate XV, which has strong North Wales and Cowes connections interwoven with her Dun Laoghaire/Royal St George YC links, while the Brian Cusack team from DLMYC are also into the vintage Half Ton scene with Dick Dastardly.

With 32 boats drawn from 19 different clubs, IRC 3 tops the variety stakes in every way, and includes such classics as the She 31B She Too from Abersoch and the Nich 31 Saki from Dun Laogahaire. Last season, Vincent Gaffney from Howth moved up a couple of feet by changing his successful 26ft Albin Express Alliance for Alliance II, a rare breed Laser 28 with which he has been getting in the frame, definitely a boat to watch, particularly if lighter airs dominate the regatta.

The J/109 has settled in very well as one of the VDLR's premier classes. Photo: Gareth Craig

Dublin Bay is of course the home of One Design racing. When the J/109 made her debut some years ago, sage observers reckoned that here was the perfect boat for a new Dublin Bay OD class. The J/109 has been there or thereabouts as an established class in the bay for a while now, and they certainly make their mark in ISORA racing. But a solid turnout of 14 boats from both sides of the Irish Sea for VLDR 2013 is just the vote of confidence these attractive boats deserve, and this will be one of the hottest fleets with current ISORA Champion Sgrech (Stephen Tudor, Pwllheli SC) very much the boat to beat.

With 16 boats, the growing strength of the First 31.7s is evidence of continuing enthusiasm for one design racing, and recognition of good value for money. Admittedly in the early days of the class, when boats were being bought in Celtic Tiger enthusiasm, the time spreads across the fleet spoke of wildly varying levels of expertise, but things have settled down and there's genuine competition, such that the numbers involved now exceed the longer-established Sigma 33s by three boats.


The fleet of First 31.7s now outnumbers the Sigma 33s. Photo: Gareth Craig


One design classes making the most of this opportunity of four days of intensive racing will include the Squibs and the Mermaids. Photo: Gareth Craig

Older production cruiser-racers sailing as one designs continue to have their adherents, and it's a special year for the Ruffian 23s as 2013 marks their 40th Anniversary, while the Limerick-built Shipman 28s – which should see their 40th in the next couple of years – can still attract a dozen adherents.

There'll be an element of a local derby about the racing for the eight boats in its SailFleet J/80 flotilla, as four will be raced by Northside crews, and four by Southside. We hear no word of any Eastside crew, which would be the pedantic definition of a team from Howth, but doubtless they'll be involved.

Some of the longer-established one design classes are only a shadow of their former selves, but they all have an ability to make come-backs in impressive style. Perhaps the Flying Fifteens are showing us how to do it. They've a solid entry of fifteen regularly raced boats – and every one of them sails from the National YC. The boost of having a single post-race social focus seems to be the secret of success here.


With all owners and crews concentrated in one club, the Flying Fifteens have been thriving as a local one design. Photo: David O'Brien


The classic IDRA 14s make the VDLR a feature of their season Photo: Gareth Craig

We end our preview of VLDR 2013 on an interesting note. A couple of weeks ago, we were enthusing in this blog about the "new Dublin Bay 21" – in other words, the Beneteau First 21 in its several variants, which will be racing as a class in VDLR for the first time this year. At the time, we did a quick trawl of boat sales notices, and found that you could expect to get a reasonable First 21 in the UK or France for between €14,000 and €17,000, which made for an interesting proposition for convenient ready-to-go one design racing in Dublin Bay.

But since then, a 1993 First 210 in Crosshaven has come on the market, advertised on for €10,500. At that price, she can't be perfect. But heaven knows there's enough boat re-fitting talent around Crosser to get her up and ready to race in Dublin Bay next Thursday, thereby doubling the number of Cork boats racing in VDLR.

It's an interesting challenge. After all, when the new South Coast One Design Class suddenly started hitting the spot down in Cowes in 1956, Max Aitken became enthusiastic and challenged that very fine boatbuilder Clare Lallow, leading builder of the new boats, to build him one within a week. Lallow and his men did it in style. If they could do that from scratch with a timber 26 footer, surely the many talents of Crosshaven could make a slightly tired 21-footer race-ready in three days?

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#dlregatta – In the week preceding Ireland's biggest sailing event, Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta, the Royal Irish Yacht Club is staging a coaching event with video de-briefings on sail trim and upwind and downwind techniques.
The day long event on July 6th will use a Beneteau 31.7 for demonstration purposes. The objective is to spend 50% of the day shore-side and 50% afloat, focusing on practical tips and 'go fast' techniques.

The programme is below, and an entry form is attached and downloadable as an MS word file below: 

Sat 8.30am: Briefing RIYC with slides and video on 1,2 & 3 above.

10.00am: Using a B31.7 (or similar) alongside, we will demonstrate practical applications onboard. Full participation and discussion is expected!

1245pm: Finish shore-side session and head on the water

2.00pm: DBSC race start, race will be observed and video recorded

4.30pm: Video de-brief in RIYC

5.30pm: Finish (perhaps later if discussions are in full flow!)

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July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is running a coastal series as part of the fifth edition of the combined club's event and judging by entries to date (see below) there it looks like the initiative is getting a good response.

Entry in the class this year is expected to reach approximately 15 boats with the list of entries to date below.

Some say organisers are on the right tack with the new coastal course and may have in fact underestimated demand from crews looking for a change of scene.

There are plenty of standard cruiser designs not suited to prevailing tight inshore courses and who cannot compete on handicap with some of the out and out racing machines. Instead this coastal series will accommodate those larger cruisers who prefer to take part in races where the distances between marks are greater.

Already DBSC regular Lively Lady, a Beneteau 44.7 is signed up as well as the Nicholson 58 Rebellion. Smaller boats are also involved including Lulabelle, the Beneteau 36.7.

It is hoped that this will attract the increasing number of boats that are opting to race offshore as evidenced in part by the work of Peter Ryan running a 20-boat ISORA fleet from the National Yacht Club.

The courses for the VDLR series will take place outside of the Burford Bank and in an area north of the "Bray Outfall" buoy and south of the "North" Howth Yacht Club race mark.

The courses will be set on the day of the July race and will reflect the conditions prevailing at that time, boats will race one long race per day.

Ashore the plan is those taking part in the Coastal Series will be able to enjoy the fantastic social scene around Dun Laoghaire as much as their inshore competitors as the race duration and time limits will get all boats back at the same time as the inshore fleets

Boat NameBoat MakeOwnerClub
Polished Manx Sigma 33 OOD Kuba Szymanski Douglas Bay YC IOM
Rebellion Nicholson 58 Hughes/Hanlon/O'Mahony National YC
Lula Belle Beneteau First 36.7 Liam Coyne National YC
Ulula III Corby 36 Nick Ogden Liverpool YC
Lively Lady First 44.7 Derek Martin Royal Irish YC
Adelie Beneteau First 34.7 Peter Hall National YC
Lady Rowena Sadler David Bolger Royal St George YC
Aquelina J122 Sheila Tyrrell/James Tyrrell Arklow SC
Tsunami Beneteau First 40.7 Vincent Farrell National YC
Soufriere Spirit Yacht Stephen OFlaherty Royal Irish YC
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#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 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 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

#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
Published in Volvo Regatta

#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
 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
Published in Volvo Regatta

#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.

Published in Volvo Regatta

Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary,'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 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.


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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