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Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Yacht Race News from the National YC
The start of the 2019 National YC Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, with eventual overall winner Rockabill VI (JPK 10.80, Paul O’Higgins RIYC) just ahead of Mick Cotter’s 94ft Windfall, which took line honours and established a new course record. The 30th Anniversary D2D starts in Dublin Bay on June 7th 2023
Did we really manage it? Did we really cram all those major special and routine regular sailing events into the one season of 2022? And all that despite its three main months afloat experiencing decidedly mixed weather? And also despite…
Chris Power Smith skipper of the J/122 Aurelia from the RStGYC and some of his crew receive the Carmel Winkelmann Memorial Trophy (First Corinthian Boat in the 2021 D2D Race) at a presentation in the Royal St George Yacht Club after DBSC Thursday racing on July 20th. The Trophy is Presented by Adam Winkelmann (D2D Chairman) along with Con Murphy (D2D PRO), Richard O’Connor (Commodore RStGYC) and Conor O’ Regan (Commodore NYC)  
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Chris Power Smith, skipper of the J/122 Aurelia from the RStGYC, was presented with the Carmel Winkelmann Memorial Trophy (First Corinthian boat in the 2021 D2D Race) at a presentation in the Royal St George Yacht Club…
Amazing Grace - A safe and sturdy boat in rough seas that also performs very well in light winds as she proved in her overall win of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race in 2013
The Oyster 37 Amazing Grace now on the market through Afloat Boats for Sale comes with a P6 sailboat commercial license from the Marine Surveyors Office and Dept of Transport, Tourism and Sport. According to the advertisement, Amazing Grace was…
If a World Sailing rethink goes ahead Category 3 offshore races such as the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race (above) would be exempted from the new out of water structural inspection rule.
A World Sailing re-think is under consideration to exempt Category 3 offshore races from the new requirement for documented structural inspection. Changes to the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) came into effect on January 1 2022, and mean an additional requirement…
The Nieulargo crew before the start of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race were (front row, left to right) Molly Murphy, James Fagan, Clive O'Shea and Ian Heffernan, and back row (left to right) Harry Durcan, Nin O'Leary, Brian Matthews, Annamarie Fegan Murphy, Mia Murphy and Denis Murphy.
Time was - when a victorious Royal Cork YC vessel returned after "success abroad" - that she received a nine-gun salute on arrival from the Club battery. Even though we live in more noise-conscious times, the RCYC can still wheel…
Royal Cork Admiral Colin Morehead welcomes home Nieulargo, the 2021 D2D Race winners at Crosshaven
The Weather Gods were smiling on the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Monday evening in Cork Harbour as members gave a triumphant welcome home to the Murphy family's Nieulargo, the overall winner of last week's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race. Denis…
Sheila O' Connor (left) of the Dingle Skellig Hotel with Denis Murphy - Nieulargo with Dingle Skellig Hotel Trophy for 1st Overall
After race protests were heard and final official results published, Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club Commodore Martin McCarthy led the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race celebrations and prizegiving at the County Kerry marina on Saturday.  Commodore McCarthy thanked competitors and…
Excession was one of two Northern Ireland yachts in the 2021 Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race
"Brutal" said the Harrington, O'Tiarnaigh, Mulholland trio in the IMX 38,eXcession, after the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race; "fantastic – a great collective learning curve," said Shaun Douglas in the First 40.7 Game Changer. eXcession had an excruciatingly long passage…
2021 Dun Laoghaire Dingle Overall Winners: Nieulargo. The Royal Cork crew pictured in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday before the start: (Front row left to right) Molly Murphy, James Fagan, Clive O'Shea, Ian Heffernan, (back row right to left) Denis Murphy, Mia Murphy, Annamarie Fegan, Brian Mathews, Nin O Leary, and Harry Durcan
After an epic 14th edition of the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race that attracted a 38-boat fleet for Wednesday's spectacular start on Dublin Bay, the prizewinners have been announced by the National Yacht Club race organisers ahead of this evening's prizegiving…
Conor Doyle's Freya from Kinsale Yacht Club has been awarded second place overall in the 2021 Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race by a protest committee following the rescue of a kitesurfer off the Wicklow coast in the early stages of the 280-mile race
Conor Doyle's Freya, the racing yacht at the centre of a kitesurfer rescue undertaken during the first hours of the  Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race on Wednesday has been granted redress, a decision that gives Doyle and his Kinsale Yacht Club…
The Sunfast 3600 Searcher skippered by Pete Smyth is one of five boats penalised by the D2D Race Commitee
Five boats have been penalised in the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race for sailing in the Tuskar Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) which is prohibited in the race rules. The penalty does not affect the overall winner result but impacts the provisional second…
Led by Kinsale yacht Freya at 0530, the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race fleet is arriving into the County Kerry marina this morning. A total of 38 boats took part in the 280-mile race from Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday…
Conor Doyle's Freya crew from Kinsale Yacht Club celebrate their line honours victory in the 2021 Dun Laoghaire To Dingle race after crossing the Dingle, County Kerry finish early this morning in an elapsed time of 1d 15h 16m 50s
Day #3 0930 - The Murphy family’s consistently successful Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (Royal Cork YC) reached Dingle this morning at 09:27 hrs and immediately corrected into an overall lead in the D2D which she is unlikely to lose. Having passed…
Freya crew man Will Byrne rescues the kitesurfer from the water off Wicklow
Watching this video (below) of a seemingly empty County Wicklow coastline and then seeing a tiny black dot hove into view gives you some idea how fortunate Wednesday's kitesurfer was to be spotted by an eagle-eyed crew onboard a leading…
Newly into the podium positions is John O’Gorman’s Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie from the National YC
Day #2 2230 - Conor Doyle's Xp50 Freya was leading the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle fleet at the Fastnet Rock at 2147hrs tonight (Thursday), and then with slightly eased sheets eased was starting to make more serious knots – 9 knots…
Blue Oyster retired into her home port of Crosshaven due to 'taking on water'
Day #2 2100 - Royal Cork Yacht Club Oyster 37 Blue Oyster skippered by David Coleman has retired from the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race this evening The boat retired into her home port of Crosshaven due to 'taking on water', according…

Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race Information

The biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race is a 320-miles race down to the east coast of Ireland, across the south coast and into Dingle harbour in County Kerry.

The race is organised by the National Yacht Club.

It never fails to offer a full range of weather, wind and tide to the intrepid entrants, ranging from a 32ft cruiser to a 79ft all-out racer.

Three divisions are available to enter: cruiser (boats equipped with furlers), racing (the bulk of the fleet) and also two-handed.

D2D Course change overruled

In 2019, the organisers considered changing the course to allow boats to select routes close to shore by removing the requirement to go outside Islands and Lighthouses en route, but following input from regular participants, the National Yacht Club decided to stick with the tried and tested course route in order to be fair to large and smaller boats and to keep race records intact.

RORC Points Calendar

The 2019 race was the first edition to form part of the Royal Ocean Racing Club “RORC” calendar for the season. This is in addition to the race continuing as part of the ISORA programme. 

D2D Course record time

Mick Cotter’s 78ft Whisper established the 1 day and 48 minutes course record for the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race in 2009 and that time stood until 2019 when Cotter returned to beat his own record but only just, the Dun Laoghaire helmsman crossing the line in Kerry to shave just 20 seconds off his 2009 time.

Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race 2023

The 2023 D2D race will start from the NYC in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, June 7th 2023.

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