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Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race Reverts to Original Course for 2019 Race

4th March 2019
A D2D race record of 24hrs 43mins 45secs was set by the 90-foot Whisper (Michael Cotter) in 2009 A D2D race record of 24hrs 43mins 45secs was set by the 90-foot Whisper (Michael Cotter) in 2009 Credit: Afloat.ie

Based on input from competitors and intending entrants to the Volvo D2D Race 2019 the organising committee in the National Yacht Club have decided that the course for the 2019 race shall be changed back to the traditional course of previous races. That will be Dun Laoghaire to Dingle leaving all islands to Starboard including Muglins, Tuskar Rock, Barrells Bouy, Coninbeg, Fastnet Rock and The Washerwoman.

The Sailing Instructions when published will override the Notice of Race in this regard and the SI’s will clarify in more detail the course to be sailed but it will be based on the traditional course layout.

"The change of mind reflects the strong body of opinion expressed by participants that the course as published was unfair to craft of different size and draughts"

The change of mind reflects the strong body of opinion expressed by participants in this and previous races that the course as published in the NOR was felt to be unfair to crafts of different size and draughts, Race Chairman, Adam Winkelmann told Afloat.ie

Entries are now open and the Early Bird entry fee of €275 is available on or before March 29th.

The 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle “D2D” Race starts from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, June 12th 2019.

The 300-mile race along the Irish coastline is a great mini-offshore challenge for Cruisers and Racing boats racing in separate divisions under IRC.

Dingle provides a wonderful finishing location for crews and visiting friends and families.

The 2019 race is also on the RORC and ISORA race calendars and offers boats in those series to accumulate qualifying offshore racing experience for crews participating in the RORC Fastnet Race in August.

The timing of the 2019 race is designed so boats participating in the ICRA Nationals in Dun Laoghaire (June 7 – 9) can use the race to get south in time for Sovereigns Week in Kinsale (June 26 – 29) and then be back in Dun Laoghaire for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (July 11 -14).

Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race Live Tracker 2021

Track the progress of the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race fleet on the live tracker above 

The 14th edition of the 280-mile race organised by the National Yacht Club starts at 2 pm on Wednesday, June 9th on Dublin Bay.

  • Read the full 2021 race preview by WM Nixon here
  • Read all the D2D Race News in one handy link here

WM Nixon will be posting regular race updates and analysis throughout the 2021 race

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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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