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Monday 2nd October 2017


Friday 14th July 2017
In the wake of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, Ireland's biggest sailing event, the four waterfront clubs are already planning to build on the success of the 475-boat seventh edition that closed last Sunday


Thursday 13th July 2017
In the wake of Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta, Ireland’s biggest sailing event, the four waterfront clubs are already planning to build on the success of the 475-boat seventh edition that closed last Sunday and featured a classic boat festival as a special ingredient to mark the harbour’s bicentenary.


Thursday 13th July 2017
On the east coast, at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, four Sligo boats took part in the regatta's J24 section. Martin Reilly's Crazy Horse was the top-placed Sligo boat finishing second in the class behind Hard


Thursday 13th July 2017
RIYC sailor wins Boat of the Week as close to 2,500 sailors from around the world take in the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta extravaganza


Wednesday 12th July 2017
Peter Dunlop's Mojito from Pwllheli Sailing Club in Wales is pictured competing off Dalkey at the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta 2017 last week. A fleet of 475 boats gathered for the biennial four-day series on Friday. PHOTO: DAVID BRANIGAN/OCEANSPORT


Wednesday 12th July 2017
Congratulations to Darragh, Mark, and Johnny on 'Innocence' finishing 3rd in the Leinster Mermaid Championships and Dylan finishing 2nd in the Laser Radial fleet with light winds and lumpy seas!


Tuesday 11th July 2017
Gareth Craig from Fotosail Marine Photography was on the water all week - check out his galleries!


Tuesday 11th July 2017
David Branigan from OceanSport was around the Waterfront and on the water all week - check out his galleries!



Monday 10th July 2017
Sigma 33 footers under Spinnaker at the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta yesterday, where a fleet of 475 boats have gathered for the biennial four day series | Picture: David Branigan / OceanSport


Monday 10th July 2017
In a comprehensive series that marked his fourth successive victory in his J109, John Maybury on Joker 2 was awarded the overall Boat of the Week trophy at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta yesterday. As the top entry under IRC handicap as well, Maybury sailed in the 28-strong Division 1 class and had one of the biggest turnouts of the event.


Monday 10th July 2017
John Maybury's Joker 2 emerged overall winner of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta yesterday. The Dun Laoghaire J109 skipper is in his third season of winning form, adding this event to his third Division 2 national title.


Monday 10th July 2017
Ireland’s biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, had an exciting four days of racing in Dublin Bay with over 475 boats and almost 2,500 sailors competing. Here's a selection of images in the gallery.


Sunday 9th July 2017
Ireland’s biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, came to a gentle close this afternoon after an exciting four days of racing in Dublin Bay with over 475 boats and almost 2,500 sailors competing. A light sea breeze of six knots allowed organisers to complete nearly all 290 scheduled races with many class titles hanging on the outcome of today’s[Read More...]


Sunday 9th July 2017


Sunday 9th July 2017
Hitting the Sails: Jean Crawford, Roisin Kenny, and Linda Gibbons at Dún Laoghaire Regatta | Photo Fergal Phillips


Sunday 9th July 2017
Huge crowds are expected at the Dún Laoghaire Regatta later today and music fans are soaking up the sun at the Longitude Festival in Dublin.


Saturday 8th July 2017
A sea breeze brought changes to the leader board in several classes in the penultimate day of Ireland's biggest sailing regatta, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay today.


Saturday 8th July 2017
Decision of the Protest Committee in case 17 (redress for IRC and ECHO offshore class).


Saturday 8th July 2017
The Dún Laoghaire Regatta in Dublin Bay as four sailing clubs, 450 boats, and 2500 competitors came together for the event, which continues over the weekend | Photography: Nick Bradshaw


Saturday 8th July 2017
Despite good racing conditions inside Dublin Bay yesterday, light winds frustrated many of the classes competing in the long coastal course of the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta, which was shortened by late afternoon off Bray.


Saturday 8th July 2017
Glass-like conditions outside Dublin Bay made for a testing coastal course on the second day of racing for the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta.


Saturday 8th July 2017
As the second half of the Volvo Dún LAoghaire Regatta awaits its start later this morning, organisers opted to postpone the start of racing by one hour, apparently due to the calm wind forecast.


Saturday 8th July 2017
Peter Nash's Kamikaze and Paddy Kyne's Maximus under spinnaker | Picture: David Branigan / Oceansport


Saturday 8th July 2017
Change to SI's no 15 - Coastal Area - On Saturday 8th July, there will be one race for the IRC Offshore and Classic Keelboat Fleets.


Friday 7th July 2017
As Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 reaches its halfway stage, overall leaderboards are shaping up across 35 racing classes. The so far light wind seventh edition of Ireland's biggest sailing event has produced some impressive performances on the water where in some classes leaders are counting straight wins after two full days of racing.


Friday 7th July 2017
Hearing for all boats in the IRC and ECHO offshore class to consider redress in Race 1 (sailed on Thu 6th July).


Friday 7th July 2017
Time of First Warning Signal - On Saturday 8th July, the time of the first warning signal for all classes will be one hour later than stated in the sailing instructions.


Friday 7th July 2017
Amendments pertaining to the Coastal course and Offshore class - Sailing Instruction C4 is deleted and replaced by the new test supplied


Friday 7th July 2017
The scene at the port formerly known as Kingstown yesterday afternoon could easily have been an early etching of the first sailing regatta at the 200-year old harbour: traditional classic and modern boats racing side by side with the iconic East Pier lighthouse as the backdrop.


Friday 7th July 2017
Although light airs appeared set to ruin the opening day of the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta yesterday, a growing breeze allowed a full racing programme to be sailed with a mixture of sunshine and rain at times.


Friday 7th July 2017
It was business as usual for John Maybury's Jocker II in yesterday's opening races of the 2017 Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta.


Thursday 6th July 2017
South Bull Area SB5 Time Limits – The time limit for Cruiser Class 5 is changed to 30 minutes i.e. Cruiser Class 5 will be timed up to 30 minutes after the first boat of their class finishes.


Thursday 6th July 2017
THIS is the largest Regatta in Ireland and on the Western sea board of the British Isles," Tim Goodbody, Chairman of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017, tells Gazette- Sport, confirming it is all hands-on deck for this biennial event.


Thursday 6th July 2017
Two sailing regattas this week, on opposite coasts, have succeeded in mustering a large proportion of Ireland’s boating community. And both, in turn have their own spectacles on offer although for different reasons. On Dublin Bay, the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta begins this afternoon with an official turnout of 475 boats although this is widely predicted to top 490 entries when latecomers are facilitated. And at Cill Ronan in the Aran Islands, the annual West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association week got underway yesterday where 45 boats have made the journey to the outskirts of Galway Bay.


Wednesday 5th July 2017
The IRC Offshore class will each be carrying a ‘Yellowbrick’ tracker unit on the boat’s pushpit, which allows full live-action race tracking from anywhere!


Wednesday 5th July 2017
The three Best Dressed Ladies that attend the Ino Wine & Bellinter House Hotel Ladies Lunch in The National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club, or Royal St George Yacht Club this Saturday are going to win some fabulous prizes!


Tuesday 4th July 2017
The Offshore Championship will now be decided by the four offshore races during the VDLR.


Tuesday 4th July 2017
The racing committee have made eleven amendments to the Sailing Instructions


Monday 3rd July 2017
We invited Leinster Rugby stars Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy for a sail on Dublin Bay so they could get a flavour of what awaits the 470 boats who've entered #VDLR2017


Monday 3rd July 2017
Just Wing It have teamed up with the Bretzel Bakery to provide sandwiches and hot food for the 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Pre-order online at wingit.ie/regatta


Sunday 2nd July 2017
Below are the Cruiser (IRC & ECHO) and Non Spinnaker Class Assignments – PROVISIONAL list.


Saturday 1st July 2017
Official Results


Saturday 1st July 2017
Official Social Noticeboard


Saturday 1st July 2017
Official Racing Noticeboard


Friday 30th June 2017
Due to the large entry and range of handicaps, there will be 6 Cruiser (IRC & ECHO ) classes names Cruisers 0, 1, 2, 3 ,4 & 5 in the 2017 Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta.


Thursday 29th June 2017
A final reminder to all out there who wishes to participate at this year’s Regatta to enter before the end of the week, when Entry WILL CLOSE!


Thursday 29th June 2017
Members of the Protest Committee have prepared a set of notes for ‘Information from the Jury to Competitors’ to explain some of the way they intend to work during the event.


Saturday 24th June 2017
A packed social program has been put together all around the Waterfront and Dún Laoghaire Town, with the four host yacht clubs, the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and DL Events all planning something to entertain you!


Thursday 22nd June 2017
Sailing Instructions are now available for VDLR 2017.  Hard copy will also be distributed in Skippers Case at Registration. [Download Sailing Instructions PDF]


Monday 19th June 2017
Reminder that Entry to this year’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta will close in just 12 days on 30th June!


Monday 12th June 2017
The Race Schedule for VDLR 2017 is now published.  This year’s regatta will provide racing for 35 different classes over 7 race course areas on Dublin Bay to an expected fleet of 450 boats.  


Friday 2nd June 2017
Regatta Range of Clothing : We thank Helly Hansen our Apparel/Accessories Partner to the Regatta since 2007. The superb range of Helly Hansen Official Regatta Clothing for men and women is available to purchase now direct in Viking Marine, Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire, Official Suppliers of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Clothing (+353 1 2806654). During the Regatta Helly Hansen will[Read More...]


Wednesday 31st May 2017
To celebrate the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 6th – 9th July, Volvo Car Ireland are offering you the opportunity to win a trip to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante, Spain. This fantastic prize includes flights for two people, a two night stay in a four star hotel with breakfast for two people and a once in[Read More...]


Tuesday 2nd May 2017
The scheduled time of the warning signal time for the first race each day is changed to facilitate the scheduling of an increased number of races in the 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta


Monday 1st May 2017
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta early bird entry closed on Friday, reaching 400 entries for the July event. Entry remains open but without the discounted rate. 2,500 sailors are expected to race across 22 classes making it Ireland's biggest regatta but also one of Ireland’s biggest participant sporting events when the first gun fires on July 6.


Friday 28th April 2017
Already an outstanding 388 entries have been received into this year’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta with still over 2 months to the 1st gun, representing 74 different Yacht and Sailing Clubs in Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland and Isle of Man. This is your final reminder to now avail of the Early Bird Entry fee which will close tonight at 8pm[Read More...]


Tuesday 11th April 2017
We’d like to sincerely thank everyone for their patience over the last two week during our technical issues with the website, which appear to have finally been resolved by moving to a new server. Because of the prolonged issues making it difficult for people to submit entries the #EarlyBird discount has been extended by a further fortnight to Friday 28th[Read More...]


Friday 24th March 2017
Dublin Bay event set to be one of country’s biggest sporting gatherings of the year, by David O'Brien


Thursday 23rd March 2017
400+ boats and 2,500 competitors expected to compete in Dublin Bay from Thursday 6th July – Sunday 9th July The 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR), which is now established as the biggest sailing event in Ireland, was launched last night at the Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire.  This biennial fixture which is organized by the four Dun Laoghaire waterfront[Read More...]


Friday 24th February 2017
Anybody interested in chartering the J109 ‘Jedi’ from the INSS for Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta 2017 should contact Kenneth Rumball for more information – J109s are arguably the perfect cruiser racer, and Jedi has undergone an extensive refit over the winter of 2016-2017 to make her possibly the most IRC optimized J109 available in Europe!


Wednesday 22nd February 2017
The Racing Committee has published 2 amendments to the Notice of Race for Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta 2017 regarding the J109 Class & the Mixed Sportsboats.


Thursday 16th February 2017
Due to server errors we have extended the Early Bird Entry until Thursday 13th April, 2017 at 8pm in order to accommodate any of those who have suffered difficulty in entering over the past few days.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Did you know you can save approx 30% by entering in the Early Bird. VDLR 2017 is shaping[Read More...]


Saturday 4th February 2017
With some visionary thinking by Cathy MacAleavey in her capacity as chief of the sub-committee organising the Classics, Traditional and Old Gaffers section of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta & Harbour Bicentenary Festival from June 6th to 9th, the scope of the event is going to become even more varied and certainly more colourful. As W M Nixon has discovered, she has been spreading the net wide


Saturday 21st January 2017
There could well be as many opinions as to what constitutes a true classic or traditional boat as there are owners of these often highly individual craft. As part of the celebration of the Bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour – where the first stone was officially laid by the Viceroy on 31st May 1817 - the organisers of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 (it’s from July 6th to 9th) will be including a Classics, Traditional and Old Gaffer section.


Tuesday 10th January 2017
We are delighted with the success of the newly introduced ‘Super Early Bird Entry’ having received 178 fully paid entries at 31st December, 2016.  This superb number of entries received with still some 6 months to the first gun of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regattta 2017 reflects the enthusiasm and support for this great Regatta. An independently & professionally audited draw[Read More...]



Thursday 22nd December 2016
In a pre-Christmas boost to next year’s regatta season, over a quarter of the expected 400–boat entry have already entered next July’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay. The biennial event is staged by all four Dun Laoghaire waterfront clubs and has been growing ever since it was first staged on the bay in 2005. Among the 111 boats already[Read More...]


Thursday 8th December 2016
Organisers are delighted to announce that the Mixed Sportsboat class will participate for the first time at the 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, bringing the total number of classes participating to 31. The class expect a go0od number of overseas to participate and will encourage all the existing local sportsboats to enter. MIXED SPORTSBOATS shall be provided with handicaps as[Read More...]


Friday 25th November 2016
A week after opening online entry Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (and with eight months to the first gun) 29 entries have been received and 6 from overseas. Super Early Bird Prize Draw : All entries received and paid for in full by 31st December 2016 will automatically be entered into a Super Early Bird Prize Draw and 10% of these[Read More...]


Friday 25th November 2016
The notion that the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 from July 6th to 9th should include a significant Classics and Old Gaffers element to mark the Bicentenary of this great harbour surfaced only relatively recently. Yet this week a high-powered sub-committee was bursting with ideas when it held its first meeting and firmed the concept in place.


Friday 18th November 2016
We are hosting regional, national, and international championships for many classes within Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta 2017, with a lot of highly-prized titles on the line!


Friday 18th November 2016
Notice of Race has been published and Online Entry now open for VDLR 2017. Super Early Bird Prize Draw : All entries received and paid for in full by 31st December 2016 will automatically be entered into a Super Early Bird Prize Draw and 10% of these lucky people will have their entry fee refunded! CLICK HERE TO ENTER ONLINE


Friday 18th November 2016
Entries are now open for the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta 2017


Thursday 17th November 2016
The notice of race is now available for Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta 2017


Wednesday 9th November 2016
The dates for the 7th edition of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta are 6th-9th July, 2017 – see you there! Video produced and edited by Will Byrne (http://bit.ly/WillByrne) with footage from Davie Ryan of ViewSports4u


Sunday 30th October 2016
Construction started in 1817, yet it was maybe all of twenty or even thirty years before the basic shape of the harbour as we know it today had been finally created. But in 1821 there was enough of a new pier in existence for King George IV to visit and re-name it the Royal Harbour of Kingstown.


Monday 19th September 2016
Well done Annalise and all of the Irish Sailing Team in Rio for making us so proud.  From all at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta


Monday 19th September 2016
The dates for the 7th edition of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta are 6th-9th July, 2017 – see you there!

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