Keep up to date on all the news about the Volvo Dún Laoghaire – the biggest and most popular sailing event in Ireland


Monday 26th June 2017
Entry will close this Friday 30th June so we would be grateful in order to assist with all logistics, if you are planning on competing at this year’s regatta, please enter before this date.  To date we have 440 boats entered so a truly great regatta is in store! Many thanks


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 will be available to purchase Online and through Viking Marine, Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire, Official Suppliers of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Clothing (+353 1 2806654). During the Regatta Helly Hansen[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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