Top Figaro Skipper Tom Dolan Gives Double-Handed Class the Thumbs up

Top Irish Figaro skipper Tom Dolan has given a thumbs up to Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta‘s addition of a double-handed class into next July’s event.

“Yes, it’s great to see and about bloody time!” Dolan says about the new racing division for Ireland’s biggest sailing event in 2021.

As outlined in the Irish regatta’s Notice of Race published last week, Dun Laoghaire Regatta is open to Offshore Double Handed and Mixed Two Person boats with an IRC rating between .800 and 1.030.  Boats outside these limits may be accepted at the sole discretion of the OA.

As Afloat reported yesterday, while the VDLR race may not be a true offshore, it does provide the opportunity for serious competitors to sharpen their boat to boat skills while allowing newcomers to the discipline to try it out without the commitment required by full-on offshore. 

Dolan says depending on the format of the regatta – and if there is coastal races and windward/leewards courses – then sailors will get a bit more work around the cans shorthanded so it will be great for people who want something a bit more intense. “This will eventually lead to the overall skill level rising, I would imagine,” Dolan told Afloat.

Dolan queried the proposed VDLR rating limits tho, “the rating limit of 1.030, seems very low and given the amount of Sunfast 3600s and J boats around Dublin, it seems a bit off but I’d imagine they will be a bit quite flexible for boats above this rating?” he said.

One of the first entries into the VDLR class is Conor Fogerty’s classic half-tonner Silver Shamrock

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