Title Sponsor

Driving Sailing In Ireland

The Volvo brand is synonymous with sailing around the world from the Volvo Ocean Race to various local sailing regattas. The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is the largest sailing regatta in Ireland and has proved to be a very positive experience for Volvo in Ireland since it’s involvement in 2007. Together with Spirit Motor Group we work to support what we see as important events in the community where our customers live, work and engage in sporting activities as an important part of life”

David Thomas, Managing Director, Volvo Car Ireland Ltd

In Partnership with

Spirit Motor Group is delighted to once again partner with Volvo Car Ireland as title sponsors of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017.  As South Dublin Dealer for Volvo, it is will be our great pleasure to welcome both the local and visiting sailing community to this prestigious event.

John Ryan, Dealer Principal, Spirit Motor Group.

Associate Sponsors

Collen was proud to sponsor the 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.  This was the year in which Dun Laoghaire harbour celebrated it’s bi-centenary, a milestone in history which is shared with Collen. 

The Collen Family has had a long association with Royal Irish Yacht Club as the late Lyal Collen (who married Euphemia Adelaide Falkiner; a daughter of past Commodore Dr. Ninian Falkiner), was an active member throughout his life.

Indeed, in the 1960’s Collen built a temporary car ferry terminal at Dun Laoghaire Harbour and later in the 1970’s designed and built a concrete deck platform and slip to accommodate dinghy sailing, as well as undertaking a major refurbishment at the Royal Irish Yacht Club clubhouse. Over the years other repair contracts were carried out to the harbour structure from time to time. 

Collen is once again delighted to sponsor the VDLR 2019 and continue it’s support of Irish sailing as this year sees it announce its sponsorship of Annalise Murphy, Silver medalist in the Women’s Laser Radial in 2016 Summer Olympics.  Annalise has a rare athletic talent and she is a source of inspiration that any business would be proud to support.  Collen wishes Annalise every success as we support her all the way to the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the 49er FX skiff dinghy.

The Collen Cup, a perpetual trophy which was in the Collen family since 1907, was awarded to the overall winner of the 2017 Water Wag Class within the Classic section of VDLR. The Collen Cup is in honour of Euphemia Adelaide Collen (nee Falkiner), mother of Neil Collen, current Chairman of the firm, who sailed in the Water Wag fleet on Shindilla in the 1950s and 1960s.  The Trophy will be presented by Pamela Collen at the closing ceremony of the VDLR 2019, on this, the 209th year of the Collen family construction business.


The Royal Marine is proud and delighted to be associated with Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.Dun Laoghaire has become the home of sailing in Ireland thanks to the combined and proactive efforts of the waterfront yacht clubs and we are pleased to support this great event once again. The relationship between the sailing community and the hotel continues to grow stronger each year and we look forward to welcoming many domestic and international visitors to Dun Laoghaire for this exciting bi-annual event in 2017

Aidan Ryan, Manager, Royal Marine Hotel

Helly Hansen continue their long association with Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta as Apparel & Accessories Partner.

Dubarry, a long time sponsor of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta as Footwear Partner

Sustainability Partners

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