Ireland’s largest 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 500 boats and almost 2,500 sailors competing.
A light northerly breeze of six knots allowed organisers to complete nearly all 290 scheduled races with many class titles hanging on the outcome of today’s final race.
Dublin Yacht Club’s shared the bulk of the overall prizes, awarded this afternoon at the official prize giving at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, winning 19 of the 34 classes including the coveted ‘Boat of the Week’ Trophy.
David Gorman’s Flying Fifteen ‘Betty’ from the National Yacht Club was named top boat after leading an extremely competitive 24–boat one design fleet with seven race wins in a ten race series.
A final challenge by John Maybury on the Centre Course today in the single race sailed enabled the Royal Irish J109 Sailor to successfully retain his IRC One crown in a highly competitive 26-boat fleet.
In a summer of achievements for Maybury, his Class One defence follows four consecutive class wins of IRC National Championship victories, the 2019 win coming on Dublin Bay last month. Today’s victory was Maybury’s fifth VDLR class win in a row winning first in 2011.
The 28-boat IRC offshore prize was won by Seamus Fitzpatrick’s First 50, Mermaid also of the Royal Irish.
Seven classes included the regatta as part of their championship calendar in 2019: GP14s, 420s and Mermaid dinghies raced for Leinster honours. The SB20s decided regional titles and the Sigma 33s and Beneteau 21s raced for national trophies.
The biennial event is being hailed an enormous success both afloat and ashore for a combined fleet of 498 boats, the biggest on the Irish Sea. Over 290 races on five different courses were staged in a range of light to medium conditions since racing began last Thursday.
Although 230 visiting boats made up nearly half the fleet, yachts from outside the bay area took away only 11 trophies up from seven two years ago. The bulk of the silverware has stayed in Dublin.
Trophies were awarded in each of the 34 competing classes this afternoon, bringing the curtain down on one of the most successful stagings of Ireland’s biggest sailing event that eclipsed 2017’s 470-boat fleet.
Scotland’s Cove Sailing Club took a win in the Sigma 33 Irish open Championships. Howth Yacht Club had six wins in IRC two, two B, RC35 and, the Howth 17s, and non–spinnaker division 1 but outside of that there was only a single win for Belfast Lough in IRC 3, Rush Sailing Club in the Laser Radial and Greystones Sailing Club won both the Wayfarers and IRC Zero.
UK Olympic Gold Medalist Mike McIntyre won the RS Elite Championships that was run as part of the Regatta and the British Sailing Star was also awarded the Regatta’s best visiting boat award.
In Dun Laoghaire, the Royal Irish Yacht Club topped the leaderboard winning eight classes from IRC keelboats to Water Wag dinghies.The Royal St. George had six wins. The National Yacht Club had four victories and the DMYC had two.
The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is Ireland’s biggest sailing event and a great festival of sailing across the waterfront and Dun Laoghaire town as four sailing clubs come together for the biennial event; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club and National Yacht Club.
For more information see www.dlregatta.org or find Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Beatyard are doing various new initiatives this year , and continuing/improving some they did last year.
Eco Bricks is a new thing they are bringing in, and they are going to build some parts of their site with them. Their ‘Bin It To Win It’ campaign, whereby folks at the festival collect rubbish for us, that we can reuse, you get a free pint per bag you fill !
Another initiative is ‘free tickets for carers’ . Over the last 2 years at the festival in particular Beatyard got alot of emails from carers re access, acts etc for the festival, so last year Beatyard have brought in a policy of ‘free tickets for carers with the people they are caring for’ .
This year they are extending that to ‘everyone who is a carer’ – eg you may want to come to Beatyard for a day off for example. If you email them and tell them who your caring for – they will sort you a ticket.
So whether its make the festival more environmentally friendly [ by being on a yard and not distributing nature, we’ve a big head start on most festivals ] or working more with their local community/carers/organisation – they are committed to making Beatyard a positive part of any place where it drops it’s anchor 🙂
Final reminder on the weekend ticket offer we’re doing this week, only applies to weekend tickets.
The 8th Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta to take place from Thurs 11th – Sun 14th July 2019
Ireland’s biggest sailing event returns this Summer, with the 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The biennial four-day series will take place from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July 2019. A festival of fun, sun and sailing awaits those in attendance at the waterfront and Dun Laoghaire town, as the four local waterfront yacht clubs will come together for this sailing extravaganza; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Club.
2,500 sailors and 500 boats across 34 classes will compete in the 8th instalment of the four day series on seven race courses will be specially laid out on Dublin Bay. The standard of sailing on show is bound to entertain and excite the crowds, due to its international flavour. The event attracts Olympic, international and national talent, many of whom are champions, with yachts competing from Hong Kong, England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, and all four provinces of Ireland.
On land, there will also be plenty of entertainment around the waterfront to ensure those in attendance stay afloat! This year, face painting and a ‘selfie wall’ will ensure you capture your perfect picture from the day. Volvo and Spirit Motor Group will also be displaying their latest range of cars at The People’s Park, the East Pier and the Harbour Plaza.
There will be delicious market food to sample from the People’s Park Market on Sunday 14th July. And we all know a trip to the seaside is not complete without a 99 ice cream, and they don’t come tastier than Teddy’s!
So, whether you’re looking for a family day out or to simply savour the festival atmosphere, Dun Laoghaire will be the perfect location for you.
The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta takes place from Thursday 11th July until Sunday 14th July 2019. For more information see www.dlregatta.org or find Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Facebook and Instagram.
A group of Marine artists kicked off their run of 5 exhibitions earlier this month. There are another 4 exhibitions to take place on the East Pier on the following dates
June Bank Holiday Weekend – 1, 2 & 3
July 6 & 7
August Bank Holiday Weekend 3, 4 & 5
Sept 7 & 8
The event is free to view . The artists exhibit from 10am to 6pm (weather depending) along the lower deck of the east pier.
Darlene Garr Bio
Born in the USA, Internationally known Abstract Expressionist, Darlene Garr has been painting professionally for over 35 years and with more than 250 solo and group shows has received wide recognition for her talent, boasting collectors from around the World.
Since arriving in Ireland, from Brussels, over 22 years ago, she has found her voice.
“The amazing light, movement and colours in the Irish Skies keep me inspired to create what is seeking expression then joyfully engage with whatever surfaces”.
Willie Redmond Bio
Willie Redmond is from Edenderry, County Offaly. He is now Dublin based. An artist who specializes in acrylics, oils, pastels and mixed medium.
The use of colour, texture,movement,light and draughtsmanship combine to full effect in these engaging pieces.
Observation and detail combine with contemporary projection applied to varied aspects of the landscape and seascape.
On Saturday July 13th, Bingo Loco are taking over Dun Laoghaire harbour for Loco Land, Ireland’s first immersive entertainment festival.
Example, Bingo Loco, S Club, Max George (ex The Wanted) & Massaoke – 1000s participate in Ireland’s largest ever game of karaoke.
Other acts include – Beatmaxx – The world’s greatest live visual DJ, Smash Hits, Choons, Dustin The Turkey DJ Set (Yes, really), Tony Cantwell
Hugh Cooney, Paul Currie, Totally Wired, Sing For Your Dinner & Yoga Disco.
Expect: Carnival rides, carnival game stalls, get your future told by The Worlds Worst Fortune Teller or if you’ve zero fitness then why not take part in the Loco Land 10m Marathon. Shop for your Christmas presents at Loco Land, its never too early for a Christmas Market in July (yes, really).