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Home Boats Make 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta a Local Success

 

Dublin, 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 final race.

In a fitting tribute to the harbour’s bicentenary year, racing for the coastal classes finished inside the harbour, a nod to a long-standing Dun Laoghaire yachting tradition.

Dublin Yacht Club’s shared the bulk of the overall prizes, awarded this afternoon at the official prize giving at the Royal St. George Yacht Club, winning 23 of the 35 classes including the coveted ‘Boat of the Week’ Trophy.

John Maybury’s J109 Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was named top boat after leading an extremely competitive IRC class one 28–boat fleet from start to finish.

Maybury’s lead, however, was cut to three points overnight by club–mate Richard Goodbody’s White Mischief but a final challenge to Maybury on the South Course today did not materialise in the single race sailed. Instead the RIYC sailor ended the series on a 13.5–point cushion.

Regatta Chairman Tim Goodbody’s reminder that ‘Volvo Dun Laoghaire is a fun regatta, not a championship’ did little to stem the fierce competition for the coveted Volvo prizes in 35 classes as the last race of the event concluded in the lightest sea–breezes of the series.

In a summer of achievements for John Maybury, his Volvo Trophy follows the first ever hat-trick of IRC National Championship victories achieved in Crosshaven last month. Today’s victory was Maybury’s fourth VDLR class win in a row for Maybury, winning first in, 2011.

 

The 31-boat offshore prize was won by Howth’s Beneteau 34.7, Flashback skippered by Paddy Gregory. Gregory also lifted the Royal Dee Offshore Championship Trophy that was raced as part of the regatta.

Ten classes included the regatta as part of their championship calendar in 2017: GP14s, 420s and Mermaid dinghies raced for Leinster honours. The J24s, SB20s and Squibs decided regional titles and the Sigma 33s, Beneteau 21s and the Wayfarers raced for national trophies.

The biennial event is being hailed an enormous success both afloat and ashore for a combined fleet of 475 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 180 visiting boats made up nearly half the fleet, yachts from outside the bay area took away only seven trophies. The bulk of the silverware has stayed on Dun Laoghaire’s waterfront.

Trophies were awarded in each of the 35 competing classes this afternoon, bringing the curtain down on one of the most successful stagings of Ireland’s biggest sailing event.

Scotland’s Clyde Cruising Club took a win in the Sigma 33 Irish open Championships. Howth Yacht Club had six wins in IRC two and three, the Howth 17s, J24s and non–spinnaer divisions but outside of that there was only single wins for Belfast Lough in the RS Elite, Rush Sailing Club in the Laser Radial, Sutton Dinghy Club in the IDRA 14s and Greystones Sailing Club won the Wayfarers.

In Dun Laoghaire, the Royal Irish Yacht Club topped the leaderboard winning six classes from IRC keelboats to Water Wag dinghies.The Royal St. George had five wins in one design classes. The National Yacht Club had three victories and the DMYC had two.

Full results are available on www.dlregatta.org.

Today also marks the end of Tim Goodbody’s chairmanship of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Tim has held this role for the past two events and he hands over to incoming Chair, Don O’Dowd, at a particularly high point in the history of this great event, the third largest regatta in Europe, and an all amateur event. Don follows a long line of distinguished former regatta chairmen including Brian Craig (2005 and 2007), Phil Smith (2009) and Adam WInklemann (2011 and 2013).

 

The Board of Dublin Bay Regattas Ltd, with Commodores of the Dun Laoghaire waterfront Yacht Cubs would like to acknowledge the massive contribution of Tim Goodbody in his role of chairman and thank him for all his involvement in the organization of two incredibly successful regattas.

 

The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta will return in 2019 and take place from 11th July to 14th July. For more information see www.dlregatta.org or find Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Facebook and Twitter.

 

ENDS

For further information contact:

Lydia Tierney, FleishmanHillard, 085 7138810 E: lydia.tierney@fleishmaneurope.com 

 

 

The Ball has arrived @dlharbour

 

It’s officially event day!

Our team are on site & just putting the finishing touches on everything down in Dun Laoghaire Harbour!

Just a few housekeeping things to take note of, to help make sure there are no hiccups on arrival or while you are enjoying The Ball today.

IMPORTANT ATTENDEE INFORMATION

  1. Please download the Eventbrite app to your phone, with your tickets ready or have your physical ticket printed for inspection once you get to the venue – all bar codes will be scanned on arrival & there will be NO RE-ENTRY!

If you have bought a ticket from a third party and not from the UCD & DIT SU Shops or our official ticketing service on our site/Eventbrite, you do so at your own risk!

  1. Please ensure you have both a valid student ID & Government ID with you – acceptable forms of each are below.

The following forms of photo identification are acceptable once they are in date:

  • Valid Passport
  • Driving Licence/Learner Permit
  • National ID Card/Government Issued Photo ID Card including Garda National Age Card

The following forms of student ID are acceptable once they are in date:

  • Student ID Card issued in Republic of Ireland by a 3rd Level Institute
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Student Leap Card

*In exceptional circumstances organisers may accept a letter from your education provider in lieu of student ID. This is at the discretion of the organiser & is not guaranteed.

  1. Gates open at 3pm & last entry to the event will be 7pm, we would encourage all attendees to get down early to enjoy the full day.
  2. No outside food or drink will be allowed on site and ALL attendees will be searched on entry. We have a great selection of items available in our Food Yard.
  3. Dublin Bus will be operating 46A buses exclusively at the exit of the festival – they will accept LEAP cards and normal cash payments.
  4. Forbidden Items – the following items are not permitted within the Festival venue and will be confiscated if found on your person:

Alcohol may NOT be brought in from outside – there are bars within the venue which will be selling a selection of beer, wine, cider & spirits.

  • Drugs
  • Glass items
  • Flares or Lasers
  • Selfie sticks
  • Poles or Umbrellas
  • Furniture
  • Drones
  1. If you feel unwell, please contact a member of our medical team. Your safety is our prioity and there will be no judgement and it will be confidential.

 

9. Getting to & from The Ball

We advise all attendees to make use of public transport as parking spaces are very limited in the surrounding area – the festival will be serviced by the DART, the 46A & the 75 buses and Lynk taxis will also be servicing the area.

Please check www.transportofireland.ie to route your journey.

10. We aim to make this an annual event and we would ask that all students abide by all legal by-laws pertaining to alcohol in public areas, noise pollution, littering etc. Please adhere to the direction from our stewards & security as well as An Garda Siochana and please be mindful of our neighbours when exiting the venue.

Please be safe and enjoy the day – this is your end of year party and we want it to be as much fun as possible for you!

Now someone pass us a drink 😉

THE BALL TEAM  x

 

Drift On The Docks Dun Laoghaire – May 20/21 2017

Irish Drifting Championships 20th & 21st May 2017

Round 2 – Drift On The Docks – Dun Laoghaire – May 20/21

The Irish Drift Championship invades the picturesque town of Dun Laoghaire, where the craziest conceivable location meets the most dangerous layout imaginable. 

An event so ambitious, only the Irish Drift Championship would attempt it. Our talented roster will take a big step into the unknown and compete on a layout specifically designed to showcase bravery and resolve. The venue is over-looked by the entire South-Dublin town, meaning this once-in-a-lifetime show will certainly introduce professional drifting to the masses. Expect the unexpected as we create drift history in Dun Laoghaire.

TICKET PRICES

Tickets for this event can be purchased online from 6.00pm on Monday, April 24th. Tickets will only be available at the gate on the day of the event if tickets remain. Grandstand seating is extremely limited, so early booking is advised.

Ticket Prices:
Weekend Grandstand: €35.00
Sunday Grandstand: €30.00
Saturday Grandstand: €20.00
Weekend Standing: €25.00
Sunday Standing: €20.00
Saturday Standing: €15.00
Kids Weekend Grandstand: €10.00
Kids Sunday Grandstand: €10.00
Kids Saturday Grandstand: €5.00

Kids: General admission to this event for kids under 12 is free. Please note that this does not include grandstand seating. Grandstand seating must be paid in full for kids of all ages.

PARKING & TRAVEL PLANNING

For this event, parking at the event venue itself is limited to Irish Drift Championship staff and drivers only.

If you are attending the event as a spectator, the town of Dún Laoghaire has multiple paid car parks which are located at the Lexicon, the Pavilion, Dún Laoghaire shopping centre, IMC Cinema and Bloomfield’s Shopping Centre and are all a 5-10 minute walk at most to the event venue. More information on parking in Dún Laoghaire can be found here.

Alternatively, as Dún Laoghaire railway station is located just 30 seconds from the gates of the event venue, we do recommend using Irish Rail’s DART service to travel to the event.

For full information on how to get to Dún Laoghaire, please see a guide here.

More details can be found here

 

RNLI Community Safety/Lifejacket Clinic 2017

 

Laser Masters2018 Worlds launched at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

 

IRELAND TO HOST LASER MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2018

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL SAILING COMPETITION CONFIRMED FOR DÚN LAOGHAIRE

 

  • Laser Masters2018 Worlds launched at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’s Harbour Lodge

 

  • Up to 500 Competitors from more than 40 nations to compete

 

Tuesday 18th April 2017, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland: The Laser Masters Worlds (2018World Championships) was launched at a special event in Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company’s historic Harbour Lodge today by Shane Ross, T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

This is the second time in three years that Ireland has been chosen to host a Laser Worlds event. The Laser Radial Worlds were held in Dun Laoghaire last summer.

Commenting on the news, Minister Ross said:“This event will showcase Dún Laoghaire Harbour on the international sailing stage. With up to 500 competitors from more than 40 nations competing in the Championships, this will generate significant revenues for the local economy and great exposure for Ireland.”

Annalise Murphy, 2017 Olympic Silver Medallist in the Laser class at the Rio Games, will act as event ambassador.

The Laser Masters 2018 Worlds takes place in Dún Laoghaire harbour from 7th to 15th September 2018 and will be hosted by The Royal St. George Yacht Club, the National Yacht Club, the Royal Irish Yacht Club and Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.  The event is supported by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Fáilte Ireland. 

Eithne Scott-Lennon, Chairperson, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said“It is very gratifying to see another international event of this calibre coming to Dun Laoghaire. In 2013 the various yacht clubs combined with the Harbour Company to promote Dun Laoghaire as a world-class venue for such events, which are won through a competitive process involving many nations. The event will be held in Croatia in 2017 and has been held in France and Canada in recent years. This success is evidence of the success of that initiative.”

David Kelly, Chairman of the Laser Masters 2018 Worlds organising committee said, “This is a significant achievement and another exciting milestone in the sailing history of Dún Laoghaire.    Apart from the financial benefits locally, it is a unique opportunity to showcase our beautiful harbour and everything Dún Laoghaire has to offer.   We are looking forward to some top-class sailing and to welcoming all our competitors from all over the world.”

Paul Keeley, Director of Business Development with Fáilte Ireland, who are supporting the event, today said: “Competitive international events like this are a great way to put Ireland on the map as a destination and reinforce also our Island’s reputation as a great venue for sailing, water activities and outdoor pursuits.”

1,000 supporters and volunteers will be involved in helping to host the Laser Masters 2018 Worlds.Over the past number of years Dún Laoghaire has played host to some of the most prestigious European and world sailing championships including the Youth Sailing World Championships in 2012 and the KBC Laser Radial Worlds in 2016.

 

ENDS

For further information contact

 

Laoise Donnelly, Fáilte Ireland Press Office

01 8847 195 / 086 0404 788

 

Editor’s Note

The Laser is a single-handed racing dinghy. It is an Olympic class boat for both men and women and is sailed at national and international levels. With over 200,000 boats in 140 countries, it is the world’s most popular adult and youth racing sailboat. It is popular throughout Ireland.

 

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council – Irish Navy Freedom of Entry

 

Marine Art Exhibition 2017

Marine Artists return to the East Pier Dun Laoghaire this Spring/Summer.

  • April 15th, 16th and Bank Holiday Monday 17th
  • April 29th, 30th & Bank Holiday 1st May
  • June 3rd ,4th & Bank Holiday Monday 5th June
  • July 8th & 9th
  • Aug 5th , 6th & Bank Holiday Mon 7th
  • Sept 2nd & 3rd

Exhibition entry form can be downloaded below

Marine Art Exhibition Form Summer 2017

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour hosts Freedom of Entry to Irish Naval Service

dlr Awards Freedom of Entry to Irish Naval Service – to be accepted by crew of LÉ Eithne

An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor Cormac Devlin, cordially invites you to a ceremony marking the conferral of an Honourary Freedom of Entry to the County for the Irish Naval Service. This Award is in recognition of its humanitarian service on behalf of the people of Ireland and the European Union and to acknowledge the duties undertaken by the Irish Naval Service as part of Operation Pontus. The Award will be accepted by the crew of the LÉ Eithne on behalf of the Irish Naval Service.

The LÉ Eithne crew will accept the honour at a formal ceremony in Dún Laoghaire Harbour Plaza on Friday 31st March at 1pm. There will be live music and a short parade by the Army Band and the crew of the LÉ Eithne. The event will be mc’d by Mary Kennedy from RTÉ. Following the event the Naval Services will also be offering the public guided tours of the LÉ Eithne on Friday afternoon and evening.

An Cathaoirleach would be delighted if you were able to come to the Plaza on Friday 31st March to witness this very special event in the year of the Harbour Bicentennial.  

Date:                     Friday, 31st March 2017

Venue:                 Harbour Plaza, Dún Laoghaire

Time:                    Event: 1pm

                               

 

 

 

Dun Laoghaire Harbour to welcome 100,000 visitors to celebrate Bicentenary

PRESS RELEASE

22nd March 2017

Dun Laoghaire Harbour to welcome 100,000 visitors to celebrate Bicentenary

 Dun Laoghaire is set for a summer of celebrations to mark the Harbours 200th anniversary. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group has announced its programme of activities to coincide with the milestone event.

The Opening Ceremony will be officiated by President Michael D Higgins & the groups Patron Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor on 31st May. Other featured events include an International Harbour Food Festival featuring over 25 unique vendors (4th & 5th June), a live Viking Invasion re-enactment with longboats as seen on the hit TV Show ‘Vikings’ (20th August) and The Kingstown 200 Classic Boat Race (8th July).

100,000 visitors are expected to visit the Harbour this summer to participate in the free public events.

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company in collaboration with a range of local stakeholders have put in place a schedule of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and events to mark the Bicentenary.

Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company: said “the programme of events throughout the summer reflects the cultural and historical role the Harbour has played not just in Dun Laoghaire but in its wider environs over the past 200 years”. Thanking all those who worked tirelessly on the project, Mr Dunne said “the Bicentenary will bring a welcome boost to the local economy and reinforce the sense of public pride in one of the country’s greatest landmarks”.

More information can be found at www.dlharbour200.ie .

ENDS

Contact: Alan Cantwell @ 086 8147855. cantwellmedia@gmail.com

 

Note:  Steering Group members include Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District, National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, The Pavilion Theatre, RNLI, The Coal Harbour Users Group, Irish National Sailing School & The Combined Dun Laoghaire Yacht Clubs.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Ronson & AIR added to The Beatyard Line Up 5th & 6th August 2017

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