Ireland’s biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, which takes place from tomorrow until Sunday, 9th July 2017, is set to be an exciting four days of racing in Dublin Bay. There will be a fantastic festival atmosphere across the waterfront and Dun Laoghaire town as the four Dun Laoghaire waterfront yacht clubs come together for the biennial event; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Club.
The area will be a hive of activity for the 7th staging of this event and there will be plenty of action out on the water with over 2,500 participants, 475 boats competing in 35 different classes of boats, large and small, old and new, racing on seven race course areas over the four days of the regatta.
The biennial regatta in 2015 was hailed an enormous success both afloat and ashore for a combined fleet of 415 boats, the biggest on the Irish Sea. Over 250 races on five different courses were staged in a range of light to very heavy conditions since racing began.
George Sisk’s Farr 42 WOW from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was named top boat after winning three of four challenging IRC coastal races in a 25–boat offshore fleet.
The starting line is traditionally laid in Scotsman’s Bay, East of Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
The course of the race is defined as: “leaving to starboard Ireland and all its islands and rocks showing permanently above high water and situated on the landward side of the line joining the seaward extremities of:
(ii) Wicklow Head
(iii) Tuskar Rock
(iv) Barrels Light Buoy
(v) Bore Rocks Buoy
(vi) Coningbeg Lanby
(vii) Red Bank Buoy
(viii) Old Head of Kinsale
(ix) Fastnet Rock
(x) Mizen Head
(xi) Gull Rock (off Bull Rock) and (xii) Washerwoman Rock (off Great Skellig)
and thence to the finishing line at the entrance to Dingle Harbour
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
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
Dublin Bus will be operating 46A buses exclusively at the exit of the festival – they will accept LEAP cards and normal cash payments.
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.
Flares or Lasers
Poles or Umbrellas
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
For further information contact
Laoise Donnelly, Fáilte Ireland Press Office
01 8847 195 / 086 0404 788
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.