Home grown success is being toasted in Dun Laoghaire tonight following the conclusion of Ireland's biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta on Dublin Bay.
In spite of an influx of over 120 visiting boats, key trophies are staying in the waterfront clubs after this afternoon's prizegiving at the Royal Irish Yacht Club brought the curtain down on the 2013 event.
The Royal St. George YC had success in seven classes, Royal Irish sailors won six, including IRC classes 1 and 3, and the National YC won four one design divisions. Howth picked up two wins in IRC non-spinnaker divisions.
Trophies were awarded in each of the 25 competing classes plus several premier awards.
The top overall prize, for the Volvo Trophy, went to the Class II IRC winner Checkmate XV, a 1985 vintage half¬tonner that has been extensively refitted.
The Nigel Biggs skippered entry from the Royal St. George Yacht Club, sailed by a group of friends, won all five race in its 26-boat fleet.
In a successful season so far for this Rob Humphrey's design, Biggs now adds the Volvo crown to the national title taken last month in County Kerry.
The biennial regatta is being hailed an enormous success both afloat and ashore. A combined fleet of 393 boats raced over eight courses in a range of light to medium conditions since racing began last Thursday.
In the J109 class, John Maybury's Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club won this morning's final race to overhaul Pat Kelly's Storm and win Volvo honours and the Irish title too by a single point.
Another Royal Irish boat, Bon Exemple, the Xp33 skippered by Colin Byrne, was the winner of IRC one and also received the top IRC boat prize in the regatta. Second in IRC one was Scotland's Now or never 3 with Byrne's club mate Paul O'Higgin's Rockabill V third.
Jean Mitton's Levana from the Royal St. George has been awarded best one design performance of the competition following her win in the 17¬boat Beneteau 31.7 fleet, a results that bodes well for next month's national championships on the same race track.
Scottish boats took the honours in IRC Zero with Steven Cowie's Beneteau 40, Zephyr from Royal Gourock beaten overall by Jamie McGarry's Beneteau First
40.7 Grand Cru 2 from Clyde Cruising club. Dun Laoghaire regatta regular, McGarry also picks up the prize for best visiting boat.
In IRC 3, Barry Cunningham's optimised Quarter tonner Quest broke the stranglehold of six J24s to win the 25-boat fleet, possibly the most competitive class three fleet to date with the J24s tuned for next month's world championships in Howth.
In the experimental IRC coastal division Arklow Sailing Club's Aquelina (James Tyrrell) was declared the winner in the 15-boat fleet.
With five wins in nine races Ian Mathews and Chris Russell were clear winners in the Flying fifteen one designs. Michael O'Connor of the Royal St.
George won the SB20s and club mates Derek Jago and John O'Rahilly won the Squibs.
After ten races sailed in the Fireball dinghy class, Bryan Byrne and Steven Campion were two points clear of Conor and James Clancy to win the Volvo prize.
The next Dun Laoghaire regatta will be held mid¬July 2015.
A breakdown of overall results is below and full results on www.dlregatta.org
VDLR 2013 – OVERALL RESULTS. Full results available on www.dlregatta.org
IRC CLASS 0 1. Grand Cru II (J McGarry) 2. Zephyr (S Cowie) 3. Dark Angel (A Ackland)
IRC CLASS 1 Bon Exemple (X Yachts GB) 2. Now or Never 3 (N Sandford) 3. Rockabill V (P O’Higgins)
IRC CLASS 2 1. Checkmate XV (N Biggs) 2. Scenario Encore (S&J Fitton) 3. Tribal (L Burke)
IRC CLASS 3 1. Quest (Cunningham & Skerritt) 2. Kilcullen Euro Car Parks (Howth YC K25 Team) 3. Nyah (S Hyde)
J109 1. Joker II (J Maybury) 2. Storm II (P Kelly) 3. Jalapeno (Barrington/ Burke/ Phillips)
SIGMA 33 1. White Mischief (T Goodbody) 2. Leaky Roof (A Harper/ E&K Robertson) 3. Rupert (R&P Lovegrove)
BENETEAU 31.7 1. Levana (J Mitton) 2. Prospect (C Johnston) 3. Levante (M Leahy/ J Power)
IRC Coastal 1. Aquelina (S&J Tyrell) 2. Wow (G Sisk) 3. Mermaid IV (S Fitzpatrick)
NON-SPINNAKER 1 1. Bite the Bullet ( C Bermingham) 2. White Lotus (P Tully) 3. Orna (P Dilworth)
NON- SPINNAKER 2 1. Demelza (S Ennis) 2. Vespucci (S&K O’Regan) 3. Nauti-Gal (J&J Crawford)
Ruffian 23 1. Diane 2 (A Claffey/ C Helme) 2. Ruff Nuff (D Mitchell) 3. Bandit (Kirwan/ Cullen/ Brown)
Shipman 1. Curaglas (J Masterson) 2. Gusto (C Heath/ G Mills) 3. Whiterock (H Robinson)
SB20 1. Should Be? (M O’Connor) 2. BomChickaWahWah (J O’ Driscoll) 3. Seriously Bonkers 3 (M Cuppage/ P Lee)
RS ELITE 1. Storm (J Gunning/ S Polly/ D Kelso) 2. Momentary Laps… (J Patterson) 3. Toucan (G&M Vaughan)
BENETEAU FIRST 21 1. Chinook (A Bradley/ P Morgan) 2. Yikes (J Conway) 3. Carna (S Spence)
DRAGON 1. Phantom (P Bowring/ D Williams) 2. Jaguar (M Byrne) 3. Diva (R&R Johnson/ R Goodbody)
Flying Fifteen 1. The Gruffalo (I Matthews) 2. Melliffluence (B Mulligan) 3. The Big Bow Wow (N Meagher/ N Matthews)
GLEN 1. Glenluce (R&D O’Connor) 2. Glendun (B Denham) 3. Glenariff (A Lee)
HOWTH 17 1. Isobel (B&C Turvey) 2. Oona (P Courtney) 3. Pauline (S O’ Doherty/ E Ryan)
Fireball 1. Let’s Get Messy (B Byrne) 2. Tipsey McStagger (C&J Clancy) 3. Goodness Gracious (L McKenna/ F Rowan)
IDRA 14 1. Starfish (A Carr/ D Kilroy) 2. Delos ii (P O’Neill) 3. Slipstream (J Ascoop/ H Keenan)
MERMAID 1. Tiller Girl (J O’Rourke) 2. Jill (P Smith/ P Mangan) 3. Endeavour (R Bannon)
SQUIB 1. Why not (D Jago) 2. Iola (F Whelan) 3. Perfection (J Fleming)
WATER WAG 1. Mollie (C MacAleavey) 2. Swift (G Kilroy) 3. Pansy (V Delaney)
Sail Fleet J80 Bay Challenge 1. More Mischief (E Doyle) 2. Katie (T Dunne/ F Fahy/ C McGuinness/ D Grace) 3. Xerxes (D O’Neill)
PY 1. IRL 171 426 (F Devlin) 2. IRL Return of the Milky Bar Kid (H Sheehy) 3. UG (R O’Leary)
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Now well established as Ireland’s single biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) kicked off this afternoon in blissful sunshine, temperatures of 23o C and a wind speed of 8kts.
393 boats across 25 different classes crewed by 2,500 sailors, sailed through the harbour mouth to begin the four day biennial Regatta which will conclude with prize giving on Sunday afternoon, 14th July.
The organisers across the four water front clubs (the DMYC, RIYC, RStGYC and NYC) were especially pleased with the 120 boats coming to the Regatta from outside Dublin Bay. This includes 50 boats other yacht clubs in the greater Dublin area such as Howth and Skerries, 16 coming from yacht clubs around the rest of the Irish coast, 12 from Northern Ireland and 31 from the British Isles.
Speaking in advance of the VDLR, Chairman, Adam Winkelmann said ‘We have been running this Regatta every two years since 2005 and over that period of time have only seen a 7.5% decrease in entries which is not that dramatic considering the state of the economy. The Regatta also brings a significant amount to the local economy. Using the Irish tourism multiplier, the average expenditure per competitor will be €60 per day which for 2,500 competitors will be €150,000 per day and €600,000 for the four day event.”
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