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Final Report

Local success is being toasted in Dun Laoghaire tonight following the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta prize giving this afternoon.

The bulk of the major trophies were divided among sailors from the waterfront Dublin Bay yacht clubs or Howth at the end of four days of racing.

The major overall prize went to the Class III IRC winner Supernova who produced three wins and three second places in a 38 boat fleet, the biggest class of the regatta.

The biennial regatta is being hailed an enormous success both afloat and ashore as a combined fleet of 420 boats raced over nine courses and a range of conditions since racing began last Thursday, 7th July from full gale to flat calm.

The cruisers zero IRC winner, in the biggest turn out of the class this year is Alan Chambers and Norbert Reilly's Crazy Horse. Steven Cowie's Beneteau 40, Zephyr from Royal Gourock was 4 points behind the Howth winner with the Dufour 42 Grand Cru from Clyde Cruising club three points further adrift.

In Cruiser one IRC the prize went to the National Yacht Club's Something Else (John & Brian Hall & Sue McDonnell). Second was Scotland's Carmen II (Paul Scutt/ Alan Jeffrey) and third Bengal Magic (John Moorehead/ Chris Ferres) 

In class two Howth's Impetous lifted the IRC trophy from a fleet of 21.Second was Sligo traveller Conor Ronan sailing Ruthless, a Corby 25, Third was the half tonner King One (David Cullen) from Howth.

In the one designs class champions prevailed in the SB3, the Sigma and the Flying fifteen classes.

In a new departure for the event Kitesurfing was added to the slate and the sport was showcased yesterday off Seapoint. Francios Colussi won the demonstration event.

The next Dun Laoghaire regatta will be held in early July 2013

The full breakdown of overall results is below.
  
Overall results VDLR 2011 (provisional and subject to protest)
 
OVERALL WINNER ¬ Supernova (Syd MacCormack/Ken Lawless/Pat Shannon),
 
IRC CLASS 0 - 1. Crazy Horse (Chambers/Reilly), 2. Elf Too (Christina
Murray) 3. Grand Cru II (Jamie McGarry)
 
IRC CLASS 1 ¬ 1. Something Else (John & Brian Hall & Sue McDonnell  2.
Carmen II (Paul Scutt/ Alan Jeffrey) 3. Bengal Magic (John Moorehead/ Chris
Ferres) 
 
IRC CLASS 2 - 1. Impetuous (Fergal Noonan/Robert Chambers) 2. Ruthless (Conor Ronan), 3. King One (David Cullen)
 
IRC CLASS 3 - 1. Supernova (Syd MacCormack/Ken Lawless/Pat Shannon), 2. Hard on Port (Flor O'Driscoll), 3. Scandal (Brian McDowell)
 
NON SPINNAKER 1 - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Lula Belle (Liam Coyne), 3. Persistance (Charles Broadhead/Jerry Collins/Ian Stuart)
 
NON SPINNAKER 2 - 1. Bite the Bullet (Colm Bermingham), 2. Voyager (Joe Carton), 3. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer)
 
NON SPINNAKER DBSC CUP - ) 1. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer), 3.Eden Park (Liam
Farmer) 3. Nauti-Gal (John and Jason Crawford)
 
J109  - 1. Joker 2 (John Maybury) 2. Storm (Pat Kelly), 3. Jedi
(Barratt/Austin/McGuinness)
 
J80 WELSH/IRISH CUP- 1. Ireland 1 (Geoff O'Donoghue), 2. Ireland 2 (Stephen Doherty), 3. Wales 1 (Kieron Iniman)
 
LASER SB3- 1. Sharkbait (Ben Duncan/Brian Moran), 2. TBC Aidan O'Connell, 3.
BoMChickaWahWah (John O'Driscoll)
 
BENETEAU 31.7 ¬ 1. Twister (Fletcher/Byers/Fair), 2. Flying Machine (Conor & Donal O'Gallagher),3. 30 Something (Kavanagh/Jones/Gaffney/Lubliner)
 
SIGMA 33 - 1.White Mischief (Tim Goodbody), 2. Popje (Ted McCourt), 3. Gwili Two (Dermot Clarke and Paddy Maguire)
 
RUFFIAN 23- . 1. Diane 2 (Alan Claffey)  2. Ruff Nuff (Derek & Carol Mitchell), 3. Ruff n'Ready (Cullen/Brown/Kirwan)
 
SHIPMAN- 1.Curraglass (John Masterson), 2. Whiterock (Henry M Robinson), 3.
Lulu (Bob & Tom Galvin)
 
GLEN - 1. Glenluce (Donal &Richard O'Connor), 2. Pterodactyl (Roderick & David McCaffrey) 3 .Glenmarissa (Frank Elmes/Wilf Higgins)
 
FLYING 15- 1. Hy5ive (David Gorman), 2. The Gruffalo (Keith Poole) 3.
Deranged (Alan Green)
 
DRAGON- 1.Phantom (Peter Bowring/David Williams), 2. Jaguar (Martin Byrne), 3. Susele (Michael Halpenny)
 
MERMAID - 1. Tiller Girl (Jonathon O'Rourke), 2. Endeavour (Roger Bannon), 3. Dolphin (James O’Toole)
 
SQUIB - 1. Toy for the Boys (Peter Wallace), 2. Femme Fatale (Joe O'Byrne/Vincent Delaney), 3. Perfection (Jill Fleming) (PROTEST PENDING THAT AFFECTS SECOND AND THIRD)
 
WATER WAG - 1. Little Tern (J Ross-Murphy) 2. Tortoise (William & Linda
Prentice) 3. Molly (Cathy McAleavey)
 
WAYFARER- 1. Black Pear (David Wade) 2. Hofreki (Trevor Fisher) 3. Devil's Advocate (Richard Hartley)
 
FIREBALL- 1. El Rey Del Fuego (Francis Rowan)  3. Moon Monkey (Diana
Kissane) 3. Lets Get Messy (Andy Boyle/Barry Hurley),
 
IDRA 14- 1. Delos II (Patrick O Neill) 2. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 3.
Chaos (Julie Ascoop/Heather Keenan)
 
HOWTH 17- 1. Oona (Peter Courtney) 2. Aura (Ian Malcolm) 3. Leila (Roddy
Cooper) 
 
LASER RADIAL - 1. Pump It (Luke Murphy) 2. No Name (Declan Kickham), 3. No Name (Eoin Foley)
 
LASER STANDARD- 1. Fossa Too (Will Nesbitt), 2. No Name (Francis Barry) 3.
Buster 3 (Garry O’Hare)
 
KITE BOARDERS 1. Francios Colussi  2. Jade O’Connor 3. Colm Murphy

See the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta website here.

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Day Three Report

Responsive race management in trying conditions pulled off a successful day afloat and ­ averted a major regatta set back  ­ for the massive 420 boat fleet in the penultimate round of the four day Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta today.
 
In a classic Dublin Bay scenario a light westerly gradient breeze of 8 knots fought an opposing sea breeze leaving Ireland's top race management teams with little option but to reset  some courses and abandon others across the regatta's nine different courses.
 
Despite the on the water headaches however, the outcome has been a full programme of races in nearly all the 25 competing classes, thanks to nimble race teams.
 
It leaves just two more races for the one designs and dinghies and a single race to decide the overall honours in the Cruiser classes tomorrow (Sunday) morning.
 
The hardest done by was perhaps the SB3s and Dragons who were sailing in Scotsmans' Bay. Race three was started twice and abandoned twice as the regatta's Chief Race Officer, Con Murphy, sat between two bands of wind, neither stable enough for racing.
 
The fickle conditions brought the first slip from Flor O'Driscoll's leading J24 in Cruisers III. Though the Royal St. George Crew still lead, their margin is now a single point over Ken Lawless' Supernova.
 
O'Driscoll who is counting three races wins only managed a second and another untypical 2nd placing today. Supernova closed the gap with two race wins.
Another J24 3. Scandal (Brian McDowell) is third.
 
21 Cruisers III are racing in IRC and 33 under the local ECHO handicap to be the biggest class at the regatta.
 
The J109s are racing for national championship honours and Pat Kelly's Storm from Rush Sailing Club is back in command again after a slip on Friday. Second is Andrew Sarratt's with John Maybury's Joker third.
 
In spite of the race abandonment issues Sharkbait (Ben Duncan/Brian Moran) lead the Laser SB3s. Aidan O'Connell's entry from the Royal St.George is third with John O'Driscoll's BomChickaWahWah third.
 
In the dinghy classes Johnny Ross Murphy's Water wag Little Tern leads from Swift (Guy Kilroy). William and Linda Prentice's Tortoise is third.
 
The final races for all classes get underway in the morning (Sunday 10th July) at 10.55am
 
Selected overall VDLR results after Day three (provisional) below:
 
IRC CLASS 0 - 1. Crazy Horse (Chambers/Reilly), 2. Elf Too (Christina
Murray) 3. Grand Cru II (Jamie McGarry)
 
IRC CLASS 1 ­ Something Else(John&Brian Hall/Sue McDonnell), 2 Bengal Magic (John Moorehead/Chris Ferres), 3. Antix Beag (Anthony O'Leary)
 
IRC CLASS 2 - 1. Ruthless (Conor Ronan), 2. Impetuous (Fergal Noonan/Robert
Chambers) 3. King One (David Cullen)
 
IRC CLASS 3 - 1. Hard on Port (Flor O'Driscoll), 2. Supernova (Syd MacCormack/Ken Lawless/Pat Shannon), 3. Scandal (Brian McDowell)
 
NON SPINNAKER 1 - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Lula Belle (Liam Coyne), 3. Persistance (Charles Broadhead/Jerry Collins/Ian Stuart)
 
NON SPINNAKER 2 - 1. Bite the Bullet (Colm Bermingham), 2. Voyager (Joe Carton), 3. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer)
 
NON SPINNAKER DBSC CUP - 1. Persistance(Charles Broadhead/Jerry Collins/Ian Stuart), 2. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer),3.Eden Park (Liam Farmer)
 
J109 - 1. Storm (Pat Kelly), 2. Jedi (Barratt/Austin/McGuinness), 3. Joker 2 (John Maybury)
 
J80 WELSH/IRISH CUP- 1. Ireland 1 (Geoff O'Donoghue), 2. Ireland 2 (Stephen Doherty), 3. Wales 1 (Kieron Inman)
 
LASER SB3- 1. Sharkbait (Ben Duncan/Brian Moran), 2. Aidan O'Connell, 3.
BornChickaWahWah(John O'Driscoll)
 
BENETEAU 31.7 ­ 1. Twister(Fletcher/Byers/Fair),2. Flying Machine (Conor&Donal O'Gallagher),3.30 Something(Kavanagh/Jones/Gaffney/Lubliner)
 
SIGMA 33 - 1.White Mischief (Tim Goodbody), 2. Popje (Ted McCourt), 3.
Moonshine (Ronnie Moloney/David O'Flynn)
 
RUFFIAN 23- 1. Ruff Nuff (Derek&Carol Mitchell), 2. Diane 2 (Alan Claffey) 3. Ruff n'Ready(Cullen/Brown/Kirwan)
 
SHIPMAN- 1.Curraglass (John Masterson), 2. Whiterock (Henry M Robinson), 3.
Joe Slim(Clarke/Maher&Maher)
 
GLEN - 1. Glenluce (Donal&Richard O'Connor), 2.Glenmarissa(Frank Elmes/Wilf Higgins), 3. Pterodactyl (Roderick & David McCaffrey) FLYING 15- 1. Hy5ive(David Gorman), 2. The Gruffalo (Keith Poole) 3. The Big Bow Wow (Niall Meagher&Nicki Matthews),
 
DRAGON- 1.Phantom (Peter Bowring/David Williams), 2. Jaguar(Martin Byrne), 3. Sir Ossis of the River (Burgin/Murphy/Burke)
 
MERMAID - 1. Tiller Girl (Johnathon O'Rourke), 2. Endeavour(Roger Bannon), 3. Thumbalina(Patrick Boardman)
 
SQUIB - 1. Toy for the Boys (Peter Wallace), 2. Femme Fatale(Joe O'Byrne/Vincent Delaney), 3. Anemos (Peter & Anne Evans)
 
WATER WAG - 1. Little Tern (J Ross-Murphy) 2. Swift(Guy Kilroy), 3.
Tortoise(William & Linda Prentice)
 
WAYFARER- 1. Devil's Advocat (Richard Hartley) 2. Still Gamboling (Brian Lamb), 3. Black Pear (David Wade)
 
FIREBALL- 1. El Rey Del Fuego (Francis Rowan) 2. Lets Get Messy (Andy Boyle/Barry Hurley), 3. Moon Monkey (Diana Kissane)
 
IDRA 14- 1. Delos II (Patrick O Neill) 2. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 3.
Chaos (Julie Ascoop/Heather Keenan)
 
HOWTH 17- 1. Isobel (Brian&Conor Turvey) 2. Oona (Peter Courtney), 3. Leila (Roddy Cooper)
 
LASER RADIAL - 1. Declan Kickham, 2. Pump It (Luke Murphy), 3. Eoin Foley
 
LASER STANDARD- 1. Fossa Too (Will Nesbitt), 2. SharonHowey.com (Richard Tate), 3. Francis Barry

See the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta website here for updates.

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Day Two Report

Light winds replaced heavy for day two of the 2011 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and although it has been a regatta of extremes so far it is also one that has completed the full schedule for all 25 classes.

Ireland's largest sailing event approaches the half way stage tomorrow and a number of key champions are emerging in cruiser, one design and dinghy classes.

Howth Yacht Club's Crazy Horse (Chambers/Reilly) leads Cruisers Zero from two Scottish visitors. Another local boat, the royal St. George's Sigma 38 Erislannan leads Class one, again from Scottish visitors. Sligo Yacht Club's
Conor Ronan has a two point lead in Class two but in the strongest regatta performance of the regatta to date the 2009 class three winner Hard on Port is in control again. Flor O'Driscoll's J24 Hard on Port has three wins in
his 38 boat fleet, the biggest fleet of the regatta.

The one designs are lead, by fleet size at least, by the SB3s with 33 racing. The Howth trio of Ben Duncan, Brian Moran and Ric Morris are ahead but only by a point, their margin reduced by an OCS in race four.

The J109 class are also racing for national honours and after three races the early leader Pat Kelly's Storm has lost out to Joker (John Maybury) and Dermot Baker's Jalapeno in second.

The Dragon class only started racing the regatta today have now completed three races.  Sir Ossis of the River sailed by Denis Bergin leads from Peter Bowring's Phantom.

Selected overall VDLR results (provisional) below:

IRC CLASS 0 (after three races) - 1. Crazy Horse (Chambers/Reilly), 2 Grand Cru II (Jamie McGarry) 3. Elf Too (Christina Murray)
 
IRC CLASS 1 (after three races) ­ Errislannan (Paul Kirwan), 2 Carmen II (Paul Scuff/Alan Jeffrey), 3. Animal (Debbie Aitken)
 
IRC CLASS 2 (after three races) - 1. Ruthless (Conor Ronan), 2. Impetuous (Fergal Noonan/Robert Chambers) 3. King One (David Cullen)                                       
 
IRC CLASS 3 (after three races) - 1. Hard on Port (Flor O¹Driscoll), 2.Supernova (Syd MacCormack/Ken Lawless/Pat Shannon), 3. Pinocchio (Noel Davidson)
 
J109 (after three races) - 1. Joker 2(John Maybury), 2. Jalapeno (Baker et Al), 3. Storm (Pat Kelly)  
                                                                  
BENETEAU 31.7 (after three races) ­ 1. Twister(Fletcher/Byers/Fair),2. Flying Machine (Conor&Donal O¹Gallagher),3.30 Something(Kavanagh/Jones/Gaffney/Lubliner)
 
SIGMA 33 (after three races) - 1.White Mischief (Tim Goodbody), 2. Popje (Ted McCourt), 3. Enchantress (Bonner/Nicholl/Larkin)

RUFFIAN 23 (after three races)- 1. Ruff Nuff (Derek&Carol Mitchell), 2. Ruff n¹Ready (Cullen/Brown/Kirwan) 3. Paramour (Power/Sastre/Russell)

SHIPMAN (after three races)- 1.Curraglass (John Masterson), 2. Lulu (Bob &Tom Galvin), 3. Whiterock (Henry M Robinson)
                                       
GLEN  (after three races)- 1.Glenmarissa(Frank Elmes/Wilf Higgins) 2. Glenluce (Donal&Richard O¹Connor), 3. Pterodactyl (Roderick & David McCaffrey)                                      

FLYING 15 (after four races)- 1. Hy5ive(David Gorman), 2. Gruffalo (Keith Poole) 3. Final Fling (Norman Hamilton/William Rutherford)                                       

DRAGON (after three races)- 1.Sir Ossis of the River (Burgin/Murphy/Burke), 2. Phantom (Peter Bowring/David Williams), 3. Susele(Michael Halpenny)                                    

MERMAID (after four races) - 1. Endeavour (Roger Bannon), 2. Thumbalina (Patrick Boardman), 3. MiDi (Enda Weldon)
                                       
SQUIB (after four races) - 1. Toy for the Boys (Peter Wallace), 2. Lola (Frank Whelan), 2. Anemos (Peter & Anne Evan)

See the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta website here for updates.

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Day One Report

Unexpected strong winds got the fourth Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta off to a stunning start on Dublin Bay yesterday even though a number of boats in the massive 420-boat fleet got into difficulties as the southerly breeze hit 25 knots. 

Nearly 3000 sailors and 420 boats are afloat for the four day regatta that is the biggest sailing event in the Irish Sea area.

An impressive line up of 14 Class Zero boats has made Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta the biggest turnout this year for the 40-footers and it was appropriate yesterday that Howth's well campaigned Crazy Horse should make the running in the big sea conditions. The Chambers/Reilly skippered Mills 36 beat Fairlie visitor Christine Murray's Elf too, a Beneteau First 40 on the windward leeward course. Third was another visitor Grand Cru (Jamie McGarry) from the Clyde.

Anthony O'Leary's put on a David vs Goliath performance in yesterday's dramatic opener of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta which was a result of the surfing conditions that gave his modified 1720 a real chance to show her speed downwind against some boats seemingly twice the size in IRC One.

The gutsy performance would have put the Royal Cork yacht 'Antix Beag' top of the 19-boat fleet except the Cork crew lost their rig. It is still unofficial but Debbie Aitken's Elan 380 Animal from Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club is the probable winner. Second is the locally based Sigma 38 Errislannan skippered by Paul Kirwan.

In class two Sligo visitor Ruthless, a Corby 26, sailed by Conor Ronan beat the locally based half tonner Dick Dastardly from the DMYC. Another vintage half tonner, King one, from Howth and skippered by Dave Cullen was third.

Last year's winner of the overall Volvo trophy Flor O'Driscoll is back in contention again. His J24 Hard on Port was the winner of the regatta's biggest fleet yesterday, taking a win from Ken Lawless's Supernova in the 38-boat class three division.

In the one design divisions there were plenty of familiar names at the top top of the fleets given the testing southerlies that prevailed.

Tim Goodbody leads the Sigma 33s, David Gorman the Flying fifteens, Patrick Boardman the Mermaids, Colin Galavan the SB3s, first race winner Ben Duncan did not sail the second race. Pat Kelly's Storm leads the 10 boat J109s who are also racing for national championship honours.

Day one Provisional Selected results
IRC Class O 
1. Crazy Horse (Chambers/o’Reilly)  2. Elf Too (Christine Murray)  3. Grand Cru II (Jamie McGarry)
IRC Class 1 
1. Animal (Debbie Aitken) 2. Bengal Magic (John Moorehead and Chris Ferres) 3. Gringo (Tony Fox)  
IRC Class 2 
1. Ruthless (Conor Ronan) 2. Dick Dastardly (Brian Cusack & Others) 3. King One (David Cullen) 
IRC Class 3 
1. Hard on Port (Flor O’Driscoll) 2. Super Nova (Syb McCormack/ Ken Lawless/ Pat Shannon) 3. Scandal (Brian McDowell)
Non-Spinaker 1 
1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell) 2. Lulu Belle (Liam Coyne) 3. Mojito (Peter Dunlop)
Non-Spinaker 2 
1. Bite the Bullet (Colm Bermingham) 2. Brazen Hussey (J Barry. M Stirling) 3. Voyager (Joe Carton) 
J109 
1. Storm (Pat Kelly) 2. Joker 2 (John Maybury) 3. Tigh Soluis II (Ken Grant) 
Beneteau 31.7 
1. 30 Something (Kavanagh, Jones, Gaffney, Lubliner) 2. Flying Machine (Conor & Donal O Gallagher) 3. Prima Nocte (Patrick Burke and Patrick Kennedy) 
Sigma 33 
1. White Mischief (Tim Goodbody) 2. Misbehavin (Alan Bell & Others) 3. Moonshine (Ronnie Moloney & David O’Flynn) 
Ruffian 23
1. Diane 2 (Alan Claffey) 2. Ruff n Ready (Cullen, Brown & Kirwan) 3. Paramour (Power, Sastre & Russell) 
Shipman 
1. Curraglas (John Masterson) 2. Lulu (Bob & Tom Galvin) 3. Jo Slim (Clarke, Maher & Maher) 
SB3’s 
1. Sharkbait (Ben Duncan & Brian Moran) 2. Defiant (Colin Galavan & Chris Arrowsmith) 3. Boomstick (Brian Reilly) 

See the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta website here for updates.

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The 2011 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, the biggest sailing event in Ireland, will take place this week from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th June. 

The VDLR is organised by the four water front yacht clubs in Dun Laoghaire (the RIYC, the RStGYC, the NYC and the DMYC). 420 boats across 25 classes are registered to race the nine different racing courses set on Dublin Bay. 2,500 competitors are expected from across Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man, France, Spain, Germany and Denmark.

See the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta website here for updates.

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With four weeks to go around 3,000 competitors are expected to start the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (July 7th – 10th) organised by the four waterfront yacht clubs on the Southside of Dublin Bay. Entries are being received steadily in all 25 classes for the fourth edition of the regatta. 

Already 380 boats have signed up for the regatta which will be the biggest sailing event in Ireland in 2011. The competing sailors are drawn from Dublin Bay yacht clubs as well as from across Ireland with added participation from English, Welsh, Scottish, Isle of Man, French, Spanish, German and Danish yacht clubs. 

For many of the boats in the cruising classes, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2011 will be the culmination of hard training and participation first at the ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven (17th – 19th June) and then the Sovereign’s Cup at Kinsale (22nd – 25th June.) When the first starting guns are fired in Dun Laoghaire on the afternoon of Thursday 7th July, the fleet form should be clearer based on the results from the earlier regattas. 

However star contenders that lined up for prizes at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2009 are already in contention for prizes in 2011. 

IRC Class Zero has attracted ten entries and will feature boats such as Aquelina, a J122 Arklow Sailing Club, Dopplebock, German-entry Dopplebock from Nordduscher Regatta Verein, a new J111 that is the latest ‘WoW’ from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire and Cork’s Jump Juice from the RCYC; all are expected to feature in the top results. Organisers are also expecting entries from Allan Hogg’s, Argie Bargie from Royal Western Yacht Club, Kilrush, Co Clare and Vincent’s Farrell’s, Tsunami, from the National Yacht Club. 

IRC Class 1 has already attracted 22 entries and will feature Sailor of the Year 2010 Anthony O Leary with Antix Beag (RCYC), a modified 1720 which in the right conditions is unbeatable. Paul O’Higgins’s Rockabill V (NYC/ RIYC) was IRC 1 champion at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2009 is also a key contender. Organisers say Rockabill is an extremely well crewed boat and could be in contention for the overall event prize. 
 
IRC Class 2 has already attracted 24 entries and the star contender is David Cullen’s King One, a half tonner from Howth Yacht Club which although a classic boat is very well sailed. Red Rhum, Jonathan and Christopher Nicholson’s Dehler DB1 from the Royal St George Yacht Club which won on ECHO at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2009 is also in this class. 
 
IRC Class 3 also has a strong entry with 33 entries so far and Flor O’Driscoll’s Hard on Port (RStGYC) was the only boat in 2009 which achieved bullets (race wins) across the Regatta and is obviously the star contender in this class. 

The Non Spinnaker classes (White Sail 1 and White Sail 2) which demonstrate the true spirit of sailing, have already attracted 25 entries, especially from visiting entries. 

Philip Dillworth’s Orna, a Grand Soleil 40 from the National Yacht Club which will sail in Non Spinnaker class 1 is a wonderfully consistent boat that wins everything. Other boats to watch out for in this class are Persistance from the RIYC which won on ECHO in White Sail 1 class at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2009 and Katanca from RIYC and MacMagic from HYC who both achieved line honors two years ago. 

So far 12 J109’s are registered to race at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2011 and John Hall’s ‘Something Else’ from NYC is widely regarded as the boat to beat in that class. Other ‘one design’ classes will include the Beneteau 31.7s, the Sigma 33s, the Ruffian 23s and the Shipman 28s.

The dinghy classes will include Laser SB3s sportboats. Squibs, Mermaids, Dragons, Flying Fifteens, Fireballs and Lasers single-handed. 

Ben Duncan and Brian Moran’s SB3, Sharkbait from Howth YC is already sitting at top of its class. But another a key competitor in that class will be Annalise Murphy who is currently ranked 9th in the world by the ISAF (International Sailing Federation), is a 2012 Olympic sailing campaigner and has kindly taken on the role of 2011 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta ambassador. Annalise will be sailing the SB3, Bluebird. In the Dragon class, a former Olympic boat, Martin Byrne is currently the national champion on Jaguar and Royal St George Yacht Club Commodore, so is the boat to beat in that class.  

The classic boat classes will include Glens, Howth 17s, IDRA 14s, Water Wags, Wayfarers and Etchells and may be consolidated into a single race area, depending on the turn out. The UK and Irish national championships for the Wayfarer class will also take place during the event, with 40 to 50 boats expected in this fleet alone. 

Organisers are also trying to build a relationship with the kite boarding class, which may become an ISAF Olympic class by 2016. The Regatta will have a prize for a kite boarding event in Sutton, and will have a kite boarding demonstration on one of the regatta days.
 
In addition to the overall winners and runners up, special trophies will be awarded for Best IRC, Best One Design/ Keelboat, Best Dinghy/ Small Keelboat, Best Visiting Boat and the Irish Open White Sail Champion. 

Behind the scenes, there’ll be more than 300 volunteers making sure that the event runs smoothly and organisers say they will process more than 6,000 sets of results (including handicap combinations) over the four days.

The regatta will take over the entire waterfront at Dún Laoghaire for the event, using the four yacht clubs and benefiting from Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s expertise and equipment.

Photos by David Branigan/Oceansport

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