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Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017

VDLR 2017 Racing will be provided Thursday 6 July afternoon, Friday 7 July, Saturday 8 July and Sunday 9 July morning. Race Director for VDLR 2017 will once again be Con Murphy IRO, who will be assisted by Ireland’s most experienced International and National Race Officers. Protest Chairman is Chris Lindsay (NJ) under Mike Butterfield (IJ GBR) and assisted by Gordon Davies (IJ)
Alan Kelly, one of the organising committee, has been in contact looking for assistants to help out with racing management, help with flags, Timers, Recorders etc. If you can help please contact him by email


The four Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Yacht Clubs put on a fantastic social programme during the Regatta. They encourage all those participating, their guests and families to visit all clubs during the event. A range of daily prizegivings, drinks promotions, bands till late each night, DJ’s, mad games activities, afternoon tea, ladies lunches, fashion shows and a great selection of themed food across all clubs, sounds like an interesting place to be in July.

A full Social Guide will be published prior to the Regatta. For more information about the regatta click HERE

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary -well worth a visit

As part of the celebration of the Bicentenary of Dún Laoghaire Harbour – where the first stone was officially laid by the Viceroy of Ireland on 31st May 1817 – the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta 2017 will be including a Classics, Traditional and Old Gaffers Association section. This will, in addition to putting extra emphasis on older classes already regularly involved (such as the Glens, the Dublin Bay Mermaids, the Howth 17 Footers, the IDRA 14s and the Water Wags), be extending a welcome to older boats of other types, and to classic classes from Ireland and around the Irish Sea.

Jack O’Keeffe leads a race of Drascombes around the Fastnet Rock Photo: David McWhiter
Jack O’Keeffe leads a race of Drascombes around the Fastnet Rock
Photo: David McWhiter

As W M Nixon has discovered, she has been spreading the net wide:  “We’ve never been asked to take part in a regatta before. Never. So of course we’ll be there. And I personally am looking forward to it very much indeed.” The speaker is Jack O’Keeffe of Cork, one of the main men in the Irish Drascombe Association, and also the overall association’s organizer of Rallies.

It could be argued that Dun Laoghaire Harbour has never been completely finished writes W M Nixon. To varying degrees, it has always been Work in Progress. Construction started in 1817, yet it was maybe all of twenty or even thirty years before the basic shape of the harbour as we know it today had been finally created. But in 1821 there was enough of a new pier in existence for King George IV to visit and re-name it the Royal Harbour of Kingstown.

So now as Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Harbour’s Bicentenary in magnificent style and with some visionary thinking by Cathy MacAleavey in her capacity as chief of the sub-committee organising the Classics, Traditional and Old Gaffers section of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta & Harbour Bicentenary Festival from July 6th to 9th, the scope of the event is going to become even more varied and certainly more colourful. For more on the Classics


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