Countdown to the Start!
Hello and Welcome to the Volvo D2D Race 2023,
The 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle “D2D” Race will start from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on the afternoon of Wednesday June 7th, 2023 at 14.00hrs. This is the 30th anniversary of the year of the first D2D race!! We now have 42 entries confirmed and are greatly looking forward to the start and of course the finish in Dingle.
Here is the schedule overview:
Tuesday June 6th - 7pm - Main Briefing by PRO Con Murphy followed by a complimentary fork supper and then at 8pm a weather and routing briefing by Kenneth Rumball of the Irish Offshore Academy - the briefing is sponsored by Ocean Green Coffee.
Wednesday June 7th - 9-12am - Yellow Brick Tracker Collection at NYC
Wednesday June 7th - 2pm Race Start - Scotsmans Bay
Saturday June 10th - 7pm Prizegiving and Dinner at Dingle Skellig Hotel
Sailing Instructions are now issued and available on www.d2drace.ie
The race counts as a qualifier for the RORC Fastnet Race and is timed to allow yachts to travel to Kinsale to participate in Sovereigns Week (21 – 24 June) and the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (6 - 9 July). The race also forms part of the Irish Sea Offshore Racing (ISORA) series and we greatly look forward to welcoming our ISORA fleet competitors again. We thank ISORA and RORC for their ongoing involvement with the race.
We have as always a great welcome planned for all in Dingle. By now all competitors should have confirmed accommodation in Dingle either in the Dingle Skellig Hotel or elsewhere. We have partnered with Wicklow Wolf for those late night beers on arrival to Dingle marina. As you may be aware there was damage to Dingle Marina in December and there is still a shortage of space so please bear with us while we work with the Dingle Marina authorities to get boats berthed on arrival.
I want to thank our wonderful main sponsors Volvo Car Ireland (represented in Kerry by Billy Naughton Motors) and the Dingle Skellig Hotel where we will hold the prizegiving party on Saturday June 10th scheduled for 7pm. Thanks also to the National Yacht Club members, flag officers and staff for their efforts in supporting the race. Also, special thanks to my team of volunteers on the race management side. Thanks also to DBSC for lending us equipment and volunteers for the on water support.
But mainly thanks to you for supporting the race and hopefully taking part. Current long range weather predictions show a potentially fast race with a predominance of easterly gradient. The race will be covered by our marketing partner Afloat at www.afloat.ie including access to race tracking.
The current race record of just over 24 hours (24 hours 48 minutes) currently held by the 94ft Southern Wind – Windfall.
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