The 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle “D2D” Race will start from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday June 12th 2019. We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning competitors to the National Yacht Club for the start and to our virtual home and accommodation partner in Dingle at the Dingle Skelligs Hotel where the prizegiving party will take place on Saturday June 15th.
We considered potentially changing the course in 2019 to allow boats to select routes close to shore by removing the requirement to go outside Islands and Lighthouses en route, but following input from regular participants we have now decided to stick with the tried and tested course route in order to be fair to large and smaller boats and to keep intact the race records. We are praying for more favourable race conditions than we experienced in 2017. It was never wildly windy in terms of wind strength, but it was consistently well ahead of the beam allied to some nasty seas!
We will once again be providing racing for Cruiser / Racers with furling headsails and for Racing boats competing under IRC. The race is sailed included in the RORC calendar for 2019 and is designated ORC Monohull Category 3 with Liferaft from a safety point of view. Finally, to encourage entries from mixed crews, there will be a new sub category and prize in the race for entries with at least two female crew/competitors.
So the 2019 edition of the D2D (Dun Laoghaire to Dingle) Race builds on the wonderful ethos and tradition of this great race. With Volvo Car Ireland continuing as the title sponsor to the traditional local support from the Dingle Skellig Hotel. Since its inception in 1984 this race has always thrived on the wonderful co-operation between the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire and those local businesses in Dingle that provide a great welcome and hospitality at the finishing destination.
The timing of the 2019 race is designed so boats participating in the ICRA Nationals in Dun Laoghaire (June 7th – 9th) can use the race to get south in time for Sovereigns Week in Kinsale (June 26th – 29th).
Chairman, D2D organising Committee