Record fleet of 500 boats expected for Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta in July

More than half the entries for Ireland’s biggest sailing event are visiting craft

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club entry Signal 8 (Jamie McWilliam) is an early entry for July’s Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay. Photograph: David O’Brien

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club entry Signal 8 (Jamie McWilliam) is an early entry for July’s Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay. Photograph: David O’Brien

The Irish Sea’s strongest Class One IRC fleet of the year is assembling for the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) in three months, where a record combined fleet of 500 boats is expected for Ireland’s biggest sailing event.

The four-day sailfest was launched in buoyant style on Thursday night at the National Maritime Museum by local Dún Laoghaire Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, with the news that 410 boats are already secured as early entries 100 days before the first gun on July 11th.

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