Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta now established as the biggest sailing event in Ireland
- 4th biennial Regatta will take place in Dublin Bay from Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th July 2011 -
(Issue 25th April 2011). The 4th biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) organised by the four waterfront yacht clubs in Dun Laoghaire will take place from July 7th–10th 2011 in Dublin Bay. The Regatta which is now established as the biggest sailing event in Ireland will attract approximately 500 boats across 25 classes and will comprise 1,000 races over the four days. The boats competing will be crewed by approximately 3,000 sailors largely from yacht clubs across Ireland with added participation from English, Welsh, Scottish, Isle of Man, French, Spanish and Danish yacht clubs.
Announcing the 2011 VDLR, Adam Winkelmann, Chairperson of the Organising Committee said “After the city marathons, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is the biggest participant sporting event in Ireland. The Regatta also continues to grow and build upon Ireland's international reputation as a quality sports and sailing destination and cements Ireland's reputation as a location for a major international regatta.”
“The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta owes its prominence in European sailing events to a number of factors. One of the core reasons as to why it is successful in attracting so many entrants is that it is one of the least expensive sailing events in Europe, providing great value for money. We also have more than 300 volunteers who give their time and energy to ensure the regatta runs smoothly. In addition to delivering quality racing, the Regatta now prides itself in delivering a wonderful festive atmosphere across the Dun Laoghaire waterfront so overall the event promises an important boost to the local economy of Dun Laoghaire town in the midst of the summer tourist season and recession”
Volvo will continue as title sponsor for the Regatta but this year they will hold the title sponsorship in partnership with Spirit Motor Group, the premier dealership for Volvo in South Dublin.
In addition the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta enjoys support from the Dublin Port Company, the Royal Marine Hotel, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Helly Hansen, the Butlers Pantry and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.
For those who prefer to keep their feet dry and enjoy the superb sailing action in Dublin Bay from afar, there will be a
fantastic array of family orientated activities that have been set up on shore by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County
Council. There will be a farmers market, street entertainment, a carnival with face painters and balloon men,
numerous ladies fashion events, live music from jazz to traditional Irish to marching bands, local area restaurant and
pub events, an evening of Irish culture, music, food and dancing and a scheduled RNLI Air Sea Rescue demonstration.
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