Successful Weekend at the 2017 Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta
Ireland’s biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta that took place last weekend, was a huge success after an exciting four days of racing with over 475 boats in Dublin Bay. Across the water there were almost 2,500 sailors competing with 397 races sailed across 34 different classes. In tribute to the recent Harbour’s Bicentenary year, all coastal races finished inside Dún Laoghaire’s harbour.
Many of Dublin’s Yacht Club’s held overall prizes, winning 23 of the 35 classes with the official prize giving taking place at the Royal St. George Yacht Club. ‘Boat of the Week’ Trophy was awarded to John Maybury’s J109 Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club, after leading an incredibly competitive IRC class one 28–boat fleet from start to finish.
In Dun Laoghaire, the Royal Irish Yacht Club topped the leaderboard winning six classes from IRC keelboats to Water Wag dinghies.The Royal St. George had five wins in one design classes. The National Yacht Club had three victories and the DMYC had two. Full results are available on dlregatta.org.
Tim Goodbody, Chairman of the Regatta has held the last two incredibly successful regattas but will resign after this year as he hands over the position to incoming Chair, Don O’Dowd. Tim leaves with a positive reminder to all, that ‘Volvo Dún Laoghaire is a fun regatta, not a championship’.
The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta will be returning in 2019 from 11th July to 14th July. For more information see www.dlregatta.org or find Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Facebook and Twitter.
Santa arrives to officially open the Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival and switch on the Christmas lights on Saturday November 30th. The event starts at 4pm in Harbour Plaza with live
Santa arrives to officially open the Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival and switch on the Christmas lights on Saturday November 30th. The event starts at 4pm in Harbour Plaza with live music, the CÓRus Choir, Santa and the Christmas lights switch on at 5.45pm.
Dún Laoghaire is all set to be ‘electrifying’ again this Christmas as the iconic Ferris Wheel takes centre stage at the annual Christmas Festival presented by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. A 55 ft retro Ferris Wheel built in 1958 and reported to have featured in the original ‘Grease’ movie is a highlight. In keeping with the Hollywood theme, the festival also features vintage Chair-O-Planes that were used by AMC in the making of TV series ‘Into the Badlands’ starring Daniel Wu. The iconic Ferris Wheel and chair-o-planes will provide spectacular views of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour this Christmas with a touch of nostalgia, a sense of adventure and a whole lot of ‘Greased Lightning!’
The vintage carnival will be placed at Moran Park beside dlr LexIcon to compliment the traditional Dún Laoghaire Christmas Market which runs from Saturday November 30th to Sunday December 23rd It will include classic family attractions full of nostalgic charm such as colourful retro Hobby Horses, candyfloss, a rollercoaster, Santa’s Post Box and a charming Christmas market with a traditional and nostalgic theme bringing the magic of Christmas and a winter wonderland for the festive season.
The Dún Laoghaire Christmas market is a feast for the seasonal senses as carefully selected vendors sell authentic hand-made gifts and delicious treats every weekend from November 30th to December 23rd on the Metals and opposite dlr LexIcon from 11am to 7pm.
Aromas of gourmet sausages, Hungarian Lángos, German Gluhwein, Fresh Falafel, Gingerbread and steaming hot chocolate will fill the air as you wander through the Christmas Market. If you are searching for the perfect Christmas present the market has hand-crafted gifts and decorations, jewellery, limited edition photographic prints, Hurling watches and clocks, Trendy Socks, PaperBear Greeting cards, knitwear, fragrances and hemp products for people and pets. Its a whole host of very special quality gifts and treats that are not mass-produced but hand crafted with love.
Dún Laoghaire Town Centre has over 280 retail outlets and businesses so why not swap city centre crowds and stuffed out-of-town shopping centres to browse, shop, relax and soak up the festive spirit of this magical seaside town.
November 30 (Saturday) 4:00 PM - December 23 (Monday) 12:00 PM