Sailing had a wonder year in 2016 with the Olympic success of Annalise Murphy and her ‘home’ harbour of Dun Laoghaire is gearing up to deliver one of Ireland’s biggest ever participation events on the water in early July.
Held every two years the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta is on target to put over 400 boats and 2,500 sailors into competition between the 4th and 7th of July.
Organised by the four Dun Laoghaire waterfront yacht clubs the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, the National Yacht Club, the Royal Irish Yacht Club and the Royal St George Yacht Club the regatta attracts yachts from all four coasts of Ireland and from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.
“The Regatta is now firmly established in Ireland’s major sporting calendar and is the biggest participant sporting event in the country, after the city marathons,” said David Lovegrove, President of the Irish Sailing Association.
“We are also proud that the VDLR 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.”
“In addition, local area businesses will benefit considerably from the influx of visitors as they enjoy the superb sailing action in Dublin Bay and a fantastic array of family oriented activities that have been set up on shore.”
This year there will be a special ‘Kingstown 200’ Anniversary Cup as part of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Festival from 6th to 9th July 2017.
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“The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta owes its prominence in European sailing events to a number of factors,” added Regatta Chairman Tim Goodbody.
“One of the core attributes to attracting so many entrants is that it is one of the least expensive sailing events in Europe, thanks to generous sponsorship and support.”
“We also have more than 300 volunteers who give their time and energy to ensure the regatta runs smoothly, as well as the active cooperation of local area businesses and the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.”
“The Regatta brings a significant amount to the local economy. Using the Irish tourism multiplier, the average expenditure per competitor will be €60 per day which for 2,500 competitors will be €150,000 per day and €600,000 for the four day event.”
Volvo in partnership with the Spirit Motor Group has backed the event since 2007.