'Fleet during the 2011 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta'
Gareth Craig (Fotosail)
The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, now well established as Ireland’s single biggest sailing event, commenced this afternoon in blissful sunshine, temperatures of 23o C and a wind speed of 8kts.
393 boats across 25 different classes crewed by 2,500 sailors, sailed through the harbour mouth to begin the four day biennial Regatta which will conclude with prize giving on Sunday afternoon, 14th July.
The organisers across the four water front clubs (the DMYC, RIYC, RStGYC and NYC) were especially pleased with the 120 boats coming to the Regatta from outside Dublin Bay. This includes 50 boats other yacht clubs in the greater Dublin area such as Howth and Skerries, 16 coming from yacht clubs around the rest of the Irish coast, 12 from Northern Ireland and 31 from the British Isles.
Speaking in advance of the VDLR, Chairman, Adam Winkelmann said ‘We have been running this Regatta every two years since 2005 and over that period of time have only seen a 7.5% decrease in entries which is not that dramatic considering the state of the economy. The Regatta also 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.'
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3:36 PM Thu 11 Jul 2013GMT
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