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Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The Round Ireland Race will start on Sunday June 20th 2010, and is run by Wicklow Sailing Club. A competitive and testing event for any keen sailor, 2010 will be the 30th anniversary of the race. The race itself, beginning and ending at Wicklow Town, is a distance of 704 nautical miles and the rules simply state “leave Ireland and all her islands to starboard”.

The Round Ireland is Ireland’s premier offshore yacht race, and the second longest race in the Royal Ocean Racing Club calendar. The race first took place in 1980 with only thirteen boats. Since then, held every 2 years, the fleet has increased in both size and skill and the Round Ireland is recognised as one of the most challenging ocean races in the sailing calendar.

The majority of boats will be sailed with crews of 8 to 10 persons. Rather than racing fully crewed, Dinah will be sailed by a crew of two. In June 2009 Barry Hurley and Hannah White successfully completed the OSTAR (Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race), competing against each other on different boats. Having raced against each other many times over the years, and finally achieving their mutual goal of completing a solo transatlantic race, they have decided to pool their skills and compete together for the first time. The Round Ireland Race is the first of several very high profile races that Barry and Hannah will take part in, racing double handed against fully crewed boats, as well as against the other competitors in the double handed classes.

Dinah completed OSTAR on the 15th June 2009…

Monday, June 29th, 2009

…having taken 20 days 22 hours and 35 minutes to complete the 3,200nm course. She finished 5th over the water, 4th overall, and 1st in class.

One sailor, one boat, one ocean.

The Original Single Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR) is the world’s oldest solo ocean challenge, dating back to 1960. Founded by ‘cockleshell hero’ Blondie Hasler and first won by the circumnavigator Sir Francis Chichester, the race has upheld its Corinthian roots, providing aspiring professional and amateur sailors with the ultimate challenge. The race is run every four years.

Some of the world’s greatest sailors have taken part including Eric Tabarly, Pete Goss, Loick Peyron, Francis Joyon, Mike Golding, Michel Desjoyeaux and Ellen MacArthur. The Atlantic is the only judge and allows no room for mistakes, emphasising that the race truly is inspired by legends and sailed by heroes.

The Royal Western Yacht Club hosted the 13th edition of the Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island which started on the 25th May 2009.

dublin bay


Friday, August 15th, 2008

Look how Dinah accelerates away from her nearby competitors on the startline… These two shots were taken only a minute apart, but that’s all she needed to get out in front into clear air!

Before the start

At the start

BluQube Photos

Friday, August 15th, 2008

The good people at BluQube sent on some of the photos that they took along the way…

From Above