Racing yachts storm into Dingle port

Marina abuzz for 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race

It made for quite the spectacle for all in Dingle on Saturday as scores of world-class racing yachts stormed into the shelter of the harbour on completion of the Volvo 2019 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race.

None stormed quite so dramatically in as the Windfall - a 94-foot 'super' yacht that established a new record for the race on last week's semi-circumnavigation of the island, crewed as it was by no fewer than 28.

One of its crew brought particular west Kerry expertise to bear as the Windfall reached Dingle Harbour - Dingle Sailing Club member Diarmuid Desmond, who was selected for the crew recently in a brilliant opportunity the young sailor eagerly seized.

The whole event made for an even more lively weekend of it back west with the Skellig Hotel on board to provide the accommodation as long-term partners of the event.

"The Dingle Skellig Hotel have in fact been the long term supporter of the event since it was started in 1993, and have been the main link between the town of Dingle and the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire," organisers explained.

But Dingle felt the sailing touch across town, with Dick Mack's another big destination on the racers' itinerary as with many other famous Dingle watering holes and restaurants.

The race, which takes place every two years, culminated in a gala prize-giving ceremony in the Skellig on the Saturday night as the winners were feted before their peers.

"Race organisers have worked hard over the years to build connections with Dingle Town Community and Business. In 2019 this has progressed to a new level by working closely with local bodies and local businesses in Dingle," organisers said, highlighting the new selection process run with Dingle Sailing Club to identify talented young sailors as well as the very close relationship the event enjoys with Dingle Harbour and Marina.