The 85th Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race takes place on Sunday August 10th 2014. The men’s race is at 11am and the ladies’ race at 12pm. Last year, over 250 men and women qualified to enter the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race and it is anticipated that there will be 300 swimmers this year.
Each weekend from June to September the swimming club of Leinster run open sea swimming races along the coast of Leinster. Theses are held at well known swimming locations such as Malahide, Portmarnock, Howth, Clontarf, South Wall, Seapoint, Dun Laoghaire, Sandycove, Killiney and Bray. These form the Leinster Open Sea Calendar. In order to qualify to swim in the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race, swimmers must have completed 4 open sea races from the Open Sea Calendar before closing date. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race along with the Dublin City Liffey Swim are rightly considered the two most prestigious swimming races in Ireland. For swimmers winning the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race is akin to winning an All Ireland Final.
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race caters to swimmers as young as 14 years right up to ages the swimmers perhaps prefer not to disclose! A wide range of ages and abilities take part in the race. Both the Open Sea Committee and the swimming club warmly welcome newcomers to our sport no matter their age or their ability.
The race comprises a swim around the circumference of Dun Laoghaire Harbour battling fellow swimmers, reaching marker buoys, avoiding any number of obstacles and taking on the might that is the Irish Sea.