July 30, 2018
88th Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race 2018
On Bank Holiday Sunday 5th August, 400 swimmers will part in this year’s 88th Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race. This annual event is a celebration of open water swimming and a spectacular occasion for swimmers, spectators, tourists and the citizens of Dublin and Dún Laoghaire.
Blue Ribbon Race
Leinster Open Sea run calendar of over 40 open water races along the coast of Leinster from June to September each year. The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race is one of the most high-profile swimming events in Ireland and a “blue ribbon” event on the Leinster Open Sea calendar.
Steeped in history, the Dún Laoghaire Harbour has run every year since 1931, making it the second oldest continuous race in Ireland. This is but one of many features that attracts participants from across Ireland and overseas each year, and this year’s race will host swimmers from the USA, Mexico, Spain, Holland, France, Australia and Dubai.
Leinster Open Sea races emphasise participation, and welcome swimmers from all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Swimmers from 14 years of age up to senior citizens take part in the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race every year, with competitive swimmers, water polo players, Channel champions and Olympians competing against each other. Two children’s races of 100m and 200m for children aged 13 and younger will also take place just before the Men’s race.
As races are handicapped, every swimmer has a fair chance - you do not have to be a former Olympian to win.
Conor Kearney, of sponsors CJK Engineering, said “CJK Engineering have been involved with Leinster Open Sea for a number of years, and are delighted to be now associated with one of the two Major Races on the Irish open water swimming calendar. It is great to see a sport that caters for such a wide variety of competitors both in age and ability. I wish this year’s swimmers and spectators the very best of luck, especially those who have travelled from overseas, and I hope they all enjoy being "OUT FOR THE DAY".
Olympic Council of Ireland President and Swim Ireland CEO Sarah Keane, a regular participant in Leinster Open Sea races, said “Swim Ireland is delighted to be involved in this year’s Leinster Open Sea 88th Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race again this year. The event is still evolving with a children’s race and bigger entries for both men and women yet again this year. With the Summer that we have had so far, we really recognise the value of being an island nation. We look forward to this weekend, to supporting our performance athletes in Glasgow and open water swimmers in Dun Laoghaire”.
Commodore Michael J Pomeroy of the Royal St George Yacht Club said “The Royal St George Yacht Club is delighted to host this year’s Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race. Our club forecourt and slipway offer direct access to the waters of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Bay. The ‘George’ truly is a club for all. As avid sporting enthusiasts, we are always focused on diversification. At present this includes broadening our fun water sports offering. We therefore welcome this opportunity to support our new friends from Leinster Open Sea and hope that this prestigious swimming race is the first of many such events. We wish all competitors the very best of luck in this year’s race and strongly encourage safe swimming throughout!”
All Ireland Final of Open Water Swimming
Swimmers in the Men’s and Ladies’ race compete for the coveted Dún Laoghaire Harbour Cups, proudly displayed in the National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire.
As Brian Nolan, Leinster Open Sea Chair and proud former winner of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Cup puts it, “to open water swimmers, winning the Harbour Race is like winning the All-Ireland Final”. Some of Ireland’s greatest swimmers and former Irish Olympians have competed in the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race, including Donnacha O’Dea, Kevin Williamson, David Cummins, Gerry Dunne and Brenda McGrory.
New Race Course
The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race is a 2.2km race around the waters of Dún Laoghaire Harbour. 2018 will see the introduction of an exciting new race course, with this years’ 88th Dún Laoghaire Harbour race starting and finishing within the spectacular grounds of the Royal St. George Yacht Club. As in previous years’, the Men's and Ladies' races will follow an identical course:
- Start on the Royal St. George Yacht Club slipway;
- Swim alongside the west side of the Carlisle Pier;
- Turn toward the Grandstand on the East Pier;
- Swim parallel to the East Pier to the Lighthouse;
- Then, Swimmers race in a straight line across the Harbour directly into the finish on the Royal St. George Yacht Club slipway.
Details of the 88th Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race are as follows:
- Bank Holiday Sunday 5th August 2018
- Children’s race 4.15pm
- Men’s race 5.00pm
- Ladies’ race 6.00pm
- Presentation of winners’ cups will take place in the Royal St. George Yacht Club following the race, with refreshments and entertainment on site for the whole family from 7pm till late.
For further information on Leinster Open Sea and open water swimming in Leinster, please visit www.leinsteropensea.ie. Up to date race information can also be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/leinsteropensea.