Over 470 boats and 2,500 sailors gathered in the east coast town of Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, for the 2017 Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta.

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Cruising classes, traditional and classic vessels, tacked across the race courses during the 2017 Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta . Photo Gillian Mills 

Seven race courses, 290 races and almost 4,000 results were staged over four days of mostly light sea breezes at Ireland’s biggest sailing event.

2017 is also the bicentenary of Dún Laoghaire Harbour and was marked by a race for coastal classes that finished into the harbour.

The four Dún Laoghaire Yacht Clubs shared the bulk of the overall prizes (23 of 35 classes), including ‘Boat of the Week’ trophy.

The biennial event –ranked third largest in Europe – has been hailed a major success both afloat and ashore and returns in 2019, July 11-14.

Following the 2009 regatta, the economic benefit to the region was €2.4m, according to the Irish Marine Federation. Entries for 2017 were up 7.5%.