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The Beneteau 21 Class Championships 2020 sailed on Dublin Bay despite the odds over two Saturdays in September writes the class Honorary Treasurer, Jimmy Fischer

21ft boats are no stranger to Dublin Bay, indeed we are seeing a rise of the original under the expert eye of Hal Sisk, but it is another 21ft racing class that has made its mark on the bay. The Dublin Bay fleet of Beneteau 21s has been one of the real racing success stories of the past few years.

These 21ft racer cruisers were the smallest sailing boats made by Beneteau at the time of their launch in the early 1990s. A few model upgrades later and the boats started making a regular appearance on DBSC start lines in 2006/2007, getting their own DBSC start in 2012 and recognition as a one design class at Dun Laoghaire week since 2013.

Nip and tuck in Beneteau 21 class racing on Dublin BayNip and tuck in Beneteau 21 class racing on Dublin Bay

Beneteau 211 racing on Dublin BayBeneteau 211 racing on Dublin Bay where there is a 12-strong racing fleet based out of Dun Laoghaire Marina Photo: Afloat

Today, they have a 12 strong racing fleet, many of whom are originals from the 2006/2007 start line. These are supplemented by entries from Malahide and Greystones for Regattas, Regional and National events. It really shows the commitment of this fleet that 10 of them were regularly racing even in summer 2020.

And that commitment did not waiver when it came to fighting it out for their National Championships, which the fleet managed to fit in despite the ever-changing sailing calendar and restrictions.

A Beneteau 21 with a racing crew of fourA Beneteau 21 with a racing crew of four Photo: Afloat

10 boats fought it out in a National Championships which they combined with the National Yacht Clubs 150th Anniversary Regatta. 4 races split over 2 Saturdays (one of which all bar one boat had to retire from due to a course mix up!) and the B21's had their 2020 national Champions.

  1. Small Wonder on 7 points
  2. Billy whizz on 8 points
  3. Chinook on 9 points
  4. Ventuno on 10 points.

As always in this class, it was tight at the top. Few fleets push each other quite as hard as the B21s where it is not uncommon for the series to end with just a point in it.

Racing under spinnaker in a B21Racing under spinnaker in a B21

Hopefully, 2021 will bring back a more conventional racing calendar and apres sail for these small but fierce boats, along with recognition as a class by the ISA, which is currently pending.

Read also: ....And Now it's the new Dublin Bay 21

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#beneteau21 – The Beneteau 21 (B21) class association, which caters for owners of Beneteau 210, 211 and 21.7 boats is hosting an open day in Dun Laoghaire on June 7th. The new 'Dublin Bay 21' class featured in Winkie Nixon's sailing blog on Afloat.ie last season.

The B21 is emerging as a strong one design class where the racing is friendly and the ownership costs are low. The boast are versatile, being a good compromise between racing and weekend cruising.

The objectives of the open day are twofold. The first is to give people with a little sailing experience a chance to race on the Beneteau 21 and they might then become regular crew on one of the boats. The second is to give prospective owners and owners who don't currently race the opportunity to try out racing in a low pressure environment.

The format for the day is:

Meet 09:45 at the Dun Laoghaire Marina.
10:00 Briefing
10:30 Introductory sail on a Beneteau 21.
12:00 Raft up for lunch in the Royal St George Yacht Club
13:00 Leave to compete in the afternoon DBSC race (weather permitting)
17:00 Debriefing and a pint!

There is no charge for the day, however we are asking people to register by texting your name and email address to 087 1228665.

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago

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