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Brendan Foley's First 8 'Allig8r' was the winner of Thursday night's (June 1st) Class Two IRC AIB DBSC Summer Series racing on Dublin Bay.

The light south-easterly winds that prevailed on the Bay in May are continuing into June.

The Royal St. George yacht finished 40 seconds on corrected time ahead of Lindsay Casey's J97 Windjammer from the same club. Third in the nine-boat race was Leslie Parnell's First 34.7, Black Velvet.

After six races sailed in the series, 1 Windjammer leads on 5 points from Black Velvet on 10, with Allig8r third on 15.

Full results in all classes below

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly set a triangular course of two rounds for the first of two DBSC Water Wag races on (Wednesday evening, May 31st) in order to maximise the use of the western half of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, keeping clear of the comings and goings of cruise ship tenders.

25 boats competed in a 6-8 knot NNE breeze.

After race one finished the Race Officer was advised by the cruise ship tender operations manager that the course could be extended so he repositioned the weather mark for a longer upwind leg and started race two with two rounds in a 5-6 knot breeze.

Guy Kilroy in No. 38 Swift was the winner of the second DBSC race for the Water Wags at Dun Laoghaire HarbourGuy Kilroy in No. 38 Swift was the winner of the second DBSC race for the Water Wags at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

The results were:

Race One:
1. No. 15 Moosmie, John O’Driscoll
2. No. 38 Swift, Guy Kilroy
3. No. 45 Mariposa, Annalise Murphy

Race two:
1. No. 38 Swift, Guy Kilroy
2. No. 36 Little Tern, Tim Pearson
3. No. 46 Mademoiselle, Adam Winkelmann

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Colin Byrne in the XP33 Bon Exemple continued his winning run in the IRC One division of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's AIB Summer Series on Saturday, taking his second wind from five races sailed. 

In yet another light wind outing, Tim Goodbody's J109 White Mischief was second in the one-hour and forty-five-minute race. Ben Shanahan's National Yacht Club entry Ruth was third.

There was a nine-boat turnout with one DBSC regular, Brian Hall's Something Else, competing at the Scottish Series on the Clyde, where the NYC J109 leads in IRC3.

Overall in the bay's Saturday series, Bon Exemple leads by a single point from White Mischief, with Blast on Chimaera in third. 

Full DBSC results in all classes are below

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Light south-easterly winds meant many classes 'did not finish' racing in Thursday night's (May 25th) AIB DBSC Summer Series racing on Dublin Bay.

Results (below) show Cruisers Zero finished their two-hour race five north of the Bay with Michelle Farrell's Tsunami, a First 40.7, taking the IRC gun from Kyran McStay's Royal Irish X-35, D-Tox. Third was Tim Kane's X-Treme 37 WOW.

In Cruisers Two IRC division, there was one finisher, Leslie Parnell's Frist 34.7, Black Velvet.

The evening's five-knot breeze was slightly better in the south of the Bay, allowing some finishes in the one design divisions. Not least the 11-boat Flying Fifteen division with Alastair Court's Ffinisterre of the DMYC taking the gun from Shane MacCarthy in Mr Potato Head. Third was Neil Colin in FFuzzy.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly set a windward/leeward course of three rounds for the DBSC Water Wag race on (Wednesday evening, May 24th) at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

20 boats competed in an 8-10kt NNW breeze but only after a delay of approximately 15 minutes due to cruise ship tender operations in the harbour.

Six boats were over the line at the start, with all bar one of them failing to return.

The results were:

  1. No. 15 Moosmie, John O’Driscoll
  2. No. 52 Puffin, Seán Craig
  3. No. 47 Peggy, David Corcoran
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Shirley Gilmore emerged the ILCA 6 Radial winner in last night's single DBSC Dinghy race on Scotsman's Bay, to the east of Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

After last Tuesday's cancellation, May 23rd's light but sunny conditions produced a fine turnout of dinghies for race nine of the AIB Summer series.

Royal St George's Gilmore was followed home by clubmate Marc Coakley with the National Yacht Club's Daniel Raymond in third in the 14-boat fleet.

Full results for all dinghy classes below

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None of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) 22 racing classes managed to race on Saturday, May 21, due to a glassy calm on Dublin Bay.

Race Officers flew N/A at 1300 hours.

Racing continues next week. Overall results are below.

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The National Yacht Club's Michelle Farrell scored a win in IRC Zero in the First 40.7 Tsunami in last night's (May 18th) AIB sponsored DBSC Summer Race Programme that was curtailed by patchy, light winds. 

There were three finishers in the five-boat IRC Zero race, with Tim Kane's X-Treme 37 WOW in second and Sean Lemass's First 40 Prima Forte in third place.

There were four finishers in the 11-boat two-hour IRC One race with Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple in first, followed by the J109s Ruth (Ben Shanahan) and Tim Goodbody's White Mischief.

According to DBSC results (below) there were no IRC Two or Three division finishers. 

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly set a windward/leeward course of four rounds for the DBSC Water Wag handicap race on Wednesday evening at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

18 boats competed over eight staggered starts in a light SSE breeze before it shifted to a WSW direction after the first round.

The results were:

  1. No. 14 Phillis, Fraser Mitchell
  2. No. 52 Puffin, Seán Craig
  3. No. 21 Jacqueline, Hugh Delap
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Six SB20s competed in Saturday's (May 13th) two AIB-Sponsored DBSC summer series racing on Dublin Bay. 

Royal Irish entry Richard Hayes in Carpe Diem was the first race winner from clubmate Ger Dempsey's Venuesworld, but this order was reversed for the second race of the day under Race Officer John McNeilly.

After six races sailed, Hayes leads overall (with five wins) and must be considered a form boat for next weekend's class East Coast Championships at the Royal St George Yacht Club, where 15 SB20s are expected to race.

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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - FAQS

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are geographically defined maritime areas where human activities are managed to protect important natural or cultural resources. In addition to conserving marine species and habitats, MPAs can support maritime economic activity and reduce the effects of climate change and ocean acidification.

MPAs can be found across a range of marine habitats, from the open ocean to coastal areas, intertidal zones, bays and estuaries. Marine protected areas are defined areas where human activities are managed to protect important natural or cultural resources.

The world's first MPA is said to have been the Fort Jefferson National Monument in Florida, North America, which covered 18,850 hectares of sea and 35 hectares of coastal land. This location was designated in 1935, but the main drive for MPAs came much later. The current global movement can be traced to the first World Congress on National Parks in 1962, and initiation in 1976 of a process to deliver exclusive rights to sovereign states over waters up to 200 nautical miles out then began to provide new focus

The Rio ‘Earth Summit’ on climate change in 1992 saw a global MPA area target of 10% by the 2010 deadline. When this was not met, an “Aichi target 11” was set requiring 10% coverage by 2020. There has been repeated efforts since then to tighten up MPA requirements.

Marae Moana is a multiple-use marine protected area created on July 13th 2017 by the government of the Cook islands in the south Pacific, north- east of New Zealand. The area extends across over 1.9 million square kilometres. However, In September 2019, Jacqueline Evans, a prominent marine biologist and Goldman environmental award winner who was openly critical of the government's plans for seabed mining, was replaced as director of the park by the Cook Islands prime minister’s office. The move attracted local media criticism, as Evans was responsible for developing the Marae Moana policy and the Marae Moana Act, She had worked on raising funding for the park, expanding policy and regulations and developing a plan that designates permitted areas for industrial activities.

Criteria for identifying and selecting MPAs depends on the overall objective or direction of the programme identified by the coastal state. For example, if the objective is to safeguard ecological habitats, the criteria will emphasise habitat diversity and the unique nature of the particular area.

Permanence of MPAs can vary internationally. Some are established under legislative action or under a different regulatory mechanism to exist permanently into the future. Others are intended to last only a few months or years.

Yes, Ireland has MPA cover in about 2.13 per cent of our waters. Although much of Ireland’s marine environment is regarded as in “generally good condition”, according to an expert group report for Government published in January 2021, it says that biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation are of “wide concern due to increasing pressures such as overexploitation, habitat loss, pollution, and climate change”.

The Government has set a target of 30 per cent MPA coverage by 2030, and moves are already being made in that direction. However, environmentalists are dubious, pointing out that a previous target of ten per cent by 2020 was not met.

Conservation and sustainable management of the marine environment has been mandated by a number of international agreements and legal obligations, as an expert group report to government has pointed out. There are specific requirements for area-based protection in the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the OSPAR Convention, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Yes, the Marine Strategy Framework directive (2008/56/EC) required member states to put measures in place to achieve or maintain good environmental status in their waters by 2020. Under the directive a coherent and representative network of MPAs had to be created by 2016.

Ireland was about halfway up the EU table in designating protected areas under existing habitats and bird directives in a comparison published by the European Commission in 2009. However, the Fair Seas campaign, an environmental coalition formed in 2022, points out that Ireland is “lagging behind “ even our closest neighbours, such as Scotland which has 37 per cent. The Fair Seas campaign wants at least 10 per cent of Irish waters to be designated as “fully protected” by 2025, and “at least” 30 per cent by 2030.

Nearly a quarter of Britain’s territorial waters are covered by MPAs, set up to protect vital ecosystems and species. However, a conservation NGO, Oceana, said that analysis of fishing vessel tracking data published in The Guardian in October 2020 found that more than 97% of British MPAs created to safeguard ocean habitats, are being dredged and bottom trawled. 

There’s the rub. Currently, there is no definition of an MPA in Irish law, and environment protections under the Wildlife Acts only apply to the foreshore.

Current protection in marine areas beyond 12 nautical miles is limited to measures taken under the EU Birds and Habitats Directives or the OSPAR Convention. This means that habitats and species that are not listed in the EU Directives, but which may be locally, nationally or internationally important, cannot currently be afforded the necessary protection

Yes. In late March 2022, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said that the Government had begun developing “stand-alone legislation” to enable identification, designation and management of MPAs to meet Ireland’s national and international commitments.

Yes. Environmental groups are not happy, as they have pointed out that legislation on marine planning took precedence over legislation on MPAs, due to the push to develop offshore renewable energy.

No, but some activities may be banned or restricted. Extraction is the main activity affected as in oil and gas activities; mining; dumping; and bottom trawling

The Government’s expert group report noted that MPA designations are likely to have the greatest influence on the “capture fisheries, marine tourism and aquaculture sectors”. It said research suggests that the net impacts on fisheries could ultimately be either positive or negative and will depend on the type of fishery involved and a wide array of other factors.

The same report noted that marine tourism and recreation sector can substantially benefit from MPA designation. However, it said that the “magnitude of the benefits” will depend to a large extent on the location of the MPA sites within the network and the management measures put in place.

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