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A decent south-easterly breeze averaging about 12 knots greeted the three Fireballs competing in last night's DBSC racing in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. With another giant fleet of Lasers participating the start line was very long. Miller/Cramer opted for the slightly favoured pin end which took them towards the harbour mouth before tacking back under the layline to the weather mark Cariosa Power with Marie Barry had taken the exact opposite approach going inshore and their route proved the better one as they rounded the mark a few boat lengths ahead. Owen Sinnott and Grattan Donnelly seemed to take a middle course which left them a close third for the entire race. Power/Barry stayed ahead for the run and the subsequent beat but on the second run Miller/Cramer found a couple of gusts which helped them get an inside overlap before the gybe to the mark, leaving them ahead for the remainder of the race.

Cariosa Power with Marie Barry to windward in IRL 14854 and Frank Miller and Neil Cramer in IRL 14990Cariosa Power with Marie Barry to windward in IRL 14854 and Frank Miller and Neil Cramer in IRL 14990

For race two Miller/Cramer again started at the pin and this time led to the weather with Sinnott/Donnelly close behind. They maintained their lead for most of the 5 lap race but a problematic gybe-set during lap four gave the chasing Sinnott/Donnelly team their opportunity and they slipped into the lead. On the final downwind leg to the finish Miller/Cramer gybed a little early and attempted to reel in the leaders but the attempt failed miserably in a thicket of Lasers as the finish line drew near. Sinnott/Donnelly were the deserving winners with Power/Barry a close third.

Full results here.

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There was a fine turnout of 116 boats for Tuesday evening's DBSC racing on Dublin Bay in a light SE breeze.

The fleet included 66 dinghies of which 30 were Laser Radials who raced inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

In the cruiser classes, there was a strong display by National Yacht Club crews who came out on top in many of the divisions.

Cruisers One was won by Tony Fox's Gringo from the National Yacht Club. The J109s was won by club mate Polly Barrington, and in further wins for the East Pier club, Levante (Michael Leahy and John Power) won the Beneteau 31.7s as did the NYC's Archambault A30, A Plus in Cruisers 2 ECHO.

In the buoyant Laser dinghy divisions, D Maloney was the winner of the first Laser Standard race, R Geraghty-McDonnell took the gun in the Laser Radial and Howth's  Luke Turvey won the 4.7 division.

Full results below

DBSC Results for 21/07/2020

Race 1

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Gringo, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Gringo, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Jalapeno, 2. Ruth, 3. Something Else

31.7 One Design: 1. Levante, 2. Mayfly, 3. Fiddly Bits

31.7 Echo: 1. Levante, 2. Fiddly Bits

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. A Plus, 2. Boojum

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Papytoo, 2. Grasshopper 2, 3. Saki

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Starlet, 2. Maranda

Sportsboat: 1. George V, 2. Jeorge 5, 3. Jamiroquai

Flying 15: 1. Frequent Flyer, 2. Ignis Caput, 3. Flyer

Ruffian: 1. Shannagh, 2. Alias, 3. Bandit

Shipman: 1. Juniper, 2. Poppy

B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Chinook, 3. Ventuno

B211 Echo: 1. Beeswing, 2. Isolde, 3. Ventuno

Glen: 1. Glenroan, 2. GlenDun, 3. Glenariff

PY Class 1. N Butler, 2. S Oram, 3. S Dwyer

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Dutch Courage

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. C Power/M Barry, 3. O Sinnott

Laser Standard: 1. D Maloney, 2. F Walker, 3. R O'Leary

Laser Radial: 1. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 2. S Craig, 3. C Gorman

Laser 4.7: 1. L Turvey, 2. F McDonnell, 3. H Turvey

Race 2

PY Class: 1. N Butler, 2. B Foley, 3. S Oram

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Dutch Courage

Fireball: 1. O Sinnott, 2. F Miller, 3. C Power/M Barry

Laser Standard: 1. R Wallace, 2. D Maloney, 3. T Lyttle

Laser Radial: 1. C Gorman, 2. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 3. H O'Connor

Laser 4.7: 1. E O'Sullivan, 2. L Turvey, 3. A Daly

Race 1

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Gringo, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Gringo, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Jalapeno, 2. Ruth, 3. Something Else

31.7 One Design: 1. Levante, 2. Mayfly, 3. Fiddly Bits

31.7 Echo: 1. Levante, 2. Fiddly Bits

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. A Plus, 2. Boojum

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Papytoo, 2. Grasshopper 2, 3. Saki

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Starlet, 2. Maranda

Sportsboat: 1. George V, 2. Jeorge 5, 3. Jamiroquai

Flying 15: 1. Frequent Flyer, 2. Ignis Caput, 3. Flyer

Ruffian: 1. Shannagh, 2. Alias, 3. Bandit

Shipman: 1. Juniper, 2. Poppy

B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Chinook, 3. Ventuno

B211 Echo: 1. Beeswing, 2. Isolde, 3. Ventuno

Glen: 1. Glenroan, 2. GlenDun, 3. Glenariff

PY Class 1. N Butler, 2. S Oram, 3. S Dwyer

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Dutch Courage

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. C Power/M Barry, 3. O Sinnott

Laser Standard: 1. D Maloney, 2. F Walker, 3. R O'Leary

Laser Radial: 1. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 2. S Craig, 3. C Gorman

Laser 4.7: 1. L Turvey, 2. F McDonnell, 3. H Turvey

Race 2

PY Class: 1. N Butler, 2. B Foley, 3. S Oram

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Dutch Courage

Fireball: 1. O Sinnott, 2. F Miller, 3. C Power/M Barry

Laser Standard: 1. R Wallace, 2. D Maloney, 3. T Lyttle

Laser Radial: 1. C Gorman, 2. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 3. H O'Connor

Laser 4.7: 1. E O'Sullivan, 2. L Turvey, 3. A Daly

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127 boats from 19 classes, including 34 Laser dinghies, raced on a flukey Dublin Bay this afternoon.

Dublin Bay Sailing Club debutante, the Royal Irish's First 40 Prima Forte (Patrick Burke and Sean Lemass) was second in Class O IRC, in a race won by clubmates in the XP44 WOW (George Sisk).

Class one was a clean sweep for dominant J109s. The race was won by the National Yacht Club's Jalapeno (Paul Barrington) with White Mischief (Tim Goodbody) second and Barrington's club mates Something Else (John Hall) third.

In the dinghy classes, the first race of the Laser Standard division was won by. F Walker, with G Murphy second and 3. D Mac Colgain third. Full results for all classes below:

DBSC Results for 18/07/2020

Race 1

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Prima Fort, 3. Tsunami

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Wow, 2. Tsunami, 3. Prima Forte

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Jalapeno, 2. White Mischief, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Jalapeno, 2. Something Else, 3. White Mischief

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Jalapeno, 2. White Mischief, 3. Something Else

31.7 One Design: 1. Levante, 2. Prospect, 3. Attitude

31.7 Echo: 1. Levante, 2. Kernach, 3. Fiddly Bits

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Rupert, 2. A Plus, 3. Springer

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Springer, 2. Enchantress, 3. A Plus

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Springer, 3. Enchantress

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Dubious, 2. Starlet, 3. Papytoo

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Persistance, 2. Vespucci, 3. The Great Escape

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Just Jasmin, 2. Persistance, 3. The Great Escape

SB20: 1. LoFly, 2. Black, 3. Carpe Diem

Sportsboat: 1. George V, 2. Jambiya

Flying 15: 1. FFuZZy, 2. Flyer, 3. Ignis Caput

Ruffian: 1. Alias, 2. Carmen, 3. Ripples

Shipman: 1. Jo Slim, 2. Juniper, 3. Invader

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook, 2. Yikes, 3. Billy Whizz

B211 Echo: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Ventuno, 3. Small Wonder

Glen: 1. GlenDun, 2. Glencree, 3. Glenroan

PY Class: 1. B Foley, 2. B Sweeney, 3. R Tate

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Dutch Courage

Laser Standard: 1. F Walker, 2. G Murphy, 3. D Mac Colgain

Laser Radial: 1. H O'Connor, 2. M McCormack, 3. C Gorman

Laser 4.7: 1. A Daly, 2. F McDonnell, 3. L Turvey

Race 2

SB20: 1. Carpe Diem, 2. Black, 3. SeaBiscuit

Sportsboat: 1. George V, 2. Jambiya

Flying 15: 1. Flyer, 2. Ignis Caput, 3. FFuZZy

PY Class: 1. B Sweeney, 2. B Foley, 3. R Tate

IDRA 14: 1. Dutch Courage, 2. Dart

Laser Standard: 1. F Walker, 2. M Hennessy, 3. D Mac Colgain

Laser Radial: 1. C Gorman, 2. H O'Connor, 3. R Geraghty-McDonnell

Laser 4.7: 1. F McDonnell, 2. A Daly, 3. L Turvey

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The second Dublin Bay Sailing Club Thursday evening race with a stiff 15 knots breeze off the shore was a contrast to the previous week with light airs shakedown race. The revised format for this year has additional classes starting from the committee boat with a course using one of the set marks and two temporary buoys.

PRO for the evening Brian Mathews positioned “Freebird” S.E. of the piers in the area of Molly mark which was the leeward mark of the course. Twelve Flying Fifteens were out to record the biggest fleet in the bay. In the pre-start gusts, 3749 (Peter Sherry & Mick Quinn) had to return to shore with a broken gooseneck fitting.

The first two classes off, SB20s and Sports Boats opted for the committee boat end and off up the bay on a beat to the weather mark in a position off the mouth of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. On the Flying Fifteen start, 4068 David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne opted for the pin end as did 3753 Alastair Court and Conor O’Leary and 3970 Chris Doorly and Nicki Mathews. 3753 got to the weather mark first closely followed by 4068 who took the lead on the downwind leg. The first triangle was followed by a sausage. On the leeward mark, 4068 opted to gybe set with the others opting for a later gybe. This was followed by the final long triangle beat with 4068 keeping cover on 3753. At the final leeward mark, there was the classic Dublin Bay Thursday situation with two Shipman 28’s, a Dragon and 4068 converging on the mark. David Mulvin used the agility of the fifteen to steer a course and inside the other yachts at the mark to round and sail the final beat to the line ensuring cover was kept on 3753. “Ignis Caput” kept to her name “fire ahead” to get the gun in Dublin Bay’s biggest class on the evening.

A good stiff wind was harnessed with the excellent Olympic triangle course set by PRO Brian Mathews. Supported by the “Freebird” crew and mark layers provided an excellent evenings race.

Remember those plutonic courses of former years which in a wet flying fifteen one has to write down the course from a soggy course card on a slate and sometimes inside the 5 min gun, this surely is a much-improved format.

1) 4068 “Ignis Caput” David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne
2) 3753 “Finisterre” Alastair Court & Conor O’Leary
3) 4028 “Fuzzy” Neil Colin & Margaret Casey

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 A large fleet of 104 boats across 15 classes enjoyed a fine Force 4 Westerly on the first full Thursday night race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club season.

Cruiser Zero & Cruiser 2 classes both had 100% turnout.

DBSC Results for 16/07/2020

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Rockabill VI, 2. YoYo, 3. Hot Cookie

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Hot Cookie, 2. YoYo, 3. Rockabill VI

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Gringo, 2. Joker 2, 3. White Mischief

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Gringo, 2. Boomerang, 3. Black Velvet

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Joker 2, 2. White Mischief, 3. Jalapeno

31.7 One Design: 1. Attitude, 2. Prospect, 3. Levante

31.7 Echo: 1. Attitude, 2. Levante, 3. Fiddly Bits

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Windjammer, 2. Rupert, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Enchantress, 2. Windjammer, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Leeuwin, 3. Enchantress

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Dubious, 2. Saki, 3. Grasshopper 2

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Spirit, 2. Katienua, 3. Persistance

Cruiser 5B Echo: 1. Gwili II, 2. Vespucci, 3. Nauti-Gal

SB20: 1. Ted, 2. Carpe Diem, 3. venuesworld.com

Sportsboat Hcap: 1. Jester, 2. George V, 3. Jamiroquai

Flying 15: 1. Ignis Caput, 2. ffinisterre, 3. FFuZZy

Ruffian: 1. Bandit, 2. Shannagh, 3. Alias

Shipman: 1. Viking, 2. Jo Slim, 3. Poppy

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook, 2. Ventuno, 3. Billy Whizz

B211 Echo: 1. Ventuno, 2. Isolde, 3. Billy Whizz

Glen: 1. GlenDun, 2. Glencree, 3. Glenroan

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DBSC Results for 14/07/2020 Race one:

Laser Standard result is under review.

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Gringo, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Gringo, 2. Something Else, 3. Jalapeno

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Jalapeno, 2. Something Else, 3. Ruth

31.7 One Design: 1. Fiddly Bits

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Starlet, 2. Maranda

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Saki, 2. Grasshopper 2, 3. Starlet

Sportsboat: 1. Jeorge 5

Flying 15: 1. Perfect Ten, 2. A Mere Triffle

Ruffian: 1. Bandit, 2. Shannagh, 3. Ripples

B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Chinook, 3. Ventuno

B211 Echo: 1. Ventuno, 2. Isolde

PY Class: 1. S Dwyer, 2. N Butler, 3. R Tate

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Dutch Courage

Fireball: 1. C Power/M Barry, 2. F Miller, 3. N Miller

Laser Standard: 1. R Wallace, 2. L Murphy, 3. D Mac Colgain

Laser Radial: 1. B Hughes, 2. M Sorgassi, 3. C Murphy

Laser 4.7: 1. A Daly, 2. J Fitzgerald, 3. L Turvey

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Michael Leahy and John Power's Levante from the National Yacht Club was the winner of Saturday's DBSC Beneteau 31.7 One Design race on Dublin Bay.

Second were NYC clubmates Bluefin Two (Michael & Bernie Bryson) while third place went to Attitude from the Royal Irish YC/ Royal St George YC (T.Milner, J.Sugars D.Owens)

116 boats across 16 classes enjoyed a great afternoon's racing on a sunny Bay in a fine SE'ly sea breeze.

DBSC Results for 11/07/2020

Race 1

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Gringo, 3. Jalapeno

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Gringo, 2. White Mischief, 3. Boomerang

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Something Else

31.7 One Design: 1. Levante, 2. Bluefin Two, 3. Attitude

31.7 Echo: 1. Bluefin Two, 2. Levante

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Rupert, 2. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Antix, 2. Rupert, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Leeuwin

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Maranda

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Saki, 2. Wynward, 3. Maranda

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Act Two, 2. The Great Escape, 3. Persistance

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1=. Sweet Martini, 1=. Spirit, 3. Shearwater

SB20: 1. venuesworld.com, 2. Black, 3. LoFly

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya

Flying 15: 1. Frequent Flyer, 2. ffinisterre, 3. Rodrigues

Ruffian: 1. Bandit, 2. Carmen, 3. Ripples

Shipman: 1. Invader, 2. Juniper, 3. Poppy

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook, 2. Yikes, 3. Ventuno

B211 Echo: 1. Ventuno, 2. Betty B, 3. Billy Whizz

Glen: 1. GlenDun

PY Class: 1. S Oram, 2. R Tate, 3. B Sweeney

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. O Sinnott, 3. C Power/M Barry

Laser Standard: 1. T Lyttle, 2. G Murphy, 3. F Walker

Laser Radial: 1. C Gorman, 2. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 3. S Craig

Laser 4.7: 1. L Turvey, 2. A O'Connor, 3. A Irvin

Race 2

SB20: 1. venuesworld.com, 2. LoFly, 3. Black

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya, 2. Jeorge 5

Flying 15: 1. Fflagella, 2. Frequent Flyer, 3. FFuZZy

PY Class: 1. B Sweeney, 2. R Tate, 3. S Oram

Fireball: 1. P ter Horst, 2. F Miller, 3. C Power/M Barry

Laser Standard: 1. F Walker, 2. T Lyttle, 3. C Arrowsmith

Laser Radial: 1. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 2. C Gorman, 3. M Sorgassi

Laser 4.7: 1. F McDonnell, 2. L Turvey, 3. A O'Connor

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Over 90 keelboats turned out for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's first Thursday race of the shortened season tonight, an excellent showing in the current COVID-19 circumstances.

In Class Zero, George Sisk's XP44 WOW from the Royal Irish Yacht Club continues its winning form from last Saturday's ISORA Coastal race opener by winning DBSC's first Thursday race of 2020.

In a light ENE Force 2 breeze, 45 boats across the fleets managed to finish.

DBSC Results for 09/07/2020

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Prima Forte, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Wow, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Tsunami

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Black Velvet

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Black Velvet

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Ruth

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Maranda

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Saki, 2. Grasshopper 2, 3. Maranda

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Persistance, 2. Spirit, 3. Edenpark

Cruiser 5B Echo: 1. Vespucci, 2. Bendemeer

SB20: 1. Carpe Diem, 2. So Blue, 3. Ted

Sportsboat: 1. George V, 2. Jester, 3. Jamiroquai

Flying 15: 1. No Name, 2. FFuZZy, 3. ffinisterre

Ruffian: 1. Shannagh, 2. Alias, 3. Ruffles

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook

Glen: 1. GlenDun

 

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Lack of wind forced the cancellation of tonight's much-anticipated keelboat and dinghy summer racing for Dublin Bay Sailing Club.

As Afloat previously reported, a strong turnout of Lasers got off to a great start last Tuesday with over 50 dinghies competing in the in-harbour racing.

A new DBSC Tuesday keelboat programme was due to start tonight.

DBSC racing continues this Thursday.

Dublin Bay live webcam here

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As reported yesterday on Afloat.ie, revised Sailing Instructions and Course Cards for all fleets have been issued by Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC).

Documents are available from the DBSC website HERE, including the revised Notice of Race and cards pertaining to each individual class.

Club racers are reminded that boats sailed on Thursdays and Saturdays can now also sail on Tuesdays with the same format.

Tuesday racing is from Committee vessel(s) as the West Pier starter’s hut has not been installed, due to the difficulty of maintaining the current coronavirus safety rules.

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Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore.

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

Dublin Bay FAQs

There are approximately ten beaches and bathing spots around Dublin Bay: Dollymount Strand; Forty Foot Bathing Place; Half Moon bathing spot; Merrion Strand; Bull Wall; Sandycove Beach; Sandymount Strand; Seapoint; Shelley Banks; Sutton, Burrow Beach

There are slipways on the north side of Dublin Bay at Clontarf, Sutton and on the southside at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and in Dalkey at Coliemore and Bulloch Harbours.

Dublin Bay is administered by a number of Government Departments, three local authorities and several statutory agencies. Dublin Port Company is in charge of navigation on the Bay.

Dublin Bay is approximately 70 sq kilometres or 7,000 hectares. The Bay is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and seven km in length east-west to its peak at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the southside of the Bay has an East and West Pier, each one kilometre long; this is one of the largest human-made harbours in the world. There also piers or walls at the entrance to the River Liffey at Dublin city known as the Great North and South Walls. Other harbours on the Bay include Bulloch Harbour and Coliemore Harbours both at Dalkey.

There are two marinas on Dublin Bay. Ireland's largest marina with over 800 berths is on the southern shore at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The other is at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club on the River Liffey close to Dublin City.

Car and passenger Ferries operate from Dublin Port to the UK, Isle of Man and France. A passenger ferry operates from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Howth as well as providing tourist voyages around the bay.

Dublin Bay has two Islands. Bull Island at Clontarf and Dalkey Island on the southern shore of the Bay.

The River Liffey flows through Dublin city and into the Bay. Its tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac.

Dollymount, Burrow and Seapoint beaches

Approximately 1,500 boats from small dinghies to motorboats to ocean-going yachts. The vast majority, over 1,000, are moored at Dun Laoghaire Harbour which is Ireland's boating capital.

In 1981, UNESCO recognised the importance of Dublin Bay by designating North Bull Island as a Biosphere because of its rare and internationally important habitats and species of wildlife. To support sustainable development, UNESCO’s concept of a Biosphere has evolved to include not just areas of ecological value but also the areas around them and the communities that live and work within these areas. There have since been additional international and national designations, covering much of Dublin Bay, to ensure the protection of its water quality and biodiversity. To fulfil these broader management aims for the ecosystem, the Biosphere was expanded in 2015. The Biosphere now covers Dublin Bay, reflecting its significant environmental, economic, cultural and tourism importance, and extends to over 300km² to include the bay, the shore and nearby residential areas.

On the Southside at Dun Laoghaire, there is the National Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club as well as Dublin Bay Sailing Club. In the city centre, there is Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club. On the Northside of Dublin, there is Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club and Sutton Dinghy Club. While not on Dublin Bay, Howth Yacht Club is the major north Dublin Sailing centre.

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