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The Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Cruiser Zero fleet got a further boost this week when another addition to the rekindled fleet appeared under the crane at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

The 2004 41-footer yacht (for a senior yacht racing administrator in the Bay) is El Pocko, a German Frers Puma 42.

Previously based in the Netherlands, she is currently keelless following transportation to the RStGYC forecourt from Flevoland.

ElPocko SternThe angular stern of the Frers design

It is the second new addition for the bay's big boat class.  In January the First 40 La Response, formerly known as Courier Zen and a veteran of several Commodore's Cup teams joined the fleet.

El Pocko will be on the line for the first of DBSC's first summer races in April and is understood to be optimised for the ORCi rule with a carbon mast and a new keel in 2014.

The RStGYC boat is a fillip to a now eight-boat (or more) DBSC Cruiser Zero class racing that itself was in question only a couple of years ago.

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The Beneteau First 310 More Mischief leads the DBSC Spring Chicken Series by a single point after two races sailed.  

The 1720 Ricochet and the J109 Ruth are in joint second place on 13 points overall.

Download overall results below.

Racing resumed on Sunday morning in great breeze and sunshine after a fortnight of gales on Dublin Bay led to two weeks of cancellations the first time the series has lost two races in a row in 19 years of Spring Chicken racing.  As a result, an extra race on 22nd March has been added to the Citroen South sponsored schedule.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club's forthcoming 2020 summer season will feature Squibs and Mermaids will racing together on both Tuesdays (Dinghy Course), and Saturdays (Green Fleet course).

It's a change to existing arrangements as the club, announces its schedule for the season that begins on Saturday, April 25th. 

As Afloat previously reported, Squibs and Mermaids will be scored as one class under PY handicap on Tuesdays and Saturdays, according to DBSC Hon Sec Chris Moore in DBSC amendment notice number 2.

First DBSC Races

Saturday 25th April: Tuesday: 28th April: Wednesday (Water Wags) 29th April: Thursday 30th April:

Last DBSC Races

Tuesday 25th August: Wednesday (Water Wags) 16th September. Thursday: 27th August: Saturday 26th September:

Weekly Racing

Tuesdays: Dinghies: PY, Squibs, Mermaids, IDRAs, Fireballs, Laser Std, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial

Wednesdays: Harbour racing: Water Wags

Thursdays: Committee Boats: All Classes Keelboats

Saturdays: West Pier Hut and two Committee Boats: All Classes Keelboats and Mermaids.

Saturdays: Harbour Fleet: Dinghies: PYs, IDRA, Lasers Standard, Radial, 4.7 and Fireballs.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club will add an extra race to its Spring Chicken Series following the second successive weekend cancellation due to storms.

This Sunday's race was scrubbed this morning after Storm Dennis forecasts revealed that it is 'highly unlikely' that conditions would be sailable on Dublin Bay.

On Friday, it had been hoped that a window of opportunity might give the 50-boat fleet a chance to sail but organisers cancelled after tracking forecasts and charts for tomorrow's 10 am start that showed increasing heavy gusts during race time.

The final race of the Citroen South six-race series will now be sailed on Sunday 22nd March and that date will also feature the post-race prizegiving at the National Yacht Club.

Flat seas but strong gusts up to 50mph are a feature of the south-westerly Storm Dennis on Dublin Bay. See live Dublin Bay webcam here.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club organisers say they will be making every effort to get sailing on Sunday morning in the third race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series despite the gale warnings issued in advance of Storm Dennis.

Start sequences for the fleet have been issued and are downloadable below.

The hope is that conditions will be like the first race of the series, 'breezy but sailable'. 

If very obvious tomorrow or early Sunday, DBSC may send an email to competitors issuing a cancellation notice but otherwise, the club says it will be making every effort to sail, including going out on the Committee Boat Freebird to check conditions on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, the DMYC has cancelled its Dinghy Frostbites scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

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John O'Gorman's Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie from the National Yacht Club was the winner of the first race of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's 2020 Spring Chicken Series.

19 cruisers raced in a blustery first race with 17 finishers on Sunday morning as Afloat reported here.

The J97 Windjammer and the J109 Dear Prudence were scored joint second on the Seapoint course in the west of the Bay with Liam Shanahan's J109 Ruth in this place. 

Download full results in the Citroen South Series below.

The series continues next Sunday from the National Yacht Club.

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Despite the strong winds that scrubbed this afternoon's DMYC Dinghy Frostbites Series at Dun Laoghaire, up to 20 hardy cruiser-racers from a total entry of 47 braved the strong north westerlies on Dublin Bay this morning for the first race of the DBSC Citroen Spring Chicken Series for cruisers. 

Race organisers picked a sheltered spot in the western bay area at Seapoint to complete the first of the six-race series in winds gusting to over 20-knots. Results to follow. 

Gale force winds are predicted for the Irish Sea later today.

See live Dublin Bay webcam here.

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A 47 boat fleet has been assembled for Sunday's first race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club 'Spring Chicken' Series.

Four potent J109s will start as favourites in the handicap series along with a new Dublin Bay arrival 'La Response', a First 40, is also entered. 

As Afloat previously reported, racing, sponsored by Citroen South, will be held on Sunday mornings at 10 am from February 2nd to March 8th.

Download handicaps and starts for Sunday's first race below.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club in conjunction with Dublin Port will present a navigation talk at the next ‘Speaker Supper’ on Friday 21 February.

Patrick Cafferky will give the talk on ‘Marine and Navigation Safety from a Marine Pilot’s Perspective’ in the National Yacht Club dining room from 8.30pm, following supper at 7.30pm sharp.

The meal is €25 a head and all waterfront clubs are welcome to attend. To book please contact Tim at [email protected], Louise or Kristyna at [email protected] or phone 01 280 5725.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has announced dates for the 2020 Summer Series that starts after Easter.

This year’s first races will begin on Saturday 25 April, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 (for Water Wags) and Thursday 30, with the final DBSC rates currently scheduled for Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 August, and Saturday 26 September.

Full details will be published in due course, white the Notice of Race is available as a PDF to read or download HERE.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Dublin Bay’s original Twenty Ones will join the fleet for Tuesday racing this season as a part of a revival of the oldest intact one-design keelboat class.

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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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