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Former Flying fifteen ace Ted McCourt made the most of tonight's westerlies to produce a win in the Sigma 33 class from Dick Lovergrove's Rupert of the Royal St. George Yacht Club writes our Dublin Bay Correspondent. Third was Michael Larkin's Enchantress. The class national championship, that includes title holder Tim Goodbody of Dublin Bay, begins tomorrow on Belfast Lough this weekend.

Supernova (Ken Lawless) continues its run in the club's biggest class, Cruisers III, winning tonight from Ross Doyle's Two Step with Lawless's Royal Irish club mates Grainne and Sean O'Shea sailing the Super seal 26 footer, Gung Ho third.

A shy reach from the new Bay mark in Scotsman's baty sorted the men out from the boys in the Dragon class. The leaders holding height well as the leg tightened. No official results for any of the smaller one design classes have been issued tonight. All other DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 16 JUNE 2011 are below:

BENETEAU 31.7 ECHO - 1. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 2. Attitude (D.Owens/T.Milner), 3. Levana (Jean Mitton)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Levana (Jean Mitton), 2. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 3. After U Too (Michael Blaney)

CRUISERS 1 ECHO - 1. Errislannan (Patrick Kirwan), 2. Joker 11 (John Maybury), 3. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Joker 11 (John Maybury), 2. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne), 3. Something Else (J.Hall et al)

CRUISERS 2 ECHO - 1. Helter Skelter (Adrienne Jermyn), 2. Jester (Declan Curtin), 3. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke), 2. Jester (Declan Curtin), 3. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al)

CRUISERS 3 ECHO - 1. Supernova (K.Lawless et al), 2. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea), 3. Two Step (Ross Doyle)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Supernova (K.Lawless et al), 2. Two Step (Ross Doyle), 3. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea)

SIGMA 33 - 1. Popje (Ted McCourt), 2. Rupert (R.Lovegrove/P.Varian), 3. Enchantress (Michael Larkin et al)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS ECHO - 1. Katie (Tom Dunne et al), 2. Nirvana (Bernard Neeson), 3. Edenpark (Liam Farmer)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Vespucci (S & K O'Regan), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott), 3. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer)

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Competitors in this year's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta are set to race for the ultimate bragging rights in a new bonus event.
The Royal Irish Yacht Club is proposing the one-day event on Sunday 31 July modelled on the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship, where up to 16 teams will compete in a winner-takes-all contest with the prize of a significant voucher to go against their annual Dublin Bay Sailing Club subscription.
The best helms from Cruisers 1, 2 and 3, White Sails, Sigmas, Dragons, 31.7s and SB3s will compete using the symmetrical kite J80s in a round-robin fleet racing format.
Each participating DBSC class will have one team, selected by being the highest ranked DBSC boat in the Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Each class can decide if the team is chosen on a  design, IRC or ECHO basis.
More details will be available in due course from the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Competitors in this year's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta are set to race for the ultimate bragging rights in a new bonus event.

The Royal Irish Yacht Club is proposing the one-day event on Sunday 31 July modelled on the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship, where up to 16 teams will compete in a winner-takes-all contest with the prize of a significant voucher to go against their annual Dublin Bay Sailing Club subscription. 

The best helms from Cruisers 1, 2 and 3, White Sails, Sigmas, Dragons, 31.7s and SB3s will compete using the symmetrical kite J80s in a round-robin fleet racing format.

Each participating DBSC class will have one team, selected by being the highest ranked DBSC boat in the Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Each class can decide if the team is chosen on a  design, IRC or ECHO basis.

More details will be available in due course from the RIYC website.

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Ronnie Sheehan's Beneteau First 28 was the winner of a breezy DBSC Tuesday night race on Dublin Bay. The club's only Trapper design, Grasshopper (Kevin Glynn) was second. Third was Myles Kelly's Sonata Maranda. Full DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 14 JUNE 2011 below.

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Borraine (Ean Pugh), 2. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Chouskikou (R.Sheehan/R.Hickey), 2. Grasshopper 2 (K & J Glynn), 3. Maranda (M Kelly)

FIREBALL - 1. Winder (E.Butler/O.Laverty), 2. Elevation (N.Colin/M.Casey)

GLEN - 1. Glenshane (P Hogan), 2. Glencorel (B.Waldock/K.Malcolm), 3. Glendun (B.Denham et al)

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Squalls (Stephen Harrison), 2. Dart (Pierre Long), 3. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton)

MERMAID - 1. Jill (P.Smith/P.Mangan), 2. Oonagh (J&M Griffith), 3. Tiller Girl (J.O'Rourke)

PY CLASS - 1. Evan Dolan (), 2. P Keane (Laser 1), 3. Gary O'Hare (Laser)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy), 2. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell), 3. Different Drummer (Catherine Hallinan)

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Although it was an evening that brought out the paddleboarders on to Scotsman's Bay it was equally a nice night for a Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) dinghy race with an ebbing tide, flat sea and six knot westerly breeze.

Sean Craig - just back from the SB3s Southerns in Fenit at the weekend - resumed his place at the top of the PY/Laser fleet with Chris Arrowsmith second and third Dave Cahill.

And prior to packing up for next week's Fireball World Championships in Sligo, Noel Butler and Stephen Oram were winners again in a seven boat Fireball fleet. Second was Frank Miller's Blind Squirrel from the DMYC.

DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 7 JUNE 2011

FIREBALL - 1. nn (S Oram), 2. Blind Squirrel (Frank Miller), 3. Licence to Thrill (Louis Smyth)

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 2. Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne), 3. Squalls (Stephen Harrison)

MERMAID - 1. Tiller Girl (J.O'Rourke), 2. Lively Lady (G O'Neill & M Hanney), 3. Kim (D Cassidy)

PY CLASS - 1. Sean Craig (Laser), 2. C Arrowsmith (Laser), 3. D Cahill (Laser)

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The clean sweep made by Royal Irish Yachts in Cruisers One last Thursday (June 2nd) was short lived after Dublin Bay Sailing Club race organisers scrubbed the results for the class because no yacht had finished within the two hour time limit.

Results for Cruisers one were taken down the following day. All other results published are to stand, according to Race HQ.

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Adrienne Jermyn's Helter Skelter was the Cruisers II winner on ECHO handicap in yesterday's Dublin Bay Sailing Club Saturday Series race writes our Dublin Bay Correspondent.

In a perfect sailing breeze that built steadily all afternoon the combined DBSC fleet of over 220 boats across 17 classes were treated to some stunning reaching legs as the breeze topped 15 knots.

The Jeanneau Sunfast 32i design beat the Corby 25 Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan) and third was another Corby design, a 26-footer, Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan).

But under the club's major handicap rule, the IRC rule, none of the ECHO winners featured. Instead it was the J80 Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke) home first. Second was the vintage half tonner Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al) from the DMYC. Third was the DB1 Red Rhum (J Nicholson).

In the one design fleets, Bruce Carswell's Ruffian 23 footer Diane II from the Royal St. George Yacht Club was first home. Second was Ann Kirwan's Ruff N Ready. Third was Derek Mitchell's Ruff Nuff.

Class Supremo Tim Goodbody of the Royal Irish took another win in the Sigma 33 class. Second was Paddy Maguire's Gwilli Two.

Full DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 4 JUNE 2011 below:

BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Attitude (D.Owens/T.Milner), 2. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 3. Fiddly Bits (Kevin Byrne et al)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 2. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 3. Legally Blonde (C.Drohan/P.Egan)

CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Powder Monkey (C.Moore/M.Byrne), 2. Contango (Barry Cunningham), 3. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Something Else (J.Hall et al), 2. Jalapeno (Dermod Baker et al), 3. Powder Monkey (C.Moore/M.Byrne)

CRUISERS 2 Echo - 1. Helter Skelter (Adrienne Jermyn), 2. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan), 3. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke), 2. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al), 3. Red Rhum (J Nicholson)

CRUISERS 3 Echo - 1. Cacciatore (Anne O'Callaghan et al), 2. Pamafe (Michael Costello), 3. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea), 2. Asterix (Counihan/Meredith/Bushell), 3. Supernova (K.Lawless et al)

DRAGON - 1. Diva (R.Johnson/R.Goodbody), 2. Susele (Michael Halpenny), 3. Zu (P.Dee et al)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Hy5ive (D & S Gorman), 2. Deranged (C.Doorly), 3. Snow White (Frank Burgess)

FLYING FIFTEEN Race 2- 1. Snow White (Frank Burgess), 2. Hy5ive (D & S Gorman), 3. Hi Fibre (Michael McCambridge)

GLEN - 1. Glenshesk (L.Faulkner et al), 2. Glenluce (D & R O'Connor), 3. Glendun (B.Denham et al)

MERMAID Race 2- 1. Jill (P.Smith/P.Mangan), 2. Lively Lady (G O'Neill & M Hanney), 3. Kim (D Cassidy)

MERMAID - 1. Lively Lady (G O'Neill & M Hanney), 2. Jill (P.Smith/P.Mangan), 3. Aideen (B.Martin/D.Brennan)

PY CLASS - 1. P Keane (Laser 1), 2. F.Heath (Laser 1), 3. Desmond McCarthy (Laser 1)

PY CLASS Race 2- 1. P Keane (Laser 1), 2. Desmond McCarthy (Laser 1), 3. F.Heath (Laser 1)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell), 2. Ruff N Ready (Ann Kirwan et al), 3. Ruff Nuff (D & C Mitchell)

SHIPMAN - 1. Gusto (C Heath), 2. Malindi (B.Smith/A.Gray), 3. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al)

SIGMA 33 - 1. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody), 2. Gwili Two (D.Clarke/P.Maguire), 3. Leeuwin (H&C Leonard & B Kerr)

SQUIB - 1. Femme Fatale (Joe O'Byrne), 2. Little Bird (N Barnwell), 3. Kookaburra (P & M Dee)

SQUIB Race 2- 1. Little Bird (N Barnwell), 2. Kookaburra (P & M Dee), 3. Femme Fatale (Joe O'Byrne)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS Echo- 1. Act Two (Michael O'Leary et al), 2. Lucy O (Aonghus O hEocha), 3. Persistence (C. Broadhead et al)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Act Two (Michael O'Leary et al), 2. Persistence (C. Broadhead et al), 3. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer)


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In a fine turnout for the Laser class, the Royal St. George's Sean Craig outwitted club mate Theo Lyttle for line honours tonight in the Laser dinghy class on Dublin Bay.

Tonight was the last race in the first series of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club season.

The 13-boat Laser fleet – that race as part of the PY class – was double that of any other fleet tonight as 10–12 knot westerlies provided perfect dinghy sailing for the 30 dinghies competing. DBSC set triangular courses for all five classes.

It was ideal world championship practise for the six Fireballs now only ten days away from the world championships in Sligo. Continuing a theme Noel Butler and Steven Oram were winners again on Dublin Bay. Second was Winder (E.Butler/O.Laverty) and third Blind Squirrel (Frank Miller) of the DMYC.

In the PY race, Lyttle closed on Craig at the top of the second beat but downwind Craig extended again to take a comfortable margin by the line. Third was Paul Keane.

There is more good news for the Olympic single-hander in Dublin with reports that numbers for club racing are likely to increase as the DBSC Summer season progresses.

So far 21 Lasers are entered in total in a PY fleet of 28 boats.

The sailors involved in the rebirth of the Laser as a club boat include former Laser national class champion Chris Arrowsmith and tonight's race winner, the SB3 and Flying fifteen ace, Sean Craig. Former 420 champ Theo Lyttle is a regular as well as Gary O'Hare.

Full DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 31 MAY 2011 results are below:                                                                                                      
BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty), 2. Attitude (D.Owens/T.Milner)                                                          
BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty), 2. Attitude (D.Owens/T.Milner)                                                          
CRUISERS 2 - 1. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al), 2. Free Spirit (John O'Reilly), 3. Graduate (D O'Keeffe)                                              
CRUISERS 3 - 1. Chouskikou (R.Sheehan/R.Hickey), 2. Grasshopper 2 (K & J Glynn), 3. Pamafe (Michael Costello)                                         

CRUISERS 4 - 1. Maranda (Myles Kelly)                                                                                                                 

FIREBALL - 1. nn (S Oram), 2. Winder (E.Butler/O.Laverty), 3. Blind Squirrel (Frank Miller)                                                           
GLEN - 1. Glendun (B.Denham et al), 2. Glenshesk (L.Faulkner et al), 3. Glencorel (B.Waldock/K.Malcolm)                                               
IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 2. Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne), 3. Squalls (Stephen Harrison)                                          

MERMAID - 1. Tiller Girl (J.O'Rourke), 2. Lively Lady (G O'Neill & M Hanney), 3. Kim (D Cassidy)                                                      
PY CLASS - 1. Sean Craig (Laser), 2. T Lyttle (Laser), 3. P Keane (Laser 1)                                                                           
RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy), 2. Golden Girl (Michael Carrigan et al), 3. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell)                                     

SQUIB - 1. Tais (Michael O'Connell), 2. Sidewinder (D.Croke/R.Bowen)                                                                                 

 

 

 

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Raging Bull charged back to the top of the ISORA fleet in a race across the Irish Sea. The offshore focus now is on the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race. Adam Hyland won the Oppy Leinsters and visiting Kinsale sailors took the Dragon Easterns, both events were held on Dublin Bay. Dick Dastardly won Class 2 at the same venue in DBSC's Saturday race. Abroad Irish Olympic hopes were making the headlines at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland but no medals just yet.

Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary is racing at the Scottish Series and better weather is promised tomorrow. ICRA has arranged craneage for next month's national championships and there are less than two weeks to the first gun of the Fireball World Championships in Sligo. 58 are entrered from nine countries.

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 Barry Hurley and Mick Liddy prepare for the ISORA start in Wales on Saturday. More photos by Cathy Mullan on our ISORA post here

 

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A vintage half tonner took IRC handicap honours on a very blustery Dublin Bay this afternoon in one of the biggest classes of the 2011 Dublin Bay Sailing Club season. Brian Cusack's Dick Dastardly from the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club wiped the grin from a much newer Corby 25 to win in Cruisers II, a class with an entry of 20 yachts this season.

Although Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan) could not overhaul the half tonner on IRC the National Yacht Club entry did succeed on ECHO handicap. 

There was plenty of action on the bay as strong winds from the West that caused last Thursday night's racing to be scrubbed entirely continued to blow. As a result there are no dinghy results or Flying fifteen results this evening. The Dragon class has been racing for East coast honours since Friday and the 11-boat fleet did not come under the DBSC flag today.

Another vintage design, Supernova from the Royal Irish YC and skippered by Ken Lawless was on top in Cruisers III. The Dubois Starfish design from the 1970s beat John Counahan's Sonata, Asterix.

In the one design classes Dave Meeke's Alias from the DMYC beat club mate Michael Cutliffe's Ruffles. Third was Ruff N Ready (Ann Kirwan et al). Full DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 28 MAY 2011 below: 

BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Attitude (D.Owens/T.Milner), 2. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 3. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey), 2. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 3. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Jalapeno (Dermod Baker et al), 2. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne), 3. Errislannan (Patrick Kirwan)

CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Powder Monkey (C.Moore/M.Byrne), 2. Errislannan (Patrick Kirwan), 3. Jump The Gun (M.Monaghan/J.Kelly)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al), 2. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan), 3. Peridot (Jim McCann et al)

CRUISERS 2 Echo - 1. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan), 2. Peridot (Jim McCann et al), 3. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al)

CRUISERS 3 Echo - 1. Pamafe (Michael Costello), 2. Jammie Dodger (J.H & D.O'Neill), 3. Hyflyer (John Barnard)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Supernova (K.Lawless et al), 2. Asterix (Counihan/Meredith/Bushell), 3. Pamafe (Michael Costello)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy), 2. Ruffles (Michael Cutliffe), 3. Ruff N Ready (Ann Kirwan et al)

SIGMA 33 - 1. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody), 2. Popje (Ted McCourt), 3. Leeuwin (H&C Leonard & B Kerr)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS Echo - 1. The Great Escape (P & D Rigney), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott), 3. Windshift (R O'Flynn et al)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Calypso (Howard Knott), 2. Windshift (R O'Flynn et al), 3. Zephyr (R Cahill-O'Brien)

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The Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club's Frank Hamilton was first home tonight in the IDRA 14 foot dinghy class racing on Dublin Bay. Second was Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne) with Squalls (Stephen Harrison) third.

In the single handed Laser class former national champion Chris Arrowsmith made a return to the class to beat Royal St. George Club mate Sean Craig. Third was Dave Cahill. Full DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 24 MAY 2011 below:

FIREBALL - 1. nn (S Oram), 2. Blind Squirrel (Frank Miller), 3. Goodness Gracious (Louise McKenna)

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 2. Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne), 3. Squalls (Stephen Harrison)

MERMAID - 1. Tiller Girl (J.O'Rourke), 2. Jill (P.Smith/P.Mangan), 3. Lively Lady (G O'Neill & M Hanney)

PY CLASS - 1. C Arrowsmith (Laser), 2. Sean Craig (Laser), 3. D Cahill (Laser)

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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.

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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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