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Southerly winds gusting to 25–knots brought the DBSC Commodore's modified A35 yacht Gringo home for a fine win in Cruisers One IRC of Dublin Bay Sailing Club this afternoon writes our Dublin Bay Correspondent. Tony Fox's first win of the season however came only after a close race with John Maybury's top performing J109 Joker and Colin Byrne's X-34 Xtravagance.

Ken Lawless continues his success with another win in Cruisers III. Today, the Dubois Starfish design from the Royal Irish Yacht Club beat last Saturday's winner Gung Ho. Payptoo was third.

In a weekend scheduled for the second part of the Royal Alfred's Baily Bowl competition for Dragons, SB3s and Flying fifteens, DBSC has issued only Cruiser class, Ruffian, Shipman and Sigma results this evening.

Former Flying fifteen sailor David Meeke helmed his Ruffian 23 to a win over last Saturday's winner Diane II (Bruce Carswell) of the Royal St. George with former National Champion Derek Mitchell in Ruff Nuff third.

Tim Goodbody stayed top of the Sigma 33s with Ted McCourt's Popje second and Moonshine (R.Moloney/D.O'Flynn) third.

Full DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 21 MAY 2011 below:

BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Attitude (D.Owens/T.Milner), 2. Legally Blonde (C.Drohan/P.Egan), 3. Violet Flame (B.Murphy/L.Osbourne)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Legally Blonde (C.Drohan/P.Egan), 3. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Gringo (Tony Fox), 2. Joker 11 (John Maybury), 3. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne)

CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Jump The Gun (M.Monaghan/J.Kelly), 2. Gringo (Tony Fox), 3. Axiom (M.O'Neill)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke), 2. Jester (Declan Curtin), 3. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan)

CRUISERS 2 Echo - 1. Jester (Declan Curtin), 2. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke), 3. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan)

CRUISERS 3 Echo - 1. Papytoo (M.Walsh/F.Guilfoyle), 2. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea), 3. Pamafe (Michael Costello)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Supernova (K.Lawless et al), 2. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea), 3. Papytoo (M.Walsh/F.Guilfoyle)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy), 2. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell), 3. Ruff Nuff (D & C Mitchell)

SHIPMAN - 1. Curraglas (John Masterson), 2. Whiterock (Henry Robinson), 3. Euphanzel lll (Louis McSherry et al)

SIGMA 33 - 1. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody), 2. Popje (Ted McCourt), 3. Moonshine (R.Moloney/D.O'Flynn)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS Echo - 1. The Great Escape (P & D Rigney), 2. Coumeenole (Bill Kavanagh), 3. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer)

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With less than a month to go to the first race of the Fireball World Championships in Sligo it was obvious why the Fireball class turnout on Dublin Bay was strong tonight. Steven Oram's new Fireball continued its winning streak in a one hour race over a triangular course. Second was Goodness Gracious (Louise McKenna) and third Samphire (Marguerite O'Rourke). The combined Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) dinghy fleet reached 30 tonight and included Lasers, IDRA 14s and Mermaids.

The breeze on Dublin Bay tonight was 8-10 knots from the west and this – combined with a flood tide – produced very flat sea conditions, similar to conditions a week ago.

Full results for DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 17 MAY 2011 below:

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Graduate (D O'Keeffe), 2. Free Spirit (John O'Reilly), 3. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Chouskikou (R.Sheehan/R.Hickey), 2. Pamafe (Michael Costello), 3. Papytoo (M.Walsh/F.Guilfoyle)

CRUISERS 4 - 1. Ghrazel (Charles Pearson), 2. Maranda (Myles Kelly), 3. Artemis (J.Giles)

FIREBALL - 1. nn (S Oram), 2. Goodness Gracious (Louise McKenna), 3. Samphire (Marguerite O'Rourke)

GLEN - 1. Glencorel (B.Waldock/K.Malcolm), 2. Glenmiller (P Cusack), 3. Glenshane (P Hogan)

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

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

PY CLASS - 1. T Lyttle (Laser), 2. D Cahill (Laser), 3. P Keane (Laser 1)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy), 2. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell), 3. Golden Girl (Michael Carrigan et al)

SQUIB - 1. Perfection (Jill Fleming), 2. Tais (Michael O'Connell)

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Joker was the winner of the Royal Alfred's J109 Baily Bowl prize and White Mischief was the Sigma 33 winner following a one day event on Dublin bay at the weekend. The regatta featured a merger of results with Dublin Bay Sailing Club.

There were two windward leeward races on Saturday morning staged for a fleet of seven J109s and six Sigma 33s. Results from Saturday afternoon's regular DBSC racing were then added to the score tally. The full results are: Sigma 33: 1. White Mischief (Tim Goodbody) 2. Rupert Dick Lovegrove 3. Alandra. (John Molloy) J109: 1. Joker (John Maybury) 2. Storm. (P. Dillon) 3. Jalapeno (Dermod Baker).

The second part of the Baily Bowl one design competition will be held next weekend for Dragons, Flying fifteens, Squibs and SB3s, although that sportsboat class says it has not had much local take up for the event to date.

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Conor Clarke's Melges 24 finished third overall at the Melges pre-worlds event in Texas yesterday. Let's hope it is a good omen for Irish sportsboat sailors at world championships on either side of of the Atlantic this morning. Clarke is back in action for the main Melges event later today. In Torbay, the SB3 World championships starts and 11 Irish boats are there for the 14 race event. This class has given a thumbs up to the new Dublin Bay courses. On Saturday DBSC racing (that included results for the Royal Alfred's Baily Bowl) produced another great round of racing; Gung Ho emerging the winner of the club's most popular class, Cruisers III. On the far side of the Irish sea, the X422 Xpletive was the winner of ISORA's Pwhelli Day race. Now there is a race for entries for Arklow's Turbine race.
In other offshore sailing, defending champion Brian O'Donnell, on Whyte Dolphin is expected to defend his Gold Leaf trophy on a race from Foynes to Fenit.
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Grainne and Sean O'Shea's Gung Ho from the Royal Irish Yacht Club repeated last Saturday's Cruisers III success with another win in blustery conditions on the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) course this afternoon writes our Dublin Bay Correspondent.

The Superseal 26–foot design topped the Club's biggest class of 35 sailing cruisers for the second Saturday on the trot, this time in west north west winds gusting to 25 knots.

The O'Shea's beat the DMYC Sonata Asterix (Counihan/Meredith/Bushell) and John Barnard's Hydro 28 Hyflyer for first place on IRC Handicap. The results were repeated on the local ECHO handicap too.

In Cruisers one,  Colin Byrne's top performing X-34 Xtravagance, also from the Royal Irish, emreged as a winner. Second was John Hall's J109 Something Else.

The north westerly wind direction gave the combined 200-boat fleet the greatest use of the capital's waters for some great racing in 15 knot but very gusty conditions.

Courses were set across 40 square miles, extending from Salthill and Seapoint on the western side of Bay to the Burford Bank on the east.

Keelboats reached right along the southern shore across Dun Laoghaire harbour mouth and Scotsman's Bay down to Dalkey island.

The Royal Alfred's Baily Bowl competition for the J109s, 31.7.s' and Sigma 33 was race for this morning over two windward leeward courses and followed by the DBSC class race. All three races counted for the Baily Bowl.

In the one designs the Royal St. George's Diane ll (Bruce Carswell) handled the spinnaker leg well in the Ruffian 23 fleet to win from David Meeke's Alias. Third was former Flying fifteen sailor Lorcan Balfe sailing Cresendo.

In the Shipman class the Royal St. George's Christine Heath was the winner from the National Yacht Club's Curraglass (John Masterson).

Full DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 14 MAY 2011 are below:

BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Kernach (Eoin O'Driscoll), 2. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 3. Violet Flame (B.Murphy/L.Osbourne)

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

CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Contango (Barry Cunningham), 2. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne), 3. Gringo (Tony Fox)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne), 2. Something Else (J.Hall et al)

CRUISERS 2 Echo - 1. Jester (Declan Curtin), 2. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan), 3. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Jester (Declan Curtin), 2. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al), 3. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan)

CRUISERS 3 Echo - 1. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea), 2. Asterix (Counihan/Meredith/Bushell), 3. Hyflyer (John Barnard)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea), 2. Asterix (Counihan/Meredith/Bushell), 3. Hyflyer (John Barnard)

DRAGON - 1. Phantom (D.Williams/P.Bowring), 2. Aphrodite (Michael Doorly et al)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Deranged (C.Doorly), 2. Frequent Flyer (D Mulvin), 3. Snow White (Frank Burgess)

GLEN - 1. Glenshesk (L.Faulkner et al), 2. Glencorel (B.Waldock/K.Malcolm), 3. Glendun (B.Denham et al)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell), 2. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy), 3. Cresendo (L Balfe)

SHIPMAN - 1. Gusto (C Heath), 2. Curraglas (John Masterson), 3. Malindi (B.Smith/A.Gray)

SIGMA 33 - 1. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody), 2. Rupert (R.Lovegrove/P.Varian), 3. Elandra (R.Hance et al)

SQUIB - 1. Femme Fatale (Joe O'Byrne), 2. Little Demon (Marie Dee)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS Echo - 1. Calypso (Howard Knott), 2. The Great Escape (P & D Rigney), 3. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Calypso (Howard Knott), 2. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer), 3. Windshift (R O'Flynn et al)

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Barry Cunningham's well sailed Corby 33 Contango excelled on a long spinnaker run on Dublin Bay tonight to produce a fine win in class one IRC.

With 15 knots from the west gusting up to 25, rarely are conditions more perfect for a Thursday night yacht race than those that greeted the large Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) fleet tonight.

The fleet responded in force with great turnouts in many of the 17 classes.

Second in class one was the offshore racer, the J109 Jedi (Sarratt/Austin/McGuinness) and third was another J109, John Maybury's Joker.

There are no results issued for class zero and in class two the elderly half tonner Dick Dastardly (Brian Cusack) beat the relatively new J80 Jester (Declan Curtin) on IRC handicap.

Race officers set long courses both in the northern race area and south eastern bay area from the Mac Lir and Spirit of Irish Committee Boats respectively.

Cruiser classes got either 'N1' or 'N2' courses - westerly race track configurations that featured no less than six turning marks giving the cruisers long reaching legs in the excellent conditions and plenty of boat handling practise.

On the one design course the 'sight of the night' was the blistering speed of the SB3s who reached across Scotsman's bay from harbour mark to Dalkey island mark. Andrew Algeo's Flutter set an impressive pace (16 knots plus?) drawing out a lead of 20 boat lengths or more from 2010 overall winner Sin bin (Barry O'Neill). Alas not all the SB3s managed the tricky reach so well. White Noise in particular taking several minutes to recover from a serious broach at the tail end of the 12 boat fleet.

There was a great turnout in the Flying fifteens with Frank Burgess taking another win in the 12 boat fleet. Glassilaun (D O'Neill) won the Squibs but it was disappointing that only three of the nine boats flew kites.

Few of the many shoreline spectators would have noticed though such was the volume of boats filling Scotsmans bay at 8pm tonight.

Full results below:

DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 12 MAY 2011

BENETEAU 31.7 ECHO- 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Prima Nocte (Patrick Burke), 3. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Prima Nocte (Patrick Burke), 3. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Contango (Barry Cunningham), 2. Jedi (Sarratt/Austin/McGuinness), 3. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne)

CRUISERS 1 ECHO - 1. Contango (Barry Cunningham), 2. Jedi (Sarratt/Austin/McGuinness), 3. Joker 11 (John Maybury)

CRUISERS 2 ECHO - 1. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al), 2. Jester (Declan Curtin), 3. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al), 2. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke), 3. Peridot (Jim McCann et al)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Asterix (Counihan/Meredith/Bushell), 2. Janx Spirit (T McGrath), 3. Papytoo (M.Walsh/F.Guilfoyle)

CRUISERS 3 ECHO - 1. Small Wonder (Hugh Kelly), 2. Taiscealai (Brian Richardson et al), 3. Papytoo (M.Walsh/F.Guilfoyle)

DRAGON - 1. Diva (R.Johnson/R.Goodbody), 2. Phantom (D.Williams/P.Bowring), 3. Zu (P.Dee et al)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Snow White (Frank Burgess), 2. Mellifluence (Tom Leonard), 3. Fflogger (Alan Dooley)

GLEN - 1. Glenmarissa (F.Elmes/W.Higgins), 2. Glenshane (P Hogan), 3. Glendun (B.Denham et al)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Ruff N Ready (Ann Kirwan et al), 2. Carmen (Michael Hinkson et al), 3. Shannagh (S.Gill/P.MacDiarmada)

SB3s - 1. Flutter (Andrew Algeo), 2. Sin Bin (Barry O'Neill), 3. Defiant (R.Hudson/J.Hooper)

SHIPMAN - 1. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 2. Euphanzel lll (Louis McSherry et al), 3. Gusto (C Heath)

SIGMA 33 - 1. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody), 2. Rupert (R.Lovegrove/P.Varian), 3. Gwili Two (D.Clarke/P.Maguire)

SQUIB - 1. Glassilaun (D O'Neill), 2. Pintail (M Muldoon & B Stevens), 3. Lola (Frank Whelan)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS ECHO - 1. Act Two (Michael O'Leary et al), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott), 3. Edenpark (Liam Farmer)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Act Two (Michael O'Leary et al), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott), 3. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer)

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Spot the mark was the order of the day on Dublin Bay for this afternoon's Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) race as boats, ships and racing marks appeared - and disappeared - in a sea mist that persisted all afternoon.  The south easterly breeze that had prevailed this week means Forty foot mark, located just off Sandycove point, has got more than its fair share of use. Last Thursday's courses came in to play again this afternoon in Scotsmans bay.

David Williams of the Royal St. George Yacht Club sailing Phantom produced the same form as Thursday night to win from Michael Doorly in Aphrodite in a seven boat Dragon fleet. In the Flying fifteen's Frank Burgess  of the National Yacht Club won both races. The SB3 results have not been recorded and nor have Cruisers Zero. John Maybury's Cruiser one entry, the J109 Joker, was a winner on IRC and Chris Moore's J109 Powder Monkey was the ECHO handicap winner. The rest of the DBSC results from this afternoon's race are below:

As the DBSC fleet sailed back to their moorings more boats appeared out of the mist around 4.30pm. It was the leading pack of the ISORA fleet returning from their second race to Rockabill and back. And bringing them home was Bay regular Derek Martin's Lively Lady. Click for our ISORA story here.

DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 7 MAY 2011

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Flying Machine (Conor O'Gallagher), 2. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 3. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson)

BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Fiddly Bits (Kevin Byrne et al), 3. Flying Machine (Conor O'Gallagher)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Joker 11 (John Maybury), 2. Something Else (J.Hall et al), 3. Aztec 3 (Peter Beamish)

CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Powder Monkey (C.Moore/M.Byrne), 2. Joker 11 (John Maybury), 3. Aztec 3 (Peter Beamish)

CRUISERS 2 Echo - 1. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al), 2. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke), 3. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke), 2. Bendemeer (Lindsay Casey Power), 3. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan)

CRUISERS 3 Echo - 1. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea), 2. Hyflyer (John Barnard), 3. Cacciatore (Anne O'Callaghan et al)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea), 2. Hyflyer (John Barnard), 3. Papytoo (M.Walsh/F.Guilfoyle)

CRUISERS 4 - 1. Maranda (Myles Kelly), 2. Ghrazel (Charles Pearson)

DRAGON - 1. Phantom (D.Williams/P.Bowring), 2. Aphrodite (Michael Doorly et al), 3. Susele (Michael Halpenny)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Snow White (Frank Burgess), 2. The Big Bow Wow (N.Meagher/N.Matthews), 3. Fflogger (Alan Dooley)

FLYING FIFTEEN Race 2- 1. Snow White (Frank Burgess), 2. Hi Fibre (Michael McCambridge), 3. The Gruffalo (Keith Poole)

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

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

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

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

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

PY CLASS - 1. E Ryan (RS400), 2. F.Heath (Laser 1), 3. Desmond McCarthy (Laser 1)

PY CLASS Race 2- 1. F.Heath (Laser 1), 2. Desmond McCarthy (Laser 1), 3. E Ryan (RS400)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Ruffles (Michael Cutliffe), 2. Ripples (Frank Bradley), 3. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell)

SHIPMAN - 1. Gusto (C Heath), 2. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 3. Whiterock (Henry Robinson)

SIGMA 33 - 1. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody), 2. Gwili Two (D.Clarke/P.Maguire), 3. Popje (Ted McCourt)

SQUIB - 1. Femme Fatale (Joe O'Byrne), 2. Kookaburra (P & M Dee), 3. Nimble (Brian O'Hare)

SQUIB Race 2- 1. Femme Fatale (Joe O'Byrne), 2. Nimble (Brian O'Hare), 3. Kookaburra (P & M Dee)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS Echo- 1. Sea Safari (Jacquelin Smith), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott), 3. Nirvana (Bernard Neeson)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Calypso (Howard Knott), 2. Act Two (Michael O'Leary et al), 3. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer)

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Ann Kirwan sailing Ruff'n'Ready made the most of 15–knot south easterly breezes on Dublin Bay to beat a 13-strong DBSC Ruffian fleet tonight.  It was a fleet race that remained tightly packed for the duration of the one hour competition. Second was club mate Bruce Carswell's Diane II who outwitted early leader Derek Mitchell in Ruff 'n'Nuff at the Forty foot weather mark. Third was Lorcan Balfe's Crescendo from the National Yacht Club.

Disappointingly spinnakers were unable to be flown on the first offwind leg in all but the Dragon fleet. Winner David Williams sailing Phantom was the first to fly, breaking out the big pink sail and the chasing pack of five followed suit. Second was Diva (R.Johnson/R.Goodbody) and third Susele (Michael Halpenny). The six boat SB3s though were more reticent and assymetrics did not appear until half way along the offwind leg where gusts appeared strongest. DBSC has not published results for the SB3 class tonight. The nine boat Flying Fifteens also white sailed along the reach and it was the National Yacht Club's Michael McCambridge's Hi Fibre who emerged the winner.

DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 5 MAY 2011

BENETEAU 31.7 Echo - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Fiddly Bits (Kevin Byrne et al), 3. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey), 3. After U Too (Michael Blaney)

CRUISERS 0 Echo - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin)

CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Jedi (Sarratt/Austin/McGuinness), 2. Raptor (D.Hewitt et al), 3. Something Else (J.Hall et al)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Something Else (J.Hall et al), 2. Jedi (Sarratt/Austin/McGuinness), 3. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke), 2. Red Rhum (J Nicholson), 3. Peridot (Jim McCann et al)

CRUISERS 2 Echo - 1. Peridot (Jim McCann et al), 2. Smile (O'Connell/Healy/O'Sullivan), 3. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Lady Rowena (David Bolger), 2. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea), 3. Two Step (Ross Doyle)

CRUISERS 3 Echo - 1. Small Wonder (Hugh Kelly), 2. Lady Rowena (David Bolger), 3. Carrabeg (D.Martin/R.Deasy)

DRAGON - 1. Phantom (D.Williams/P.Bowring), 2. Diva (R.Johnson/R.Goodbody), 3. Susele (Michael Halpenny)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Hi Fibre (Michael McCambridge), 2. Snow White (Frank Burgess), 3. Flyer (Niall Coleman)

GLEN - 1. Glendun (B.Denham et al), 2. Glencorel (B.Waldock/K.Malcolm), 3. Glencree (J.Bligh/H.Roche)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Ruff N Ready (Ann Kirwan et al), 2. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell), 3. Cresendo (L Balfe)

SHIPMAN - 1. Curraglas (John Masterson), 2. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 3. Whiterock (Henry Robinson)

SIGMA 33 - 1. Moonshine (R.Moloney/D.O'Flynn), 2. Rupert (R.Lovegrove/P.Varian), 3. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody)

SQUIB - 1. Buzz Lite (G.O'Connor/B.Foster), 2. Anemos (Pete & Ann Evans), 3. Little Demon (Marie Dee)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS Echo - 1. Misty (Trevor Wood), 2. The Great Escape (P & D Rigney), 3. Calypso (Howard Knott)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Calypso (Howard Knott), 2. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer), 3. Nauti-Gal (J & J Crawford)

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Moderate easterly winds produced a great night's sailing on Dublin Bay tonight for the second Tuesday night race of the DBSC Summer season. In the Fireball dinghy class S. Oram's unnamed boat entry won again from Louis Smyth's 'Licence to Thrill'. Gary O'Hare lead the Laser fleet and picked up the Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) win from P. Keane. Third on PY was E. Ryan's RS400 dinghy.

DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 3 MAY 2011

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton)

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

PY CLASS - 1. Gary O'Hare (Laser), 2. P Keane (Laser 1), 3. E Ryan (RS400)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Graduate (D O'Keeffe), 2. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Papytoo (M.Walsh/F.Guilfoyle), 2. Chouskikou (R.Sheehan/R.Hickey), 3. Grasshopper 2 (K & J Glynn)

CRUISERS 4 - 1. Ghrazel (Charles Pearson), 2. Maranda (Myles Kelly)

FIREBALL - 1. nn (S Oram), 2. Licence to Thrill (Louis Smyth), 3. Elevation (N.Colin/M.Casey)

GLEN - 1. Glendun (B.Denham et al), 2. Glenshesk (L.Faulkner et al), 3. Glenshane (P Hogan)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Icicle (C & J Murray), 2. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell), 3. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy)

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Colin Byrne sailing Xtravagance won in both IRC and ECHO handicap divisions in this afternoon's first Dublin Bay Sailing Club Saturday race of 2011. The Royal Irish Yacht Club entry beat the Commodore's yacht Gringo (Tony Fox) for the top slot in Class One in an afternoon that blew away the winter cobwebs.

Today's 15 knot Easterly breeze was the perfect antidote to the disappointment of the abandonment of the first race last Thursday due to lack of wind.

In other fleets, Keith Kiernan's Cor Baby won class 2 and the Sonata Jammie Dodger (Dermot O'Neill) won class three, currently the Bay's biggest cruiser class with over 30 entries.

On the one design courses Joe Coughlan's Ash beat Frank Burgess's Snow White in the first race of the Flying Fifteen's, a result that was reversed in the second race.

DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 30 APRIL 2011

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne), 2. Gringo (Tony Fox), 3. Something Else (J.Hall et al)

CRUISERS 1 - ECHO 1. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne), 2. Gringo (Tony Fox), 3. Adrenalin (Joe McDonald)

CRUISERS 2 - ECHO 1. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al), 2. Kamikaze (P.Nash/B.McIntyre), 3. Peridot (Jim McCann et al)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al), 2. Red Rhum (J Nicholson), 3. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Jammie Dodger (J.H & D.O'Neill), 2. Carrabeg (D.Martin/R.Deasy), 3. Supernova (K.Lawless et al)

CRUISERS 4 - 1. Ghrazel (Charles Pearson)

BENETEAU 31.7 - , 3. Thirty Something (Gerry Jones et al)

BENETEAU 31.7 ˆ ECHO 1. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 2. Thirty Something (Gerry Jones et al), 3. Kernach (Eoin O'Driscoll)

FLYING FIFTEEN ˆ RACE 2 1. Ash (Joseph Coughlan), 2. Snow White (Frank Burgess)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Snow White (Frank Burgess), 2. Ash (Joseph Coughlan), 3. PFO (Valerie Mulvin)

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

PY CLASS - 1. P Keane (Laser 1), 2. Sean Flanagan (Laser)

PY CLASS - RACE 2 1. Sean Flanagan (Laser), 2. P Keane (Laser 1), 3. Desmond McCarthy (Laser 1)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell), 2. Cresendo (L Balfe), 3. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy)

SHIPMAN - 1. Gusto (C Heath), 2. Whiterock (Henry Robinson)

SIGMA 33 - 1. Popje (Ted McCourt), 2. Pippa lV (G.Kinsman/K.Blake/M.O'Brien)

SQUIB - 1. Kookaburra (P & M Dee), 2. Anemos (Pete & Ann Evans), 3. Little Demon (Marie Dee)

SQUIB - RACE 2 1. Kookaburra (P & M Dee), 2. Little Demon (Marie Dee), 3. Tais (Michael O'Connell)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS ˆ ECHO 1. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott)

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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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