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The Fireball World Championships come to Sligo Yacht Club next June and the West Coast club has been gearing up for what looks certain to be the biggest dinghy event here in 2011. Have a look at this short web commercial (SCROLL DOWN FOR VID) which tells you all you need to know about what to expect in one of Ireland's most scenic and - from the sailor's point of view - challenging locations.
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As predicted the wind Gods had nothing to offer the Fireball fleet assembled in Pavlov, Czech Republic for their Class Europeans on the final day of sailing last Friday. They waited until the cut-off of 13:50 local time but nothing of substance emerged. That meant that the results as they stood last Thursday remained. The entry was 49 boats with GBR, IRL, SLO, SUI, BEL, GER, CZE, FRA, NAM represented. Fireball's next international event will be the Worlds in Sligo in June 2011.

1. Tom Gillard and Sam Brearey 15041 GBR
2. Tom Jeffcoate and Andy Thompson 15045 GBR
3. Jaroslav Werner and Pavel Winkler CZE 14809.
17. Louis Smyth and Cormac Bradley IRL 15007




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Day three of the Fireball Europeans in the Czech Republic saw three races completed in a relatively steady 16 - 18 knots sailing writes Cormac Bradley. Yet again British combinations cleaned up with Jeffcoate/Thompson taking two wins to Gillard/Brearey's one. The consequence of that is that with the first discard kicking in, the former close to a point of the latter. Werner/Winkler are a further 2 points adrift in 3rd. Martin Kubovy (15019) drops to fourth. Rush/Lewis rise to 5th after 7,3,7 today. Germans Nolle/Leemann (14508) are in 8th, Eva Skorepova is 12th and Peculier/Novel (FRA 15015) are 13th. And the Irish? A 22,15,25, the last result the consequence of a capsize, get them back into the top 20 to lie 19th overall.
The wind blew down the dam today making for more comfortable coditions but it was no picnic! We are sailing in temperatures of 10 degrees and today's session was 5hrs long. This evening sees the mid-week party in Hotel Pavlov - a sponsor of the event. A barbecue is promised - I can see us huddled around the fire for heat! Or maybe the band, the Fireballs, will reinvigorate us!
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31 Fireballs contested the last domestic regatta of the season at one of the Class' favourite locations Dunmore East. Included in the entry was Brian O'Neill from Strangford Lough, currently the northern representative of the fleet, Michael Ennis another northern recruit to the class, sailing with Class Treasurer, Marie Barry. One of the newest members of the Class, Luke Malcolm, sailing with Shane Divney, out of Howth, in 14790 also made the trip. Another welcome participant was Ciaran Harken, crewed by Walter Walsh.

All the usual suspects were there, Messrs Butler, Rumball, Laverty, Bracken, McGrottys (x2), Miller, Smyth, Colin and Oram together with some that we haven't seen so much of this season - Rowan, Hickey, Court and Boyle.

Speculation was rife on the Friday evening with both Met Eireann and the locals promising breeze for the weekend. The question was how much breeze?

Three races were sailed on Saturday in wind that started off around the 13/14 knot mark and built progressively as the day progressed. Two Olympic courses were set for Races 1 & 2, with Simon McGrotty & Ruairi Grimes making an early declaration of their intent with a commanding first place in Race 1, carrying on where they left off in Howth at the Leinsters. Local man Michael Murphy, crewed by Alex Voye came second, with Francis Rowan & Conor Clany 3rd. Unusally, Rumball/Moran were back in 8th with Butler/McCarthy inan equally unusual place of 4th.

Race 2 saw a more normalised finishing order with Rumball/Moran, Murphy/Voye, Clancy/Rowan the first three home, followed by Butler/McCarthy, McGrotty/Grimes & Laverty/Butler. McGrotty/Grimes were in the running for most of the race but a capsize undid their quest for a place in the 1-2-3. However, by this stage the wind had come up and the capsize count was increasing. Finishers were down to 22 boats as prolonged capsizes and the growing breeze led some people to call it quits.

A windward/leeward race was set for Race 3 and completed on the water but was subsequently protested out on a procedural error by the race management team. And so the fleet was ashore early as the conditions dictated that a fourth race would be questionable.

The Class AGM took place at 18:30 on the Saturday evening followed by an exceptionally good meal in the clubhouse and the usual post-mortems on the day's proceedings. The Sea Area forecast at midnight on Saturday night did not offer much relief for the fleet and the seascape on the Sunday morning wasn't altogether inviting.

With only two races completed, the race management team decided to run two windward/leeward course closer to shore and of shorter length to try and get a four race series completed so that the fleet would have the benefit of a discard. The wind speed indicator on the committee boat was showing 16-18 knot as the course was being set and the fleet flew down to the start area in steep seas that had been thrown up by an ebbing tide pushing out against the opposing breeze. Still spinnakers were flying as the fleet made their way downwind to the start. Saturday had seen spectacular reaches on the Olympic courses, today would see equally spectacular surfing conditions.

With two races in the bag, Murphy/Voye had four points, McGrotty/Grimes had 6, Butler/McCarthy 8 and Rumball/Moran 9.

A very fast W/L race saw a 1-2-3 of Butler/McCarthy, Murphy/Voye & Rumball/Moran. McGrotty/Grimes had being doing well but another capsize saw them relegated to 5th. Laverty/Butler were as consistent as ever with a fourth.

With all races counting, Murphy/Voye were still leading with 6pts, Butler/McCarthy were 2nd with 9pts, McGrotty/Grimes had 11pts & Rumball/Moran were on 12.

By this stage the wind was starting to creep up a couple of knots and with the tide about to turn the expectation was that the seas would subside a bit. Unfortunately the number of starters was down to 15 at this stage. Again the conditions were exhilarting downwind and the ability to stay upright was a key factor to getting a significant finish. Rumball/Moran upped their performance to take a comfortable win on the line, followed home by Butler/McCarthy, and McGrotty/Grimes. Murphy/Voye sailed their worst race to score a 4th, which effectively cost them the overall title.

This left Rumball/Moran as the 2010 Munsters Champions with Murphy/Voye in 2nd place, followed by Butler/McCarthy.

In the Silver fleet, newcomers Luke Malcolm and Shane Divney won with a 22, 12, 12, 7 series which saw them in 11th place overall. Luke sailed the Leinsters in a borrowed Fireball and has since purchased hos own Fireball and this was his first outing in a competitive regatta - bodes well for the future. Second in the Silver fleet was Ciaran Harken and walet Walsh (13th overall), with Cearbhailldaly & Martina Michels third.

This was a physically challenging regatta and easily had the strongest wind conditions we have had this season. Not since Lough Neagh in 2009 have we had quite so much breeze. However, at the start of the weekend it was great to see so many Fireballs on the water, 31, our highest entry for the year.

The AGM was a constructive affair with a lot of comment on how we manage our domestic season next year with a World Championships down for decision in Sligo in the second half of June. Attempts to get regatta dates pencilled in that bit earlier in the light of the June dates haven't been altogether successful and Saturday night's meeting probably means we are going to have to put our thinking caps on again. There was no real change in the committee structure, Siobhan Hayes has stood down as Silver Fleet Class Captain after a number of years in the post and will be succeeded by Barry MacDevitt. We have also lost the services of Daire McNally & Marguerite O'Rourke who have/will be relocating away from Ireland and we thank all three of them for their services while they were on the committee. The bulk of the committee have indicated their willingness to continue and the Class Captains at Club level will be resolved in the next few weeks as they have their own meetings.

The focus of Fireball sailing now moves onto the Frostbites which will be starting in October.


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Kenny Rumball and David Moran made the most of strong winds and big seas sailing to win the Fireball Munster Championships in a last race decider at Dunmore East this afternoon. In a series that was cut to just four races because of strong winds the Royal St. George pair scored an 8,1,3,1 from locals Michael Murphy and Andrew Voye counting 2,2,2,4 after a single discard. Third was national champions Noel Butler and Shane McCarthy.  Today's tow races were sailed as two short windward-leeward courses. 31 competed.

Fireball Munsters, Dunmore East

1 K Rumball & D Moran RStGYC. 2.M Murphy & A Voye WHSC. 3. N Butler & S McCarthy DMYC.
Silver Fleet. 1. L Malcolm & S Divney Howth. 2. C Harken & W Walsh. 3. C Daly & M Michels Coal Harbour. Cormac


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24 Fireballs made up the numbers that contested the 2010 Irish Fireball Nationals, hosted by Baltimore Sailing Club over the last weekend of August. 23 visitors and one local boat sailed a nine-race series that went down to the outcome of the last race.

In a regatta where the winner's enclosure was dominated by two combinations, Noel Butler and Brian Flahive and Kenny Rumball and Seamus Moore, nobody else got a look in and the outcome of the regatta was determined on the last race result. Both combinations suffered a DSQ, Butler/Flahive on a black flag and Rumball/Moore on a protest, but in each instance the other combination got the first place on the scorecard.

Butler/Flahive's second place in Race 9 was enough to give them a one-point margin over Rumball/Moore in the overall points count after the second discard kicked in.

The regatta also highlighted the need for greater vigilance on the paperwork issues of class membership and sail measurement which the Class Association will have to address in revised regatta documentation.

Baltimore's Race Officer, and Rear-Commodore, David O'Brien must have a direct contact with the wind Gods because over the three days of the event there was something for everyone. Friday was light and somewhat fickle and saw three races completed after an initial delay to let the wind fill in. Saturday saw four races sailed in good trapezing conditions that left the fleet tired but satisfied. Sunday saw the final two races completed in wind that had gone up a notch in the wind strength gauge. Crews were seen adjusting their rigs as the breeze built during the morning.

Butler/Flahive took three bullets on the Friday only to have the middle race consigned to a black flag infringement. They weren't the only transgressors as almost every successful start was conducted using "El Negro" leaving a sprinkling of DSQs across the fleet scorecard. Some people managed to acquire two infringements of this type. Rumball/Moore had a quieter start to proceedings picking up a 7, 1, 3, which allowed them to lead the regatta overnight.

John Downey/Jon O'Dowd scored two top-ten finishes making the regular fleet sit up and take notice as they are a combination we haven't seen before and they were sailing a borrowed boat. Bryan Byrne & Cillian McGee also scored two top ten results. Byrne is normally at the less blunt end of a Fireball, but showed that he is no slouch when he exchanged a tiller for a jib-sheet. But for consistency, Mike Murphy and Alex Voye, the latter just back from Commodore's Cup duty, picked up second prize for the day and the commensurate slot in the overall standings.

Day 1: Close of play.

1. Kenny Rumball & Seamus Moore – 11pts.
2. Michael Murphy & Alex Voye – 13pts
3. John Downey & Jon O'Dowd – 21pts.

In the Silver fleet, Cearbhall Daly & Martina Michels led, followed by Jim Ryan & Pat Culloo, with Emma Geary/Jack Hogan and Brian O'Neill/Owen Synnott tied in third.

Others to have a good first day were Mick Creighton/Conor Kinsella (2nd & 4th), Louise McKenna & Hermine O'Keeffe (4th & 7th), Michael Ennis/Marie Barry (3rd & 9th), Frank Miller/Grattan Donnelly (7th & 8th) and John Dunne/Jon Evans (5th & 10th).

The fleet ate in Baltimore on the Friday night enjoying glorious late August weather and beers "al-fresco".

Saturday belonged to Rumball/Moore who dominated proceedings on the water with 4 bullets. They would later lose one of these to the aforementioned protest. Butler/Flahive kept the pressure on with a 7,2,1,2 but they admitted that in the stronger breeze they were at a disadvantage, Flahive's 71kg not having the same effect as Moore's bigger leverage. Creighton/Kinsella consolidated their good first day with four top ten finishes, 6, 6, 4, 5, while Neil Colin & Margaret Casey got back to their normal position in the fleet with four top ten results, including a 2nd in Race 4. Ennis/Barry continued where they left off with three more top ten results. Geary/Hogan also built on their foundation from Friday to show that when they breeze was up they could still compete, three top ten results showing their pedigree.

Stephen Oram & Cormac Bradley had a better second day with a 5th in Race 6, two 11th and a tenth. A black flag infringement on day 1 skewed Niall McGrotty's scorecard on Friday but on Saturday he and his crew Robert Mahon came back with a 5, 7 and 8. The 24th entry to the event, Messrs Harken and Walsh joined us on the Saturday.

The close of racing on Saturday saw the running order as follows;

Gold. Silver.
1. Butler & Flahive – 13pts. Geary & Hogan – 66pts.
2. Rumball & Moore – 14pts. Daly/Michels – 97pts.
3. Downey & O'Dowd – 36pts O'Neill/Synnott – 98pts.

The fleet enjoyed a sit down dinner in the club on Saturday evening before adjourning, once again, to the delights of beer drinking in the village square.

Sunday saw the weather forecast correct for the third day in a row with stiffer winds greeting the competitors as they rigged. Race Officer David O'Brien was able to get the racing underway punctually again. Butler took the first race of the day with Downey second and Rumball third. Creighton slipped off the pace with a 12th which for some neutral observers seemed to spell the end of his challenge for a podium finish. Murphy/Voye continued their good form with a 4th and Byrne got a fifth to stay in contention for a low place finish overall. Colin/Casey came unstuck with a black flag, while Laverty/Butler continued their run of very low scores that had begun in race 5.

Race 9 saw Murphy/Voye lead the charge to the first weather mark and onward round the first triangular lap. They would eventually finish 3rd to Rumball who won again and Butler who finished second. Creighton pulled out a 5th place to re-ignite his challenge for a podium finish and Laverty/Butler continued to undo the damage of two black flags earlier in the regatta to finish 4th.

Thus Butler/Flahive took the regatta with a single point margin from Rumball/Moore with Creighton/Kinsella in third overall. In the Silver fleet, the local heroes won with the visitors, Daly/Michels (Dublin) and O'Neill/Synott (Belfast/Dublin) in third overall.

1st Noel Butler & Brian Flahive 1 DSQ 1 7 2 1 2 1 2 10
2nd Kenny Rumball & Seamus Moore 7 1 3 1 1 DSQ 1 3 1 11
3rd Mick Creighton & Conor Kinsella 2 4 15 6 6 4 5 12 5 32

14th Emma Geary & Jack Hogan 18 10 20 8 5 15 10 16 14 78
18th Cearbhall Daly & Martina Michels 10 6 19 14 22 21 20 19 16 104
19th Brian O'Neill & Owen Synott 19 18 11 19 19 17 14 DSQ 15 113

The final regatta of the Irish domestic regatta scene is in Dunmore East under the burgee of Waterford Harbour Sailing Club, a favoured venue of the fleet, over the weekend of 18/19 September.

With the absentees from the Nationals back in the saddle for September, and our new recruits to the fleet who have contested single regattas also in place, this promises to be a mega-fleet to conclude the regatta schedule.

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Noel Butler and Shane McCarthy lived up to their pre-event billing as favourites for the Fireball Leinster Championship at Howth YC this weekend. The National Champions ended up eight points clear in the 20 boat sailing fleet. The southside pairing has already won the Open Championship at Killaloe and the Ulsters at East Down this season. Second was Kenneth Rumball and David Moran of the Royal St.George. Full results below:

HOWTH YACHT CLUB. FIREBALL LEINSTERS (O'ALL) 18/07/2010 Fireball: 1, Noel Butler/Shane MacCarthy DMYC (5.00); 2, Kenneth Rumball/David Moran RStGYC (13.00); 3, Simon McGrotty/Ruairi Grimes SSC (13.00); 4, Mike Murphy/Alex Voye GBC (14.00); 5, Ed Butler/ RStGYC (16.00)

Photos from Gareth Craig on the Afloat Gallery HERE.

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The Fireball Leinster Championship at Howth YC this weekend has 20 confirmed entries to date, including the current National Champions and pre-event favourites Noel Butler and Shane McCarthy from Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club. The southside pairing has already won the Open Championship at Killaloe and the Ulsters at East Down. Other leading contenders include Simon McGrotty of Skerries, Neil Colin of DMYC and Kenneth Rumball of the Royal St.George.

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Traditional northern hospitality was strongly in evidence when the Irish Fireball fleet made their debut appearance at Strangford Lough’s East Down Yacht Club.

Situated a short distance round the coastline from Killyleagh, EDYC played host to 16 Fireballs, a similar number of Wayfarers, sailing their National Championships, and a group of Drascombe Luggers who were having a cruise in company.

For the Fireball Class the turnout was disappointing! We had hoped that a number of Scottish boats would make the regatta but they pulled out late Friday and a number of other entries also had to pull out at short notice. For some unknown reason the Ulsters don’t enjoy the same support as the other events which is very surprising because we always enjoy a superb hospitality when we go north. As with last year in Lough Neagh, the club put on live music on the Saturday night, which combined with an excellent barbecue and home made desserts meant that there was every incentive to stay on at the club for the evening.


Pic: Vivienne Beck

On the water, the wind and individual performances were of the Jekyll and Hyde variety, with certain, almost predictable exceptions. One combination got back to winning ways; another combination found that sailing in more tangible breeze presented a different challenge to the last Fireball outing when light winds dominated the entire weekend. One recent World Championship entrant had, by their standards a nightmare weekend and had to chalk the regatta down to a character-building exercise. Local Fireballers, Brian O’Neill, with Owen Sinnett crewing and father and daughter John & Karen Orr must have enjoyed the company of the visitors and they both had a superb 5th race when the former led the race for a period followed closely by his clubmates. They slipped down the order but managed to post a single digit result.  For those who had gone to Barbados for the aforementioned Worlds, this was a first opportunity to wet their boats since they emerged from the UK-bound container last Wednesday morning (16th).

Four races were sailed on Saturday and the wins were shared equally by Noel Butler/Shane McCarthy and Damien Bracken/Brian O’Hara. For the Clontarf-burgeed combination, hearing a winning gun is something they have been missing for a while so they were in very good form at the close of the racing as their last race win saw them top the leaderboard. Butler/McCarthy had their work cut out for them in all the races and indeed opened with a fourth in Race 1. However, order was restored when their count of the next three races was 1-1-2, though they didn’t lead these from the front.

Louis Smyth/Cormac Bradley had a good day on the water as well when a 5-9-3-3 sequence saw them in fourth place overall, three points adrift of Simon McGrotty/Ruairi Grimes of Skerries who had a 2-2-4-6 score.

Race Officer Roy Edwards set four races on Saturday, sailed in good trapezing breezes using a trapezoid course to keep the Fireballs and Wayfarers apart.  Exciting spinnaker reaches and long downwind legs were indicative of the racing on Saturday, sailed in sunny but slightly cool conditions.

Louise McKenna/Hermine O’Keefe, who had finished on the podium in Killaloe and have been doing well in DBSC with new-found boatspeed, found these conditions less to their liking – in terms of results anyway, posting results outside the top ten.

Five boats made up the silver fleet and here Stephen Oram and new crew Joan Mulloy put their stamp on the fleet on Saturday and had a comfortable margin over the rest.

By the time the fleet got ashore they knew that they had had a challenging day on the water – not excessive, but enough to know the sinews had been stretched a bit!

Sunday saw a complete change in the weather! The sun was still out, but the wind had disappeared! And so the early start was postponed while the fleet waited for the breeze to fill in. The Drascombe Luggers disappeared northwards under motor! Out of Killyleagh, six or seven Formula Ones enjoyed an early race before they too had to wait for the wind Gods!

Race 5 was sailed under light conditions with none of the crews getting out on trapeze, or if they did, it was only momentarily. Butler/McCarthy banged in another first, followed home by John Chambers/Francis Rowan who had been slightly off the pace the day before. Chambers, a debutant in Fireballs was enormously enthusiastic about the racing of the previous day, so must have been delighted with a second place. McKenna/O’Keefe started the Jekyll & Hyde comparison with a 3rd, while Neil Colin/Margaret Casey scored a 4th to start moving up the rankings overall. Bracken/O’Hara contributed to the Jekyll & Hyde syndrome by posting a 14th, while Owen Laverty & Ed Butler posted the first of two DNFs. Smyth/Bradley also suffered with the first of two tenth places.


Race 6 saw an improvement in the conditions but the wind still wasn’t as healthy as the day before. McGrotty/Grimes took the race by the scruff of the neck to win, leading all the way round, with Chambers/Rowan 2nd and Colin/Casey 3rd. Bracken/O’Hara pulled off a Houdini act to recover to 6th and save their position on the podium. Possibly because they knew they were safe, Butler/McCarthy posted their worst result of the weekend, a 5th, which was discarded, to win the event overall. McGrotty/Grimes’ last race win saw them finish behind Bracken/O’Hara overall and 1pt ahead of Chambers/Rowan who took 4th.


In the Silver fleet, Oram/Mulloy also had a good Sunday seeing their lead stretch to 7pts after discard and a 8th place overall. McKenna/O’Keefe finished second in the Silver fleet, with the home clubs’ Brian O’Neill and Owen Sinnett in third.


Challenging conditions were married with superb hospitality from EDYC and at the prize-giving Gordon Jess was commended for his work in the planning of this three-class event weekend. EDYC have maintained the tradition of northern hospitality enjoyed by the Fireball Class!


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Noel Butler and Shane McCarthy lead the Irish Fireball dinghy sailing rankings after success in the opening event of the season in Killaloe in the last weekend of May. The next event on the regatta circuit is the Ulster championships, hosted by East Down Yacht Club on Strangford Lough this weekend. The leading crew are pictured wirth their prizes after the Killaloe event with club commodore Jim Ryan (Killaloe) centre

(L - R) Shane Mc Carthy, Jim Ryan (Killaloe), Noel Butler.



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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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