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Any hope for DBSC Turkey Shoot Series racing on Dublin Bay this Sunday was dashed last night when three pre-Christmas training sessions off Dun Laoghaire Harbour were also ruled out.

It had been suggested that the move to reduced Covid-19 restrictions to Level 3 on Tuesday may have provided an opportunity to run racing even though the club's Hon Sec Chris Moore had posted a notice here on Nov 29th to confirm the club was not in a position to race. 

Moore told members "DBSC is committed to, and indeed eager, to run racing for our members. Should the current position change we will be ready to run Turkey Shoot racing as soon as the guidelines permit". 

Last night, however, Turkey Shoot organiser Fintan Cairns confirmed in a notice to competitors that neither the event itself or any training sessions operating within the new COVID-19 guidelines would not go ahead after consultation with DBSC Flag Officers. 

Cairns thanked supporters of the popular winter sailing series and all those involved in seeking a pre-Christmas workaround for the cruiser-racer event.

"I would like to thank Barry MacNeaney, chairman of the Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs, for all his effort in dealing with the powers that be in an attempt to get training".

"In the 20th year of DBSC winter racing, this is very unfortunate", Cairns added.

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Expectations are raised that winter sailing for cruisers in addition to two-handed dinghies will be possible in December if COVID restrictions are lifted later this week. 

Sailing was part of a joint submission made to Government a fortnight ago that included 24 other non-contact sports that argued for the re-introduction of competition under Level 3 and Level 4 in the mixed households, pod system. There has been no definitive response to the submission and insiders say it is still very much '50:50'. 'A lot rests on what the Taoiseach says this Friday', Afloat was told.

The country's biggest winter race series organiser, Fintan Cairns of Dublin Bay Sailing Club says he is "hopeful our own NGB will retract its prescription re sailing under Level 3 and that this healthy, safe, non-threatening pastime can get going again". 

Winter yacht racing could return to Dublin Bay as soon as December 6th if restrictions are liftedWinter yacht racing could return to Dublin Bay as soon as December 6th if restrictions are lifted Photo: Afloat

"We have to be optimistic that we will get sailing again after December 1st - to sail Sundays 6th, 13th and 20th December," he added.

Cairns says that Turkey Shoot competitors, that regularly attracts entries of up to 60 boats, will need to be prepared to move quickly if racing is reinstated. He has urged skippers to organise boats and crew this week in anticipation. 

He also says DBSC are ready to sail with Sailing Instructions and handicaps ready to go for the cut short series.

Cork Harbour Winter Racing

In Cork Harbour, Royal Cork Yacht Club was in the middle of its Autumn League when restrictions hit, cancelling the rest of the league along with the scheduled annual O'Leary Insurances Winter League from November 1.

When racing was cancelled on October 6th, it was expected RCYC would attempt to salvage some racing pre-Christmas with RCYC Rear Admiral Keelboats Daragh Connolly telling competitors at the time 'the club aims to resume racing when the guidelines allow'. 

However, fast forward two months, the winter league is scheduled to conclude on December 6th and with many boats now hauled out, it is unclear what might now be feasible.

Royal Cork Yacht Club Winter LeagueRacing in a previous edition of Royal Cork Yacht Club's O'Leary Insurances Winter League Photo: Bob Bateman

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The popular Dublin Bay Winter sailing series may be postponed due to Level 5 restrictions but DBSC Turkey Shoot organiser Fintan Cairns believes there is still scope for a resumption of sailing before Christmas

On the day the 2020 Turkey Shoot Series should have started last Sunday it was heartening nevertheless to see boats back on the water at Dun Laoghaire and going for a sail on the Bay in a good outdoor healthy atmosphere without contaminating themselves or others.

Hopefully, the powers that be and the civil servants will support us and can see their way to let us go sailing again?

As the Government advertisements say, such activity is good for our personal and collective resilience and well being:- "Outdoor activity is important for physical and mental health. Sport Ireland will support people to stay active through the winter"!

#Join the Turkey Shoot!

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The 20th edition of the popular Dublin Bay Sailing Club Turkey Shoot Series due to start in November has been postponed due to the Level Five COVID-19 lockdown beginning tonight but organisers hope there may still be a chance of some racing come December.

As Afloat previously reported, November's eight-race DBSC was set to run each Sunday from the 1st November to 20th December and hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club

According to DBSC race organiser, Fintan Cairns, there may still be a chance for some racing prior to Christmas, "if we drop back a level or 2 and sailing in pods, or bubbles is revisited", he says.

The restrictions are due to be reviewed in four weeks.

The short, sharp format of racing has earned a strong following on the capital's waters and the series regularly attracts up to 60 or 70 boats.

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November's eight-race DBSC Turkey Shoot to run each Sunday from the 1st November to 20th December and hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club is the 20th edition of the popular series. 

The short, sharp format of racing has earned a strong following on the capital's waters under race organiser Fintan Cairns and the series regularly attracts up to 60 or 70 boats.

Racing is under modified ECHO. Cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not normally race are very welcome and perhaps the cut short 2020 season may see more venture out this winter subject to the lifting of Dublin COVID restrictions that brought the curtain down on September sailing this weekend.

In 2019, the 66-boat Dublin Bay-based series was won by the Trapper Eleint with 1720 sportsboats taking second and third overall. 

A Notice of Race for the Series will issue shortly.

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Overall results for the DBSC Turkey Shoot have been updated after a miscalculation in the final scores on Sunday. The Trapper Eleint has now been declared the overall winning entry from the 66-boat turnout for the seven-race series on Dublin Bay.

The seventh race of the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted series set sail in medium westerly winds giving Eleint the Larandy Cup 2019 by two points.

Second overall was one-time series leader, the 1720 Optique. Another 1720 Ricochet third.

DBSC Organisers issued an apology over the mix-up due to a decimal point in the wrong place during the tot of overall scores: 'Apologies to Michal and Ivor of George 1 [a RsTGYC J80 team that were originally declared winners on Sunday] but Eleint gets the cup, George 1 keeps his Christmas dinner, Optique gets another bit of meat and Ricochet is back in favour with his Mammy as he now has a turkey!

Revised results are downloadable below

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No race last weekend means the 1720 sportsboat overall leader after five races sailed will be the boat to watch this weekend in the final race of the 2019 Citroen South DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay. Handicaps and Starts will be the same as for last Sunday's cancelled race.

After a benign series for the first four races, the 66-boat fleet will again be watching the weather forecasts this weekend with early indications showing more strong winds for race seven on Sunday. In an update to competitors DBSC organiser Fintan Cairns summed up the feeling of the winter fleet by saying: 'Here's hoping and praying we get racing next Sunday'. 

As Afloat previously reported, Optique leads overall on 25 points, five points clear of second overall Mermaid IV, the Beneteau 50 that is a former double overall winner. Third overall is the Grand Soleil 34 Just Tina on 37 points.

If there is no racing, prizegiving and festivities will commence from 1230 at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

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Today's sixth race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series for cruisers has been cancelled due to strong winds on Dublin Bay.

The final race of the 2019 series will be sailed next Sunday. 

Met Eireann says South to southwest winds will reach gale force later today on all Irish coasts and on the Irish Sea.

Southwest to west winds will further increase strong gale to storm force on Irish coasts from Roche's Point to Slyne Head to Fair Head Sunday morning and afternoon.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has warned that the penultimate race of its Turkey Shoot Series on Sunday may be in danger of cancellation due to a strong wind forecast. 

XC Weather forecaster indicates westerly winds will blow as hard as 46 mph at 10 am start time for the 66-boat cruiser-racer fleet. 

It has prompted Race organiser Fintan Cairns to advise competitors, "It is looking breezy at the moment for next Sunday. No call until Sunday morning. If looking very obviously off, I will email around 0800. Here's hoping we get racing".

So far in the seven-race series winds have only been light to medium over five weeks of racing.

See Handicaps and Start times for Sunday's race downloadable below.

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With two races left to go in the popular cruiser-racer Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Turkey Shoot seven-race series, the 1720 sportsboat Optique leads overall on 25 points, five points clear of second overall Mermaid IV, the Beneteau 50 that is a former double overall winner.

Third overall is the Grand Soleil 34 Just Tina on 37 points.

Light to medium conditions again prevailed for last Sunday's fifth race that was won by the J80, George 6.

Winds have yet to get above 15-knots in the entire Citroen South sponsored pre Christmas series with one race lost so far due to lack of wind. 

Racing continues next Sunday.

Download results below.

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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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