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In an exciting days racing in a strong westerly wind Flying Fifteen class Captain John O’Sullivan with UK guest crew Ben Longstaff stunned the fleet in Race 2 with a fantastic win to record his first ever race victory. It was well deserved and well celebrated!

This was the first day of the traditional six week frostbite series run by the NYC with Ian Matthews as PRO. The fleet set out in about 18-20knots from the west with a surprisingly strong flooding tide. A great turnout of sixteen boats got off at the first time of asking and most headed towards the shore, it was all very close and all very exciting. As they approached the weather mark it was Green, fresh back after getting second in the UK Nationals in Falmouth with Charles Apthorp, who led from Mulvin & Beirne closely followed by a cluster of boats. It was a three lap race and although it was close racing not a lot changed as Green read the shifts well and maintained his lead to take the gun with Mulvin second and Colman & Quinn third.

Race 2 followed shortly after, the wind was steady but PRO extended the beat and added a triangle so thrills and spills were sure to occur on the downwind legs! Off they went at the gun but Green was a bit too quick out of the blocks and had to go back as the rest of the fleet sailed on up the beat. The majority went towards the shore with O’Sullivan to weather of the other boats, meanwhile Coughlan & Marshal went right, these two fierce rivals rounded the mark together but O Sullivan kept his nerve and his head to take the lead and sailed a solid race to win his first race ever! Behind places were changing right up to the last leg. Mulvin, Coleman and Dooley were battling it out, Sherry was unlucky as his spinnaker went under his bow at the drop, Green was slowly catching up and at the last weather mark has nipped into third place but Dooley over took them and Mulvin on the last leg to get a second place with Mulvin finishing third.

It was a great start to the series, thanks to Ian Matthews and his team who worked hard on a breezy lumpy day providing great racing and great courses. The series continues next Sunday.

Published in Flying Fifteen

Rathfarnham Ford will continue its support of the country's biggest winter yacht racing when Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) Turkey Shoot Series resumes next month.

A series of seven races will be held on Sunday mornings from 5th November to 17th December. An entry fee of €70.00 for the series includes temporary membership of DBSC and the Royal Irish Yacht Club. 

Last year the series was dominated by J109s who took the top three places overall. 

In addition to the title sponsor, DBSC's Fintan Cairns has also secured continued support from weekly sponsors North Sails and UK Sailmakers Ireland.

Attached below is a Notice of Race and Entry Form for the league that last year attracted over 74 mixed cruiser–racers ranging from Flying Fifteen one designs right up to 50–ocean going yachts.

Published in Turkey Shoot

An end of Season race for all Dublin Bay Dinghies fleets is taking place on Saturday, 21st October. To be called the 'Final Fling 2017',  the new fixture is supported by DBSC and hosted by Royal St. George Yacht Club

The racing will showcase dinghy racing that takes place on Dublin Bay run by DBSC every Tuesday evening during the summer, according to organiser Ross O'Leary, a DBSC Laser helmsman.

With quick 1-2-3 starts, four sprint races lasting 30 to 35 minutes aim to guarantee some fun, competitive racing.

All fleets welcome. Entry €20 per boat on the day.

An Apres Sail will be held in the Royal St. George Yacht Club. 

Register your entry now: email [email protected] text/call/WhatsApp 087 6642297. Download the poster below.

Published in RStGYC

IDRA14’s, Vagos and Finns from the DBSC, Fireflies from the universities, Magno’s and Pico’s from the INSS, and Waszp’s toing and froing from the National YC – Dun Laoghaire harbour on Saturday represented all that is good and healthy about dinghy sailing in Dublin Bay, as the DBSC dinghy fleets gathered for the final Saturday races of the season.

A light breeze and glorious warm sunshine greeted the sailors as they made their way to the race area. A full turnout of eight boats in the IDRA14 fleet continued a season long trend – a trend which has seen a 67% average turnout for Saturday racing.

Racing has been both competitive and good natured, with tight competition on the water matched by a strong spirit of friendship and cooperation off the water. Saturday racing within the harbour walls has provided great opportunities to introduce new members both to the class and to racing in Dublin Bay. This was also evident on Saturday when Charles Sargent brought his granddaughter Eimear (pictured above) out for her first active racing in an IDRA14.

On the racing itself Frank Hamilton and Marjo Moonen in 14/140 proved to be an unstoppable force as they recorded three straight wins (results are here) to put them in pole position for the Saturday title. In the PY fleet, Richard Tate made a successful return in his Finn to also record three straight wins.

Brian Murphy of the IDRA14 fleet in Dun Laoghaire told Afloat.ie 'we would like to extend our thanks to DBSC, the committee boat personnel, and the patrol crew personnel for what has been a very successful 2017, and we look forward to more competitive Saturday racing with an ever growing fleet in 2018'

Published in DBSC

B21S - 1. CHINOOK (A BRADLEY), 2. VENTUNO (R FOGARTY), 3. SMALL WONDER (H KELLY & J MCSTAY)

B21S - 1. VENTUNO (R FOGARTY), 2. CHINOOK (A BRADLEY), 3. SMALL WONDER (H KELLY & J MCSTAY)

B21S - 1. VENTUNO (R FOGARTY), 2. CHINOOK (A BRADLEY), 3. SMALL WONDER (H KELLY & J MCSTAY)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster), 2. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 3. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Thirty Something (Kavanagh\Gaffney\Lubliner), 2. Kalamar (Power et al), 3. Attitude (Milner Sugars Owens)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Thirty Something (Kavanagh\Gaffney\Lubliner), 2. Attitude (Milner Sugars Owens), 3. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. ROCKABILL VI (PAUL O'HIGGINS), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin), 3. Wow (George Sisk)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. ROCKABILL VI (PAUL O'HIGGINS), 2. Wow (George Sisk), 3. Lively Lady (Derek Martin)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. ROCKABILL VI (PAUL O'HIGGINS), 2. Wow (George Sisk), 3. Lively Lady (Derek Martin)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. ROCKABILL VI (PAUL O'HIGGINS), 2. Wow (George Sisk), 3. Lively Lady (Derek Martin)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Jump The Gun (M.Monaghan/J.Kelly), 2. Powder Monkey (C Moore), 3. Indecision (Declan Hayes et al)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Something Else (J.Hall et al), 2. Juggerknot (A Algeo et al), 3. Powder Monkey (C Moore)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Something Else (J.Hall et al), 2. Chimaera (A Craig), 3. Raptor (D.Hewitt et al)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Something Else (J.Hall et al), 2. Juggerknot (A Algeo et al), 3. White Mischief (Tim Goodbody)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Borraine (D Butler), 2. Peridot (Jim McCann et al), 3. Kamikaze (P.Nash/B.McIntyre)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Peridot (Jim McCann et al), 2. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 3. RUPERT (R & P LOVEGROVE)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. RUPERT (R & P LOVEGROVE), 2. Red Rhum (J Nicholson), 3. Helter Skelter (A & A Jermyn)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. RUPERT (R & P LOVEGROVE), 2. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 3. Peridot (Jim McCann et al)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Asterix (Boushel/Meredith/Counihan), 2. Cartoon (McCormack/Brady/Lawless), 3. Enigma (J MONAGHAN ET AL)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Cartoon (McCormack/Brady/Lawless), 2. Enigma (J MONAGHAN ET AL), 3. Maranda (M Kelly)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Cartoon (McCormack/Brady/Lawless), 2. Enigma (J MONAGHAN ET AL), 3. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Maranda (M Kelly), 2. Asterix (Boushel/Meredith/Counihan), 3. Wynward (W McCormack)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. FFantastic Mr Fox (N Meagher & N Matthews), 2. Snow White (Frank Burgess), 3. The Gruffalo (K Poole)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. The Gruffalo (K Poole), 2. Perfect Ten (A Balfe), 3. Ignis Caput (David Mulvin)

GLEN - 1. Glenluce (R & D O'Connor), 2. Glendun (B.Denham et al), 3. Glencoe (Rose Mary Craig et al)

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

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 2. Dart (Pierre Long), 3. Sapphire (Lorcan O'Sullivan)

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 2. Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne), 3. Diane (B Murphy)

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 2. Dart (Pierre Long), 3. Spray (Chris & Oisin Corrigan)

MERMAID - 1. Jill (P Smith/P Mangan), 2. Aideen (B.Martin/D.Brennan)

PY CLASS - 1. Richard Tate (), 2. P Ter Host (Laser Vago), 3. S Gordienok (Laser Vago)

PY CLASS - 1. Richard Tate (), 2. P Ter Host (Laser Vago), 3. S Gordienok (Laser Vago)

PY CLASS - 1. Richard Tate (), 2. P Ter Host (Laser Vago), 3. S Gordienok (Laser Vago)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Ripples (Frank Bradley), 2. Ruff Nuff (D & C Mitchell), 3. RUFFLES (M CUTLIFFE)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Ruff Nuff (D & C Mitchell), 2. Ripples (Frank Bradley), 3. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy)

SB20 - 1. Sin Bin (Michael O'Connor), 2. AlertPackaging.com (J Burke & D Burke), 3. Sunday Brunch (P O'Brien & D Dwyer)

SB20 - 1. Sin Bin (Michael O'Connor), 2. AlertPackaging.com (J Burke & D Burke), 3. Sunday Brunch (P O'Brien & D Dwyer)

 SB20 - 1. Sin Bin (Michael O'Connor), 2. AlertPackaging.com (J Burke & D Burke), 3. Bango (J Gorman)

SHIPMAN - 1. Viking (Brian Glynn et al), 2. Invader (Gerard Glynn), 3. Ruadh (J.O'Callaghan)

SHIPMAN - 1. Viking (Brian Glynn et al), 2. Invader (Gerard Glynn), 3. Ruadh (J.O'Callaghan)

SHIPMAN - 1. Viking (Brian Glynn et al), 2. Poppy (A Deladiennee), 3. Invader (Gerard Glynn)

SQUIB - 1. Periguin (N Colcough), 2. Tais (Michael O'Connell), 3. Fox (M Moran & M Shiel)

Sportsboat - 1. Jawesome III (M Dyke & B Darcy), 2. Jester (D Curtain), 3. Jheetah (A Sarratt)

 Sportsboat - 1. Jester (D Curtain), 2. Jawesome III (M Dyke & B Darcy), 3. Jambiya (M Ryan & V Lattimore)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Sweet Martini (B Carswell), 2. Vertigo (M Muldoon), 3. The Great Escape (P Rigney)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Just Jasmin (P Smith), 2. Vespucci (Sean O'Regan), 3. Persistence (C Broadhead et al)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Vespucci (Sean O'Regan), 2. Cevantes (P Conway), 3. White Lotus (P Tully)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Just Jasmin (P Smith), 2. Persistence (C Broadhead et al), 3. Vespucci (Sean O'Regan)

Published in DBSC

Dublin Bay Sailing Club is gearing up for Saturday's End of Season Race Day. Two races will mark the conclusion of the 2017 Summer season and racing will start approximately one hour earlier than usual. 

The following SI amendments been put in place: 

1. Boats in the Blue Fleet will start and finish at MacLir (displaying a blue pennant) and boats in the Red Fleet will start and finish at the Freebird (displaying a red pennant). Green Fleet boats will race with the Red Fleet. There will be no starts or finishes at the West Pier (Hut) line. MacLir will be stationed in the northern quarter of the racing area, the Freebird in the southern.

2. Two races will be sailed for each class. Both qualify for Series 2 points. The starting sequence for the first race will be as follows:

Blue Fleet at MacLir (VHF Channel 74)
Class Flag Warning Signal
Cruiser 5 No.5 12:00
Cruiser 0 No.0 12:05
Cruiser 1 No.1 12:10
31.7 Cruiser No.9 12:15
Cruiser 2 No.2 12:20
Cruiser 3 No.3 12:25

Red Fleet at Freebird (VHF Channel 72)
Class Flag Warning signal
SB20 No. 7 12:00
Sportsboat 3rd Sub 12:03
Dragon Flag D 12:06
Flying 15 Naval 6 12:09
Squib/Mermaid Flag G 12:12
B21 No. 4 12:15
Ruffian Flag Q 12:18
Shipman Flag W 12:21
Glen Flag K 12:24

3. Boats (both one-designs and handicapped) will be scored up to 20 minutes after the finish of the class leader. Thereafter they will be scored DNF.

4. Boats in the starting area that do not cross the starting line within four minutes of their starting signal will be scored DNS.

5. Race 2 will commence as soon as possible after the conclusion of the Race 1. For this race, Flag R will be displayed, with two sound signals, to indicate that racing is about to begin.

Download the full amendment as a PDF file below.

Published in DBSC

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Gringo (Tony Fox), 2. Jalapeno (P Barrington et al), 3. White Mischief (Tim Goodbody)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Gringo (Tony Fox), 2. White Mischief (Tim Goodbody), 3. Jalapeno (P Barrington et al

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Bandit (Kirwan/Cullen/Brown), 2. RUFFLES (M CUTLIFFE)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. The Great Escape (P Rigney), 2. Cevantes (P Conway), 3. Calypso (H Knott)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Cevantes (P Conway), 2. Calypso (H Knott), 3. Act Two (M O'Leary)

Published in DBSC

This weekend sees perhaps the last of the 2017 season’s 'Major' open events on Dublin Bay in the form of the DMYC Kish Race on Sunday.

The warning signal will be at 10.55 a.m. from the Dublin Bay Hut on the West Pier and the intended course is Kish to Port, and back.

Afloat's report and photos from the 2016 race are here.

Unusually, the race is run on Scratch ECHO, providing two features, one being it is open to all comers and the organisers will find a handicap somewhere for all yachts, the other being, that well practiced crews who might have adjusted handicaps will find they can race on the boats original published rating.

'The emphasis is on participation for all suitable yachts, and the DMYC hopes to attract entries for racer, recreation and cruiser sailors alike, as the “cut and thrust” of racing is not a feature of the event, DMYC's Rear–Commodore Neil Colin told Afloat.ie

The event drew approximately 50 entries last year, and DMYC hopes to better this entry on Sunday. White Sails Classes (& non spinnaker) are especially welcome.

Entries can be made online here

Published in Dublin Bay

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 2. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster), 3. Attitude (Milner Sugars Owens) 

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster), 3. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. Lively Lady (Derek Martin), 2. Wow (George Sisk)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (George Sisk), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Indecision (Declan Hayes et al), 2. Prima Luce (O'Flynn, Burke, Lemass), 3. Jalapeno (P Barrington et al)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. White Mischief (Tim Goodbody), 2. Something Else (J.Hall et al), 3. Jalapeno (P Barrington et al)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. ECLIPSE (D BELL), 2. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 3. GWILI TWO (D CLARKE & P MAGUIRE)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Peridot (Jim McCann et al), 2. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 3. SPRINGER (I BOWRING)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Cartoon (McCormack/Brady/Lawless), 2. Dubious (P Richardson), 3. Asterix (Boushel/Meredith/Counihan)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Pamafe (M Costello), 2. Dubious (P Richardson), 3. Cartoon (McCormack/Brady/Lawless)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. FFantastic Mr Fox (N Meagher & N Matthews), 2. Elena (Ross Doyle), 3. Ignis Caput (David Mulvin)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Ignis Caput (David Mulvin), 2. Frequent Flyer (C Doorley), 3. As Good As It Gets (Ben Mulligan 

GLEN - 1. Pterodactyl (R & D McCaffrey), 2. Glendun (B.Denham et al), 3. Glenariff (Adrian Lee)

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Diane (B Murphy), 2. Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne), 3. Dart (Pierre Long)

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Diane (B Murphy), 2. Dart (Pierre Long), 3. Sapphire (Lorcan O'Sullivan)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy), 2. Ruff Nuff (D & C Mitchell), 3. Bandit (Kirwan/Cullen/Brown)

SHIPMAN - 1. Barrosa (Geraghty/Trotter), 2. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 3. Invader (Gerard Glynn)

SHIPMAN - 1. Barrosa (Geraghty/Trotter), 2. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 3. Invader (Gerard Glynn)

SQUIB - 1. Periguin (N Colcough), 2. Tais (Michael O'Connell), 3. Little Demon (Sheila Power)

SQUIB - 1. Tears in Heaven (M Halpenny & G Ferguson), 2. Little Demon (Sheila Power), 3. Periguin (N Colcough)

Sportsboat - 1. Jambiya (M Ryan & V Lattimore), 2. Jawesome III (M Dyke & B Darcy), 3. JOYRIDE (P BOURKE)

Sportsboat - 1. Jambiya (M Ryan & V Lattimore), 2. Jawesome III (M Dyke & B Darcy), 3. JOYRIDE (P BOURKE) 

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. The Great Escape (P Rigney), 2. Lucyo (P Aonghus OhEocha), 3. Sweet Martini (B Carswell)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Persistence (C Broadhead et al), 2. Act Two (M O'Leary), 3. Cevantes (P Conway)

Published in DBSC

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 2. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 3. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 3. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power) 

CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (George Sisk), 2. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (George Sisk), 2. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell) 

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Juggerknot (A Algeo et al), 2. White Mischief (Tim Goodbody), 3. Bon Exemple (C Byrne) 

CRUISERS 1 - 1. White Mischief (Tim Goodbody), 2. Bon Exemple (C Byrne), 3. Juggerknot (A Algeo et al) 

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 2. RUPERT (R & P LOVEGROVE), 3. GWILI TWO (D CLARKE & P MAGUIRE) 

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 2. RUPERT (R & P LOVEGROVE), 3. GWILI TWO (D CLARKE & P MAGUIRE) 

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Asterix (Boushel/Meredith/Counihan) 

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Pamafe (M Costello), 2. Asterix (Boushel/Meredith/Counihan) 

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Ash (Joseph Coughlan), 2. A Mere Triffle (P Sherry), 3. Rhubarb (John O'Sullivan)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Bandit (Kirwan/Cullen/Brown), 2. RUFFLES (M CUTLIFFE), 3. Ripples (Frank Bradley)

SB20 - 1. Sacrebleu (R Hayes & C Galavan), 2. Venuesworld.com (Ger Dempsey), 3. Sin Bin (Michael O'Connor)

SHIPMAN - 1. Barrosa (Geraghty/Trotter), 2. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 3. Invader (Gerard Glynn) 

SHIPMAN - 1. Barrosa (Geraghty/Trotter), 2. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 3. Viking (Brian Glynn et al) 

SQUIB - 1. Tais (Michael O'Connell), 2. Periguin (N Colcough), 3. Sidewinder (R Westrup & R Bowen)

Sportsboat - 1. Jheetah (A Sarratt)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Act Two (M O'Leary), 2. Calypso (H Knott), 3. Cevantes (P Conway)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Act Two (M O'Leary), 2. Cevantes (P Conway), 3. Calypso (H Knott)

Published in DBSC
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