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With the conclusion of Thursday night Dublin Bay Sailing Club racing on the bay, the club has published its overall Thursday night AIB season winners. 

A summary is below:

DBSC Thursdays Series Winners - All Provisional

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Rockabill VI, 2. Prima Forte, 3. Tsunami

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Tsunami, 2. D-Tox, 3. Prima Forte

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Bon Exemple, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Something Else, 2. Joker II, 3. White Mischief

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Something Else, 3. Jalapeno

31.7 One Design: 1. After You Too, 2. Prospect, 3. Levante

31.7 Echo: 1. Bluefin Two, 2. Levante, 3. Kernach

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Windjammer, 2. Ruthless, 3. Rupert

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Ruthless, 2. Windjammer, 3. Rupert

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Gwili II, 3. Springer

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Starlet, 2. Maranda, 3. Cartoon

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Cartoon, 2. Grasshopper 2, 3. Starlet

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway, 3. Antix

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Boomerang, 2. Antix, 3. RunAway

Cruiser 5A NS-IRC: 1. Playtime, 2. Prima Luce, 3. Persistance

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Playtime, 2. Just Jasmin, 3. Katienua

Cruiser 5B Echo: 1. Fortitudine, 2. Gung Ho, 3. Sweet Martini

SB20: 1. Ted, 2. So Blue, 3. venuesworld.com

Flying 15: 1. Rodriguez, 2. FFuZZy, 3. Hera

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jester, 2, Jeorge V, 3. Jheetah

Sportsboat: 1. Jester, 2. George 2, 3. Jeorge V

Dragon: 1. Sir Ossis o'the River, 2. D-cision, 3. ZinZan

Ruffian: 1. Shannagh, 2. Ruffles, 3. Bandit

Shipman: 1. Invader, 2. Twocan, 3. Jo Slim 5

B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Small Wonder, 3. Chinook

B211 Echo: 1. Isolde, 2. Small Wonder, 3. Billy Whizz

Glen: 1. Glenluce, 2. GlenDun, 3. Glencoe

Squib/Mermaid: 1. Jill, 2. Allsorts, 3. Periquin

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A race win for Vincent Farrell's First 40.7 Tsunami (on IRC and ECHO handicaps) in the last Thursday race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club AIB summer season also gave the National Yacht Club crew overall ECHO victory in the Cruisers Zero division of the country's biggest yacht racing club.

There were full turnouts in the Cruiser Zero, Beneteau 31.7 and Ruffian 23 classes for last night's finale.

123 Dublin Bay Sailing Club boats competed on another sunny evening in a light NE'ly breeze on Dublin Bay.

A full results summary of last night's race is below. Provisional DBSC Thursday Series winners are listed here

DBSC Results for 26/08/2021

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Tsunami, 2. Rockabill VI, 3. El Pocko

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Tsunami, 2. El Pocko, 3. D-Tox

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Chimaera, 2. Joker II, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Joker II, 2. Something Else, 3. Chimaera

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Chimaera, 2. Joker II, 3. Something Else

31.7 One Design: 1. After You Too, 2. Levante, 3. Prospect

31.7 Echo: 1. Levante, 2. Kernach, 3. Bluefin Two

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Rupert, 2. Ruthless, 3. Windjammer

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Rupert, 2. Gwili II, 3. Ruthless

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Gwili II

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Cartoon, 2. Krypton, 3. Starlet

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Krypton, 2. Cartoon, 3. Pamafe

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway

Cruiser 5A NS-IRC: 1. State O'Chassis, 2. Prima Luce, 3. The Great Escape

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Shearwater, 2. State O'Chassis, 3. Just Jasmin

Despite some obvious limitations, the Afloat live Dublin Bay webcams captured the big DBSC turnout in Scotsman's BayDespite some obvious limitations, the Afloat live Dublin Bay webcams captured the big DBSC turnout in Scotsman's Bay

Cruiser 5B Echo: 1. Gung Ho, 2. Fortitudine, 3. Setanta

SB20: 1. So Blue

Flying 15: 1. Match FFive, 2. Rodriguez, 3. Flyer

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jeorge V, 2. The Jeorgettes

Sportsboat: 1. Jeorge V, 2. George 2, 3. RIYC 4

Ruffian: 1. Carmen, 2. Ripples, 3. Ruffles

Shipmans on the Bay: Credit: Tina DunneShipmans on the Bay: Credit: Tina Dunne

Shipman: 1. Invader, 2. The Den, 3. Twocan

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook, 2. Billy Whizz, 3. Plan B

B211 Echo: 1. Plan B, 2. Chinook, 3. Small Wonder

Glen: 1. Glenluce, 2. Glencoe, 3. GlenDun

Squib/MermaidPY: 1. Jill, 2. Allsorts, 3. Periquin

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The Dublin Bay 21 Footer Naneen was the winner of the penultimate DBSC Tuesday keelboat race of the 2021 season.

Second of the recently restored three boat fleet was Estelle with Garavogue third.

66 boats enjoyed a light breeze on a sunny Dublin Bay this evening. 

Results summary below in all classes below

DBSC Results for 24/08/2021

Cruiser 3 Tuesday Echo: 1. Krypton, 2. Papytoo, 3. Starlet

Flying 15: 1. Rhubarb, 2. Perfect Ten

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jeorge V, 2. Joyride, 3. Jay Z

Sportsboat: 1. Jeorge V, 2. Joyride, 3. Jay Z

Ruffian: 1. Alias, 2. Carmen, 3. Bandit

Shipman: 1. Poppy, 2. Bluefin

B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Beeswing, 3. Isolde

B211 Echo: 1. Beeswing, 2. Billy Whizz, 3. Isolde

PY Class: 1. Noel Butler, 2. Roy Van Maanen, 3. Brendan Foley

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Doody

Fireball: 1. Louise McKenna, 2. Frank Miller, 3. Paul ter H

Laser Standard: 1. Gary O'Hare, 2. Damian Maloney, 3. Theo Lyttle

Laser Radial: 1. Conor Clancy, 2. John Sisk, 3. Alison Pigot

Combined Cruisers Echo: 1. Jalapeno, 2. Ruth, 3. Hot Cookie

DBSC 21 Footer: 1. Naneen, 2. Estelle, 3. Garavogue

Dublin Bay 21 footers by Dublin Bay 21 footers by Brendan Briscoe

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The Ruffian 23 Bandit was the winner of Saturday's DBSC class race on Dublin Bay today. 

The National Champion Bandit skippered by Ann Kirwan of the National Yacht Club was first home ahead of Michael Cutliffe's Ruffles and David Meeke in Alias.

There was a high turnout of 110 boats across all 22 DBSC classes for today's races on the bay.

Results summary for each class is below

DBSC Results for 21/08/2021

Race 1

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Prima Forte, 2. Wow, 3. Searcher

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Prima Forte, 2. Wow, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Chimaera, 2. Bon Exemple, 3. Dear Prudence

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Chimaera, 2. Dear Prudence, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Chimaera, 2. Dear Prudence, 3. White Mischief

31.7 One Design: 1. Bluefin Two, 2. Attitude, 3. Prospect

31.7 Echo: 1. Bluefin Two, 2. Attitude, 3. Kernach

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Rupert, 2. Peridot, 3. Windjammer

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Rupert, 2. Gwili II, 3. Peridot

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Gwili II, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Maranda, 2. Cartoon, 3. Starlet

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Ceol na Mara, 2. Maranda, 3. Papytoo

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Gung Ho, 2. Persistance, 3. Prima Luce

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Gung Ho, 2. Persistance, 3. Act Two

SB20: 1. Ted, 2. So Blue, 3. Carpe Diem

Flying 15: 1. Enfant de Marie, 2. Phoenix, 3. FFuZZy

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Ram Jam, 2. Jambiya

Sportsboat: 1. Ram Jam, 2. Jambiya

Ruffian: 1. Bandit, 2. Ruffles, 3. Alias

Shipman: 1. Poppy, 2. Juniper, 3. Jo Slim 5

B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Beeswing, 3. Small Wonder

B211 Echo: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Ventuno, 3. Beeswing

Glen: 1. Glenluce, 2. Glencree, 3. Glenshesk

Squib/Mermaid PY: 1. Aideen, 2. Periquin, 3. Allsorts

PY Class: 1. Teddy Byrne, 2. Richard Tate, 3. Sarah Dwyer

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Doody, 3. Chaos

Laser Radial: 1. David Cahill, 2. John O'Driscoll, 3. Luke Smith

Race 2

SB20: 1. Ted, 2. Carpe Diem, 3. So Blue

Flying 15: 1. Flyer, 2. Hera, 3. Phoenix

Ruffian: 1. Bandit, 2. Ruffles, 3. Carmen

B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Small Wonder, 3. Beeswing

B211 Echo: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Ventuno, 3. Beeswing

Squib/Mermaid PY: 1. Aideen, 2. Allsorts, 3. Periquin

PY Class: 1. Teddy Byrne, 2. Richard Tate, 3. B & C O'Neill

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Doody, 3. Dunmoanin

Laser Radial: 1. David Cahill, 2. John O'Driscoll, 3. Luke Smith

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club is the current Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year, and yesterday (Friday), their Commodore Ann Kirwan took over custodianship of the well-travelled ship's wheel trophy. It dates back to 1979 in a unique and informal contest that aims to assess how well clubs contribute to their larger communities in addition to gauging their success with their members afloat - whether in a racing, cruising or training capacity.

Normally the handing-over ceremony is the very height of close-knit conviviality. But in these strange pandemic times when prescribed social distancing is at variance with the instinctive sociability and camaraderie of sailing, everyone was on their best behaviour at a limited-numbers gathering in which the key players were Jonathan Nicholson – DBSC Commodore 2020 – Commodore Ann Kirwan, the DBSC Honorary Secretary Chris Moore, John Phillips of AIB Private Banking who are the lead sponsors of the DBSC programme, and Kelly Berkeley, Senior Marketing Executive with Mitsubishi Motors, the "Club of the Year" sponsors since 1986.

John Phillips of AIB Private Banking, lead sponsors of the DBSC programmeJohn Phillips of AIB Private Banking, lead sponsors of the DBSC programme

Kelly Berkeley of Mitsubishi Motors Photo: Frank BurgessKelly Berkeley of Mitsubishi Motors Photo: Frank Burgess

In its 42 years, the trophy has highlighted special achievements by clubs large and small all over the country. But in the special circumstances of 2020-21, with the spreading pandemic affecting or even completely preventing group activity of every kind, as the largest yacht racing organisation in Ireland (and one of the largest in the world), DBSC was in a very demanding position of natural leadership.

Yet it has taken on the challenge with quiet determination, and after a successful, if truncated season in 2020 in which all of the club's main trophies found a new winner despite the second lockdown being imposed in mid-September, in 2021, they have gradually upped the pace as new allowances were made, such that by early August the "ordinary" programme of mid-week evening racing was regularly catering for more than 200 boats of all shapes and sizes, from the Laser dinghies (the largest of the class in all Ireland) right up to the stately vessels in Cruisers Zero.

Dun Laoghaire Dinghy mix. In all, DBSC caters for more than 30 classes. Photo: DBSCDun Laoghaire Dinghy mix. In all, DBSC caters for more than 30 classes. Photo: DBSC

During this "Week of the Wheel", the numbers racing were just on the 200 mark for the very good reason that the bulk of the Lasers were heading for the Nationals in Cork. And in further illustration of DBSC's readiness to look outside its own waters for new competition, Ann Kirwan was recently returned from racing West Cork's Calves Week at Schull, where the highlight of her series was recording the overall ECHO win in the Fastnet Race (West Cork version) in the Ruffian 23 Orca II.

Dublin Bay sailing at its best – the stately contenders in Cruisers Zero step out in style. Photo: Afloat.ie/David O'BrienDublin Bay sailing at its best – the stately contenders in Cruisers Zero step out in style. Photo: Afloat.ie/David O'Brien

DBSC's unrivalled range of classes is catered for through far-sighted programme management and racing organisational experience vested in an exceptional corps of skilled volunteers. It's not a situation which exists to such good effect in all other sailing centres, and it isn't something which has emerged overnight, for the gradual development and re-configuring of the club reflects the growth of Dun Laoghaire as the focal point of Dublin Bay sailing.

It started as an organisation for small boats sailed by slightly eccentric types in 1884, but as it intensified its programme of races, members of the established bricks-and-mortar waterfront clubs came to the realisation that - for proper development - their Dublin Bay sailing needed a focused and energetic overall administrative body.

Eccentric small boat beginnings – Dublin Bay SC in action in 1886Eccentric small boat beginnings – Dublin Bay SC in action in 1886

This was already being partially catered for by the Royal Alfred YC, founded in 1870. But the RAYC's speciality was the development of racing rules and the encouragement of amateur or Corinthian sailing, whereas DBSC was increasingly much more targeted on simply getting on with as much racing as possible. It succeeded in this so successfully so that by the 1890s it was in the pre-eminent racing organisation role to such an extent that Constance Fry, wife of the DBSC Commodore Richard Fry, was featured in a photographic series in the new magazine Yachting World as being a noted helmswoman, while DBSC was extending its portfolio by actively encouraging new racing classes.

Constance Fry, noted helmswoman in the early days of DBSC, as featured in Yachting World in 1894Constance Fry, noted helmswoman in the early days of DBSC, as featured in Yachting World in 1894

This has resulted in the intriguing situation in 2021 whereby the Royal Alfred YC has for several years been incorporated in DBSC, while the Dublin Bay 21 Class - which first sailed in 1903 - has been sailing again this year in re-born form thanks to Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra's determined restoration ideals and meanwhile, DBSC has a female commodore.

The return to Dun Laoghaire of the restored Dublin Bay 21 Naneen a fortnight ago was the realisation of the faithfully maintained vision of Fionan de Barra and Hal Sisk. Photo: W M NixonThe return to Dun Laoghaire of the restored Dublin Bay 21 Naneen a fortnight ago was the realisation of the faithfully maintained vision of Fionan de Barra and Hal Sisk. Photo: W M Nixon

However, it's in the job specification of Flag Officers that they only have to serve for a limited period, but continuity in the complex business of running DBSC is provided by long-serving Honorary Secretaries, and in the present era, it has been two diligent administrators – Donal O'Sullivan and more recently Chris Moore – who have kept the machine running smoothly.

To say that Chris Moore understands how the wheels and levers of sailing in Dublin Bay are most effectively operated is to hugely understate the situation, for in addition to his current role, he has also served at different periods as Commodore of the National YC and as Commodore DBSC. The voluntary hours he puts in as the DBSC workhorse are beyond measure, yet his enthusiasm remains undimmed, and somehow he even finds the time for some sailing of his own, currently with the J/109 Powder Monkey.

The spirit of Dublin Bay Sailing Club is found in many volunteers, and not least in current Honorary Secretary Chris MooreThe spirit of Dublin Bay Sailing Club is found in many volunteers, and not least in current Honorary Secretary Chris Moore

As the club functions as the overall body for Dun Laoghaire sailing with its four separate established cubs with their own clubhouses, DBSC itself has no need of a clubhouse and thus has nowhere to display the Club of the Year Trophy. Thus the hand-over ceremony could be delayed until the regulated limitations began to be lifted, but with continuing uncertainty as to which way the pandemic figures are going, this seemed as good a time as any, as DBSC definitely want to be in possession of the wheel for their own annual spectacular, the distribution of their mostly silver mountain of annual prizes and trophies.

And by a happy chance, the "Club of the Year" award ceremony has taken place in National Heritage Week. That may place its emphasis on our built heritage. But in Irish sailing's remarkable and unusually long history, it is our vibrant yet venerable organisations that are a key part of our national sailing heritage.

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The penultimate and ninth round of the DBSC Thursday Series for Flying Fifteens was sailed in a light breeze that came from an easterly direction. A windward-leeward course was set, using Molly as the windward mark and an inflatable as the leeward mark set off the East Pier in the approximate location of Bay.

From my vantage point on the East Pier, I counted a thirteen-boat fleet, and for the first start, the fleet was grouped from the mid-point of the line towards the pin. Two boats tried a port-hand start, identified later as Messrs Miller & Colin, but the nett effect of the fleet's efforts at starting was a General Recall, unusually so as the incoming tide should have been pushing them behind the line.

The start line was too far away to read numbers but for the second start, the fleet again congregated towards the outer half of the line, with one boat again trying for a port-tack start. They were successful in starting on port but took quite a few transoms to get to where they wanted to be! Four boats went left initially, with two of these breaking away to go right relatively early on. A number of boats worked the middle initially before migrating rightwards where another group of about 4/5 boats had made a commitment to that side from the "get-go".

It appeared that the right-hand side was the paying side as those boats seemed to get to Molly first. The downwind leg saw a similar spread of options with the leaders going to the left of the run, while those who chose to go right didn't seem to enjoy quite the same breeze. From a combination of spinnaker colours, attempted reading of sail numbers at the leeward mark and post-race information, the leading bunch consisted of Tom Galvin (3757), Niall Coleman (4008), Alan Green (4026), Peter Murphy (3774), Tom Murphy (4057) and Neil Colin (4028).

For the second beat, from the leeward mark, the leaders went right initially before setting off on a long starboard tack to Molly. Neil Colin advised, post-race, that he had gone left quite early, and enjoying free and better wind closed some distance on the leaders. Again, from my vantage point, the right-hand side seemed to be the way to go.

The spread of boats on the second run pretty much mirrored the first run with more boats hanging left. Spinnaker colours were the same as before with Tom Galvin, Niall Coleman, Alan Green, 2 x Murphys and Neil Colin prominent.

Again, the leaders went right after the leeward mark, but others tacked and made their way to a finish. Those that had sailed hard right clearly missed any signals suggesting a shortened course as they sailed off to the seaward side of the committee boat. WhatsApp was buzzing with commentary on what may or should have happened on the water.

The results as posted last night gave a finishing order of Galvin (3757), Dumpleton (3955), Murphy (P) (3774), Colin (4028) and John O'Sullivan (3672).

With one race to go, the overall points situation has changed again; Colin drops two points to find himself tied with Ken Dumpleton (3955) in first place overall. Peter Murphy has leap-frogged Shane McCarthy & Ben Mulligan into third (45pts) while the former two are separated by two points in McCarthy's favour, 46pts to 48pts. A point astern is David Mulvin (4068), while Frank Miller (3845) is a point further behind (50pts)

Flying Fifteen National Championships

With respect to the Championship of Ireland, to be held over the Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, 27th – 29th August, Friday to Sunday, hosted by Strangford Lough Yacht Club in Whiterock, this link is for the Entry Form. Peter Chamberlain reports that entries to date have been very slow in arriving, so you are encouraged to put (virtual) pen to paper as soon as possible.

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124 Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) boats enjoyed a light breeze on the bay for the penultimate Thursday evening race of the AIB sponsored Summer Series.

There was a full turnout in the Beneteau 31.7 and Ruffian 23 classes.

Racing was completed with many boats returning to harbour before a sea fog covered much of the southern shore of the bay.

Provisional Series results for Thursdays now reveals that the following yachts in 12 classes cannot be caught in the final race (with the proviso that corrections or protests may alter this analysis):

  • Cruiser 1 IRC and J/109: White Mischief
  • 31.7 ECHO: Bluefin II
  • Cruiser 2 IRC: Windjammer
  • Cruiser 3 IRC: Starlet
  • Cruiser 4 IRC & ECHO: Boomerang
  • Cruiser 5A IRC: Playtime
  • SB20: Ted
  • Sportsboat VPRS: Jester
  • Dragon: Sir Ossis o the River
  • Ruffian 23: Shannagh
  • Glen: Glenluce
  • Squib & Mermaid: Jill

In several classes, the 2nd placed boat will have to win the last race to have any chance of winning the series.

DBSC Results for 19/08/2021

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Rockabill VI, 2. Prima Forte, 3. El Pocko

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. El Pocko, 2. Rockabill VI, 3. Prima Forte

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Bon Exemple, 3. Chimaera

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Something Else, 2. Indecision, 3. Jump the Gun

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Chimaera, 3. Something Else

31.7 One Design: 1. After You Too, 2. Levante, 3. Prospect

31.7 Echo: 1. Fiddly Bits, 2. Attitude, 3. Bluefin Two

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Windjammer, 2. Ruthless, 3. Rupert

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Windjammer, 2. Ruthless, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Gwili II, 2. Rupert, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Starlet, 2. Maranda

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Pamafe, 2. Grasshopper 2, 3. Papytoo

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. Boomerang

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Boomerang

Cruiser 5A NS-IRC: 1= Persistance & State O'Chassis, 3. Prima Luce

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Shearwater, 2. Katienua, 3. State O'Chassis

Cruiser 5B Echo: 1. Fortutudine, 2. Menapia, 3. Gung Ho

SB20: 1. venuesworld.com, 2. So Blue, 3. Carpe Diem

Flying 15: 1. Thingamabob, 2. Rodriguez, 3. Hera

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jester, 2. Jeorge V, 3. Jheetah

Sportsboat: 1. George 2, 2. Jester, 3. Jeorge V

Ruffian: 1. Ruffles, 2. Ripples, 3. Shannagh

Shipman: 1. Invader, 2. Viking, 3. Twocan

B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Billy Whizz, 3. Isolde

B211 Echo: 1. Isolde, 2. Plan B, 3. Ventuno

Glen: 1. Glenluce, 2. Glenshesk, 3. Glencree

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Ross O'Leary was the winner of Tuesday's DBSC Laser Standard race ahead of this week's Laser National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club.

In a 12,3 for the Royal St. George Yacht Club, Owen Laverty was second with Gary O'Hare third.

Results summary below

DBSC Results for 17/08/2021


Cruiser 3 Tuesday Echo: 1. Saki, 2. Starlet, 3. Grasshopper 2

Flying 15: 1. Perfect Ten

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jeorge V, 2. Jay Z

Sportsboat: 1. Jeorge V, 2. Jay Z

Ruffian: 1. Bandit, 2. Carmen, 3. Shannagh

Glen: 1. GlenDun, 2. Glenluce, 3. Glenroan

PY Class: 1. Brendan Foley, 2. Noel Butler, 3. Stephen Oram

Laser Standard: 1. Ross O'Leary, 2. Owen Laverty, 3. Gary O'Hare

Laser Radial: 1. Brenda Maguire, 2. David Dwyer, 3. David Cahill

Combined Cruisers Echo: 1. Dear Prudence, 2. El Pocko

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A week before the Dun Laoghaire Flying 15 fleet heads north to Strangford Lough for its national championships, Ignis Caput II (David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne) and Phoenix (John Lavery and Alan Green), both of the National Yacht Club, shared race wins in DBSC's Saturday racing. 

In the B211's (One Design) Billy Whizz was the winner with Beeswing second. Third was Small Wonder. 

A full results summary is below.

DBSC Results for 14/08/2021

Race 1

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Prima Forte, 2. Wow, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Wow, 2. Prima Forte, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Bon Exemple, 2. White Mischief, 3. Jalapeno

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Jump the Gun, 2. Bon Exemple, 3. Dear Prudence

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Dear Prudence

31.7 One Design: 1. Levante, 2. Prospect, 3. Attitude

31.7 Echo: 1. Fiddly Bits, 2. Kalamar, 3. Bluefin Two

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Peridot, 2. Windjammer

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Peridot, 2. Windjammer

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Starlet, 2. Maranda, 3. Krypton

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Wynward, 2. Ceol na Mara, 3. Saki

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Gung Ho, 2. The Great Escape

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Shearwater, 2. Gung Ho, 3. The Great Escape

Flying 15: 1. Ignis Caput II, 2. Rodriguez, 3. Phoenix

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Ram Jam, 2. Jester, 3. The Jeorgettes

Sportsboat: 1. Ram Jam, 2. Jester, 3. The Jeorgettes

Ruffian: 1. Ruffles, 2. Carmen, 3. Ripples

Shipman: 1. Poppy, 2. Invader, 3. Juniper

B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Beeswing, 3. Small Wonder

B211 Echo: 1. Plan B, 2. Beeswing, 3. Billy Whizz

Glen: 1. Glenluce, 2. Glencree, 3. Pterodactyl

Squib/Mermaid PY: 1. Allsorts, 2. Periquin

Laser Radial: 1. David Cahill, 2. Michael Norman, 3. Hugh Cahill

Race 2

Flying 15: 1. Phoenix, 2. Rodriguez, 3. Ignis Caput II

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Ram Jam, 2. Jester, 3. The Jeorgettes

Sportsboat: 1. Ram Jam, 2. Jester, 3. The Jeorgettes

Ruffian: 1. Ripples, 2. Ruffles, 3. Bandit

B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Beeswing, 3. Small Wonder

B211 Echo: 1. Plan B, 2. Beeswing, 3. Billy Whizz

Squib/Mermaid PY: 1. Periquin, 2. Allsorts

Laser Radial: 1. David Cahill, 2. Michael Norman, 3. Hugh Cahill

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Twenty-four hours ago, the forecast for Dublin Bay was showing strong winds for the morning and early part of the afternoon but that the wind would start dropping off as late afternoon and evening set in. Still, by 18:45, the suggestion was that there would still be 10 – 12 knots with some heavier gusts. And certainly, immediately outside Dun Laoghaire's harbour mouth, that synopsis looked correct. However, as we sailed downwind further into Scotsman's Bay, the sense was that the wind had got softer again. However, in contrast to the previous three Thursdays, the breeze was healthy. An ebbing tide meant that a slightly less conservative start could be contemplated, the wind was blowing from the SW, which meant that the first upwind leg was "contra-tide".

The DBSC Flying Fifteen Race Officer set the course for the night as MW4, an upwind leg to Pier (P), followed by a three-sailer to Poldy(S), inshore to Battery(S), back to Poldy(S) and what turned out to be a two-sail fetch to Molly(P), before a hitch into the committee boat finish. (See above course card).

The decision with respect to the leg to Pier was to stay inshore with possibly less tide and maybe a slightly better wind direction or go right where there appeared to be more breeze. Frank Miller & Susie Mulligan (3845) pioneered the hard right and by Pier that had been proven not to be the way to go. In a similar position were Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley (4081), who had started going left off the start line but found themselves being squeezed by Alistair Court & Conor O'Leary (3753) and tacked off. It seems Court & O'Leary were, in turn, being squeezed by Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (4028). The nett result was that at Pier anyone who had shown any form of bias towards the inshore route was "in the clover".

For what should appear to be an obvious reason, I am not able to recall exactly what the rounding order at Pier was, so let me just say that the following boats were in the leading pack – identified as much by spinnaker colours as anything! Alan Green and daughter (4026), Ken Dumpleton (3955), Alan Balfe (3995), David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne (4068), Colin & Casey, Court & O'Leary, Louise McKenna & Hermine O'Keeffe (3697)……….you get the idea! The spinnaker leg to Poldy was quite tame because although there was a bit of a swell, the wind was already showing signs of dropping off.

From Poldy to Battery, the majority of the fleet went right before heading inshore at the latter stages of the leg. Going inshore initially proved to be very frustrating and became a bit of a tease, the wind seeming to suggest that as a straggler, it might let you back in only to serve you with another header just as you thought you had thrown a double six with the dice. At Battery, Green, Dumpleton and Colin were well placed. Mulvin and Balfe were a bit further back. Most boats sailed the rhumb line to Poldy while at least one sailed a more westerly line and put in a gybe to get down to Poldy for the second time – that didn't work either. The leg to Molly was a two-sailer and consequently there appeared to be little change in the pecking order that this correspondent could see other than us losing 13th place on the water to Joe Coughlan (3913).

There was to be no redemption on the hitch to the finish either!

Thursday Series; Race 8: 1. Alan Green & daughter (4026), 2. Ken Dumpleton & crew (3955), 3. Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (4028), 4. David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne (4068), 5. Alistair Court & Conor O'Leary (3753), 6. Adrian Cooper & crew (3198), 7. Peter Sherry & Mick Quinn (3749), 8. Alan Balfe & crew (3995), 9. McKenna & O'Keefe (3697), 10. Miller & Mulligan (3697).
In terms of the Thursday Series, Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (20) have opened a two-point gap on Ken Dumpleton & Joe Hickey. Shane McCarthy & Chris Doorly are in third on 31pts with Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley 4th on 35 points, one ahead of David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne.

Footnote (1): This correspondent readily acknowledges the time and effort that all Race Officers and Race Management Teams expend in preparation and execution so that we can all go racing. Accordingly, if there was any suggestion in my report of last Thursday's race, that the race was not properly managed, I apologise. The intention of my reporting of the race is to provide a commentary that is interesting to read; it is not intended to be a critique of how the race was managed, or indeed set up. If there is ever a need to do that, the report would be worded accordingly.

Footnote (2): The Flying Fifteen Championship of Ireland is being hosted at Whiterock in Strangford Lough in two weeks' time. Given the modest turnout of travellers for the Northern Championships in Portaferry a few weeks ago, they are anxious to have a more appropriate turnout. They have set up a WhatsApp group for pre-regatta communications. Please join the group so that you can be kept informed on what is happening. It also provides a connection to the entry form. A "runners and riders" preview of the Championship will be prepared shortly.

Published in Flying Fifteen
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Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) in Ireland Information

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity to save lives at sea in the waters of UK and Ireland. Funded principally by legacies and donations, the RNLI operates a fleet of lifeboats, crewed by volunteers, based at a range of coastal and inland waters stations. Working closely with UK and Ireland Coastguards, RNLI crews are available to launch at short notice to assist people and vessels in difficulties.

RNLI was founded in 1824 and is based in Poole, Dorset. The organisation raised €210m in funds in 2019, spending €200m on lifesaving activities and water safety education. RNLI also provides a beach lifeguard service in the UK and has recently developed an International drowning prevention strategy, partnering with other organisations and governments to make drowning prevention a global priority.

Irish Lifeboat Stations

There are 46 lifeboat stations on the island of Ireland, with an operational base in Swords, Co Dublin. Irish RNLI crews are tasked through a paging system instigated by the Irish Coast Guard which can task a range of rescue resources depending on the nature of the emergency.

Famous Irish Lifeboat Rescues

Irish Lifeboats have participated in many rescues, perhaps the most famous of which was the rescue of the crew of the Daunt Rock lightship off Cork Harbour by the Ballycotton lifeboat in 1936. Spending almost 50 hours at sea, the lifeboat stood by the drifting lightship until the proximity to the Daunt Rock forced the coxswain to get alongside and successfully rescue the lightship's crew.

32 Irish lifeboat crew have been lost in rescue missions, including the 15 crew of the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) lifeboat which capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme on Christmas Eve 1895.

FAQs

While the number of callouts to lifeboat stations varies from year to year, Howth Lifeboat station has aggregated more 'shouts' in recent years than other stations, averaging just over 60 a year.

Stations with an offshore lifeboat have a full-time mechanic, while some have a full-time coxswain. However, most lifeboat crews are volunteers.

There are 46 lifeboat stations on the island of Ireland

32 Irish lifeboat crew have been lost in rescue missions, including the 15 crew of the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) lifeboat which capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme on Christmas Eve 1895

In 2019, 8,941 lifeboat launches saved 342 lives across the RNLI fleet.

The Irish fleet is a mixture of inshore and all-weather (offshore) craft. The offshore lifeboats, which range from 17m to 12m in length are either moored afloat, launched down a slipway or are towed into the sea on a trailer and launched. The inshore boats are either rigid or non-rigid inflatables.

The Irish Coast Guard in the Republic of Ireland or the UK Coastguard in Northern Ireland task lifeboats when an emergency call is received, through any of the recognised systems. These include 999/112 phone calls, Mayday/PanPan calls on VHF, a signal from an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) or distress signals.

The Irish Coast Guard is the government agency responsible for the response to, and co-ordination of, maritime accidents which require search and rescue operations. To carry out their task the Coast Guard calls on their own resources – Coast Guard units manned by volunteers and contracted helicopters, as well as "declared resources" - RNLI lifeboats and crews. While lifeboats conduct the operation, the coordination is provided by the Coast Guard.

A lifeboat coxswain (pronounced cox'n) is the skipper or master of the lifeboat.

RNLI Lifeboat crews are required to follow a particular development plan that covers a pre-agreed range of skills necessary to complete particular tasks. These skills and tasks form part of the competence-based training that is delivered both locally and at the RNLI's Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset

 

While the RNLI is dependent on donations and legacies for funding, they also need volunteer crew and fund-raisers.

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