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127 boats from 19 classes, including 34 Laser dinghies, raced on a flukey Dublin Bay this afternoon.

Dublin Bay Sailing Club debutante, the Royal Irish's First 40 Prima Forte (Patrick Burke and Sean Lemass) was second in Class O IRC, in a race won by clubmates in the XP44 WOW (George Sisk).

Class one was a clean sweep for dominant J109s. The race was won by the National Yacht Club's Jalapeno (Paul Barrington) with White Mischief (Tim Goodbody) second and Barrington's club mates Something Else (John Hall) third.

In the dinghy classes, the first race of the Laser Standard division was won by. F Walker, with G Murphy second and 3. D Mac Colgain third. Full results for all classes below:

DBSC Results for 18/07/2020

Race 1

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Prima Fort, 3. Tsunami

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

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

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

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

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

31.7 Echo: 1. Levante, 2. Kernach, 3. Fiddly Bits

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Rupert, 2. A Plus, 3. Springer

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Springer, 2. Enchantress, 3. A Plus

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Springer, 3. Enchantress

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Dubious, 2. Starlet, 3. Papytoo

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Persistance, 2. Vespucci, 3. The Great Escape

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Just Jasmin, 2. Persistance, 3. The Great Escape

SB20: 1. LoFly, 2. Black, 3. Carpe Diem

Sportsboat: 1. George V, 2. Jambiya

Flying 15: 1. FFuZZy, 2. Flyer, 3. Ignis Caput

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

Shipman: 1. Jo Slim, 2. Juniper, 3. Invader

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

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

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

PY Class: 1. B Foley, 2. B Sweeney, 3. R Tate

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Dutch Courage

Laser Standard: 1. F Walker, 2. G Murphy, 3. D Mac Colgain

Laser Radial: 1. H O'Connor, 2. M McCormack, 3. C Gorman

Laser 4.7: 1. A Daly, 2. F McDonnell, 3. L Turvey

Race 2

SB20: 1. Carpe Diem, 2. Black, 3. SeaBiscuit

Sportsboat: 1. George V, 2. Jambiya

Flying 15: 1. Flyer, 2. Ignis Caput, 3. FFuZZy

PY Class: 1. B Sweeney, 2. B Foley, 3. R Tate

IDRA 14: 1. Dutch Courage, 2. Dart

Laser Standard: 1. F Walker, 2. M Hennessy, 3. D Mac Colgain

Laser Radial: 1. C Gorman, 2. H O'Connor, 3. R Geraghty-McDonnell

Laser 4.7: 1. F McDonnell, 2. A Daly, 3. L Turvey

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The second Dublin Bay Sailing Club Thursday evening race with a stiff 15 knots breeze off the shore was a contrast to the previous week with light airs shakedown race. The revised format for this year has additional classes starting from the committee boat with a course using one of the set marks and two temporary buoys.

PRO for the evening Brian Mathews positioned “Freebird” S.E. of the piers in the area of Molly mark which was the leeward mark of the course. Twelve Flying Fifteens were out to record the biggest fleet in the bay. In the pre-start gusts, 3749 (Peter Sherry & Mick Quinn) had to return to shore with a broken gooseneck fitting.

The first two classes off, SB20s and Sports Boats opted for the committee boat end and off up the bay on a beat to the weather mark in a position off the mouth of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. On the Flying Fifteen start, 4068 David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne opted for the pin end as did 3753 Alastair Court and Conor O’Leary and 3970 Chris Doorly and Nicki Mathews. 3753 got to the weather mark first closely followed by 4068 who took the lead on the downwind leg. The first triangle was followed by a sausage. On the leeward mark, 4068 opted to gybe set with the others opting for a later gybe. This was followed by the final long triangle beat with 4068 keeping cover on 3753. At the final leeward mark, there was the classic Dublin Bay Thursday situation with two Shipman 28’s, a Dragon and 4068 converging on the mark. David Mulvin used the agility of the fifteen to steer a course and inside the other yachts at the mark to round and sail the final beat to the line ensuring cover was kept on 3753. “Ignis Caput” kept to her name “fire ahead” to get the gun in Dublin Bay’s biggest class on the evening.

A good stiff wind was harnessed with the excellent Olympic triangle course set by PRO Brian Mathews. Supported by the “Freebird” crew and mark layers provided an excellent evenings race.

Remember those plutonic courses of former years which in a wet flying fifteen one has to write down the course from a soggy course card on a slate and sometimes inside the 5 min gun, this surely is a much-improved format.

1) 4068 “Ignis Caput” David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne
2) 3753 “Finisterre” Alastair Court & Conor O’Leary
3) 4028 “Fuzzy” Neil Colin & Margaret Casey

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 A large fleet of 104 boats across 15 classes enjoyed a fine Force 4 Westerly on the first full Thursday night race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club season.

Cruiser Zero & Cruiser 2 classes both had 100% turnout.

DBSC Results for 16/07/2020

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Rockabill VI, 2. YoYo, 3. Hot Cookie

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Hot Cookie, 2. YoYo, 3. Rockabill VI

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Gringo, 2. Joker 2, 3. White Mischief

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Gringo, 2. Boomerang, 3. Black Velvet

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Joker 2, 2. White Mischief, 3. Jalapeno

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

31.7 Echo: 1. Attitude, 2. Levante, 3. Fiddly Bits

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

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

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Leeuwin, 3. Enchantress

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Dubious, 2. Saki, 3. Grasshopper 2

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Spirit, 2. Katienua, 3. Persistance

Cruiser 5B Echo: 1. Gwili II, 2. Vespucci, 3. Nauti-Gal

SB20: 1. Ted, 2. Carpe Diem, 3. venuesworld.com

Sportsboat Hcap: 1. Jester, 2. George V, 3. Jamiroquai

Flying 15: 1. Ignis Caput, 2. ffinisterre, 3. FFuZZy

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

Shipman: 1. Viking, 2. Jo Slim, 3. Poppy

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

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

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

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DBSC Results for 14/07/2020 Race one:

Laser Standard result is under review.

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Gringo, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Gringo, 2. Something Else, 3. Jalapeno

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Jalapeno, 2. Something Else, 3. Ruth

31.7 One Design: 1. Fiddly Bits

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Starlet, 2. Maranda

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

Sportsboat: 1. Jeorge 5

Flying 15: 1. Perfect Ten, 2. A Mere Triffle

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

B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Chinook, 3. Ventuno

B211 Echo: 1. Ventuno, 2. Isolde

PY Class: 1. S Dwyer, 2. N Butler, 3. R Tate

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Dutch Courage

Fireball: 1. C Power/M Barry, 2. F Miller, 3. N Miller

Laser Standard: 1. R Wallace, 2. L Murphy, 3. D Mac Colgain

Laser Radial: 1. B Hughes, 2. M Sorgassi, 3. C Murphy

Laser 4.7: 1. A Daly, 2. J Fitzgerald, 3. L Turvey

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Michael Leahy and John Power's Levante from the National Yacht Club was the winner of Saturday's DBSC Beneteau 31.7 One Design race on Dublin Bay.

Second were NYC clubmates Bluefin Two (Michael & Bernie Bryson) while third place went to Attitude from the Royal Irish YC/ Royal St George YC (T.Milner, J.Sugars D.Owens)

116 boats across 16 classes enjoyed a great afternoon's racing on a sunny Bay in a fine SE'ly sea breeze.

DBSC Results for 11/07/2020

Race 1

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Gringo, 3. Jalapeno

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Gringo, 2. White Mischief, 3. Boomerang

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

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

31.7 Echo: 1. Bluefin Two, 2. Levante

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Rupert, 2. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Antix, 2. Rupert, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Leeuwin

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Maranda

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Saki, 2. Wynward, 3. Maranda

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Act Two, 2. The Great Escape, 3. Persistance

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1=. Sweet Martini, 1=. Spirit, 3. Shearwater

SB20: 1. venuesworld.com, 2. Black, 3. LoFly

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya

Flying 15: 1. Frequent Flyer, 2. ffinisterre, 3. Rodrigues

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

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

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook, 2. Yikes, 3. Ventuno

B211 Echo: 1. Ventuno, 2. Betty B, 3. Billy Whizz

Glen: 1. GlenDun

PY Class: 1. S Oram, 2. R Tate, 3. B Sweeney

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. O Sinnott, 3. C Power/M Barry

Laser Standard: 1. T Lyttle, 2. G Murphy, 3. F Walker

Laser Radial: 1. C Gorman, 2. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 3. S Craig

Laser 4.7: 1. L Turvey, 2. A O'Connor, 3. A Irvin

Race 2

SB20: 1. venuesworld.com, 2. LoFly, 3. Black

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya, 2. Jeorge 5

Flying 15: 1. Fflagella, 2. Frequent Flyer, 3. FFuZZy

PY Class: 1. B Sweeney, 2. R Tate, 3. S Oram

Fireball: 1. P ter Horst, 2. F Miller, 3. C Power/M Barry

Laser Standard: 1. F Walker, 2. T Lyttle, 3. C Arrowsmith

Laser Radial: 1. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 2. C Gorman, 3. M Sorgassi

Laser 4.7: 1. F McDonnell, 2. L Turvey, 3. A O'Connor

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Over 90 keelboats turned out for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's first Thursday race of the shortened season tonight, an excellent showing in the current COVID-19 circumstances.

In Class Zero, George Sisk's XP44 WOW from the Royal Irish Yacht Club continues its winning form from last Saturday's ISORA Coastal race opener by winning DBSC's first Thursday race of 2020.

In a light ENE Force 2 breeze, 45 boats across the fleets managed to finish.

DBSC Results for 09/07/2020

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

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

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Black Velvet

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Black Velvet

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Ruth

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Maranda

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Saki, 2. Grasshopper 2, 3. Maranda

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Persistance, 2. Spirit, 3. Edenpark

Cruiser 5B Echo: 1. Vespucci, 2. Bendemeer

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

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

Flying 15: 1. No Name, 2. FFuZZy, 3. ffinisterre

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

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook

Glen: 1. GlenDun

 

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Lack of wind forced the cancellation of tonight's much-anticipated keelboat and dinghy summer racing for Dublin Bay Sailing Club.

As Afloat previously reported, a strong turnout of Lasers got off to a great start last Tuesday with over 50 dinghies competing in the in-harbour racing.

A new DBSC Tuesday keelboat programme was due to start tonight.

DBSC racing continues this Thursday.

Dublin Bay live webcam here

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As reported yesterday on Afloat.ie, revised Sailing Instructions and Course Cards for all fleets have been issued by Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC).

Documents are available from the DBSC website HERE, including the revised Notice of Race and cards pertaining to each individual class.

Club racers are reminded that boats sailed on Thursdays and Saturdays can now also sail on Tuesdays with the same format.

Tuesday racing is from Committee vessel(s) as the West Pier starter’s hut has not been installed, due to the difficulty of maintaining the current coronavirus safety rules.

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All Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) racing this COVID hit sailing season will start from the club's Committee vessel(s) as the club's West Pier starters hut has not been installed due to the difficulty of maintaining government safety rules including social distancing.

There is no requirement this year either for class duties on committee vessels, again due to social distancing difficulties and 'Pod' arrangements in place.

The club's dinghy season is already underway and the first Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday racing getting underway this week.

Revised Sailing Instructions and Course Cards for all DBSC fleets have been issued by the club.

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DBSC dinghy sailing continued its strong turnout for the first Saturday racing of the 2020 season. Over 40 Dinghies turned out for three races in a moderate westerly wind inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday.

Royal St. George's Theo Lyttle won two races in the Laser standard division and the National Yacht Club's Conor Gorman was a double race winner in the Radial. Full results below:

Race 1

PY Class: 1.  B Foley, 2. R Tate, 3. C O'Kelly

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. O Sinnott

Laser Standard: 1. R Wallace, 2. T Lyttle, 3. M Hennessy

Laser Radial: 1. C Gorman, 2. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 3. K Walker

Laser 4.7: 1. A Daly, 2. A Irvin, 3. F McDonnell

Race 2

PY Class: 1. B Foley, 2. R Tate

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. O Sinnott

Laser Standard: 1. T Lyttle, 2. M Hennessy, 3. B Owens-Murphy

Laser Radial: 1. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 2. S Craig, 3. C Gorman

Laser 4.7: 1. F McDonnell, 2. L Turvey, 3. A Daly

Race 3

PY Class: 1. R Tate, 2. B Foley, 3. C O'Kelly

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. O Sinnott

Laser Standard: 1. T Lyttle, 2. M Hennessy, 3. F Walker

Laser Radial: 1. C Gorman, 2. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 3. M Norman

Laser 4.7: 1. L Turvey, 2. F McDonnell, 3. A Daly

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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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