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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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This year, for one of the first times in a proud history stretching back to 1884, there was no gala event for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's annual prizegiving but as most Dun Laoghaire Harbour observers will attest, most of the sailors in the country's biggest sailing club feel fortunate there was any racing at all, given the ravages of COVID-19.

Despite the absence of the regular Royal St George hosted affair, DBSC Commodore Jonathan Nicholson has been online to congratulate over 100 different winners from 22 DBSC classes and there has been an impressive roll call of division winners that includes DBSC's six premier awards for best performances (see full list below). 

DBSC has welcomed onboard new sponsor AIBDBSC has welcomed onboard new sponsor AIB

In a season like no other, there was a late start to proceedings and then a final curtailment all due to the pandemic that now threatens the club's Winter Turkey Shoot Series too.

Regardless, the club has been carrying on and preparing for hopefully a more buoyant start to 2021 and announced a new title sponsor this year that was celebrated recently with an online Zoom presentation featuring some of Ireland's top solo sailors on the appropriate theme of resilience

DBSC Premier awards 2020

Patrick Burke's Prima Forte, the 2020 delivered Beneteau First 40 has won the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Trophy for the best new DBSC yacht in the 2020 season. As regular Afloat readers will know, the Royal Irish yacht in its former life was known as La Response and Courier Zen, a top UK and French Commodore's Cup campaigner.

Patrick Burke's Prima Forte was the DBSC Dun Laoghaire Harbour Trophy winnerPatrick Burke's Prima Forte was the DBSC Dun Laoghaire Harbour Trophy winner Photo: Afloat

Lindsay Casey's Royal St. George Yacht Club J97 Windjammer that has performed on both inshore and offshore circuits this season was the winner of the best yacht on handicap.

Lindsay Casey's J112 WindjammerLindsay Casey's J97 Windjammer from the Royal St. George Yacht Club Photo: Afloat

The best yacht in the one-design divisions was James Conboy-Fischer's Billy Whizz, the first time a B211 has lifted the George Arthur Newsom Cup as Afloat reported here.

Laser Radial ace Rian Geraghty McDonnell won the Dr Alf Delany Cup for the best dinghy performance of the season.

Brendan Ebril Memorial Cup Best yacht for most frequent participation was won by David Meeke and Martin McCarthy in the Ruffian 23 Alias.

Cruisers Classes

The JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, skippered by Paul O'Higgins Photo: Afloat

The ISORA coastal champion, the JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, skippered by Paul O'Higgins was the Martin Cup winner for Thursday's IRC Racing in Cruisers Zero. The Saturday IRC series Knox-Gore Cup trophy was won by George Sisk's XP 44, Wow from the Royal Irish Yacht Club

George Sisk's XP 44George Sisk's XP 44, Wow Photo: Afloat

In Cruisers One, Thursdays IRC Racing for the West Pier Officer's Cup was won by another Royal Irish yacht, the J109, White Mischief jointly skippered by the father and son team of Tim and Richard Goodbody.

Saturday's IRC racing in class one was won by the National Yacht Club's Jalapeno (Paul Barrington) who lifts the Weir Cup.

J109 JalapenoPaul Barrington at the helm of the National Yacht Club J109, Jalapeno

In Cruisers Two, the premier award winner, Windjammer won both the Lady Shamrock Trophy for Thursdays IRC racing and the Silver Salver for Saturdays IRC competition.

Starlet Kevin ByrneKevin Byrne's Starlet was the top performer in DBSC Cruisers Three Photo: Afloat

In the Cruisers Three division, Kevin Byrne's Starlet was the winner of both Thursdays and Saturday's IRC picking up the Smalldridge Cup and Jack Kennedy Memorial Cup respectively.

In the One Design classes, Chris Johnston's Prospect from the National Yacht Club was the winner of the Beneteau 31.7s Feanor Trophy for Thursday Scratch Racing.

John Power and Michael Leahy's Beneteau 31.7 Levante	John Power and Michael Leahy's Beneteau 31.7 Levante was the Saturday Scratch winner

The National Yacht Club's Ignus Caput sailed by David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne were the winners of the Fifty Something Cup for Tuesday Racing in the Flying Fifteen class. The pair also won the Brian S Ryan Trophy for Saturday Racing. The Flying Fifteen Gun Trophy went to Chris Doorly's Frequent Flyer for Thursday Racing 

David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne in the Flying Fifteen Ignus CaputDavid Mulvin and Ronan Beirne in the Flying Fifteen Ignus Caput

In the dinghy classes, the stand out class of the season was the singlehanded Laser that mustered up to 60 boats for its season. In the standard division, Ronan Wallace was the winner of the Tuesdays Overall Lanavere Cup while Finn Walker took the Sanderling Trophy for his Saturday performance. Rian Geraghty McDonnell was the Sailcraft Tray Trophy winner for Tuesdays and Saturday's combined.  Sean Craig won Tuesdays Overall in the Radial and Connor Gorman won Saturdays. Luke Turvey won both Tuesdays and Saturdays in the 4.7 class.

DBSC Radial winner, Sean Craig from the Royal St. George Yacht ClubDBSC Radial winner, Sean Craig from the Royal St. George Yacht Club

Julie Ascoop's IDRA 14 Slipstream won The Halfway Trophy for the most successful yacht. 

For the full list of 2020 DBSC prizewinners see below

DBSC 2020 Prizewinners

    
       
Premier Trophies      
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Trophy Best new DBSC yacht 2020 Prima Forte Patrick Burke
Dr Alf Delany Cup Best Dinghy for the season Laser Radial Rian Geraghty-McDonnell
Waterhouse Shield Best yacht in Handicapped series Windjammer Lindsay Casey
George Arthur Newsom Cup Best yacht in one design racing Billy Whizz James Conboy-Fischer
Brendan Ebril Memorial Cup Best yacht frequently participated Alias David Meeke Martin McCarthy
The Viking Award A notable contribution to DBSC sailing DBSC Volunteers 2020 DBSC Volunteers 2020
Cruisers 0      
Martin Cup Thursdays IRC Racing Rockabill VI Paul O' Higgins
Knox-Gore Bowl Thursdays Echo Racing Hot Cookie John O'Gorman
Knox-Gore Cup Saturdays IRC Racing Wow George Sisk
Centenary Trophy Saturdays Echo Racing Prima Forte Patrick Burke
Cruisers 1      
West Pier Officer's Cup Thursdays IRC Racing White Mischief Tim and Richard Goodbody
Tiamat Trophy Thursdays Echo Racing White Mischief Tim and Richard Goodbody
Weir Cup Saturdays IRC Racing Jalapeno Paul Barrington
Osterburg Trophy Saturdays Echo Racing Raptor Paul Bradley Fintan Cairns
Cruisers 2      
Centenary Cup Thursdays Echo Racing Peridot Jim McCann
Lady Shamrock Trophy Thursdays IRC Racing Windjammer Lindsay Casey
Silver Salver Saturdays IRC Racing Windjammer Lindsay Casey
TP Early Memorial Cup Saturdays Echo Racing Windjammer Lindsay Casey
Brendan Brisco Cup Tuesdays Racing Boojum Stephanie Bourke
Silver Foam Trophy Most Improved Boat Cr 2 Boojum Stephanie Bourke
Cut Glass Tumbler Tuesday Sigma Racing Boojum Stephanie Bourke
JB Stephens Trophy Thurs and Sat Comb-Sigmas Rupert R&P Lovegrove
Cruisers 3      
Annette Cup Thursdays ECHO Racing Saki Paget McCormack
Mercia Cup Saturdays ECHO Racing Papytoo Frank Guilfoyle
Sanderling Trophy Tuesdays ECHO Racing Papytoo Frank Guilfoyle
Smalldridge Cup Thursdays IRC Racing Starlet Kevin Byrne
Jack Kennedy Memorial Cup Saturdays IRC Racing Starlet Kevin Byrne
Whimbrel Rose Bowl Tuesdays IRC Racing Starlet Kevin Byrne
B211s      
Cut Glass Tumbler Tuesday SCRATCH Overall Yikes Peter Carroll
Optec Trophy Tuesday ECHO Overall Ventuno Rowan Fogarty
Facet Jewellers Cup Thursdays SCRATCH Overall Billy Whiz James Conboy-Fischer
Beneteau 21 Tray Thursdays ECHO Overall Billy Whiz James Conboy-Fischer
Beneteau 21 Cup Saturdays SCRATCH Overall Billy Whiz James Conboy-Fischer
Jimmy Fischer Trophy Saturdays ECHO Overall Ventuno Rowan Fogarty
Waterhouse Rose Bowl Thurs/Sat Comb ECHO Beeswing Pat Shannon
Cruisers 5      
Burford Trophy Thursdays IRC Overall Div A Persistence Charles Broadhead
Gerry Henry Salver Thursdays ECHO Overall Div A Katienua Thomas Dunne
Trevor Wood Trophy Thursdays ECHO Overall Div B Gung-ho Grainne O' Shea
White Sail Class Trophy Sats A and B IRC Overall Gung-ho Grainne O' Shea
Ana Livia Trophy Sats A and B ECHO Overall Spirit C O'Brien and E Gill
Galileo Cup Not winning another trophy The Great Escape P and D Rigney
31.7s      
Feanor Trophy Thursday Racing Scratch Prospect Chris Johnston
Horrigan Cup Thursday Racing Echo Kernach Eoin O'Driscoll
Arandora Trophy Saturday Racing Scratch Levante John Power Michael Leahy
Cut Glass Tumbler Tuesday Racing Scratch Levante John Power Michael Leahy
Long John Silver Cup Saturday Racing Echo Attitude Trina Milner
Dragons      
Oxford and Cambridge Cup Thursday Racing Zin Zan Adrian Masterson
RIYC Cup Saturday Racing Phantom David Williams
Old Time Cup Comb. Thurs and Sats Phantom David Williams
Torry Cup Not winning another trophy D-cision Joey Mason
Glens      
Cut Glass Tumbler Tuesday racing Glenroan Keith Malcolm
The McMullen Cup Sat and Thurs Combined Glendun David Houlton
Pterodactyl Cup Thursdays Racing Glendun David Houlton
Harry Maguire Memorial Cup Saturday Racing Glenluce R O'Connor L Grant & M Pearson 
Ruffians      
British Airways Trophy Saturday Racing Bandit A Kirwan/B Cullen/C Brown
J. Lamont Trophy Thurs and Sats combined Bandit A Kirwan/B Cullen/C Brown
John Donnelly Perpetual Cup Tuesday Racing Bandit A Kirwan/B Cullen/C Brown
Huet Trophy Thursday Racing Shannagh Stephen Gill
Shipmans      
Cut Glass Tumbler Tuesday Racing Poppy Alan Deladiennee
The Melindi Cup Saturday Racing Jo Slim John Clark
Shipman Perpetual Trophy Thurs and Sats combined Jo Slim John Clark
SB20      
The Crichton Cup Thursday Racing Ted M O'Connor, D Taylor, Ed Cook 
Saturday SB Cup Saturday Racing Ted M O'Connor, D Taylor, Ed Cook 
Bealtaine Trophy Saturdays series A Carpe Diem Richard Hayes
Lunasa Trophy Saturdays series B Venues World Gerry Dempsey, Chris Nolan
Equinox Trophy Saturdays series C So Blue J Burke, C Helme, A Claffey
Mixed Sportsboats      
Cut Glass Tumbler Tuesdays George 5 Jonathan Craig
Thursday Sportsboat Cup Thursdays Overall 8 Races Jester Declan Curtin
Saturday Sportsboat Cup Saturdays Overall 16 Races Jambiya Martin Ryan
Water Wags      
Goldsmith Cup Wednesday 1st Place Swift Guy Kilroy
Bluebird Trophy Wednesday 2nd Place Pansey Vincent Delany
G.Pugin Meldon Trophy Wednesday 3rd Place Tortoise W and L Prentice
Flying 15's      
Fifty Something Cup Tuesday Racing Ignus Caput David Mulvin
Brian S Ryan Trophy Saturday Racing Ignus Caput David Mulvin
Flying Fifteen Gun Thursday Racing Frequent Flyer Chris Doorly
Blake Cup Midweek Handicap racing Rodrigues Ken Dumpleton
Fireballs      
Nuit St. George Trophy Tuesday overall 14990 E Butler F Miller
The Fireball Saturday Cup Saturdays overall 14990 E Butler F Miller
IDRA 14's      
Bay Cup Tuesdays Scratch Dart 161 Yves and Paul Long
Melampus Cup Tuesday Handicap Dutch Courage Sailing in Dublin
The Kennedy Cup Saturdays Overall Dart 161 Yves and Paul Long
Cr Challenge Cup Special Conditions Dart 161 Yves and Paul Long
The Halfway Trophy Most successful Yacht Slipstream Julie Ascoop
PY Single Handed      
Windmill Cup Tuesdays Overall RS Aero Orion 328 Noel Butler
Early Bird Trophy Saturdays overall RS Aero Minty 1321 Brendan Foley
Lasers      
Lanavere Cup Tuesdays Overall Std 166313 Ronan Wallace
Sanderling Trophy Saturdays Overall Std 211099 Finn Walker
Sailcraft Tray Trophy Tues and Sats Std 216894 Rian Geraghty McDonnell
Jimmy MooneyTrophy Tues and Sats Radial 213042 Sean Craig
Cut Glass Tumbler Tuesdays Overall Radial 213042 Sean Craig
Cut Glass Tumbler Saturdays Overall Radial 207800 Connor Gorman
Cut Glass Tumbler Tuesdays Overall 4.7 194650 Luke Turvey
Cut Glass Tumbler Saturdays Overall 4.7 194650 Luke Turvey
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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) will hold a virtual event next Thursday, 12th November 2020 at 19.30hrs to welcome its exciting new sponsorship with AIB Private Banking.

As Afloat previously reported, Ireland's largest yacht racing club is hosting the live panel discussion on “Stories of resilience from Irish Professional sailors…on and off the water”

DBSC's Gerry Jones told Afloat he chose the topics for the online event 'as it's a really interesting one & particularly relevant now in these COVID times'.

Fergal Keane of RTE’s Seascapes radio show will chat with four of Ireland’s top professional sailors.

Sports psychology has traditionally been viewed as only having application to high performance or professional sports. However, many of the techniques in sport psychology have just as much relevance for recreational athletes and can be applied to our personal and professional lives. We will hear from these professional sailors about their approach to sports psychology and how resilience forms an essential part of this.

Jones says 'This will be an exciting event, to hear how participants use sports psychology techniques and resilience in shaping their professional and personal lives'.

The contributors are:

Annalise Murphy Olympic Silver Medalist

Annalise Murphy is nominated in the Laser Radial to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021Annalise Murphy is nominated in the Laser Radial to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021

Annalise Murphy competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women’s Laser Radial class, she finished in 4th, her personal best at a world-class regatta.

Annalise won her first major medal at an international event when she won gold at the 2013 European Sailing Championship. On 16 August 2016, she went on to win the silver medal in the Laser Radial at the 2016 Summer Olympics In December 2016, she was honoured as the Irish Times/Sport Ireland 2016 Sportswoman of the Year and the 2016 Afloat Sailor of the Year.

Annalise was a crew member on ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ in the 2017/2018 Volvo Ocean Race and is the only Irish sailor nominated so far for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Regatta.

Damian Foxall, six-time Volvo Ocean veteran

County Kerry's Damian Foxall has competed in ten round-the-world racesCounty Kerry's Damian Foxall has competed in ten round-the-world races

Damian Foxall has competed in ten round-the-world races including four wins.

In 2008, he won the Double-handed non-stop round-the-world Barcelona World Race, with Jean Pierre Dick on Virbac

He has competed in 6 Volvo Ocean races with a win in 2011 with Team Groupama and an outright Round the World Record circumnavigation in 2004 with Steve Fossett.

In 1997 Damian became the first non-French entry to win the rookie class in the Single-handed offshore race – La Solitaire du Figaro, he went on to confirm his success in 1998-1999 with a leg win, before changing to the ORMA 60` Trimaran class.

Over the last ten years, Damian has been focusing on the implementation of sustainability within our sport and is currently Sustainability program manager for the 11th Hour Racing team entered in The Ocean Race.

Tom Dolan, Figaro Solo Sailor

Tom Dolan is preparing to compete in the 2024 Olympics Games where double handed offshore sailing will make its debutTom Dolan (right) is preparing to compete in the 2024 Olympics Games where double-handed offshore sailing will make its debut

Tom Dolan is a professional sailor, based in France, who competes in the Figaro Class.

He has competed in 3 Solitaire Du Figaro on his boat “Smurfit Kappa”. The Solitaire du Figaro lasts just over three weeks and is made up of four races totalling 1800 miles: it is considered to be the most competitive offshore race in the world. The boats are all identical meaning the skipper makes the difference.

Tom finished in 5th place in 2020 and only four places behind Armel Le Cleac’h who was the winner of the 2016/2017 Vendée Globe. Tom is preparing to compete in the 2024 Olympics games where double handed offshore sailing will be a medal event for the first time.

Dr. Kate Kirby, Sports Psychologist

Dr Kate KirbyDr Kate Kirby is the lead psychologist of the Irish Olympic team for Tokyo 2021

Dr. Kate Kirby has worked in high-performance sport for over 15 years and has been the consultant sport psychologist to multiple Olympic, World, and European medallists. She attended the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games as a member of Annalise Murphy’s support team. In 2019 she was appointed as the lead psychologist of the Irish Olympic team for Tokyo 2020.

Attendees can join using any device, questions and comments during the live talk are welcome and will be answered by the participants at the end.

This is a free public event but you need to join here

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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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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) will launch its AIB sponsorship with a sailing psychology evening featuring some of the country's top sailors online.

RTÉ's Fergal Keane from Seascapes will host a live chat with top professional sailors Tom Dolan, Annalise Murphy and Damian Foxall as well as leading sports psychologist, Dr Kate Kirby.

Annalise Murphy training in her Laser dinghy in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: AfloatAnnalise Murphy training in her Laser dinghy in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Afloat

The sailors will outline their own approaches to sport psychology and how resilience forms an essential part of their make-up.

Sports psychology has traditionally been viewed as only having application to high performance or professional sports. However, many of the techniques in sport psychology have just as much relevance for recreational athletes and also can be applied to our personal and professional lives.

The free DBSC virtual event to highlight its partnership with AIB is on Thursday 12 November at 19.30hrs.

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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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The Notice of Race has been published for November's eight-race DBSC Turkey Shoot that is sponsored by the club's new title sponsor, AIB.

Running each Sunday from the 1st November to 20th December and hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club, 2020 is the 20th edition of the popular Winter Sailing series in the capital

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.

As Afloat reported previously, racing is under modified ECHO. Cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not normally race are very welcome, especially those who may be seeking some more racing given this cut-short COVID-19 hit 2020 season.

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

The Notice of Race for the Series is downloadable below.

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It’s no secret that the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Laser fleet is in good shape. Anybody strolling the piers or looking out on club forecourts will have seen that for themselves. DBSC (Dublin Bay Sailing Club) in 2020 drew a huge entry of 92 Laser 4.7s, Radials and Standards, with regular turnouts of 60-70 boats, with sailors of all ages. Likewise, numerous pods go out training once or twice a week, sharpening race skills and getting newer or returning sailors up to scratch for the real deal.

Everybody in this local Laser community just gets on with it in a great spirit of co-operation and camaraderie. We will get the sailors on the water for racing, but that’s where experienced DBSC Race Officer Suzanne McGarry steps in, aided by a wonderful flagship team. DBSC delivered a wonderful programme from late June to mid September, despite all the challenges of this annus horribilis. Until Level 3 kicked in, organizers squeezed in 24 great Saturday Laser races, as well as a comprehensive Tuesday night series. The funny thing now as we all reflect is that many of us can’t remember a more enjoyable sailing season, even with no showers, outdoor changing at times and all the very necessary protocols. I suppose it was all about local sailing again and people got into a really nice rhythm, uninterrupted by regattas, Championships or foreign holidays! The class captains for the last six years were, therefore, delighted to meet Suzanne at the RStGYC yesterday to present a token of our appreciation for her and the whole team. She went to great lengths to explain about the importance and dedication of everybody involved in the race management team and it’s striking so many have worked together for so many years.

It was in 2015 that Lasers really came out from the shadows in Dun Laoghaire after the fleet had dwindled to 3 or 4 stalwarts, by then subsumed into the Mixed PY division. DBSC had the foresight to listen, giving us our own class again, more shorter races and low entry fees (especially for Under 25s). We were immediately up over 30 boats by 2015 and we’ve basically added 10 regular racers each season since then, even more this year with the push into solo sailing.

Tuesday DBSC night Laser racing in 2020 Photo: Rob WalkerTuesday DBSC night Laser racing in 2020 Photo: Rob Walker

Excellent race management has been a massive contribution to the growth of the class. We estimate that Suzanne has presided over more than 80% of the hundreds of races staged in the last six years. Start lines are square, beats and runs are true and results are gathered efficiently. But remember, we’re talking about very tricky conditions here. Racing is within the shifty confines of our wonderful harbour, or outside in Scotsman’s Bay, often in a fickle evening breeze, with a strong tide. Despite being in that characteristic, steely “zone” up on the foredeck, Suzanne is very approachable and receptive to feedback onshore. Indeed, this season, after only a few races, she quickly introduced an innovative tweak to the starting procedure, to give the big Radial fleet more time to digest course changes between races. Incidentally, the 53 boat Laser Radial entry is almost definitely the largest local racing Radial fleet in the world, just now.

Laser thank you trophy

The 2020 season was an amazing effort by all DBSC Officers and volunteers. Suzanne and her team got dinghies out competing on June 30th as Afloat reported here. This was at the earliest possible opportunity given government guidelines and well before DBSC keelboat racing started.

Undoubtedly, the Laser turnout that day of 60 boats was the biggest one-design racing staged anywhere in Ireland since the Pandemic began. We hope we encouraged others up and down the country. 

From all Dun Laoghaire Laser sailors, thank you, Suzanne and colleagues, for all your support and service down the years.

Below are the names of the core people who help Suzanne and keep the show on the road;

Barbara Conway. Ros Bremner. Caroline Liddy. Brendan Dalton, Declan Traynor, Dara Traynor, James Traynor, Dave Coleman, Liz Aylmer, Sharon Moylan, Ian Mathews, Ben Mulligan, Niki Wheatley, Susan Spain, Caitriona O’Brien Michael Costelloe and Joanne Sheehan

There will be no further Dublin Bay Sailing Club Summer Series racing due to the continuing Government Level 3 restrictions and Irish Sailing guidelines.

At the start of the partial lockdown in the capital, it had been hoped that Dublin might emerge from Level 3 conditions at midnight this Friday to enable the final race of the summer to be sailed this Saturday (October 10) on Dublin Bay as per 2020's revised AIB sponsored race schedule.

Unfortunately, however, the continuing restrictions have led DBSC to announce 'there will be no further racing in the above race series', according to DBSC honorary secretary Chris Moore.

DBSC Turkey Shoot

Ireland's largest racing yacht club, is, however, looking forward to its annual Turkey Shoot Series with the first race scheduled for this November 1st, as Afloat previously reported here.

A Notice of Race and online entry forms will be available in the near future.

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