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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Turkey Shoot Racing and Results
ISORA Champion Rockabill VI competing in the 2017 Turkey Shoot Series. The 2020 Series has been postponed due to the pandemic
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…
The Trapper Eleint was the 2019 DBSC Turkey Shoot winner
November's eight-race DBSC Turkey Shoot to run each Sunday from the 1st November to 20th December and hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club is the 20th edition of the popular series.  The short, sharp format of racing has earned…
DBSC Race Committee vessel Freebird
Overall results for the DBSC Turkey Shoot have been updated after a miscalculation in the final scores on Sunday. The Trapper Eleint has now been declared the overall winning entry from the 66-boat turnout for the seven-race series on Dublin Bay.…
The Turkey Shoot Start line
Today's sixth race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series for cruisers has been cancelled due to strong winds on Dublin Bay. The final race of the 2019 series will be sailed next Sunday.  Met Eireann says South to southwest winds…
The Grand Soleil 34 Just Tina is lying third overall in the  DBSC Turkey Shoot. See Handicaps and Start times for Sunday's race below
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has warned that the penultimate race of its Turkey Shoot Series on Sunday may be in danger of cancellation due to a strong wind forecast.  XC Weather forecaster indicates westerly winds will blow as hard as…
Interesting manoeuvres in last weekend's fifth race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot
With two races left to go in the popular cruiser-racer Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Turkey Shoot seven-race series, the 1720 sportsboat Optique leads overall on 25 points, five points clear of second overall Mermaid IV, the Beneteau 50 that is a…
Michael Blaney's Beneteau 31.7 'After You' from the Royal St. George Yacht Club will be in the second start in this Sunday's fourth race
While DBSC Turkey Shooters are still celebrating the colourful parade of sail across Dublin Bay in last Sunday's third race in winter sunshine, the starts and handicaps have been released for this Sunday's fourth race as the series enters its…
The 65-boat Dublin Bay Sailing Club Turkey Shoot fleet head south across Scotsman's Bay to Dalkey Island in race three of the seven race series
Royal Irish J109 White Mischief has regained the overall lead of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay even after a lowly 21st place scored in the third race last Sunday morning. The Tim and Richard Goodbody skippered leader now…
Peter Richardson's Dubious of the Royal St. George Yacht Club will race as part of the first 16-boat start for the third race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot on Sunday
Changes to handicaps have been made for next Sunday's second race of the Dubin Bay Sailing Club Turkey Shoot Series and organiser Fintan Cairns warns that 'some competitors have got a nose bleed' as a result. Last Sunday's second race…
The second race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot had a full turnout last Sunday on Dublin Bay
The 1720 sportsboat Wolfe was the winner of the second race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay.  Last Sunday's second race may have had little in the way of wind but that was more than made up for by…
There are significant changes to the start sequences for the second race of the Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
Changes to handicaps and the start sequences have been made for next Sunday's second race of the Dubin Bay Sailing Club Turkey Shoot Series. Changes to handicaps and the start sequences are downloadable below. As previously reported, the overall lead…
Tim and Richard Goodbody's J109 White Mischief from the RIYC
Tim and Richard Goodbody's J109 White Mischief from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads the Dublin Bay Sailing Club Turkey Shoot after last Sunday's first race under Modified ECHO handicap. Results are downloadable below. Another J109 Dear Prudence is second…
John Maybury's national champion winning J109 Joker II is one of six to contest Sunday's DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay
Last year's overall winner, the Shanahan family's J109 Ruth will be among the last to start in the first race of the seven-race Citroen South Dublin DBSC Turkey Shoot Series this Sunday on Dublin Bay. The National Yacht Club crew starts as…
Breezy sailing for J109s at the 2017 DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
This Sunday sees the first of a series of seven races on Dublin Bay for the 2019 DBSC Turkey Shoot Series.  The popular winter fixture has again attracted up to 70 boats for the short sharp races and this year…
Paul O'Higgins' Rockabill VI competing in the 2017 Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
With the ink drying on last Saturday's final race results of the 2019 Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Summer season, the country's biggest yacht racing club has already unveiled its 2019 Winter programme and Turkey Shoot Series. A series of seven races…
Fintan Cairns – his determination to get out in Dublin Bay on November mornings and set attractive courses provided inspirational sailing leadership
Fintan Cairns of Dun Laoghaire is disarmingly modest about his many achievements in cruiser-racing organisation, based as they are on his extensive experience as an active sailor, his own innovations, and his readiness to acknowledge when he has taken an…

Dublin Bay Sailing Club Turkey Shoot Winter Series

Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Turkey Shoot Series reached its 20th year in 2020.

The popular yacht series racing provides winter-racing for all the sailing clubs on the southside of Dublin Bay in the run-up to Christmas.

It regularly attracts a fleet of up to 70 boats of different shapes and sizes from all four yachts clubs at Dun Laoghaire: The National Yacht Club, The Royal St. George Yacht Club, The Royal Irish Yacht Club and the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club as well as other clubs such as Sailing in Dublin. Typically the event is hosted by each club in rotation.

The series has a short, sharp format for racing that starts at approximately 10 am and concludes around noon. The event was the brainchild of former DBSC Commodore Fintan Cairns to give the club year-round racing on the Bay thanks to the arrival of the marina at Dun Laoghaire in 2001. Cairns, an IRC racer himself, continues to run the series each winter.

Typically, racing features separate starts for different cruiser-racers but in fact, any type of boat is allowed to participate, even those yachts that do not normally race are encouraged to do so.

Turkey Shoot results are calculated under a modified ECHO handicap system and there can be a fun aspect to some of the scoring in keeping with the Christmas spirit of the occasion.

As a result, the Turkey Shoot often receives entries from boats as large as Beneteau 50 footers and one designs as small as 20-foot flying Fifteens, all competing over the same course.

It also has legendary weekly prizegivings in the host waterfront yacht clubs immediately after racing. There are fun prizes and overall prizes based on series results.

Regular updates and DBSC Turkey Shoot Results are published on Afloat each week as the series progresses.

FAQs

Cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not normally race are very welcome. Boats range in size from ocean-going cruisers at 60 and 60 feet right down to small one-design keelboats such as 20-foot Flying Fifteens. A listing of boats for different starts is announced on Channel 74 before racing each week.

Each winter from the first Sunday in November until the last week before Christmas.

Usually no more than two hours. The racecourse time limit is 12.30 hours.

Between six and eight with one or two discards applied.

Racing is organised by Dublin Bay Sailing Club and the Series is rotated across different waterfront yacht clubs for the popular after race party and prizegiving. The waterfront clubs are National Yacht Club (NYC), Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC), Royal St George Yacht Club (RSGYC) and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC).

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