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INSS Sailing Instructors Second at DBSC Turkey Shoot 2015

21st December 2015

In an exciting 2015 Dublin Bay Turkey Shoot Race series the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Instructors on the 1720 ‘Key Events’ took second place overall while the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Race Training programme moved up through the rankings to finish joint 3rd on their 1720 ‘Oi!’

The INSS had their usual entry from their Race Training programme skippered by Kenneth Rumball where Heather Blay, Orlagh Connor, Pete Counihan and David Murphy grabbed the opportunity to race in the series, some with considerable sailing experience and some new to the trials and tribulations of racing. A mixed bag of a series for the race training team with many ups and downs but a great performance from the crew despite some setbacks through the series such as halyards tripping unexpectedly…

New for this year, a number of INSS instructors were keen to race in the series so INSS manager Kenneth arranged a 1720 for them for the series, the team of Calum Paterson, Conor Keane, Will Hamilton, Sara Lanin struggled at the start but thanks to Alexander Rumball joining after the second race, performance increased considerably with the team rising through the fleet to finish second overall.
As usual the race team of Fintan Cairns, Henry Leonard and all the gang on Freebird put on a great series which is gaining hugely in popularity. It was great o see so many 1720s racing this year with a massive 10 boats back racing in the bay.

With the new DBSC sports boat summer sailing coming for 2016, hopefully there is much more racing ahead for the boats.

Yesterday was particularly windy with gusts from the Dublin Bay Buoy of 35kts, never one to shy away, ‘Oi!’ was the first to pop the kite in the big breeze.

 

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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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