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Big Breeze for DBSC Turkey Shoot's Penultimate 2018 Race on Dublin Bay

9th December 2018
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J109 White Mischief going downwind in big breeze in race six of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series. German Soto 40 sailors Leif Ole Daetz and Thorben Strube were racing on Tim Goodbody's "White Mischief". Ole has moved to Dublin and is a regular part of the "White Mischief" team. Ole is trimming the kite above J109 White Mischief going downwind in big breeze in race six of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series. German Soto 40 sailors Leif Ole Daetz and Thorben Strube were racing on Tim Goodbody's "White Mischief". Ole has moved to Dublin and is a regular part of the "White Mischief" team. Ole is trimming the kite above Photo: Afloat.ie

A slightly reduced turnout for the strongest winds of the Winter series so far saw some fine J109 spinnaker handling in race six of DBSC's Citroen South Dublin sponsored Turkey Shoot.

With northerly winds gusting to well over 25-knots, the well–reefed fleet had a start off Dun Laoghaire Harbour Mouth before a short upwind to the outfall mark off Dun Laoghaire's West Pier, then a long broad reach across Scotsman's Bay down to the Muglins Rock at the Southern tip of Dublin Bay and ending with a tough beat back in big seas to the harbour finish line. 

Race organiser Fintan Cairns reminded competitors via VHF radio to steer clear of Leac Buidhe, a notorious outcrop of rocks at Dalkey Island that, although now buoyed, still represent a hazard to the Turkey Shoot fleet.

The overall series leader, Vespucci, Sean O'Regan's Dehler 31, was well set–up and sailing fast in the blustery conditions but a lot of the smaller boats in this class opted for white sails only on the long downwind leg.

That wasn't the case for the bigger boats such as the Sunfast 3600, the J109s and the big Beneteau 50, Mermaid V, that all set kites but with varying levels of success.

There were a number of retirals across the fleet with a 1720 sportsboat losing its rudder and requiring a tow back to harbour.

Race six results and overall positions going into next Sunday's final are expected to be calculated by Tuesday and will be available on Afloat.ie

Vespucci 1562Overall leader Sean O'Regan's Dehler 31 Vespucci doing their utmost to hold on to pole position Photo: Afloat.ie

J97 Windjammer 1654J97 Windjammer

1720 start 1650(Above and below) Big breeze for the Sportsboat start Photo: Afloat.ie1720 start 1650

1720 start 1645

1720 luna sea 1584

1720 Zeus 1589

1720 Zeus 1589

Towing 1720 1798A tow home for a rudderless 1720

cruiser start 1687A hotly contested start in the big boats with J109 Dear Prudence (above and below) with Prof O'Connell onboard winning the pin end. FF ace Alan Green was steering "Hot Cookie" (owner John O'Gorman was away at Paris Boat Show). Fellow FF sailor Ian Matthews was on mainsheet with brother Brian trimming the kite. They started one up from the pin (GBR 7536R) Photo: Afloat.ie

Dear Prudence 2754

Dear Prudence J109 Turkey Shoot Jay Bourke

White sails 1791The bulk of the fleet played it safe and opted for white sails only on the long downwind Photo: Afloat.ie

Juggerknot Mermaid 1889The Beneteau 50 Mermaid to weather of J109 Juggerknot Photo: Afloat.ie

Downwind Turkey 1950Tight racing down to the Muglins Rock with the J109 White Mischief to leeward leading this pack Photo: Afloat.ie

Yoyo broach 1856The Sunfast 3600 Yoyo under spinnaker at the back of the West Pier Photo: Afloat.ie

Downwind Turkey 2191Former Turkey Shoot winner Mermaid V in the foreground with J109 Jalapeno astern Photo: Afloat.ie

Juggerknot 2069In perfect balance - the Juggerknot crew cross Scotsman's Bay. Andrew Algeo's Juggerknot had Star crew and 1720 sailor Ben Cooke (standing in white) trimming the kite. They passed rival J109 White Mischief on the run to Muglins Photo: Afloat.ie

Read also: The Zest is back in Irish Sailing by WM Nixon

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