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Sportsboats Lead at DBSC Turkey Shoot Series After Four Races Sailed on Dublin Bay (Results Here!)

30th November 2022
Tight racing in the fourth race of the 2022 AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series with from left the First 34.7 Black Velvet, Kenny Rumball's new RS21, the Trapper 300 Eleint, a past series winner, and one of the Royal St George's J70s
Tight racing in the fourth race of the 2022 AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series with from left the First 34.7 Black Velvet, a Royal St. George 1720, Kenny Rumball's new RS21, the Trapper 300 Eleint, a past series winner, and one of the Royal St George's J70s Credit: Chris Power Smith

The J70 crew Jambiya who was recently presented with this summer's DBSC Saturday Sportsboat Trophy has moved into the overall lead of the club's bumper Turkey Shoot Series.

After four races sailed and one discard, Jambiya is on 19 nett points, some 13 points clear of rival 1720 sportsboat Optique. Third on 33 is another of the RCYC designs, Spurs.

Optique won last Sunday's 61-boat fourth race in the north-west of the Bay, which did not live up to its heavy weather billing as per the weather forecast. 

The J80 Sante was second, with the Frist 310 Nauti Gal in third place. 

National Yacht Club skipper of Sneaky B, Charlotte O'Kelly, captured the fourth race from the back of the East Pier. 

With three more races left to sail, racing continues this Sunday from the Royal Irish Yacht Club, and some early leaders have dropped down the leaderboard. 

Onboard Chris Power Smith's J122, AureliaOnboard Chris Power Smith's J122, Aurelia

Leader after two, Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast is now lying 23rd overall after a disappointing 47th scored last Sunday. Tim and Richard Goodbody in the J109 White Mischief, who led into last Sunday's fourth race are now joint seventh overall.

Royal Irish skipper Pat Rigney took this fleeting vid of clubmate Cunningham in Blast.

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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.


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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