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The J109 'Jalapeno' of Barrington, Despard and O’Sullivan from the National Yacht Club has a five-point lead going into the final race of the Citroen South Dublin sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series this Sunday. 

The NYC crew who were second overall going into last weekend's penultimate race six are now five points clear of the J109 White Mischief and the Jeanneau 39DS Spirit that are in joint second place in the record-breaking 77-boat fleet.

J109 National Champion Juggerknot is fourth overall after last Sunday's breezy run to the Muglins Rock while fifth is the one-time overall leader Vespucci, a vintage Dehler 31

Points are so close at the top of the mixed cruiser fleet it has led organiser Fintan Cairns to declare: "It's very close and interesting for the top 10 boats, anything could happen!"

Download overall results below.

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Sean O'Regan's Dehler 31 Vespucci has jumped into the overall lead of the Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot Series after five races sailed at the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted event.

The Dehler has broken the stranglehold of the J109 design but Ruth and Jalapeno still hold second and third respectively.

Download overall results to date below.

The penultimate race of the series starts this Sunday.

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The crew that recovered a man overboard and then retired from the race last Sunday has moved into the overall lead of the DBSC Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot Series.

After four races sailed, and one discard applied, Tim and Richard Goodbody's J109 White Mischief leads the record 75-boat fleet. Second is J109 National Champion Joggerknot and in a big show of strength for the J design, third is another J109, Jalapeno. 

Download overall results below.

In a fourth race, full of drama last Sunday, redress was given to the boats involved in men overboard retrievals and to those assisting boats that were dismasted in big seas and 15-knot breezes. Read's report here from one of the MOBs.

The Goodbody's crew were early leaders in this seven race series but lost out overall in race two to the Sunfast 3600, Hot Cookie

The fifth race takes place this Sunday morning. Lighter winds are forecast.

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As the country's biggest racing club continues to run races on a year-round basis, with this month's Turkey Shoot series making record turnouts, last night Dublin Bay Sailing Club Commodore Chris Moore addressed members at the club AGM with this report of 2018.

At the start of the 2018 season, DBSC found itself in a challenging situation. The near-hurricane of early March had swept away the plinth of the Hut on the West Pier and MacLir’s port-side engine was out of action because of gearbox failure.

In consequence, racing from the Hut was cancelled for three weeks and, on Saturdays, while the gear-box was being repaired, the Blue and Red Fleets raced together from Maclir instead of racing separately. The Hut was fully operational by the second week in June and with luck, its problem should not happen again.

DBSC Hut pier 0576 2The refurbished DBSC Hut on the West Pier Photo:

The Maclir situation is more complex. The vessel was not new when we acquired her in 2000 and since then, with the passage of time, more and more money has had to be spent in keeping her in working condition.

This is not to underrate the vessel’s capabilities. It has stood up well to all sorts of weather conditions, week in, week out, year after year and still has a lot going for her. But in less robust conditions and not at a frequency DBSC that uses its committee boats.

Nor should we forget the effect MacLir has had on the quality of the Club’s racing. Up to 2001 most keelboat s raced from the Hut. Members were quite happy with that;, in fact, a survey in 2000 revealed that up to 83% of members were satisfied with the traditional West Pier starts – although, to be sure, another 64% were prepared to pay more for a higher level of race management, and the present day format has proved generally most acceptable to members.

Purchase of MacLir ensued in 2000, followed in 2012 by delivery of a second committee boat, the totally refurbished former shell-fishing vessel, Freebird.

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The result of all this is that DBSC members now have at their disposal what visiting international race officers have described as the best race management facilities in Europe. Racing for many classes, in consequence, is of a standard you would expect at international championships. Two of our race officers indeed have officiated at the Olympics which is a measure of the quality of race management which DBSC members can expect at their regular Thursday and Saturday races.

"DBSC members now have at their disposal what visiting international race officers have described as the best race management facilities in Europe"

I should add that MacLir’s acquisition was funded by the generous sponsorship of Dublin Port and an equally generous subvention from the Sports Council. The Freebird, on the other hand, was entirely paid for by the Club’s surplus funds generated during the boom years. Currently, there is no such surplus - this year’s accounts do show a deficit.

However, members can be assured that Sponsorship options, have been and always will always be actively pursued, but our experience has been that major sponsorship such as we enjoyed in the past is now very difficult to come by. In saying that, we are extremely grateful to Messrs. Sherry Fitzgerald for their generous sponsorship over the past two years, and indeed for the support from MGM Boats, Viking Marine, Rathfarnham Ford, Killen Marine, Sage Pay, and most recently, Gunpowder Gin.

Boat fees & subscriptions

This year boat entries and subscriptions amounted to 314 and 1235, compared to 317 and 1217 respectively in 2017. Boat and subscription income has been hovering at this level for some time. Despite the economic upturn, DBSC (and, it seems, sailing in general) shows no sign of returning to the peaks of the halcyon days when our boat entries topped 400 and membership 1700.


Nor have turnouts for our regular Thursday and Saturday races returned either to those of the boom period. But they still remain at levels most organisers of major regattas and events can hardly dream of. During 2018 Thursday turnouts averaged 127 boats and those of Saturdays, 94 boats. This – for Thursdays - approximated to 55% of the keelboat fleet entered and for Saturdays 42%.

DBSC IDRA 14 3433IDRA 14 racing is popular as part of the DBSC format Photo:

Of some interest are the number of boats that compete in the different racing areas. On Thursdays, an average of 63 Blue fleet boats race from MacLir and another 57 boats from the Freebird. On Saturdays, an average of 27 Green fleet boats raced from the Freebird and averages of 36 and 30 blue and red fleet boats started from either the Hut or MacLir.Saturday racing in the Harbour for dinghies, mainly the IDRAs, have proved popular, but as always, the race committee would like this resource to be used by more boats to justify the costs involved.

Race Management

The Club’ key resource, to be sure, has to be its panel of race officers. It’s not everyone whose qualities lend themselves to this demanding role – the ability to think on your feet when unexpected situations emerge, a detailed knowledge of the extraordinary complex rules of sailing, an insight into the Bay’s variable (and sometimes vexatious) wind pattern, and the characteristics of the club’s various fleets - not to mention supervisory skills of a high order. Our only complaint is that we haven’t got enough of these “paragons” - there was an occasion towards the end of the season, when Ann Kirwan, our Rear Commodore, who has been in charge of the roster, was put to the pin of her collar to fill the various slots.

Jack royDBSC Race Officers Jack and Rosemary Roy relaxing after a busy Saturday on Dublin Bay Photo: Chris Moore

Ann is now moving up to Vice-Commodore rank and will be succeeded, I am glad to announce, by Eddie Totterdell. Eddie, as most people know, is a DBSC Race Officer of considerable experience and distinction. I am glad that the Club will have the benefit of his knowledge and expertise in overseeing and further developing this important, activity in partnership with our Chief Race Officer, Jack Roy.


The Club’s results software, YR3, which has been serving DBSC members since the mid-eighties of the last century, was succeeded this year by Colin McMullen’s update, Raceview.

It was originally planned to have the new system fully operational by the start of the season.

Though much progress was made, the target was not reached for a variety of reasons. Colin, in the circumstances, found it convenient to take over the processing of the 2018 results himself while at the same time continuing to develop the system in the light of his own on-going operational experience.

Turkey Shoot start 3557A DBSC Turkey Shoot start - the club provides racing 12 months of the year Photo:

It was not a totally novel approach to producing a software programme - something similar transpired during the development of YR3 - but it will have the merit of ultimately presenting us with a more practical and satisfactory programme than was originally projected.

One immediate benefit was better operator-committee-boat links and a consequent reduction in the number of queries from competitors. I am particularly grateful to the various record-keepers who co-operated fully and enthusiastically with the new approach. And, of course, to Colin himself who will continue to work on the programme over the winter months.


The beautiful balmy weather during the summer of 2018 led, not unexpectedly, to the reduction of race cancellations. There was only one Saturday’s racing lost due to excess wind and just two Thursdays. On the other hand, two Thursdays racing and one Saturday’s days’ racing was lost because of no wind whatsoever.


The number of protests this year was much reduced compared to other years perhaps because the good weather put everyone in good humour or else, as our Hon. Protest secretary, Ray Duggan surmises Dublin Bay sailors are beginning to learn or at least observe the rules. Time was when the Protest Committee had to deal with up to forty protests in the season. This year they amounted to little more than half a dozen.

Ray is retiring this year as Protest Secretary and we thank him for the long hours he spent sorting out disputes between competitors. Also not forgetting the members who served on the protest committee. Ray will be succeeded by Michael Tyrrell, who, besides being a long-time DBSC sailor, is an experienced race officer.

The Harbour Board

As members are no doubt aware, the Harbour Board is no more, its functions and assets/liabilities having been transferred to the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council. 

There has long been a view, going back even beyond the last century, that a municipal authority is not the appropriate body to manage marine undertakings such as Dun Laoghaire Harbour. It was argued that its total focus and mindset are directed elsewhere, to road infrastructure, housing, sewage networks etc. and not to totally different issues such as marine engineering and shipping regulation.

That said, we are glad that the ownership issue has now been resolved. We wish the Council well with its new responsibilities and look forward – in partnership with other harbour users- to a fruitful and prosperous future for Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

We also wish to express our good wishes to the management and officers of the outgoing harbour board. DBSC has always maintained cordial relations with the Dun Laoghaire harbour management and staffs and we wish them all well in the future.


This being my last year as Commodore, I must on this occasion make special mention of people who have been at my side over the years.

Firstly, there are the various flag-officers and committee members who to an extent not suspected by the general membership have devoted an extraordinary amount of their free time to DBSC’s affairs. We are all deeply in their debt.

I should mention particularly Joe Hickey, who leaves the committee at the AGM, after nine years of dedicated service to DBSC. Joe’s particular sphere of interest has been the Club’s dinghy programme and we valued highly the commitment he brought to this activity. Also leaving us (for business reasons) is Helen McCabe, who has been invaluable on the committee and in coordinating the Green Fleet volunteer team.

Then there are volunteers who, whatever the weather and personal inconvenience, have manned the West Pier hut and Club’s committee vessels. I must remember, too, the people who actually kept the boats operating: Ian Melden who solved many a knotty engine problem, sometimes actually drove the boat during races and yet found time to crew aboard the prize-winning 31.7 Prospect.

DBSC Hut pier 2319 2Best DBSC one design – Chris Johnston's Beneteau 31.7 Prospect from the National Yacht Club Photo:
Among the drivers, there is also Brendan Dalton, who on one occasion this year alerted us to an engine problem that might otherwise have cost us a lot of money. Another regular, Jeff Brownlee, is away at present: He is in South Africa, working on the Mellon charity project, Stephen Wynne, apart from his onerous lifeboat responsibilities, also finds time to drive MacLir on Saturdays. Other drivers include Jorgen Jorgenson, committee members Philip Ferguson, and our Bosun and Patrol officer Declan Traynor.

DBSC Freebird 4653DBSC's 'Freebird' Committee Boat on station during the 2018 Turkey Shoot Series under race officer Henry Leonard Photo:

I should not forget, either, Fintan Cairns, Race officer Henry Leonard and the teams of the Turkey Shoot and Spring Chicken series, who provide most enjoyable, popular winter sailing and plenty of après-sail jollification.

I thank, also, the management and staffs of the waterfront Clubs, Irish Sailing and the harbour masters of Dun Laoghaire harbour, Captains Simon Coate and Tim Ryan, as well as Dublin Port Harbour Master, Captain Michael McKenna.

Finally, some special people. During my period of office, Hon. Treasurers Ian Mathews and later Peter Fleming kept us firmly on the path of financial rectitude and never let us stray from strict accounting practices.

Finally, and most importantly, we say goodbye to Donal O’Sullivan, our ever hard-working Hon. Secretary, who has served in this capacity on the Dublin Bay Sailing Club Committee for all of the last twenty-seven years.

Indeed even before this, Donal held the position of Protest Secretary and with two terms on the Committee gave us the best part of forty years of invaluable service to Dublin Bay sailing - shaping the format and keeping the aims and traditions of the Club foremost in members’ minds.

We are indeed indebted to Donal for his wisdom and skill in navigating the complexities and pitfalls encountered each week during the sailing season and beyond.

Donal will be fulfilling a new role, off Committee, that of archivist and historian to DBSC and we look forward to his contributions well into the future.

Chris Moore, Commodore DBSC 26/11/2018

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More great sailing conditions of 15 knots or more and another great turnout for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot as it passed the halfway stage of the series in yesterday's fourth race off Dun Laoghaire.

With race start times from 10 am, some (black sail) boats are on the race track from 8. 30 am such is the level of competition now generated for the popular series.

With four separate starts for the 75-boat fleet and some keen jostling for the pin end, Race Officer Henry Leonard got the fleets away promptly for three rounds of a course that featured a near one-kilometre beat, a gybe mark, and a downwind to the West Pier Outfall mark before a finish off that pier's lighthouse.

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Race Officer Henry Leonard underneath the DBSC Turkey Shoot flag Photo:

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Great racing for all types of cruisers in the second start

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Mixed sportboats

A great turnout of mixed sportsboats saw a keenly contested start with the 1720 Wolfe, full of Royal St. George One design talent, including Neil Hegarty, Peter Bowring, Bill Nolan and John O'Connor, winning the pin end battle. 

Turkey Shoot 3501Ten seconds to go to the mixed Sportsboat third start and the race is on for the pin end...

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492....intense concentration on the RSTGYC 1720 skippered by Dragon ace Neil Hegarty

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492....five seconds...

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492With one boat clearly over as the gun goes, Hegarty nails the start....
Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492....and the RStGYC 1720 gets clean away at the pin

As well as 1720s, there are several J70s and J80s competing, including one of the Royal St. George's newly refurbished J80 fleet. 

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Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492(Above and below) One of the Royal St. George's newly refurbished J80 fleet

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Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492In 15 knots and an edd tide, the outfall buoy proved a tricky leeward mark in race four

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492(above and below) The Royal St. George Yacht Club's Wolfe was a clear sportsboat winner on the water in race four

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Big J109 turnout

In the fourth start of the day, a great mix of cruisers zero and one came to the line to challenge any summer turnout. The Grand Soleil 34 debutante JustTina was out again as was the Farr 42 Wow. Both Sunfast 3600s were on the line, as was the former Turkey Shoot winner Mermaid, a Beneteau 50, and the top DBSC J97 Windjammer too, but the most popular type was the J109 that made up six of the sixteen-boat fleet.

It was nip and tuck, right off the line for the two top J109s in the country and when White Mischief (Tim Goodbody) and Juggerknot (Andrew Algeo) split tacks halfway up the first beat there was only a boat length between them. White Mischief rounded first and looked to gain initially downwind but the intriguing dogfight was shortlived because White Mischief was diverted to come to the rescue of a Man overboard. Read more here.

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492In the fourth start, top Irish J109s fight for the pin end....

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Seconds after the start White Mischief, to weather, gets a nose out in front of national champion Juggerknot....

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492...but it is short lived as Juggerknot skipper Andrew Algeo powers off (above and below)

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Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492By the weather mark, White Mischief leads Juggerknot by two boat lengths or more

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492J109 Ruth

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Sunfast 3600 YoYo

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492J97 Windjammer

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Grand Soleil 34 Justtina

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Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492A mix of cruisers at the gybe mark includes Yoyo (Sunfast 3600), Dear Prudence, a J109, and the J122 Jib and Tonic

Sailing coach Maurice O'Connell shot the video below from the stern of Brendan Coghlan's "YoYo" (O'Connell was tactician). Olympic squad Laser sailor Ewan McMahon (in blue cap) was trimming the kite. The video shows the last leeward mark rounding (the yellow out fall mark off the back of the West Pier).

Turkey Shoot Henry Leonard 3492Overall Turkey Shoot leader, the Beneteau 31.7 Camira

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Race four results to follow on's dedicated Turkey Shoot section here

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The fourth race of the DBSC Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot Series will see a discard applied to the overall results.

Handicaps and Starts for next Sunday's racing on Dublin Bay are downloadable below.

After an epic third race, the 75-boat fleet is currently led by the Beneteau 31.7 national champion, Camira.

The seven-race series hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club continues until December 16th.

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The Beneteau 31.7 National Champion Camira from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads the Citroen South Dublin sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series after three races sailed. The Dublin Bay regular skippered by Peter Beamish leads by two points overall from the dark-hulled J122 Jib and Tonic (Morgan Crowe) on 57 points. The J109 Jalapeno (Paul Barrington) from the National Yacht Club is third overall in the 75-boat fleet.

One time fleet leader, the Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie has dropped back to ninth overall after last week's choppy race in 15-knots.  See race three photo report here.

Four races are left to sail with a discard set to kick in next week.

Download overall results below.

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DBSC organisers have published the handicaps and start sequences for next Sunday's third race in the Citroen sponsored Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay.

Download the handicaps and starts below.

As previously reported, after a shifty race two, Bay newcomer Hot Cookie, a Sunfast 3600, that had North Sails Tactician Maurice O'Connell onboard last weekend, has moved into the overall lead but only by a single point.

DBSC has produced a fine turnout of up to 75 boats for the pre-Christmas series and it has secured a buoyant collection of weekly sponsors too with Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin, North Sails, UK Sailmakers Ireland and Viking Marine all involved.

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Chris Johnston's Beneteau 31.7 has won Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Newsom Cup for the best one-design boat in the club's 2018 Summer sailing season. It is one of six premier awards to be made by the club at the end of a hectic Sherry Fitzgerald sponsored season. The Waterhouse Shield was won by Richard and Philip Lovegrove's Sigma 33 Rupert for the best cruiser on handicap.

DBSC Commodore Chris Moore will salute the club's 213 trophy winners at what will certainly be a gala prizegiving on Friday evening at the Royal St. George clubhouse that will also be Donal O'Sullivan's last as Master of Ceremonies. The Honorary Secretary is stepping down at the end of the month after 27 years in the role.

Rupert Sigma 33 3950Best Cruiser on handicap – Richard and Philip Lovegrove's Sigma 33 Rupert of the Royal St. George Yacht Club Photo:

In other premier awards announced, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Trophy for the best newcomer was awarded to John O'Gorman's new Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie. 

Hot Cookie Sunfast 3600 0544 John O'Gorman's new Sunfast 3600 'Hot Cookie' is the best newcomer to the Bay Photo:

The Dr Alf Delany Cup was won by Fireballer Frank Miller in Blind Squirrel for the best boat on the dinghy course. 

The Beneteau 31.7 Bluefin II (Michael and Bernie Bryson) was the winner of the Brendan Ebrill Memorial Cup. DBSC Race officer Suzanne McGarry was awarded the Viking Trophy for her notable contribution to sailing. 

On November 26th, the club's AGM bears witness to a changing of the DBSC Guard when Donal officially steps down. Interestingly, it is the outgoing Commodore Chris Moore who will fill his shoes. Moore, over a nine-year period, has also served as rear and vice commodore. The AGM will elect a new Commodore Jonathan Nicholson, Vice Commodore Ann Kirwan and a new Rear Commodore Eddie Totterdell. Before that, however, it will be a busy wind-down for Donal with DBSC's annual gala prizegiving this Friday.

2018 DBSC Prize Winners

Knox-Gore Bowl (1) Cruisers 0 Tsunami Vincent Farrell Thursday ECHO Overall  
Martin Cup (3) Cruisers 0 Tsunami Vincent Farrell Thursday IRC overall  
Knox-Gore Cup (2) Cruisers 0 WOW George Sisk Saturday IRC overall  
Centenary Trophy (4) Cruisers 0 WOW George Sisk Saturday Echo overall  
John Rennie Trophy Cruisers 0 WOW George Sisk Coastal Races  
West Pier Officers cup (7) Cruisers 1 Bon Exemple Colin Byrne Thursday IRC overall  
Weir Cup (8) Cruisers 1 Bon Exemple Colin Byrne Saturday IRC overall  
Cr.1 Royal Alfred Cup Cruisers 1 Dear Prudence Pierce Tynan & others Coastal Races  
Tiamat Trophy (6) Cruisers 1 Gringo Tony Fox Thursday ECHO Overall  
Osterberg Cup (5) Cruisers 1 Jump the Gun John M. Kelly & Michael Monaghan Saturday Echo overall  
Silver Foam Trophy (77) Cruisers 2 Antix Derek Ryan Most improved boat  
Briscoe Trophy (9) Cruisers 2 Elandra Joe Conway Tuesday Echo overall  
Fireseal Sigma 33 Trophy (24) Cruisers 2 ( Rupert Richard & Philip Lovegrove Thursdays overall ISigma 33(  
Silver Salver (12) Cruisers 2 Rupert Richard & Philip Lovegrove Saturday IRC overall  
Cr.2 Royal Alfred Cup Cruisers 2 Rupert Richard & Philip Lovegrove Coastal Races  
Rupert Bowl (26) Sigmas 33 Rupert Richard & Philip Lovegrove 1st Saturday Series-Trophy  
Bective Lights Crystal Trophy (27) Sigmas 33 Rupert Richard & Philip Lovegrove Saturdays overall  
J.B. Stephens Trophy (25) Sigmas 33 Rupert Richard & Philip Lovegrove Thursday Saturday Combined  
T.P. Early Cup (11) Cruisers 2 Springer Ian Bowring Saturday Echo overall  
Lady Shamrock Trophy (13) Cruisers 2 Windjammer Lindsay J. Caser & Denis Power Thursday IRC overall  
Centenary Cup (10) Cruisers 2 Windjammer Lindsay J. Caser & Denis Power Thursday ECHO overall  
Annette Cup (90) Cruisers 3 Maranda Myles Kelly Tuesday overall  
Mercia Cup (16) Cruisers 3 Pamafe Gerald Costello Saturday Echo overall  
Viking clock Trophy Cruisers 3(a) Running Wild Brendan Foley Thursday Echo overall  
Smalldridge Cup Cruisers 3 (a) Running Wild Brendan Foley Thursday IRC overall (3a)  
Mini- Sam Maguire Cup Cruisers 3 Running Wild Brendan Foley Coastal Races  
Jack Kennedy Memorial Cup (15) Cruisers 3 Asterix Frazer Meredith, Ml.Boushal, J,Counihan Saturday IRC overall  
Sanderling Trophy (14) Cruisers 3(b) Cacciatore Maidead Ni Cheallachan & Ann O'Callaghan Thursday IRC overall (3b)  
Whimbrel Rose Bowl (19) Cruisers 3(b) Maranda Myles Kelly Thursday Echo overall  
Facet Jewellers Cup (95) B21s Small Wonder Hugh C Kelly Thursday Scratch Overall  
Beneteau 21 Cup (94) B21s Ventuno Rowan Fogarty Saturday Scratch Overall  
Old Baily Bowl B21s Ventuno Rowan Fogarty Coastal Races  
White Sail Class Trophy (21) Cruisers 5 Cevantes Paul Conway Saturday IRC overall  
Gerry Henry Salver (20) Cruisers 5 (a) Katie Nua Thos.Dunne, P.Fitzsimons, & D.Grace, C.McGuinness Thursday Echo overall  
Burford Trophy (23) Cruisers 5(a) Persistance Charles Broadhead, Ian Stuart c & Gerry Collins Thursday IRC overall  
Trevor Wood Trophy (92) Cruisers 5(b) Afternoon Delight Ml.Bennett & Martin Brennan, JP Mackay Thursday Echo overall  
Galileo Cup (93) Cruisers 5(b) Cevantes Paul Conway Thursday IRC overall  
Anna Livia Trophy (22) Cruisers 5 Cevantes Paul Conway Saturday Echo overall  
Royal Alfred Howth Trophy Cruisers 5 Sea Safari Jacqueline Smith Coastal Races  
Horrigan Cup (28) 31.7s Camira Peter Beamish Thursday Overall -Echo  
Long John Silver Cup (29) 31.7s Fiddly Bits P.J. Timmons,Bill Quigley Gerry Murray, Dermot Breen Saturday Overall- Echo  
Royal Alfred 31.7 Cup 31.7s Levante Michael Leahy & John Power Coastal Races  
Feanor Trophy (31) 31.7s Prospect Chris Johnston Thursday overall One-Design  
Arandora Trophy (30) 31.7s Prospect Chris. Johnston Saturday Overall-One Design  
Torry Cup (88) Dragons Hy Brasil Peter O'Reilly Special conditions  
Oxford & Cambridge Cup (33) Dragons Phantom Peter Bowring & David J.H. Williams Thursday overall  
Old Time Cup (87) Dragons Phantom Peter Bowring & David J.H. Williams Combined Saturday & Thursday  
RIYC Cup (32) Dragons Sir Ossis of the River Denis Bergin Saturdays Overall  
Pterodactyl Cup (34) Glens Glendun David Houlton, Bian Denham Alison OBrien, Derek Freedman Thursday overall  
Glen Challenge Trophy (35) Glens Glendun David Houlton Crews races  
Hamilton Reid (38) Glens Glenluce Lucy Grant Dalkey Island Race  
The McMullen Cup (37) Glens Glenluce Richard O'Connor Sts & Thurs combined + regatta  
Pair of Silver Vases (39) Glens Glenluce Lucy Grant Ladies Race  
Harry Maguire Memorial Cup (36) Glens Glenluce Richard O'Connor Saturday overall  
Commodore O'Meara Trophy Glens Glenluce Richard O'Connor Olympic races  
Royal Alfred Glen Trophy Glens Glenluce Richard O'Connor Coastal Races  
John Donnelly Perpetual Cup (41) Ruffians Alias David Meeke & Martin McCarthy Best Tuesday Boat  
British Airways Trophy (44) Ruffians Bandit Ann Kirwan., Brian Culllen & Ciara Brown. Saturday Overall  
J.Lamont Brown Trophy (42) Ruffians Bandit Ann Kirwan., Brian Culllen & Ciara Brown. Sat & Thurs overall  
Dr. O'Leary Memorial Cup Ruffians Bandit Ann Kirwan., Brian Culllen & Ciara Brown. Coastal races  
Huet Trophy (43) Ruffians Shannagh Stephen Gill & Padraig MacDiarmada Thursday overall  
The Shipman Perpetual Trophy (47) Shipmans Barossa Neil McSherry Brian Geraghty, Stuart Trotter Special Conds.(sats not major trophy  
Royal Alfred Shipman Bowl Shipmans JOSlim John D. Clarke & B.J.Maher Coastal Races  
The Malindi Cup (46) Shipmans JOSlim John D. Clarke & B.J.Maher Saturdays overall  
The Midweek Trophy (45) Shipmans Viking Fergus Mason Thursdays overall  
Lunasa Trophy (48) SB20 Black lac k James Gorman Special Conditions (Saturday Series 2 etc)  
Bealtaine Trophy (49) SB20 Know How Do Daragh Sheridan Special Conditions  
Equinox Trophy (50) SB20 Sea Biscuit Barry Glavin & Niall O'Riordan Special Conditions- 3rd series)  
Saturday SB3 Cup (51) SB20 Sin Bin Michael O'Connor Saturday overall  
Crichton Trophy (52) SB20 Ger Dempsey Thursday overall  
Sportsboat Saturday Cup Mixed Sportsboats Jambiya Vincent Lattimore & Martin Ryan Saturday overall  
Thursday Sportsboat Cup Mixed Sportsboats Jester Declan Curtin Thursday overall  
G.Pugin Melden Trophy (53) Water Wags Swift Guy & Jacqui Kilroy Wags Series 2  
Goldsmith Cup (54) Water Wags Swift Guy & Jacqui Kilroy Wednesday Overall  
Blue Bird Trophy (55) Water Wags Swift Guy & Jacqui Kilroy Wags Series 1  
Brian S.Ryan Trophy (57) Flying 15's fFinisterre Conor O'Leary & Alistair Court Saturday overall  
Flying Fifteen Gun (56) Flying 15's Frequent Flyer Chris Doorly & Alan Green Thursday overall  
Fifty Something Cup Flying 15's Ignis Caput David Mulvin 1st Thursday Series  
Blake Cup (89) Flying 15's Perfect Ten Alan Balfe & John Whelan Special Conditions  
Iolar Cup (59) Mermaids Aideen Brendan Martin & Dan Brennan Saturday overall  
Stella Cup Mermaids Aideen Brendan Martin & Dan Brennan Saturday-special conditions  
Amy Cup (58) Mermaids Jill Paul Smith & Patrick Mangan Tuesday Overall  
J.B.Kearney Shield (61) Mermaids Tijuana David Stedmond & David Creedon Thursdays: special conditions  
Shannon Cup (62) Squibs Periguin Noel Colclough Saturday Overall  
Minx Trophy (63) Squibs Periquin Noel Colclough Thursday Overall  
Nuits St.George Trophy (64) Fireballs Blind Squirrel Frank Miller Tuesday overall  
The Kennedy Cup (66) IDRA 14's Dart Pierre Long Saturday Overall  
Bay Cup (67) IDRA 14's Dunmoanin' Frank Hamilton Tuesday overall  
Half-Way Trophy (80) IDRA 14's Siabhra David Long Special Conditions  
Crews Challenge Cup (79) IDRA14's Siabhra Cyril Sagot Special Conditions  
Melampus Cup (78) IDRA 14's Slipstream Julie Ascoop Special conditions  
The Windmill Cup (68) PY No.1170 Eoin McKeon Tuesday overall  
Early Bird Trophy PY No.814 Paul Ter Horst 1st series Tues, & Sat.combined  
Sailcraft Tray (69) Laser PY No. 212521 Ross O'Leary Tuesday overall-2nd place  
The Lanaverre Trophy Laser PY 166313 Ronan Wallace Tuesday overall  
PY Junior Trophy PY 601 Patrick Hassett PY September Series  
Seapoint Cup (82) Optimists 1545 Trevor Bolger Optimist September Series  
Mitchell Cup (83) RS Feva 1776 Peter Williams & Russel Bolger RS Fever September Series  
Lawson Cup (84) Toppers 47727 Eoghan Turner Topper September Series  
Jimmy Mooney Goblet (86) Laser Radial 174731 Robert O'Connor Laser Radial September Series  
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This weekend's DBSC Winter sailing fixture will remember club members who died in the conflict of World War One with a brief ceremony before the start of 'Turkey Shoot' racing this Sunday afternoon. The club's Honorary Secretary Donal O'Sullivan relates the story of sailing in Dublin Bay in 1914.

During the First World War, the naval authorities banned sailing in Dublin Bay. The reason given by Admiral Le Marchant to the flag officers of the Dun Laoghaire (then Kingstown) clubs was “that the presence of many boats who would have to be kept under observation every time they entered and left the harbour would be an inconvenience to his officers. 

Not stated was a likely reason why this observation might be deemed necessary – a number of prominent yachtsmen had been involved in landing the arms for use by the by the Irish volunteers. Besides Erskine Childers, there had been Conor O’Brien, whose bust graces the vestibule of the Royal Irish Yacht Club, and Sir Thomas Myles, former president of the Royal College of Surgeons, honorary surgeon in Ireland to King George V and member of the Royal St. George Yacht Club and the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

But it was a time of conflicted loyalties. A large group of the DBSC membership (sixty-eight) volunteered for service in the British forces. Eight were killed in action. These included the Club’s Commodore, Viscount Crichton, M.V. O, and D.S.O. who died in the early stages of the war. The list reads as follows: W.P. Bridge (corporal Royal Dublin Fusiliers), J.E. Burke (Lieutenant, Royal Dublin Fusiliers), R.B Clegg, Viscount Crichton (Major, Royal Horse Guards), Herbert S. Findlater (corporal, Royal Dublin Fusiliers), F.A. Marrable (Royal Dublin Fusiliers), Harry North and E.T. Weatherell (Lieutenant, Royal Dublin Fusiliers).

On Sunday, 11th November many in Ireland will be remembering the deaths of family members in the war. In the afternoon DBSC will remember its own members who died in the conflict with a brief ceremony before the start of Turkey Shoot racing.

The procedure on Sunday is as follows:
Sound Signal. Reading from the committee vessel of the names of DBSC members killed in action during the First World War. Sound Signal and flags lowered. One minute silence. Sound signal. Flags raised.
Competitors are asked to observe the minute’s silence.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Turkey Shoot Series reached its 18th 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.


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