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Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. D-Tox, 2. Wow, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. D-Tox, 2. Wow, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Juggerknot, 2. Bon Exemple, 3. White Mischief

Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Boomerang, 2. Platinum Blond, 3. Warrior

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Juggerknot, 2. White Mischief, 3. Dear Prudence

31.7 One Design: 1. Prospect, 2. Crazy Horse, 3. Levana

31.7 ECHO: 1. Crazy Horse, 2. Levante, 3. Extreme Reality

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Windjammer, 2. Rupert, 3. Peridot

Cruiser 2 ECHO: 1. Windjammer, 2. Enchantress, 3. Red Rhum

Cruiser 2 Sigma: 1. Rupert, 2. Gwili Two, 3. Enchantress

Cruiser 3A IRC: 1. Running Wild, 2. CriCri, 3. Enigma

Cruiser 3A ECHO: 1. Running Wild, 2. Enigma, 3. CriCri

Cruiser 3B IRC: 1. Cacciatore, 2. Asterix, 3. Maranda

Cruiser 3B ECHO: 1. Grasshopper 11, Equal 2nd Papytoo & Maranda

Cruiser 5A ECHO: 1. Persistence, 2. Katie Nua

Cruiser 5B IRC: 1. Cevantes, 2. Menapia, 3. Calypso

Cruiser 5B ECHO: 1. Nauti Gal, 2. Vertigo, 3. Menapia

SB20 One Design: 1. Sin Bin, 2. Broomsticks, 3. Venuesworld.com

Sportsboat : 1. Jester, 2. Zelus, 3. Jheetah

Dragon: 1. Zu, 2. Phantom, 3. DCision

Flying 15: 1. Rodriguez, 2. Ignis Caput, 3. fFinisterre

Ruffian One Design: 1. Shannagh, 2. Ruffles, 3. Bandit

Shipman One Design: 1. Jo Slim, 2. Invader, 3. Viking

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook, 2. Plan B, 3. Small Wonder

B211 ECHO: 1. Chinook, 2. Plan B, 3. Small Wonder

Squib: 1. Periguin, 2. Astrix, 3. Tais

Glen: 1. Glencoe, 2. Glendun, 3. Glenluce

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Tuesday Dublin Bay Sailing Club racing for keelboats will recommence on Tuesday next, the 15th of May.

The late start to the season was due to the replacement of the plinth of the Starter’s Hut on the West Pier, and until this is complete races will start and finish at the club's MacLir committee vessel.

Courses to be sailed will be in accordance with DBSC Course Card 1, Tuesday West Pier starts.

Alternatively, platonic courses in accordance with SI.14 may be sailed. As courses and starting schedules may be changed at the Race Officer’s discretion, competitors should maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 74 and observe signals at MacLir.

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IDRA 14: 1. Doody J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne, 2. Dart P Long 3. Dunmoanin F Hamilton

Laser R1: 1. S Craig, 2. R Wallace, 3. R O'Leary

Laser R2: 1. S Craig, 2. R Wallace, 3. R O'Leary

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31.7 - 1. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster), 2. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 3. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson)

31.7 - 1. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster), 2. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 3. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson)

B211 - 1. Small Wonder (H Kelly & J McStay), 2. Beeswing (Pat Shannon), 3. Chinook (Andrew Bradley)

B211 - 1. Small Wonder (H Kelly & J McStay), 2. Beeswing (Pat Shannon), 3. Chinook (Andrew Bradley)

Cruiser 0 - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. D-Tox (Patrick McSweeney)

Cruiser 0 - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Lively Lady (Keith Martin), 3. D-Tox (Patrick McSweeney)

Cruiser 1 - 1. Juggerknot (Andrew Algeo et al), 2. Jigamaree (Ronan Harris), 3. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody)

Cruiser 1 - 1. Juggerknot (Andrew Algeo et al), 2. Jigamaree (Ronan Harris), 3. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody)

Cruiser 1 - 1. Platinum Blonde (Paul Egan)

Cruiser 2 - 1. Antix (Derek Ryan), 2. Elandra (Joe Conway), 3. Rupert (R & P Lovegrove)

Cruiser 2 - 1. Rupert (R & P Lovegrove), 2. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 3. Elandra (Joe Conway)

Cruiser 2 - 1. Rupert (R & P Lovegrove), 2. Elandra (Joe Conway)

Cruiser 3A - 1. Quest (Barry Cunningham), 2. Running Wild (B & S Foley)

Cruiser 3A - 1. Running Wild (B & S Foley), 2. Quest (Barry Cunningham)

Cruiser 3B - 1. Cacciatore (M Ni Cheallachain), 2. Escapade (Una O'Dwyer), 3. Papytoo (M Walsh/F Guilfoyle)

Cruiser 3B - 1. Cacciatore (M Ni Cheallachain), 2. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea)

Cruiser 5A - 1. Shearwater (Eamonn Doyle), 2. Katie Nua (Thomas Dunne et al)

Cruiser 5B - 1. Sweet Martini (Bruce Carswell), 2. Vertigo (Malachi Muldoon), 3. Afternoon Delight (Bennett/Brennan/McKay)

Flying 15 - 1. Betty (D & S Gorman), 2. Ignis Caput (David Mulvin), 3. Frequent Flyer (Chris Doorley)

Glen - 1. Glendun (David Houlton), 2. Glenmiller (P Cusack)

Ruffian - 1. Shannagh (S.Gill/P.MacDiarmada), 2. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy), 3. Ripples (Frank Bradley)

Shipman - 1. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 2. Invader (Gerard Glynn), 3. Twocan (David Freeman)

Shipman - 1. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 2. Invader (Gerard Glynn), 3. Viking (Fergus Mason)

Sportsboat - 1. Jester (Declan Curtain), 2. Jheetah (Andrew Sarratt), 3. Finding Saoirse (Fiona Staunton)

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As Dublin Bay Sailing Club prepares for its first Thursday race of the 2018 season tonight, the club has also issued an amendment to its Saturday Courses due to the destruction of the plinth supporting the Hut during the March storm.

There will be no Saturday Hut starts and finishes until a replacement base has been erected and the Hut placed on station.

West pier hut 0438DBSC's West Pier Starter's hut has been temporarily stored on the Coal Quay pending repairs to its West Pier base at Dun Laoghaire. Photo: Afloat.ie

Instead, all Saturday Blue and Red Fleets will start and finish at the MacLir committtee boat (or Spirit of the Irish if Maclir unavailable)

The revised starting schedule for Blue and Red Fleets is as follows:

Class

Preparatory Signal

Cruisers 0/1

13:45

31.7s

13:50

Cruisers 2

13:55

Cruisers 3

14:00

Cruisers 5

14:05

Ruffians

14:10

Shipmans

14:15

Glens/B211s

14:20

 

As courses and starting schedules may be amended at the discretion of the Race Officer, competitors should maintain a listening watch on VHF (Channel 74) and observe signals on the committee vessel.

The full amendment is downloadable below.

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Fireball Race 1: Blind Squirrel (F Miller), 2. Incubus (C Power/M Barry)

Fireball Race 2: Blind Squirrel (F Miller), 2. Incubus (C Power/M Barry)

IDRA 14 Race 1: Dunmoanin (F Hamilton), 2. Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne)

IDRA 14 Race 2: Dunmoanin (F Hamilton), 2. Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne)

Laser Race 1: M McCormack, 2. R O'Leary, 3. C Arrowsmith

Laser Race 2: M Sorgassi, 2. R O'Leary, 3. C Arrowsmith

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has saluted its largest one design keelboat and dinghy fleets on the eve of the 2018 season. 

Boat entries everywhere are a perennial problem for organisers but that's not the case for either the Water Wag or Flying Fifteen fleets on Dublin Bay this season.

'Bravo the Water Wags and the Flying 15s who have - very conscientiously – heeded our previous appeals to get their entries to the secretariat in good time', DBSC Commodore Chris Moore told a meeting of DBSC's 22 classes this week. 

Currently – at just a fortnight from the first race – Moore reported that only slightly more than 'half of the 320 boats who race with DBSC have registered'. 'The situation of IRC certs is infinitely worse', he added. 

The oldest dinghy class in the world, the clinker–built Water Wag, with a history dating back to 1899, boasts 32–boats for the 2018 season to outstrip any other dinghy class on the Bay.  Seymour Creswell is this year's DBSC Wag Class Captain.

Meanwhile, the evergreen Flying Fifteen class, based at the National Yacht Club, has 29 boats entered, according to the just published 2018 DBSC Yearbook. The keelboat class has recently launched a new website for its hosting of the 2019 World Championships on the Bay and celebrates its season start under FF Class Captain Mick Quinn at a pre–season reception at the East Pier Club on April 19th.

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour did not emerge unscathed from the winter storms and neither did the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) starting hut on the back of the town's West Pier.

The concrete walled plinth which has been supporting the West Pier Hut since DBSC moved to that location in 1968, was demolished during the first week-end of March and totally swept into the sea by the force of the great storm and blizzard. Not one solitary concrete block was left behind. DBSC are enormously glad they didn’t leave the Hut on station last winter, as they have occasionally had to do in the past for financial reasons.

DBSC's first Tuesday race is a bare fortnight away, on the 24th April, and the first Thursday race on the 26th and the first Saturday race on the 28th April so the race is on to get the hut back in situ as soon as possible.

The club is one of the largest yacht racing club's in Europe catering for over 320 boats in 22 different classes every week from April to September.

Photos below illustrate what has happened.

No west pier baseAbove: The concrete plinth after the Hut was lifted last October. and (below) taken the morning after the storm the granite base has been entirely swept clean Photos: courtesy DBSC

Hut base after storm

Plans were immediately drawn up for a replacement but getting it all in place takes time. What the weight of engineering opinion tells the club is that we should replace it with an open-work steel frame that would more easily stand up to the impact of the waves. It would be a temporary structure and removable if needs be.

With the start of the season just a fortnight away DBSC are resigned to accept that all will not be in position for racing on the last week of April. 'Perhaps so, but we have plans in place if it’s not' Club Commodore Chris Moore told a meeting of DBSC Class Captains this week.

DBSC Marks 2470DBSC Marks have been laid for the Summer racing season Photo: Afloat.ie

Moore also informed the gathering: 'We don’t foresee at this stage any insuperable problem in starting the season. Thursday racing will be fine because we don’t use the Hut on Thursdays. For Tuesday racing there would be no problem either because we can avail of MacLir, put the volunteers and the race officer on board and use platonic courses. .. Which, often as not, she does anyway.

DBSC freebird 0469DBSC Committee Vessel Freebird Photo Afloat.ie

The situation on Saturday racing is more complicated. The programme usually envisages three starting locations – that of the Green fleet, to which the Freebird is allotted, and the Hut and MacLir, between which the Red and Blue fleets alternate. With the Hut not available, we could lease the RIYC committee boat, moor it near where the Hut would normally be and carry on as before. There are one or two complicating factor here and it might be preferable to use another option: start and finish both the red and blue fleets together from Maclir, using the Blue fleet Saturday course card.

We don’t consider that this would impose an undue burden on committee boat personnel – just three starts more than what they are accustomed to".

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It’s big, it’s unique, and it’s the focal point of recreational interaction with the sea for one of the more affluent areas of population in Europe writes W M Nixon. But anyone visiting Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the first time, someone who knows something of sailing’s complex organisation afloat and ashore in other major sailing centres, might well wonder how a place with so many potentially conflicting demands and interests can manage to run a harmonious, successful and multi-faceted weekly sailing programme year after year.

The answer is Dublin Bay Sailing Club, which is the net that holds it all together despite the Harbour having four different waterfront clubs, each of which takes great satisfaction in its distinctive history, with the oldest dating back to 1831. These clubs in turn have their four clubhouses, and histories that they can proudly call their own, independently of the three neighbouring clubs. And the pride the members take in the club and clubhouse to which they give their first loyalty is indicated by the unmistakable initials – or sometimes even the full name – of the specific club on the transom of their boat, and through club insignias on their own clothing.

With such devotion, you might expect that each club would want to run its own complete annual sailing programme. Certainly each club runs its own Junior Training Programme, and matching Adult Introductory Courses. And every other year, when the biennial four–day Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is not being staged, each club will put on its own regatta, with flags flying, music playing, and traditional hospitality – strawberries and cream, the lot - being laid on for fellow sailors, mostly from the other clubs in Dun Laoghaire, but also from clubs north and south of Dublin Bay.

dublinbay eighteen2Dublin Bay Sailing Club racing in the 1880s. Originally formed in 1884 to cater for small boats, the Club has evolved into today’s umbrella organization to organize the weekly programme for all Dun Laoghaire’s racing boats, and it thus caters for the waterborne sport of thousands of enthusiasts. Photo courtesy NYC.

Yet despite the potential for rampant individuality, thanks to the existence of Dublin Bay Sailing Club as an umbrella body to which everyone gives an extra layer of loyalty, the regular shared sailing programme is smoothly structured. And the publication of the DBSC 2018 Yearbook gives us an unrivalled overview of an exceptionally effective organization which is right up to the minute in its preparation for the new season, yet has a history going back to 1884.

The diligent listing of every boat which races within its ambit, and the class with which they race (there are 21 different classes in all) provides us with a preview of potential winners. That said, the future inclusion of some hot new boats as yet un-named could add a frisson of extra interest, but the DBSC machine runs so smoothly that they can accommodate these additions at the appropriate time.

And it’s also true the different classes vary enormously in their numbers. The stately craft in Cruiser 0 muster just five boats, and once again George Sisk’s successful Farr 42 WOW is listed as entered, after setting the pace in 2017. But so too is Paul O’Higgins’ high-rated (in ECHO terms) JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI. Yet we know already that Rockabill VI is entered for the Volvo Round Ireland Race with the significant presence of Mark Mansfield on board, so that will take pressure off WOW for a week or two in the continuing Dun Laoghaire programme.

dublinbay eighteen3The J/109 Windjammer (Lindsay Casey and Denis Power) won the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company Trophy for Best Newcomer in 2017. Photo: Afloat.ie

By contrast, Cruisers 1 musters 22 boats, thanks in large measure to some of Dun Laoghaire’s substantial J/109 fleet being included. 2017 saw Tim & Richard Goodbody’s J/109 White Mischief as Cruisers I Champion, while another J/109, Lindsay Casey & Denis Power’s Windjammer, won the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Trophy for best newcomer in 2017. But under the cruiser classes division lines, she races in Cruisers 2, where they now number 24 boats thanks to the inclusion of the formerly One Design Sigma 33 Class, where Rupert (Dick & Philip Lovegrove) was best boat in 2017.

The biggest One-Design Keelboat Class is the Flying Fifteens with 29 boats, and last year they provided the winner of the top One Design to take the George Arthur Newsom Cup with Ben Mulligan on As Good As It Gets, surely the favourite going into the season of 2018.

dublinbay eighteen4The Flying Fifteens are the numerically largest One-Design keelboat class in Dublin Bay, and one of the largest in the DBSC programme in all categories

dublinbay eighteen5“Age shall not wither them….” Despite their origins back in the 1880s, the Water Wags still see new boats being built, and they are now the largest class listed in the DBSC Yearbook 2018. Photo courtesy Water Wags.

However, the well-supported Flying Fifteens are out-stripped numerically by the Lasers, of which 30 are listed as expecting to race regularly during 2018. But the Lasers in turn are out-numbered by the most senior class of all, the Water Wags, that classic dinghy class which has its origins in 1887, though today they race a design which the class introduced in 1900.

You might well think that such cherished classics are only occasionally used, but in fact the Water Wags provide robust racing, and on their final evening race of the 2017 season, they honoured the Water Wag Class Presidency of yachting historian Hal Sisk by mustering a record turnout of 31 boats out of 32 known to exist. That was showing it to the newer classes, and no mistake. And winners on that evening were David and Sally MacFarlane with the 107-year-old Mousmie.

Technically speaking, there’s no greater contrast that that between the traditional Water Wags and the lift-keel sportsboats of the SB20 class which have 18 boat entered for 2018’s racing, and they include Michael O’Connor’s super-successful Sin Bin which had a stellar season last year, winning both the Corinthian World title in the Solent, and the Irish Nationals at Howth.

dublinbay eighteen6Chris Johnston’s Prospect, one of the top performers in the well-supported First 31.7 Class. Photo: Afloat.ie

As for the numerically biggest Cruiser One-Design Class, that’s the First 31.7 with 15 boats, with Chris Johnston’s Prospect winning the Feanor Trophy for the Thursday series, which is the heart of the cruiser classes weekly racing.

However, such is the long and active history of Dublin Bay SC over 134 years, morphing from a club to provide racing for small boats into the umbrella organization looking after the entire Dun Laoghaire racing fleet, that they now have so many trophies that the Annual Prize-Giving in November is a real “Shift the Silverware” business which has to be skilfully choreographed. But here again the club’s experience and its deep pool and willing and able volunteers – they’ve something like 90 active voluntary workers afloat and ashore – keep things running smoothly.

dublinbay eighteen7“Shifting the silverware” – the array of trophies at DBSC’s annual prizegiving includes many of incalculable historical value.

Despite not having the maintenance of a clubhouse to take up time and energy, Dublin Bay Sailing Club has to devote resources to the upkeep of its two purpose-built committee boats, the catamarans Mac Lir and Freebird. They also have a shoreside Race Officers hut at the end of the West Pier that had been “brought in” for the winter - good thinking, as Storm Emma did real damage down there, and the DBSC Starters Hut, scene of much inter-volunteer banter amidst the hard work of race records maintenance, would have been swept clean away.

dublinbay eighteen8Mac Lir is one of the two catamaran committee boats needed by DBSC to keep its complex programme in operation.

With so many boats and classes involved, each class is expected to have its own formally-appointed Record Keeper, which is something that could be usefully copied across the entire sailing scene. Anyone who has ever tried to write a history of a yacht or sailing club will soon learn that the only obligation of past generations has been to maintain the minutes of the General Committee and the Annual General Meetings. Actual sailing records are often very sparse, so DBSC is like a breath of fresh air in having this requirement of its constituent classes.

But although class record keepers may change from year to year, ultimately the continuing viability of any club will depend on the long-term presence of key voluntary workers, and in Dublin Bay SC they have this extraordinary corps of at least 90 people who regularly give unstintingly of their own time to facilitate the sailing of others.

Queen of them all in DBSC is Carmel Winkelmann, who was recently very properly honoured at the annual Irish Sailing Awards by a special Presidential Award from Irish Sailing President Jack Roy, who is himself not slow in stepping up to the plate when volunteers are needed – he has officiated as Race Officer at major events at home and abroad, but every Thursday Jack Roy is out there on the bay, Senior Race Officer with Dublin Bay SC at the biggest evening racing turnout in their busy weekly programme.

The way in which such effective volunteers are selected is sometimes one of the great mysteries, but in Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s case a significant factor is the presence of long-time Honorary Secretary Donal O’Sullivan, whose wisdom in spotting useful administrative talent is a legend in Irish sailing.

dublinbay eighteen9The Keeper of the Flame. Donal O’Sullivan, long-time Honorary Secretary of Dublin Bay SC. “His wisdom in spotting useful administrative talent is a legend in Irish sailing”.

Meticulous himself in his maintenance of all that is needed in running such a complex club, he has a sixth sense of who would be useful to bring into the tent, and it was he who ensured that Chris Moore is the current DBSC Commodore.

Chris Moore’s rise to prominence in sailing has by no means been by the establishment routes you might expect. Although a Dun Laoghaire boy (he has lived in the same house in Glenageary for 48 years) he was from a non-sailing family. The Boy Scouts were his main interest, such that by his early 30s (having taken a Marketing Degree in Rathmines and started a career in medical supplies) he was the Scouts Commissioner for Dun Laoghaire, with 18 troops under his oversight.

dublinbay eighteen10Chris Moore. When he retires as DBSC Commodore in November, he will have completed a total of 27 years in executive flag officer roles - first at Bray Sailing Club, then at the National Yacht Club, and currently at Dublin Bay Sailing Club

However, another Scout administrator, Bruce Carswell, had taken him for a sail in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and he was sufficiently interested to acquire a Mirror Dinghy to keep at the family summer home at Kilbegnet near Arklow. But his efforts to teach himself to sail this little boat in Dun Laoghaire were such that when his wife Sandra noted that Bray Sailing Club were offering Adult Learning Courses, she determinedly persuaded him to sign up, and Bray provided the base for the proper start of his sailing career.

It soon also provided the beginning of his of long experience of sailing administration. People see Chris Moore as both a safe pair of hands and as a diplomat and persuader who gives unstintingly of himself, knowing when to retrench but equally knowing when to start the grand projects. Thus he was recruited into the administrative stream in Bray SC, and served for four years as Commodore.

dublinbay eighteen11A first taste of real performance sailing – Chris Moore racing the Fireball Artful Dodger, which he bought from Roger Bannon

dublinbay eighteen12 The first foray into keelboat racing with the Ruffian 23 QB2 and sailing from the National YC. Much of Chris Moore’s Ruffian 23 campaigning was done in partnership with David Fenton.

But his own sailing was also developing with all the zeal of the convert, and he progressed it with several boats, both cruisers and dinghies. He has particularly fond memories of two Fireballs which had both been immaculately finished from Plycraft hulls by Roger Bannon, but as he then moved on towards Ruffian 23 racing in Dun Laoghaire, this confirmed his involvement with the National Yacht Club which he joined in 1989.

There, his favourable reputation was such that he was recruited as Rear Commodore without even having served on the Committee. By the time he retired as NYC Commodore in 2005, he’d left his imprint on the club, for he firmly believed that in an active sailing club the changing rooms are the most important facilities in the place, and his upgrading of the changing rooms in the NYC set a new standard for Ireland.

dublinbay eighteen13The Sigma 33 Powder Monkey

By 2005 he had developed his sailing career through two Ruffian 23s and then into the Sigma 33s with a “sort of” syndicate, but he had equally spent much of his spare time in club administration. However, his time of voluntary work was by no means over, for the eagle eye of Donal O’Sullivan had recorded Chris Moore’s possibility availability for DBSC, and so began another lengthy period in harness, this time continuing until the Dublin Bay SC AGM in November this year when he finally steps down from the top post after serving his time through all the DBSC Commodore roles.

At the age of 73, his zest in sailing remains undiminished – the current boat is the J/109 Powder Monkey with which they were pioneers of J/109 racing in Dublin Bay more than dozen years ago.
And his willingness to buckle down when a bit of hands-on work is required is renowned. When I made the first phone call to set up the necessary conversations and memory trawling which this piece needed, it was to find that the Commodore DBSC was in the depths of the club’s Committee Boat Mac Lir, clearing out surplus items for a proper re-commissioning of this important vessel.

In all, he removed two marina barrows of what the rest of us might call detritus. Then when next we talked, he’d been clarifying his thinking on being Commodore in organisations as diverse as Dublin Bay SC, the National YC, and Bray Sailing Club. All of it was pure gold, and quietly entertaining with it. If he’s not careful, some time after November he’ll find himself being recruited on the motivational speaker circuit………Meanwhile, he will continue beyond November in another of his roles – he’s the long-serving Round Ireland Speed Record Commissioner.

dublinbay eighteen14Chris Moore and his friends racing the J/109 Powder Monkey. Photo: Maurice O’Connell

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A weather–hit DBSC Spring Chicken Series will sail an extra weekend between Saint Patrick's weekend and Easter in order to complete the series.

Total calm last Sunday was 'not forecast or expected' which means only three races have been sailed so far from a scheduled six.

Two 1720s took the overall lead when the first race of the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored series set sail on February 4th. 

A week later, go–ahead organiser Fintan Cairns went to sea with his 25–boat fleet and was on station in his DBSC Committee Boat Freebird but winds built to such an extent in the short time they were afloat that it left Cairns with no option but to 'pull it', as the fleet got ready for the second race.

On February 18th, the J109 Dear Prudence took the lead and a week later, after three races were sailed, it was the turn of one of the smallest boats in the fleet to top the leaderboard as the 20–foot Flying Fifteen 'Flogger' starred under the modified ECHO handicap system.

Flogger still leads because there has been no racing since due to calm or storm and this weekend's scheduled St. Patrick's weekend break.

Here's hoping for racing on March 25th and the traditional prizegiving party at the National Yacht Club afterwards.

Meanwwhile, Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Sunday DMYC Dinghy Frostbite race also fell victim to the weather and was scrubbed by Race Officer Cormac Bradley.

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