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Today's fourth race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay had a man overboard incident where a sailor was successfully rescued from the water by a competing boat. Here, Martin Byrne, a former Edinburgh Cup Dragon Champion, tells how he fell overboard from his 1720 Sportsboat 'Nick of Time' and was successfully recovered by Tim Goodbody's J109 White Mischief crew.

I was helming the 1720 A Stitch in Time. We were on the run on the second round of the race. After planing down an especially big wave the boat heeled to windward and as we were all positioned well aft I lost my balance and with nothing to hold onto and I fell overboard.

Stitch in time 0585Helmsman Martin Byrne fell overboard when the 1720 sportsboat heeled to windward in big seas Photo: Afloat.ie

My immediate thought was that I very grateful for my lifejacket and knew that I would be able to tread water until someone picked me up. However, this took a lot longer than I expected. My own boat were in difficulties as they struggled to get the spinnaker down and sail back to retrieve me. It was then that Tim & Richard Goodbody on the J109 White Mischief noticed that I was in trouble as I hailed them for assistance.

"I lost my balance and with nothing to hold onto and I fell overboard"

I was very cold by this stage and as the waves were breaking over me I began to swallow a lot of seawater. White Mischief was dropping all their sails and preparing to pick me up. It was difficult for me to swim with a full set of winter sailing gear on and I was beginning to get very tired. Eventually, they manoeuvred astern towards me and because of the very low overhang at the back of the J109 they were easily able to pull me aboard.

Tim Goodbody white Mischief 4786Tim Goodbody (right) and the J109 White Mischief crew recovered Martin Byrne from the water Photo: Afloat.ie

So no lasting damage but extremely grateful for the quick thinking, good seamanship and selfless action by the crew of White Mischief.

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The new Grand Soleil 34 'Justtina' that is cutting a dash as it debuts on Irish waters at the DBSC Turkey Shoot marks a return to sailing for her skipper John Treanor who forged a love for yacht racing on his first Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead ISORA race over 30 years ago.

"I set out to buy a boat that could be cruised by just myself and my wife (Tina). Hence the easy single handed set up", Treanor told Afloat.ie,  "But at the same time, having raced in my youth, I wanted to buy something that could cruise fast and had the potential to race well if I chose to do so".

Grand Soleil 34 Justtina 0809Its long windows and wide stern make this Small Grand Soleil instantly recognisable. The deck plan has been arranged for easy singlehanded or shorthanded racing, and that was a feature that appealed to new owner John Treanor

Grand Soleil 34 Justtina 0809This new Grand Soleil model is an attempt to produce a boat with the same impact that the previous Finot-designed GS34 had

Treanor says he set out to buy a J112E but when he went to look at the boat at Key Yachting in the UK he also saw the GS 34 which had just arrived and he says "it seemed to better match my requirements than the J". 

Grand Soleil 34 Justtina 0809Christened 'Justtina', the name honours John Treanor's wife and sailing partner, Tina

Below he relates the story of how the boat was purchased and his plans for her.

"Myself and Tina subsequently saw the two boats side by side at the Southhampton Boat Show and I got the clear instruction “You are buying the Grand Soleil”.

A few weeks later, I sailed the tiller version on a blustery day in Southhampton.

Grand Soleil 34 Justtina 0809Justina has an aluminium mast with high performance tapered profile 9/10 fractional rig, has two sweepback spreaders in order to maximize jib roach and a 9/10 forestay

The tiller just didn’t work for me as the helming angle was wrong and the tiller tended to kick aggressively upwards in the gusts. In addition, the tiller intrudes into the open layout of the cockpit and reduces the free movement of the crew.

Grand Soleil 34 Justtina 0809John Treanor on the wheel of Justtina with support from Maurice O'Connell of North Sails Ireland (left). He opted for the twin wheel version that allows much more cockpit space

However, I am sure that an out and out racing owner would probably opt for the tiller version. Ultimately I opted for the twin wheel version.

Regarding performance, the boat is currently been sailed with a very limited sail wardrobe and the rig has not yet been set up properly.

In addition, to say that it is not been helmed very well (my fault) would be an understatement!

Despite all that, she performs well on the water and on the odd occasion when I do my job right she can point as high and sail faster than the 109s. Which is better than I expected.

Downwind she can’t sail as deep as the 109s but with a proper kite would probably sail faster than them.

Grand Soleil 34 Justtina 0854The design aim of the GS34 is to create an offshore racing boat that is both easy to sail at maximum performance and a very comfortable fast cruiser

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Regarding my plans for next season, I am not based full time in Ireland so that somewhat limits my ability to take part in long series racing.

So, for now, I plan to do the ICRAs followed by D2D then back to Cork for Sovereigns Week and back for the Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

I will try to do a couple of ISORAs (my first ever racing experience was a Dunlaoghaire to Holyhead ISORA over 30 years ago)

And then a few weeks based in Crookhaven in August.

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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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The 75-boat DBSC Turkey Shoot fleet sponsored by Citroen had the perfect package of sun, sea and wind for its third race on Dublin Bay this morning.

A southerly breeze of 15 to 20–knots which produced a big chop, were ideal sailing conditions as the seven race series approaches its halfway stage with a record turnout. 

But it's not just numbers that are making this an impressive fleet, there's some great depth of quality too. The J109 National Champion Juggerknot is competing and the J109 runner-up White Mischief is also racing. Former ICRA Yacht of the Year, Class Zero's Farr 42 Wow (George Sisk) is competing and there is a buoyant fleet of sportsboats to eclipse summer turnouts.

Racing over an excellent course from Dun Laoghaire harbour mouth, a mixed fleet of cruisers and sportsboats raced to a laid turning mark before a short fetch, another mark and a second beat south across Scotsman's Bay in an ebb tide to the Muglins Rock before a long reach back home to a finish off the West Pier.

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481Overall leader after two races sailed: John O'Gorman's Hot Cookie, a Sunfast 3600 Photo: Afloat.ie

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481The Sunfast 3600 sistership Yoyo is also making waves under skipper Brendan Coghlan Photo: Afloat.ie

Going into the third race, the John O'Gorman skippered Sunfast 3600, (with Flying fifteen ace Ian Matthews steering) had a one-point lead over the Royal Irish Yacht Club J/109, Jump the Gun. Third is 2017 Turkey Shoot winner, the Beneteau 50 Mermaid IV.

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0015A great turnout of sports boats prepare for a pin end start in race three of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Photo: Afloat.ie

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481(Above and below) Big seas for the Turkey Shoot Big boat start Photo: Afloat.ie

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One of the new arrivals to the Bay and debuting at this series is a new Grand Soleil 34 'JustTina'. For race three, she had North Sails tactician Maurice O'Connell onboard, a sailor who has had the Midas touch in this series so far having sailed the early leader J109 White Mischief in race one and then been on Hot Cookie as tactician in race two last weekend to edge the Sunfast into the overall lead.

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481New arrival the new Grand Soleil 34, Just Tina Photo: Afloat.ie

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481Early leader: J109 White Mischief (Tim and Richard Goodbody) Photo: Afloat.ie

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481Morgan Crowe's distinctive black hulled J122 Jib and Tonic Photo: Afloat.ie

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481The J97 Windjammer (Lindsay J. Casey & Denis Power) Photo: Afloat.ie

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After two races of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series, it is Dublin Bay newcomer 'Hot Cookie' that that leads the 72–boat fleet in the pre-Christmas seven–race fixture sponsored by Citroen.

The John O'Gorman skippered Sunfast 3600, that will collect the best new boat performance at the DBSC Summer prizegiving this Friday evening, has a one-point lead over the Royal Irish Yacht Club J/109, Jump the Gun. Third is 2017 Turkey Shoot winner, the Beneteau 50 Mermaid IV.

Download overall results below

Last Sunday's turnout incorporated an on the water Commemoration for DBSC members killed in World War One and it was a bumper affair. The later start to facilitate Armistice Day meant both the in–harbour DMYC Frostbites, with an estimated 91 dinghies competing, plus the strong Turkey Shoot Cruisers out in the Bay produced a combined sailing fleet to rival any Summer Saturday.

Dublin Bay Rainbow 3469Up to 150 boats were sailing last Sunday with a rainbow to momentarily delineate dinghy and cruiser fleets on Dublin Bay: dinghies on the left inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Turkey Shoot competitors on the right Photo: Afloat.ie

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Tim and Richard Goodbody's potent J109 White Mischief leads after the first race of seven in the DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay last Sunday.

A bumper turnout of 61 boats from 74–entries received to date is a shot in the arm for sailing in the capital's waters this winter.

A light air start to the series saw the Royal Irish Yacht Club entry come in ahead of clubmate Andrew Alego's Juggerknot, the current J109 National Champion.

Goodbody's White Mischief was helmed by Maurice O'Connell of North Sails Ireland.

Third overall is another RIYC boat, Leslie Parnell's Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet. 

The fleet includes a great turnout of 1720 sportsboats from across the Dun Laoghaire waterfront and includes a new Grand Soleil model Justina that finished 25th in her debut race.

Full results for the Citroen Sponsored Winter Series are downloadable below

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With two days to go to the DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay, organisers have issued Sailing Instructions (and an amendment) for the seven race series. 

Download the Sailing Instructions below

Start sequences for Sunday's first race in the Citroen sponsored handicap series are expected to be issued later today as late entries continue to be received for the much-anticipated bumper series. 

Further to the issue of the Sailing Instructions yesterday, an amendment to 'SI 12 TIME LIMIT' has been made: Change date 4th November to read 11th November.

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With a week to go to the Citroen sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot on November 4th,  DBSC has issued a reminder to competitors for the seven race pre Christmas event. 

As Afloat.ie reported yesterday, the National Yacht Club's Women On Water are ready for the Winter Turkey Shoot Challenge

A notice of race and entry form are on Afloat's earlier 2018 Turkey Shoot story here

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Mermaid IV, a Beneteau 50, one of the biggest yachts in the 73–boat Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot, held on to her overall lead in the predominantly heavy weather series to clinch the Christmas Turkey First Prize at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Sunday. 

Mermaid, skippered by Seamus Fitzpatrick of the RIYC, took the overall lead in the series after four races sailed and held it til yesterday's seventh race conclusion. 

Download results below.

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