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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has announced its annual six races 'Spring Chicken' Series for cruisers will be held on Sunday mornings from February 2nd to March 8th. 

Racing under modified ECHO. Cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not normally race are very welcome to compete. 

The first gun is at 10.10 hrs each Sunday and the series is sponsored by Citroen South.

An entry fee of €60.00 that includes temporary membership of DBSC. and the National Yacht Club is included.

Entries can be made online at www.dbsc.ie

Sailing Instructions will be made available by the club on Sunday 2nd February and will be emailed to entrants beforehand.

After sailing, food will be available to competitors in the National Y.C.

Last date for entries – Wednesday 28th January.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Commodore Jonathan Nicholson delivered the following report to the club's AGM last month describing the activities and achievements of the country's biggest yacht racing club.

Once again at the start of the 2019 season, DBSC found itself in a challenging situation. Following the introduction of a fairway and temporary anchorage beside it by Dublin Port, two marks, Zebra and Harbour were removed and a further seven marks on the west side of the bay replaced with new design marks having both radar reflectors and lights.

These new marks and tackle were sourced and a new contractor was found to deploy the larger marks and paraphernalia all in time for the start of the sailing season. A huge thanks to those involved as there was a very considerable effort undertaken in a short time to ensure that the appropriate equipment was available for the first race.

New Ross Buoy 2887DBSC's new style 'New Ross' Buoy Photo: Afloat

There have been comments that the new marks are hard to distinguish from each other. Due to the composition of the marks, there is no effective way to change their inherent yellow colour, so each mark will bear only the designated letter next season.

DBSC Committee Boats

As with all boats problems always arise. This year we have been fortunate as both committee boats have operated without serious issue. This can be attributed to the care and attention given to both the boats throughout the year and the preventative maintenance programme that has been undertaken.

Freebird 0448DBSC Committee Boat Freebird in action Photo: Afloat

The need for both committee boats cannot be understated. In the club, we are fortunate to have two world-class platforms from which the race management team can operate and provide the high-quality racing we have become accustomed too.

Race Management

The Club’s key resource has to be its panel of race management personnel. These teams are the reason we have racing. Running racing is not trivial and is often demanding, needing 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, all done in unison.

Gorman 6691George Arthur Newsom Cup winners were Flying Fifteen duo Betty David and Chris Doorly Photo: Afloat

Boat Fees and subscriptions

This year boat entries and subscriptions amounted to 340 and 1220, compared to 314 and 1235 respectively in 2018. 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.

Results

The rapid entry and hence presentation of the results has continued again this year. It should be noted that on a Thursday night up to 150 boats may compete, which would be the envy of many international regattas. I would be surprised if many organisations could compare to the speed and quality of the output from our results secretary Colin McMullan.

There is a huge challenge at the start of each season as boats still enter late and, in some instances, have provided incorrect data, particularly sail numbers and email addresses. With this in mind, we are updating the club’s membership database to integrate with the results system to streamline the operation.

Online Entry

For the 2020 season, DBSC will move towards an online-only entry policy. There are numerous reasons, including improving data integratory, easier system integration and removal of any liability associated with handling cash and cheques.

Cancellations

The beautiful balmy weather during the summer of 2018 was not replicated this year and as such we had, not unexpectedly, more race cancellations. There were two Saturdays, two Wednesday’s and one Thursday’s racing lost due to excess wind. On the other hand, four Thursday’s, three Tuesday’s and one Wednesday’s racing lost because of no wind whatsoever.

Finances

This year the club made a very modest profit thanks to close management of the accounts and an accurate budget. As mentioned in last year’s report the search for sponsorship continues. Extra income is essential to ensure the future viability of the club.

Thanks

A special thanks to our supports MGM Boats, Viking Marine, Citroen South, Dublin Port, Killen Marine, Sage Pay, Gunpowder Gin and most recently Dun Laoghaire Marina.

Protests

Again this year the number of protests was much reduced compared to other years. Time was when the Protest Committee had to deal with up to forty protests in the season. This year they amounted to just under a dozen.

Gratitude

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 Brendan Finucane, who leaves the committee at the AGM, after many years dedicated service to DBSC. Brendan’s particular sphere of interest has been the West Pier hut along with health and safety. Also leaving us is Chris Corrigan, whose help with the dinghy section has been much appreciated.

DBSC Donal The Viking Award went to the former Hon Sec of the club, Donal O'Sullivan (left) for his notable contribution to DBSC Sailing and was presented by Commodore Jonathan Nicholson

As mentioned above this year we replaced seven marks. This would not have happened without the combined efforts of Committee member Phillip Ferguson and our Honorary Secretary Chris Moore. I would also like to mention Brendan Dalton who helped both Chris and Phillip prepare the marks for launch.

Then there are the many volunteers who, whatever the weather and personal inconvenience, have manned the West Pier hut and Club’s committee vessels. Without volunteers we do not have a club. We cannot say this often enough

I would also like to mention the rib crews who are skilfully supported by our Bosun and Patrol officer Declan Traynor. Special note must be given to Joanne Sheehan who has co-ordinated the rib teams for over a decade.

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 entertainment.

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, I would like to express my deep gratitude to my predecessor and our current Honorary Secretary Chris Moore. Following Donal O’Sullivan’s departure after twenty-seven years in the role and a further thirteen on committee I was wondering how we could survive without him.

I need not have worried. Chris has worked tirelessly throughout the year, far exceeding the role of honorary secretary. Be it maintaining the committee boats, supporting member’s enquiries, compiling the yearbook, I could go on, he has ensured the smooth running of the club.

As commodore, I have been given the proverbial armchair ride and I am truly thankful as I am sure are, we all.

Jonathan Nicholson,
Commodore
DBSC
25/11/2019

See Afloat's report on the 2019 DBSC Prizegiving here

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Race 1

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

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. D-Tox, 2. Tsunami, 3. Wow

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Chimaera, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Bon Exemple

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Chimaera, 2. Jump the Gun, 3. Raptor

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Chimaera, 2. Jalapeno, 3. White Mischief

31.7 One Design: 1. Prospect, 2. Levante, 3. Bluefin Two

31.7 Echo: 1. Fiddly Bits, 2. Levante, 3. Attitude

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

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Windjammer, 2. Springer, 3. Gwili Two

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Moonshine, 3. Springer

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Asterix, 2. Dubious, 3. Maranda

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Pamafe, 2. Asterix, 3. Maranda

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Act Two, 2. Cevantes, 3. The Great Escape

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Just Jasmin, 2. Act Two, 3. Cevantes

SB20: 1. Venuesworld.com, 2. Lo Fly, 3. Black

Flying 15: 1. Perfect Ten, 2. Fflagella, 3. Hera

Ruffian: 1. Ruffles, 2. Alias, 3. Bandit

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

B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Small Wonder

B211 Echo: 1. Yikes, 2. Small Wonder

Squib: 1. The Backstop, 2. Sidewinder

Race 2

SB20: 1. Venuesworld.com, 2. Black, 3. Sneaky B

Flying 15: 1. Fflagella, 2. Perfect Ten, 3. Ffrenetic

Squib: 1. Sidewinder, 2. The Backstop

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Race 1

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

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Tsunami, 2. D-Tox, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Chimaera, 3. Ruth

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Chimaera, 2. Ruth, 3. White Mischief

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Chimaera, 3. Ruth

31.7 One Design: 1. Bluefin Two, 2. Kalamar, 3. Levante

31.7 Echo: 1. Kalamar, 2. Bluefin Two, 3. Kernach

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Peridot, 2. Moonshine, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Springer, 2. Moonshine, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Moonshine, 2. Leeuwin, 3. Springer

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Cartoon, 2. Starlet, 3. Ceol Na Mara

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Cartoon, 2. Ceol Na Mara, 3. Asterix

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Act Two, 2. Persistence, 3. The Great Escape

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Act Two, 2. The Great Escape, 3. Persistence

SB20: 1. Bad-Kilcullen, 2. Lo Fly, 3. Venuesworld.com

Sportsboat: 1. Jester, 2. Jambiya, 3. Jamiroquai

Flying 15: 1. Betty, 2. Perfect Ten, 3=. FuZZy, 3=. Ash

Ruffian: 1. Bandit, 2. Ruffles, 3. Carmen

B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Small Wonder, 3. Ocean Venture

B211 Echo: 1. Yikes, 2. Small Wonder

Squib: 1. Sidewinder, 2. The Backstop

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

IDRA 14: 1. Slipstream, 2. Diane, 3. Dumoanin

Race 2

SB20: 1. Venuesworld.com, 2. Lo Fly, 3. So Blue

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya, 2. Jester, 3. Jitterburg

Flying 15: 1. Betty, 2. Flyer, 3. Perfect Ten

Squib: 1. Sidewinder, 2. The Backstop

IDRA 14: 1. Slipstream, 2. Diane, 3. Chaos

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

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. D-Tox, 2. Hot Cookie, 3. Tsunami

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Gringo, 3. Juggerknot 2

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Powder Monkey, 2. Juggerknot 2, 3. White Mischief

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Powder Monkey, 3. Something Else

31.7 One Design: 1. Levante, 2. Bluefin Two, 3. Attitude

31.7 Echo: 1. Fiddly Bits, 2. Bluefin Two, 3. Kernach

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

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Moonshine, 2. Rupert, 3. Peridot

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Moonshine, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Cartoon, 2. Maranda, 3. Asterix

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Cartoon, 2. Maranda, 3. Asterix

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Cevantes, 2. The Great Escape, 3. Act Two

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Sweet Martini, 2. The Great Escape, 3. Cevantes

Ruffian: 1. Alias, 2. Bandit, 3. Ripples

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

B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Ventuno

B211 Echo: 1. Yikes, 2. Ventuno

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109 boats enjoyed a breezy evening for the last Thursday DBSC race of the season on Dublin Bay tonight.  Results are below

DBSC Results for 29/08/2019

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

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Wow, 2. D-Tox

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Gringo, 2. Something Else, 3. Bon Exemple

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Dear Prudence, 2. Boomerang, 3. Jump the Gun

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Something Else, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Joker II

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

31.7 Echo: 1. Extreme Reality, 2. Levante, 3. Kalamar

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

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Windjammer, 2. Antix, 3. Peridot

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Leeuwin, 3. Gwili Two

Cruiser 3A IRC: 1. Supernova, 2. Cartoon

Cruiser 3B IRC: 1. Eleint, 2. Maranda

Cruiser 3A Echo: 1. Supernova, 2. Cartoon

Cruiser 3B Echo: 1. Saki, 2. Maranda, 3. Eleint

Cruiser 5A NS-IRC: 1. Act Two, 2. Persistence, 3. Shearwater

Cruiser 5B NS-IRC: 1. Nauti-Gal, 2. Menapia

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Act Two, 2. Just Jasmin, 3. Persistence

Cruiser 5b Echo: 1. Nauti-Gal, 2. Afternoon DElight, 3. Menapia

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

Flying 15: 1. Betty, 2. Ffrenetic, 3. FuZZy

Ruffian: 1. Bandit, 2. Shannagh, 3. Alias

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook, 2. Plan B, 3. Bees Wing

B211 Echo: 1. Bees Wing, 2. Chinook, 3. Plan B

Glen: 1. Glenshesk, 2. Pterodactyl, 3. Glendun

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Sixty boats turned out tonight for the last Tuesday race of the 2019 Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) season.

DBSC Results for 27/08/2019 below:

Race 1

Cruiser 3 Tuesday Echo: 1. Maranda, 2. Dubious, 3. Papytoo

Combined Cruisers: 1. Powder Monkey, 2. Elandra, 3. Hot Cookie

Sportsboat: 1. Jay-Z, 2. Sea Jade

Ruffian: 1. Carmen, 2. Bandit, 3. Diane II

B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Billy Whizz, 3. Isolde

B211 Echo: 1. Isolde, 2. Yikes, 3. Bees Wing

Mermaid: 1. Red Seal, 2. Aideen

PY Class: 1. E McKeon, 2. D Lawlor

IDRA 14: 1. Dumoanin, 2. Dart, 3. Diane

Fireball: 1. S Oram, 2. L McKenna, 3. O Sinnott

Laser Standard: 1. D Maloney, 2. T Little, 3. R O'Leary

Laser Radial: 1. C Clancy, 2. S Gilmore, 3. M Sorgassi

Race 2

Mermaid: 1. Red Seal, 2. Aideen

PY Class: 1. E McKeon, 2. D Lawlor

IDRA 14: 1. Dumoanin, 2. Dart, 3. Diane

Fireball: 1. S Oram, 2. L McKenna, 3. O Sinnott

Laser Standard: 1. D Maloney, 2. D O'Connell, 3. G O'Hare

Laser Radial: 1. C Clancy, 2. M Sorgassi, 3. C Vandlik

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) sent a fleet south on a 'passage' race for to Greystones in County Wicklow yesterday.

Participating Cruiser Classes were one, three and five finished at Greystones in time for today's BJ Marine 'Taste of Greystones' Regatta. More here.

Race 1

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Gringo, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Indecision, 2. White Mischief, 3. Gringo

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Something Else, 3. Jalapeno

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Dubious, 2. Starlet, 3. Asterix

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Pamafe, 2. Dubious, 3. Saki

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Cevantes, 2. Shearwater, 3. The Great Escape

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Shearwater, 2. Katienua, 3. Spirit

SB20: 1. Bad-Kilcullen, 2. Sea Biscuit, 3. Black

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya, 2. Zelus, 3. George 3

Flying 15: 1. As Good as it Gets, 2. Hera, 3. Ignis Caput II

Ruffian: 1. Ripples, 2. Carmen, 3. Bandit

B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Small Wonder, 3. Billy Whizz

B211 Echo: 1. Yikes, 2. Small Wonder, 3. Ventuno

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

Mermaid: 1. Jill, 2. Red Seal, 3. Aideen

Race 2

SB20: 1. Venuesworld.com, 2. Bad-Kilcullen, 3. Carpe Diem

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya, 2. Zelus, 3. George 3

Flying 15: 1. Ignis Caput II, 2. Flyer, 3. Ash

Mermaid: 1. Red Seal, 2. Jill

Published in DBSC

Race 1

Cruiser 3 Tuesday Echo: 1. Asterix, 2. Papytoo, 3. Saki

Combined Cruisers: 1. Jalapeno, 2. Extreme Reality

Ruffian: 1. Carmen, 2. Alias, 3. Diane II

B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Bees Wing, 3. Isolde

B211 Echo: 1. Isolde, 2. Ventuno, 3. Bees Wing

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

Mermaid: 1. Jill, 2. Red Seal, 3. Aideen

IDRA 14: 1. Dumoanin, 2. Sapphire, 3. Dutch Courage

Fireball: 1. S Oram, 2. L McKenna, 3. M Barry & C Power

Laser Standard: 1. R O'Leary, 2. D O'Connell, 3. M Coakley

Laser Radial: 1. C Clancy, 2. M Chambers, 3. M Sorgassi

Race 2

Mermaid: 1. Jill, 2. Red Seal

IDRA 14: 1. Sapphire, 2. Dumoanin, 3. Siabhra

Fireball: 1. L McKenna, 2. S Oram, 3. M Barry & C Power

Laser Standard: 1. R O'Leary, 2. D O'Connell, 3. T Little

Laser Radial: 1. M Sorgassi, 2. C Clancy, 3. J O'Beirne

Race 3

Mermaid: 1. Red Seal, 2. Jill

IDRA 14: 1. Dumoanin, 2. Dutch Courage, 3. Siabhra

Fireball: 1. L McKenna, 2. S Oram, 3. M Barry & C Power

Laser Standard: 1. T Little, 2. D Maloney, 3. D O'Connell

Laser Radial: 1. C Clancy, 2. M Sorgassi, 3. D Dwyer

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Race 1

Cruiser 3 Tuesday Echo: 1. Grasshopper 2, 2. Saki, 3. Papytoo

Combined Cruisers: 1. Elandra, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Powder Monkey

Sportsboat: 1. George 3, 2. Jay-Z, 3. Sea Jade

Ruffian: 1. Carmen, 2. Bandit, 3. Ruff Diamond

B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Yikes, 3. Isolde

B211 Echo: 1. Isolde, 2. Yikes, 3. Ventuno

Mermaid: 1. Aideen, 2. Jill

IDRA 14: 1. Doody, 2. Dart, 3. Sapphire

Fireball: 1. S Oram, 2. L McKenna, 3. M Barry & C Power

Laser Standard: 1. R Wallace, 2. D O'Connell, 3. G Murphy

Laser Radial: 1. C Vandlik, 2. C Clancy, 3. J O'Beirne

Race 2

Mermaid: 1. Jill

IDRA 14: 1. Dumoanin, 2. Dart, 3. Doody

Fireball: 1. S Oram, 2. M Barry & C Power, 3. O Sinnott

Laser Standard: 1. D O'Connell, 2. R Wallace, 3. M Coakley

Laser Radial: 1. C Clancy, 2. C Vandlik, 3. J O'Beirne

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Dun Laoghaire Regatta –  From the Baily lighthouse to Dalkey island, the bay accommodates eight separate courses for 25 different classes racing every two years for the Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

In assembling its record-breaking armada, Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta (VDLR) became, at its second staging, not only the country's biggest sailing event, with 3,500 sailors competing, but also one of its largest participant sporting events.

One of the reasons for this, ironically, is that competitors across Europe have become jaded by well-worn venue claims attempting to replicate Cowes and Cork Week.

'Never mind the quality, feel the width' has been a criticism of modern-day regattas where organisers mistakenly focus on being the biggest to be the best.

Dun Laoghaire, with its local fleet of 300 boats, never set out to be the biggest. Its priority focussed instead on quality racing even after it got off to a spectacularly wrong start when the event was becalmed for four days at its first attempt.

The idea to rekindle a combined Dublin bay event resurfaced after an absence of almost 40 years, mostly because of the persistence of a passionate race officer Brian Craig who believed that Dun Laoghaire could become the Cowes of the Irish Sea if the town and the local clubs worked together.

Although fickle winds conspired against him in 2005, the support of all four Dun Laoghaire waterfront yacht clubs since then (made up of Dun Laoghaire Motor YC, National YC, Royal Irish YC and Royal St GYC), in association with the two racing clubs of Dublin Bay SC and Royal Alfred YC, gave him the momentum to carry on.

There is no doubt that sailors have also responded with their support from all four coasts. Entries closed last Friday with 520 boats in 25 classes, roughly doubling the size of any previous regatta held on the Bay.

Running for four days, the regatta is (after the large mini-marathons) the single most significant participant sports event in the country, requiring the services of 280 volunteers on and off the water, as well as top international race officers and an international jury, to resolve racing disputes representing five countries.

Craig went to some lengths to achieve his aims including the appointment of a Cork man, Alan Crosbie, to run the racing team; a decision that has raised more than an eyebrow along the waterfront.

A flotilla of 25 boats has raced from the Royal Dee near Liverpool to Dublin for the Lyver Trophy to coincide with the event. The race also doubles as a RORC qualifying race for the Fastnet.

Sailors from the Ribble, Mersey, the Menai Straits, Anglesey, Cardigan Bay and the Isle of Man have to travel three times the distance to the Solent as they do to Dublin Bay. This, claims Craig, is one of the major selling points of the Irish event and explains the range of entries from marinas as far away as Yorkshire's Whitby YC and the Isle of Wight.

Until now, no other regatta in the Irish Sea area could claim to have such a reach. Dublin Bay weeks such as this petered out in the 1960s, and it has taken almost four decades for the waterfront clubs to come together to produce a spectacle on and off the water to rival Cowes.

"The fact that we are getting such numbers means it is inevitable that it is compared with Cowes," said Craig. However, there the comparison ends.

"We're doing our own thing here. Dun Laoghaire is unique, and we are making an extraordinary effort to welcome visitors from abroad," he added.

The busiest shipping lane in the country – across the bay to Dublin port – is to close temporarily to facilitate the regatta and the placing of eight separate courses each day.

A fleet total of this size represents something of an unknown quantity on the bay as it is more than double the size of any other regatta ever held there.

The decision to alter the path of ships into the port was taken in 2005 when a Dublin Port control radar image showed an estimated fleet of over 400 yachts sailing across the closed southern shipping channel.

Ships coming into the bay, including the high-speed service to the port, will use the northern lane instead.

With 3,500 people afloat at any one time, a mandatory safety tally system for all skippers to sign in and out will also operate.

The main attraction is undoubtedly the appearance of four Super Zero class yachts, with Dun Laoghaire's Colm Barrington's TP52 'Flash Glove' expected to head the 'big boat' fleet. At the other end of the technology scale, the traditional clinker-built Water Wags will compete just as they did at a similar regatta over 100 years ago.

The arrival of three TP 52s and a Rogers 46 to Dun Laoghaire regatta is a feather in the cap of organisers because it brings Grand Prix racing to Dublin bay and the prospect of future prominent boat fixtures on the East Coast.

With 38 entries, the new Laser SB3s are set to make a significant impact although the White Sail Class five almost rivals them numerically. The Fireball is the biggest dinghy class, with 27 entries, while there are 25 entries for the Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup which began on Monday.

Class 0 is expected to be the most hotly contested, if the recent Saab IRC Nationals, Scottish Series and Sovereign's Cup are any indication. Three Cork boats ­- Jump Juice (Conor and Denise Phelan), Antix Dubh (Anthony O'Leary) and Blondie (Eamonn Rohan) - are expected to lead the fleet.

(First published in 2009)

Who: All four Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Yacht clubs

What: Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Why: A combined regatta to make Dun Laoghaire the Cowes of the Irish Sea.

Where: Ashore at Dun Laoghaire and afloat at eight separate race courses on Dublin Bay. Excellent views from both Dun Laoghaire piers, Sandycove and Seapoint.

Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2021

In order to facilitate social distancing and be Covid-19 compliant a new regatta format will comprise a One Design Championship (2nd – 4th July 2021) specifically tailored for sailors in the one-design keelboat and dinghy classes. This to be followed by an Open Cruiser Championship (8th – 11th July 2021) catering for the full range of Cruiser Handicap classes.

 

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