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The DBSC Water Wag dinghy fleet raced their last race of the season on Wednesday for the Candlelight Trophy at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay.

Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly set a course of three rounds, four beats in winds of eight-ten knots from 200 degrees.

The race start was delayed by 20 minutes until the visiting cruise ship tendering at the harbour finished.

24 boats started, including a visiting boat, the last wag built; No. 52 Miss Scarlett was constructed in France earlier this year.

Tim Pearson in Little Tern number 36 takes third place in the Water Wag Candelight Trophy at the finish line buoy from number 38, Guy Kilroy in Swift Photo: Ann KirwanTim Pearson in Little Tern number 36 takes third place in the Water Wag Candelight Trophy at the finish line buoy from number 38, Guy Kilroy in Swift Photo: Ann Kirwan

The race was won by number 15, Moosmie sailed by John O'Driscoll, Second was Mariposa, number 45, Cathy Mac Aleavey. The third was number 36; Little Tern sailed by Tim Pearson.

Results are below

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Fintan Cairns's Mills 31 Raptor was the winner of a light air race seven of the AIB DBSC summer Series on Dublin Bay on Saturday. 

The Royal Irish Yacht Club entry finished on top of a six-boat IRC Division One fleet in a corrected time of one hour, 35 minutes and one second. 

It's a fitting success for the Mills 31 crew, as a collision a fortnight ago cast doubt on the rest of their season. A bow patch-up job, however, got the boat out on the water again in time to notch up the important win.

Second, by two minutes, clubmate Tim Goodbody was in the J109 White Mischief (1:37:07corr), while Tony Fox's A35 Gringo from the National Yacht Club took third on a corrected time of 1:38:39.

Results in all 22 DBSC classes are below. 

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Barry Cunningham's Blast was the winner of a five-boat IRC Zero DBSC Saturday race on Dublin Bay.

The new Cape 31 beat Royal Irish clubmate Patrick Burke's First 40 Prima Forte. Third was the First 40 Tsunami from the National Yacht Club.

Race 16 was run by race officer Tim Costello; the wind was easterly at eight knots.

In a tribute to club race management official, the late Ida Kiernan, a one-minute silence was observed by the DBSC Saturday fleet at 13.59 ahead of racing in memory of the first Lady Commodore of the National Yacht Club.

Tim Goodbody's J109 White Mischief from the RIYC beat the NYC's A35 Gringo skippered by Tony Fox in an eight-boat IRC One fleet. Third was Fox's clubmate, Paul Barrington, in the J109 Jalapeno.

IRC Two was won by James McCann's Mustang 30 Peridot from 1 Lindsay J. Casey's J97 Windjammer. Third was Dick Lovegrove's Sigma 33 Rupert. Five boats competed.

Last Wednesday's Water Wag RNLI Lifeboat Pennant Race was won by Drewery Pearson in Alf. The handicap race had staggered start times (nine starts). Race Officer Harry Gallagher set a 3-round race (4 beats) in a SE wind of 12-18 kts. All wags raced with reefed mains.

Results across all DBSC classes are below.

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20-knot south-easterlies and low visibility led to the cancellation of some classes and a much reduced Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) fleet for Saturday racing on September 3rd.

Recently crowned national champion Chris Johnston won the Beneteau 31.7 race, a class with the biggest turnout of seven boats competing.

The Ruffian 23, with a turnout of five, was won by DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan on Bandit. 

There was no DBSC racing for the Flying Fifteens or Dragons as both classes are holding National Championships on the Bay this weekend, as Afloat reports here and here.

The 'pre-worlds' race for the SB20s only drew three boats, with Colin Galavan's Carpe Diem the only finisher. The SB20 Worlds begins on Monday at the Royal Irish Yacht Club as Afloat previews here

In the Cruiser classes, the three-boat IRC Zero class was won by Patrick Burke's First 40 Prima Forte in a nearly two-hour race from Chris Power-Smith's J122 Aurelia. Third was Tim Kane's Extreme 37 Wow. 

In a three-boat IRC One race, Tom Shanahan's J109 Ruth beat NYC clubmate Paul Barrington in the sistership Jalapeno. Tim Goodbody's J109 White Mischief retired.

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There was a bumper turnout of 32 Water Wags for Wednesday night's DBSC Captain’s Prize race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay.

After a general recall, Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly lengthened the start line for one of the biggest turnouts of the season.

After a second general recall, Donnelly resorted to the Black flag penalty rule and the race got away with all boats clear.

In a race of three rounds (four beats) and a wind of eight knots, from 090 degrees, the winner was Vincent Delany in Number 3 Pansy, second was Martin Byrne in Number 49, Hilda and third was William Prentice in Number 42, Tortoise.

Martin Byrne in Water Wag Number 49, HildaMartin Byrne in Water Wag Number 49, Hilda Photo: Ann Kirwan

The Murphy family from the National Yacht Club were out in force with Claudine helming no. 41, and Annalise no. 19, and Cathy and Con in no. 45.

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The National Yacht Club's John O'Gorman's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie won the final Thursday night's IRC Race 18 in the 2022 AIB DBSC Summer Series for Cruisers Zero.

The regular ISORA offshore campaigner took the inshore win from a fleet of seven beating the newly arrived Cape 31, Blast (Barry Cunningham) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Third was another NYC entry, the First 40.7 Tsunami.

Winds were southeasterly and up to 12 knots. The Race Officer was Mairead Ni Cheallachain.

Full results for all DBSC classes are below


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A strong turnout of Water Wags on Wednesday night in Dun Laoghaire Harbour counted for the National Yacht Club's Women at the Helm regatta as well as regular Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) points. 

19 Wag dinghies entered 'WATH', all helmed by women.

Race Officer Harry Gallagher of Sutton Dinghy Club set a course of three rounds and four beats in the sub-10-knot breeze.

Rio Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy crewed for her sister Claudine in Mollie and the sister's parents Con and Cathy came up from Domineer in County Tipperary taking advantage of yesterday’s lay day in the Fireball Worlds on Lough Derg where Con is Race Officer and also competed as regular Wag racers. Cathy helmed Mariposa with Con crewing as usual.

Number 49 Hilda sailed by Heather King was the winner, Number 45 Mariposa sailed by Cathy MacAleavey second and Number 15 Moosmie third. Third, in the WATH race was Nicky Gray.

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It was a testing day for the DBSC Flying Fifteen fleet on Saturday with a strong and gusty southwest wind but PRO Brian Mathews and his team got two races completed. As well as the regulars there were a few new crews including Sean Craig & Eoin Laverty and Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly presumably getting together for the upcoming Championships of Ireland hosted by the NYC in September.

As with the keelboats, some decided to stay ashore, others went out for a look and didn’t race and some retired. Those who stayed were tested physically and mentally but it was exciting sailing.

It was a short start line but the fleet got away at the first time of asking, Gorman started to weather at the committee boat end and held his line to take advantage of the small shifts particularly as they got closer to the weather mark which was close to the harbour entrance. It was close at the weather mark with Mathews and Craig and Mulvin all rounding close together.

With the strong gusts and with the SB3s broaching on the downwind there was reluctance for the Fifteens to fly the spinnakers. Gorman pulled out a good lead downwind and led all the way for the three laps to take the gun with Mathews second and Craig third.

The second race followed the same pattern again with Gorman starting at the committee boat and working hard to get the lead by the weather mark. Mathews was second with Mulligan third and Craig fourth.

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Despite strong and gusty southwest winds, racing was completed for all three keelboat fleets in Saturday's AIB DBSC Summer Series on Dublin Bay.

The Green fleet sailed two races. 

Race Officers were Blue fleet Barry MacNeaney, Red (hut) Henry Irvine, and Green fleet Brian Mathews.

There was great racing in lots of wind, but turnouts were low - some boats decided to stay ashore, others went out for a look but decided not to race, and some retired. 

Dinghies had been cancelled in advance due to the National Champs for Fireballs, Lasers and IDRA 14s.

A technical issue delayed the publication of yesterday's results but these are now published below.

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In an eight-boat turnout in IRC One, Tim Goodbody's White Mischief from the Royal Irish Yacht Club repeated last Saturday's win in the AIB DBSC Summer Series by taking the gun again in race 13.

Breaking into the pack of J109s that occupied all but one of the top seven places was Fintan Cairn's Mills 31 Raptor in second place in the one-hour and ten-minute race.

A northeasterly sea breeze for the cruiser courses on Dublin Bay was eight knots in strength. 

Overall series leader Lindsay J. Casey's J97 Windjammer was the Cruisers Two IRC division winner. The Royal St. George yacht took the gun from Jim McCann's Peridot.Third, in the four-boat race was Dick Lovegrove's Sigma 33, Rupert. 

Aurelia was the winner of the three-boat Cruisers Zero race finishing ahead of Tim Kane's WOW. 

In a three-boat turnout, Kevin Byrne's Royal St. George Formula 28 Starlet was the IRC 3 winner from Frazer Meredith's Asterix. Third was Edward Melvin's Ceol an Mara.

In the One Design keelboat fleets, James Gorman's Black was the winner of race 25 in a six-boat SB20 fleet. Winds on the one design course were north-easterly five or six knots. 

The 31.7 fleet were competing for national honours in the RIYC-hosted championships on the Bay, and the Flying Fifteens were racing for the class south coast title at Dunmore East.

Full results across all DBSC classes are below.

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