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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) have 17 plus entries for their new Tuesday women on the water series and is now looking to expand this to include two more classes.

As regular Afloat readers know, the country's biggest yacht racing club recently announced the new initiative to increase female participation in sailing.

Should there be interest, the plan would be to open the series to the Third start, including the Shipman, Cruiser 3 and Dragon classes.

DBSC Commodore Ed Totterdell said the club was delighted with the response to date and reminded members who sail in the Sportsboat, SB20, FF15, B211 & Ruffian classes who have joined for the season but not opted into the series they can still do so by emailing [email protected]

“It is great to see the enthusiasm from our members, and I think Tuesdays will become a hotly contested WOW series with plenty of fun in the clubs afterwards”, commented Totterdell.

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The 1720 sportsboat crew of Optique, skippered by Colin Byrne of the Royal Irish Yacht Club, were the overall winners of the 2023 AIB DBSC Spring Chicken Series at the National Yacht Club today.

A final light race decider on Dublin Bay saw Byrne come from ninth overall to win overall by a single point under modified ECHO.

As Afloat reported previously, in a competitive climax to the series, the top 14 boats in the 37-boat mixed cruiser-racer fleet were separated by just ten points.

Just Jasmin, Phil Smyth's Bavaria Match 35, was second on 57 points with race two winner, the First 31.7  Avalon third on 59.

Final race and overall results are downloadable below.

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A 37-boat fleet will fight for the AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Spring Chicken Series title on Sunday morning, with the J80 Derry Girls leading into the last race.

As Afloat reported previously, in a competitive climax to the series, the top 14 boats in the 37-boat mixed cruiser-racer fleet are separated by just ten points.

DBSC Race organiser Fintan Cairns has released handicaps and start times for the final race, which are downloadable below.

The J80 Derry Girls leads on 46 points from the J109 Dear Prudence on 47.00 with three boats tied for third place; the J122 Aurelia, the J97 Windjammer and the Sunfast 3600, Hot Cookie.

The six-race series was held on Sunday mornings from 5 February to 12 March (first gun 1010 hrs), using a progressive handicap on a time-to-time basis.

Download Handicaps and starts for the final race below

The final race of the six-race series takes place on Sunday off Dun Laoghaire Harbour at 10.10 am

The prizegiving will be held in the dining room of the National Yacht Club immediately after sailing.

Prizes will be made to overall and weekly winners.

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In a competitive climax to Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Spring Chicken Series this Sunday, the top 14 boats in the 37-boat mixed cruiser-racer fleet are separated by just ten points.

The final race of the six-race series takes place on Sunday off Dun Laoghaire Harbour at 10.10 am

The J80 Derry Girls leads on 46 points from the J109 Dear Prudence on 47.00 with three boats tied for third place; the J122 Aurelia, the J97 Windjammer and the Sunfast 3600, Hot Cookie.

Six races are being held on Sunday mornings from 5 February to 12 March using a progressive handicap on a time-to-time basis.

DBSC Race organiser Fintan Cairns has released results for the fifth race and overall, and these are downloadable below.

The J/80 keelboat Ram Ram was racing in the DBSC's Spring Chicken Series and videod by fellow competitor Pat Rigney

 The prizegiving will be held next Sunday after racing at the National Yacht Club.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Committee Vessel, MacLir, is for sale. 

The Blyth 33 Catamaran is identified with Dublin Bay's regular yacht racing scene and is regularly on duty at the capital's big sailing events, including the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. 

The boat is on the market for €25,000 through broker Leinster Boats

The semi-displacement hull is fitted with twin Ford Mermaid diesel engines. The boat has a large aft deck, and a pilot house with railed observation platform over the coachroof.

The aft deck has wheelchair access by side gates. Large sliding glass screen door aft of pilot house.

The multiuse Blyth 33 Catamaran Mac Lir working as a DBSC Flagship for yacht races on Dublin Bay Photo: AfloatThe multiuse Blyth 33 Catamaran Mac Lir working as a DBSC Flagship for yacht races on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

According to broker Ronan Beirne, the cat has the potential for pot fishing or as a tourist-related "dolphin watch" vessel.

The vessel is not coded.

See the full advert for MacLir on Afloat boats for sale here

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With a light wind forecast for the penultimate race of the AIB-sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series, the 38-boat cruiser-racer fleet heads into its fifth race on Dublin Bay this Sunday (5th March).

As Afloat reported earlier, J boats have a firm grip on the podium at the National Yacht Club after one discard has been applied.

Handicaps and starts for Sunday's race are downloadable below.

Chris Power Smith's Royal St. George J122, Aurelia is the new overall leader. The ISORA offshore racer leads the 37-boat fleet by three points overall from John Maybury's J109 Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on 21 points. 

The J109 Dear Prudence lies third on 26 points. 

AIB-sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series has attracted a buoyant fleet of 38 cruiser racers for the six-race series Photo: Finnie KennedyAIB-sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series has attracted a buoyant fleet of 38 cruiser racers for the six-race series Photo: Finnie Kennedy

Six races are being held on Sunday mornings from 5 February to 12 March (first gun 1010 hrs), using a progressive handicap on a time-to-time basis.

Download Handicaps and starts for the fifth race below

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC), Ireland's largest yacht racing club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, want to promote younger keelboat sailing teams, so much so that they are giving a discount of 25% on the normal entry fee!

Teams consisting entirely of sailors who are 30 or under on the 1st of April 2023 can enter and will receive a 25% discount on normal fees.

DBSC provides weekly racing for upwards of 360 yachts, ranging from ocean-going forty-footers to small dinghies for juniors and has over 20 participating classes for year-round racing on Dublin Bay.

All DBSC Green Fleet, Blue Fleet and Red Fleet entries are included in this initiative. 

Commodore Ed Totterdell feels that this will appeal particularly to classes like the SB20s and Sportsboat class but also knows of some interest in other keelboat classes.

DBSC Commodore Ed Totterdell has launched a special Under 30s discount for Dublin Bay racingDBSC Commodore Ed Totterdell has launched a special Under 30s discount for Dublin Bay racing this summer Photo: Michael Chester

DBSC has also formed a special subcommittee of younger sailors to look at ways to make this season exciting and fun for members aged 30 and under. They are planning some great events for the 2023 season.

"It would be great to see a big turnout of young keelboat sailors, so get your team together and enjoy the craic and competition for 2023", Totterdell said.

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To kick start the 2023 AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Racing Season, UK Sailmakers, in conjunction with the Offshore Racing Academy and INSS, are organising a Pre-Season Race Training day on Saturday, 22nd April.

All keelboats are welcome, and they will pick up tips, tricks, and advice to get the most from their sails in 2023.

The morning starts with a briefing followed by on-the-water training to include:

Windward Leeward course simulations with between three and five starts (depending on numbers)

UK Sailmakers and Irish Offshore Academy crew will be on the water, observing and videoing boats at:

  • start line
  • beating to the weather mark
  • mark rounding
  • spinnaker

The afternoon continues with a debrief, discussion, and video footage on mark rounding, start line tactics, and sail trim. The team will look at improving performance based on what they saw on the water.

"DBSC welcomes this great initiative to get boats in the 2023 AIB DBSC sailing season off to a great start", the club's Hon Sec Rosemary Roy told Afloat

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Heading into the penultimate race of the AIB-sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Sunday, J boats have a firm grip on the podium at the National Yacht Club after one discard has been applied. 

Chris Power Smith's Royal St. George J122, Aurelia is the new overall leader. The ISORA offshore exponent leads the 37-boat fleet by three points overall from John Maybury's J109 Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on 21 points. 

The J109 Dear Prudence lies third on 26 points. 

Six races are being held on Sunday mornings from 5 February to 12 March (first gun 1010 hrs), using a progressive handicap on a time-to-time basis.

With a light wind forecast, the cruiser-racer fleet heads into its fifth race on Dublin Bay this Sunday (5th March).

Download the overall results below.

Chris Power Smith's Royal St. George J122, Aurelia AIB-sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series Photo: Maurice O'Connell/North SailsChris Power Smith's Royal St. George J122, Aurelia AIB-sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series Photo: Maurice O'Connell/North Sails

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The AIB-sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series 37-boat cruiser-racer fleet heads into its fourth race on Dublin Bay this Sunday (26th February).

After three races sailed, John O'Gorman's Hot Cookie from the National Yacht Club continues to lead overall on 33 points, but results are due to get a shake-up when a discard is applied after the fourth race is sailed.

Second is the J80 Derry Girls on 37, and another J80, Sea Jade, is third.

Six races are being held on Sunday mornings from 5 February to 12 March (first gun 1010 hrs), using a progressive handicap on a time-to-time basis.

DBSC Race organiser Fintan Cairns has released handicaps and starts for the fourth race and these are downloadable below.

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The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Information

The creation of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) began in a very low key way in the autumn of 2002 with an exploratory meeting between Denis Kiely, Jim Donegan and Fintan Cairns in the Granville Hotel in Waterford, and the first conference was held in February 2003 in Kilkenny.

While numbers of cruiser-racers were large, their specific locations were widespread, but there was simply no denying the numerical strength and majority power of the Cork-Dublin axis. To get what was then a very novel concept up and running, this strength of numbers had to be acknowledged, and the first National Championship in 2003 reflected this, as it was staged in Howth.

ICRA was run by a dedicated group of volunteers each of whom brought their special talents to the organisation. Jim Donegan, the elder statesman, was so much more interested in the wellbeing of the new organisation than in personal advancement that he insisted on Fintan Cairns being the first Commodore, while the distinguished Cork sailor was more than content to be Vice Commodore.

ICRA National Championships

Initially, the highlight of the ICRA season was the National Championship, which is essentially self-limiting, as it is restricted to boats which have or would be eligible for an IRC Rating. Boats not actually rated but eligible were catered for by ICRA’s ace number-cruncher Denis Kiely, who took Ireland’s long-established native rating system ECHO to new heights, thereby providing for extra entries which brought fleet numbers at most annual national championships to comfortably above the hundred mark, particularly at the height of the boom years. 

ICRA Boat of the Year (Winners 2004-2019)