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Michael Leahy and John Power's Levante from the National Yacht Club was the winner of Saturday's DBSC Beneteau 31.7 One Design race on Dublin Bay.

Second were NYC clubmates Bluefin Two (Michael & Bernie Bryson) while third place went to Attitude from the Royal Irish YC/ Royal St George YC (T.Milner, J.Sugars D.Owens)

116 boats across 16 classes enjoyed a great afternoon's racing on a sunny Bay in a fine SE'ly sea breeze.

DBSC Results for 11/07/2020

Race 1

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

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

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

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

31.7 Echo: 1. Bluefin Two, 2. Levante

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Rupert, 2. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Antix, 2. Rupert, 3. Leeuwin

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

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Maranda

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Saki, 2. Wynward, 3. Maranda

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

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1=. Sweet Martini, 1=. Spirit, 3. Shearwater

SB20: 1., 2. Black, 3. LoFly

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya

Flying 15: 1. Frequent Flyer, 2. ffinisterre, 3. Rodrigues

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

Shipman: 1. Invader, 2. Juniper, 3. Poppy

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook, 2. Yikes, 3. Ventuno

B211 Echo: 1. Ventuno, 2. Betty B, 3. Billy Whizz

Glen: 1. GlenDun

PY Class: 1. S Oram, 2. R Tate, 3. B Sweeney

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. O Sinnott, 3. C Power/M Barry

Laser Standard: 1. T Lyttle, 2. G Murphy, 3. F Walker

Laser Radial: 1. C Gorman, 2. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 3. S Craig

Laser 4.7: 1. L Turvey, 2. A O'Connor, 3. A Irvin

Race 2

SB20: 1., 2. LoFly, 3. Black

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya, 2. Jeorge 5

Flying 15: 1. Fflagella, 2. Frequent Flyer, 3. FFuZZy

PY Class: 1. B Sweeney, 2. R Tate, 3. S Oram

Fireball: 1. P ter Horst, 2. F Miller, 3. C Power/M Barry

Laser Standard: 1. F Walker, 2. T Lyttle, 3. C Arrowsmith

Laser Radial: 1. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 2. C Gorman, 3. M Sorgassi

Laser 4.7: 1. F McDonnell, 2. L Turvey, 3. A O'Connor

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Over 90 keelboats turned out for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's first Thursday race of the shortened season tonight, an excellent showing in the current COVID-19 circumstances.

In Class Zero, George Sisk's XP44 WOW from the Royal Irish Yacht Club continues its winning form from last Saturday's ISORA Coastal race opener by winning DBSC's first Thursday race of 2020.

In a light ENE Force 2 breeze, 45 boats across the fleets managed to finish.

DBSC Results for 09/07/2020

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Prima Forte, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Wow, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Tsunami

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Black Velvet

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Black Velvet

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Ruth

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Maranda

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Saki, 2. Grasshopper 2, 3. Maranda

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Persistance, 2. Spirit, 3. Edenpark

Cruiser 5B Echo: 1. Vespucci, 2. Bendemeer

SB20: 1. Carpe Diem, 2. So Blue, 3. Ted

Sportsboat: 1. George V, 2. Jester, 3. Jamiroquai

Flying 15: 1. No Name, 2. FFuZZy, 3. ffinisterre

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

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook

Glen: 1. GlenDun


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Lack of wind forced the cancellation of tonight's much-anticipated keelboat and dinghy summer racing for Dublin Bay Sailing Club.

As Afloat previously reported, a strong turnout of Lasers got off to a great start last Tuesday with over 50 dinghies competing in the in-harbour racing.

A new DBSC Tuesday keelboat programme was due to start tonight.

DBSC racing continues this Thursday.

Dublin Bay live webcam here

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As reported yesterday on, revised Sailing Instructions and Course Cards for all fleets have been issued by Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC).

Documents are available from the DBSC website HERE, including the revised Notice of Race and cards pertaining to each individual class.

Club racers are reminded that boats sailed on Thursdays and Saturdays can now also sail on Tuesdays with the same format.

Tuesday racing is from Committee vessel(s) as the West Pier starter’s hut has not been installed, due to the difficulty of maintaining the current coronavirus safety rules.

Published in DBSC

All Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) racing this COVID hit sailing season will start from the club's Committee vessel(s) as the club's West Pier starters hut has not been installed due to the difficulty of maintaining government safety rules including social distancing.

There is no requirement this year either for class duties on committee vessels, again due to social distancing difficulties and 'Pod' arrangements in place.

The club's dinghy season is already underway and the first Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday racing getting underway this week.

Revised Sailing Instructions and Course Cards for all DBSC fleets have been issued by the club.

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DBSC dinghy sailing continued its strong turnout for the first Saturday racing of the 2020 season. Over 40 Dinghies turned out for three races in a moderate westerly wind inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday.

Royal St. George's Theo Lyttle won two races in the Laser standard division and the National Yacht Club's Conor Gorman was a double race winner in the Radial. Full results below:

Race 1

PY Class: 1.  B Foley, 2. R Tate, 3. C O'Kelly

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. O Sinnott

Laser Standard: 1. R Wallace, 2. T Lyttle, 3. M Hennessy

Laser Radial: 1. C Gorman, 2. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 3. K Walker

Laser 4.7: 1. A Daly, 2. A Irvin, 3. F McDonnell

Race 2

PY Class: 1. B Foley, 2. R Tate

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. O Sinnott

Laser Standard: 1. T Lyttle, 2. M Hennessy, 3. B Owens-Murphy

Laser Radial: 1. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 2. S Craig, 3. C Gorman

Laser 4.7: 1. F McDonnell, 2. L Turvey, 3. A Daly

Race 3

PY Class: 1. R Tate, 2. B Foley, 3. C O'Kelly

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. O Sinnott

Laser Standard: 1. T Lyttle, 2. M Hennessy, 3. F Walker

Laser Radial: 1. C Gorman, 2. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 3. M Norman

Laser 4.7: 1. L Turvey, 2. F McDonnell, 3. A Daly

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) plans for the revised 2020 season continue apace as a bumper dinghy fleet is already in action and the start for keelboat and cruiser classes is now slated for July 7th, two weeks earlier than it had originally planned.

Last night (Thursday) there was evidence of the upcoming racing with a number of keelboat campaigns out training on the Dublin Bay race track. And tomorrow (Saturday) ISORA will get its offshore season underway with a coastal race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

DBSC has issued new Sailing Instructions and Course Cards with some big changes as a result of the shake up the pandemic has caused.

In particular, the season has been extended into September for its midweek series and into October for the weekend series.

The last DBSC races for dinghies will now be on Tuesday, September 8th, Saturday, October 10th and the Water Wags on Wednesday, September 23rd.

For keelboats, the last DBSC race dates are Tuesday, September 8th, Thursday, September 10th and Saturday, October 10th, just a month before the commencement of the club's popular winter Turkey Shoot Series in the first week of November.

Revised fleet compositions have also been implemented with new, timings and race areas on Saturday for all fleets.

DBSC has also moved to radio only course announcements for the Red Fleet in mid-week racing.

All the revisions are posted in the document section of the club website here.

Published in DBSC

Four Fireballs made it to the start line of the long-awaited first Tuesday DBSC races since lockdown. The forecast was not promising much more than 2 knots but actually sailors were greeted with a very decent force 2-3 southerly. On this auspicious occasion, Dun Laoghaire Harbour was dominated by a huge fleet of Lasers, unsurprisingly given that it appeared for many weeks that singlehanded boats might be the only dinghies allowed to race this season.

The single-handers also included at least four Aeros, two of which were sailed by Fireball National Champions Noel Butler and Stephen Oram. So it was that the Fireballs got away in the first PY start in a five-lap windward-leeward race - Frank Miller with crew Grattan Donnelly got their bow in front about 2/3 the way down the pin favoured line and maintained their lead over the course, finishing well ahead of Cariosa Power/Marie Barry and Owen Sinnott/Andrea, with Nick Miller/Paul Ter Horst a little further behind in their newly acquired ship. While racing the windward-leeward course was straightforward enough the interventions around the course of more than 30 Lasers added a layer of excitement to proceedings.

Race two got underway with a 2 lap challenge in slightly lighter air which had swung between ten and twenty degrees further south. Again the pin was slightly favoured but this time Power/Barry timed a perfect pin start with Miller/Donnelly just to windward. In the event Miller/Donnelly edged out in front with marginally better speed and height. Both tacked at the port layline with Miller/Donnelly managing to hold off the challengers to round in the lead. While Power/Barry closed the gap on several occasions they never quite threatened the leaders who took the gun again. In third were Sinnott/Andrea while Nick Miller /Ter Horst took a break.

All in all a terrific night's sailing with solid race management led by Suzanne McGarry and her team.

Results are here

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Tuesday evening Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) dinghy racing got off to a great start in Dun Laoghaire Harbour tonight with a bumper Laser fleet competing.

As Laser Class Captain Gavan Murphy predicted on Afloat a fortnight ago, there was a super turn out of single-handers for the first race of the COVID delayed season. 

The 50-boat Laser fleet enjoyed ten-knot southerly winds for the in harbour racing run from DBSC's Freebird Committee Boat.

Also racing were RS Aeros, Fireballs and PY dinghies.

DBSC Laser Racing at Dun Laoghaire HarbourPart of the 65-strong DBSC Laser fleet

DBSC Results for 30/06/2020

All results Provisional & Subject to Review

Race 1

PY Class: 1. B Sweeney, 2. N Butler, 3. B Foley

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. 14865, 3. N Miller

Laser Standard: 1. R Wallace, 2. D Maloney, 3. R O'Leary

Laser Radial: 1. M Norman, 2. R Geraghty-McDonnell, 3. K O'Connor

Laser 4.7: 1. A Daly, 2. C Byrne, 3. H Turvey

Race 2

PY Class: 1. B Sweeney, 2. N Butler, 3. B Foley

Fireball: 1. F Miller, 2. C Power/M Barry, 3. 14865

Laser Standard: 1. R Wallace, 2. R O'Leary, 3. G O'Hare

Laser Radial: 1. P O'Reilly, 2. K O'Connor, 3. R Geraghty-McDonnell

Laser 4.7: 1. A Daly, 2. E Dempsey, 3. Z Hall


Published in Laser

Dublin Bay Sailing Club sees a potential start for keelboat and cruiser classes on July 7th, two weeks earlier than it had originally planned.

In a note to members, Commodore Johnathan Nicholson tells members that "following the announcement last Friday by An Taoiseach the sailing committee has drafted a plan to commence racing two weeks earlier on the 7th of July for keelboat and cruiser classes".

DBSC says it is waiting for guidance from Irish Sailing on how racing can take place and will issue an amended NoR as soon as it is available.

As Afloat previously reported, DBSC has already laid its race marks on Dublin Bay and had been preparing to race from July 21.

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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