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With winds gusting to 40–knots from the northwest on Dublin Bay this morning, there was little prospect of a final race in the six-race DBSC Spring Chicken series, especially as a flooding tide created a rough sea state for the 40-boat fleet.

Instead, the sailors retired to the National Yacht Club for the series prizegiving where winning Irish National Sailing School (INSS) 1720 Skipper Kenny Rumball led the plaudits to Spring Chicken organiser Fintan Cairns; "This type of short sharp racing is proving really popular, so a big thanks to Fintan and his crew for continuing to organise this great format that gets so many of us out on the water through the winter".

Overall results after the five races (and one discard) sailed are in's earlier post here. Final results (issued on Monday, March 11) are downloadable below.

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Two 1720 sportsboats lead the DBSC Spring Chicken Series into the final round of the six-race series this Sunday.

Results published by organisers today (downloadable below) reveal the Irish National Sailing School 1720 leads overall on 25 points, some 11 points ahead of the Royal St. George's 1720 Wolfe. Third overall in the Citroen South sponsored series, after five races sailed and one discard applied, is a one-time series leader, the Sadler 32, White Knight.

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With two races left to sail, a variety of boats occupy the top ten of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series leaderboard at the National Yacht Club.

When the discard was applied after Sunday's race four, White Knight leads the 40–boat fleet overall from the INSS 1720 but as organiser Fintan Cairns points out "it's all to play for, particularly with the handicap fluctuations!". That's certainly true given the Turkey Shoot Series winner came from eighth place to win in the final race under modified ECHO before Christmas.

Download results below for the Citroen South Dublin sponsored event below.

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At the halfway point of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series, it is the Irish National Sailing School 1720 that leads the 40–boat fleet overall. 

Another exciting and breezy race last Sunday saw one dismasting as the fleet raced a tough course around Scotsman's Bay.

Below are results for last Sunday together with Handicaps and Starts for next Sunday.

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Windjammer crew members were in attendance for the Round Ireland Yacht Race lecture by Kenneth Rumball and John White at the Royal Irish Yacht Club last Thursday 7 February, which also highlighted a crew overboard incident on the J97 late last month.

Video of the incident on Sunday 27 January made available by the crew themselves showed how a heavy weather practice session on Dublin Bay went awry when one of their number slipped overboard during a tack — and also their subsequent successful rescue.

The crew on the day comprised former INSS sailing instructors Aisling O’Grady, Aonghus Byrne, Andrew Irvine, Conor Corson, Jeff Fahy and Saoirse Reynolds with Lindsay Casey, one of the boat’s owners — and Noel Butler, who told that Rumball and White’s presentation was not intended as a ‘how-to’ but more “a description of what happened and how [the crew] dealt with it, so that others might benefit from their experience”.

Classic Sailor reports on the video footage as “a good example of how a well-drilled and experienced crew retrieved the casualty”, and the incident has also prompted discussion on social media. Video of the full training session is available on YouTube.

Sailing in lighter airs the following weekend, Windjammer sailed into the lead in the first race of the 2019 DBSC Spring Chicken Series with Saoirse Reynolds at the helm.

Update 12 February: This article was corrected to make clear that the main subject of the RIYC lecture was on the man overboard incident on Jedi during the 2018 Round Ireland Yacht Race.

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With northwesterly winds gusting to 30-knots the 40 boats competing in the second race of DBSC's Spring Chicken series had a wild ride south to Dalkey Island this morning, accompanied, for a while at least, by LÉ George Bernard Shaw (P64) the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Irish Naval Service. 

As previously reported, the J97 Windjammer lead the 2019 DBSC Spring Chicken Series after a light air first race sailed last Sunday but after today's blustery second race it is the J109 Dear Prudence (currently for sale on here) that shares the overall lead with the Sunfast 3600 YoYo.

Download results for the second race together with Handicaps and Starts for next Sunday's (17th February) third race below.

Spring chicken DBSC 2343LÉ George Bernard Shaw (P64) alongside DBSC Spring Chicken competitors including a navy–hulled 1720 sportsboat that appears to be going faster than the offshore patrol vessel in the 30-knot winds on Dublin Bay Photo:

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The J97 Windjammer leads the 2019 DBSC Spring Chicken Series after a light air first race sailed last Sunday. 

Download results below. 

Second in the Citroen South sponsored series is the J109 Dear Prudence followed by the Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet.

Race two in the six-race series for the 40-boat fleet starts next Sunday at 1030 am.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued the Notice of Race for its forthcoming 2019 summer season.

First DBSC Races
Tuesday: 23rd April: Thursday 25th April: Saturday 27th April

Last DBSC Races
Tuesday 27th August: Thursday: 29th August: Saturday 28th September

Full details will be published in a further Racing Schedule.

1 Rules
1.1 All racing will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of Irish Sailing, the rules of each class concerned (except as any of the above are altered by the sailing instruction) there may also be some other changes to the RRS. These will be noted in the Sailing Instructions
1.2 Where appropriate, class rules are amended by these sailing instructions to allow the use of VHF radio and GPS.

2 Advertising
2.1 The Committee reserve the right to refuse entries from boats which display advertising that the Committee deem inappropriate

3 Conditions of entry
3.1 A boat shall not be eligible to race until a properly completed entry form and entry fee have been accepted by the Hon. Secretary. All communications will be directed to the person first named in the entry form.
3.2 Boats racing in cruiser classes will not be included in the results unless a current ECHO or IRC handicap has been issued by the Irish Sailing Association.
3.3 A boat in cruiser classes 0,1,2,3and 5 shall not be eligible to race unless (a) she is fitted with lying down bunks for two people and sitting down accommodation for four people, (b) she is capable of racing around the Burford marks in wind force 6 and can cope with wind force 8 conditions, (c) she is a monohulled boat.
3.4 DBSC recommends that boats entered for DBSC racing should also enrol in their local class association.
3.5 Boats visiting the area to compete in local club events or championship races or making a temporary stop in a waterfront club or marina while on passage, may enter for DBSC racing for a period of up to 14 days. The current entry fee is €50. This fee must be paid and a visitor’s entry form and declaration (obtainable from the Hon Secretary), be completed before racing.
3.6 After the start of the season, late entries must reach the Hon. Secretary seven full days preceding the day the boat concerned intends racing.

4 Scoring System
4.1 All races will be scored using the low point system as per RRSA4

5 Disclaimer of Liability
5.1 It shall be the sole responsibility of each boat’s skipper to decide whether or not to start or continue to race: and each owner/helm shall sail or race his/her boat entirely at his/her own risk; and that Dublin Bay Sailing Club Ltd. and its committee, race officers and organisers shall not be liable in the event of any accident or mishap. All Yachts shall be adequately covered by 3rd party liability insurance.
5.2 The Committee reserves the right to accept or reject a boat’s or Skipper’s entry on grounds of safety or other such grounds as they deem appropriate.

6 Sailing Instructions
6.1 Sailing Instructions will be supplied upon receipt of valid entry.
6.2 Sailing Instructions and amendments may also be posted on

7 Venue
7.1 Racing area is denoted in the yearbook DBSC Racing Marks 2019.

8 Courses
8.1 There will be a fixed mark and other laid courses as per course cards and special instructions.

Entries can be made online at

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This morning's DBSC Spring Chicken Series got off to a gentle start in light to medium westerlies on Dublin Bay for the 38-plus boat fleet.

The regular mix of contestants were joined by Iduna, an 80–year–old Lymington L Class design. Viking Marine are prize sponsors again this year and 'Vicky Marine' (pictured below) is not shelling out crystal or silver prizes, but the very useful Dexshell range of hats and gloves to keep winners extremities warm. See the full range from Viking Marine here

See the starting order and initial handicaps for the first race below.

spring chicken vicky marine(Top) New vessel 'Vicky Marine' sets sail for the Spring Chicken Series and (above) some of the Series prizes on offer from Viking Marine

Race two of the National Yacht Club hosted six-race event sponsored by Citroen South Dublin takes place next Sunday.

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With next weekend's Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Spring Chicken Series ready to kick start the 2019 sailing season on Dublin Bay, there has been a shout out for any last minute entries.

The series follows a pre-Christmas record turnout in the club's 2018 DBSC Turkey Shoot series that attracted over 75 entries.

As previously reported by, the series is six races over the next six Sunday mornings under modified ECHO. Cruisers, cruising boats, One-designs and boats that do not normally race are very welcome to join the series.

The First gun is at 10.10 hrs. The Entry fee of €60.00 includes temporary membership of Dublin Bay S.C. and hosts, the National Yacht Club

Last year the series attracted 36 entries.

Download race documents here

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