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The start sequence for this Sunday's second DBSC Turkey Shoot race will repeat the starts of last week's opening race that was won by the RIYC J109 White Mischief. Results here

 A great Turkey Shoot turnout out of 65 boats from an entry of 75 is a major boost for winter sailing on Dublin Bay.

Handicaps and starts for the second race sponsored by Citroen are downloadable below with a reminder that due to World War One centenary commemorations the first start is 1410 this Sunday.

The DMYC Dinghy Frostbite series will be in progress in the harbour with a first gun 13.57. There are 91 entries in the dinghy event, so the harbour will be busy from about 1.30 onward. Turkey Shoot yachts heading to the bay are asked to keep clear of the dinghy race course.

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Tim and Richard Goodbody's potent J109 White Mischief leads after the first race of seven in the DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay last Sunday.

A bumper turnout of 61 boats from 74–entries received to date is a shot in the arm for sailing in the capital's waters this winter.

A light air start to the series saw the Royal Irish Yacht Club entry come in ahead of clubmate Andrew Alego's Juggerknot, the current J109 National Champion.

Goodbody's White Mischief was helmed by Maurice O'Connell of North Sails Ireland.

Third overall is another RIYC boat, Leslie Parnell's Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet. 

The fleet includes a great turnout of 1720 sportsboats from across the Dun Laoghaire waterfront and includes a new Grand Soleil model Justina that finished 25th in her debut race.

Full results for the Citroen Sponsored Winter Series are downloadable below

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With two days to go to the DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay, organisers have issued Sailing Instructions (and an amendment) for the seven race series. 

Download the Sailing Instructions below

Start sequences for Sunday's first race in the Citroen sponsored handicap series are expected to be issued later today as late entries continue to be received for the much-anticipated bumper series. 

Further to the issue of the Sailing Instructions yesterday, an amendment to 'SI 12 TIME LIMIT' has been made: Change date 4th November to read 11th November.

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Writing in the Irish Times Sailing Column this morning, David O'Brien predicts that Colin Byrne's XP33 'Bon Exemple' will be the winner of the top performing cruiser-racer in the country's biggest racing fleet this season. Dublin Bay Sailing Club has yet to announce its six premier awards for its gala prizegiving in a fortnight's time but front-runners are already clear from the summer season's results.

This morning's sailing column also reveals how outgoing Commodore Chris Moore is to fill the shoes of the DBSC Hon Sec Donal O'Sullivan who retires after 27 years in the role.

For much more click here.

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Women on Water at the National Yacht Club are entering two 1720 Sportboats in the DBSC Turkey Shoot — and you could be a part of the action.

Experienced women sailors will have their own boat (€100pp) but those newer to racing won’t be left out as a second vessel will have a coach on board (€150pp).

The Turkey Shoot series, now sponsored by Citroen South Dublin, will run for seven Sundays from 4 November.

Women also have the option of sailing Wayfarers in the DMYC Frostbites in the afternoons (€100pp).

And Women on Water are running a coaching session on Saturday 3 November to familiarise those taking part with the 1720 and Wayfarer boats.

Register online at the NYC website HERE.

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Time goes quickly, here we are again for another DBSC Turkey Shoot of winter racing!

Below is a Notice of Race and Entry Form. Also, entry can be made online here.

The series starts on November 4th but one slight change this year is for the second race on 11th November when there will be a first gun of 1410. This is to allow for numerous centennial commemoration events and services that are taking place that morning.

"The series is now sponsored by Citroen South Dublin"

As you will notice, the series is now sponsored by Citroen South Dublin, a sister company of Rathfarnham Ford. Our many thanks to Paul Molloy for his strong continuing support of our sailing.

Also, many thanks again to our supportive weekly sponsors - Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin (Pat Rigney), North Sails Ireland (Prof O'Connell) and UK Sailmakers Ireland (Barry Hayes and Graham Curran).

All our sponsor's involvement in our series is much appreciated by us all!

Again I am lucky to be able to call on the usual crew of volunteers for the event - more craic again on the committee boat!

Please get your entries in asap as it would be a great help to have before we go racing!

Looking forward to seeing you all out there again. Tell your friends.

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DBSC dinghy fleet came out in force for the end of season race on Saturday in the Harbour. Over 30 dinghies competed on the water in the 4 race no discard format. The fleet starts were designed to have plenty of traffic at each mark rounding in tight racing in the harbour. This was a welcome relief to the Laser class after a very busy sailing season on long courses.

Tight racing in the Radial fleet, left the ever competitive Judy O’Beirne and Conor Clancy on equal points – with Conor clinching the victory in the last race. Shirley Gilmore used her Laser Master World Championship experience to finish third. 

It was nearly an O’Beirne family day affair as Judy O Beirne’s son Conor, with his superior boat handling, dominated the Laser Standards. Outgoing Class Captain Ross O’Leary came in second with the incoming Class Captain Gavan Murphy finished in third. 

The Vago’s had some exciting sailing in the gusty conditions with Pat Mc Goldrick winning it on count back from Nick Miller & Quentin Laurent.

The IDRA’s were finishing off there busy September series of 31 races! On the day Julie Ascoop in ‘Slipstream’ beat Brian Murphy in ‘Diane’ by 1 point to claim the IDRA’s Final Fling 1st place. Frank Hamilton finished in 3rd.

Thanks to DBSC for supporting the event along with the Royal St George YC. Special thanks to PRO Suzanne McGarry and Joe Hickey from DBSC for the help in organising.

Final Fling is open to all dinghy classes that want to get a taste of the competitive Tuesday evening sailing offered by DBSC during the summer months. If you or your class is interested in join us in 2019.

FINAL FLING 2019 – 28th of September 2019 - Save the date!

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Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Hot Cookie, 3. Tsunami

Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Hot Cookie, 2. Tsunami, 3. Wow

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

Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Prima Luce, 2. Gringo, 3. Jalapeno

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

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

31.7 ECHO: 1. Attitude, 2. Bluefin Two, 3. Fiddly Bits

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Elandra, 2. Red Rhum, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 ECHO: 1. Elandra, 2. Leeuwin, 3. Antix

Cruiser 2 Sigma: 1. Elandra, 2. Leeuwin, 3. Rupert

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

Cruiser 3 ECHO: 1. Starlet, 2. Pamafe, 3. Dubious

Cruiser 5 IRC: 1. Persistence, 2. Cevantes, 3. Act Two

Cruiser 5 ECHO: 1. Act Two, 2. Sweet Martini, 3. Persistence

SB20: 1. Venuesworld.com, 2. Black, 3. SeaBiscuit

Sportsboat: 1. Jawesome III, 2. Jheetah, 3. Jambiya

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

Shipman: 1. Jo Slim, 2. Viking, 3. The Den

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

B211 ECHO: 1. Yikes, 2. Ventuno, 3. Beeswing

Squib: 1. Sidewinder, 2. Periguin, 3. Fox

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

Mermaid: 1. Jill, 2. Tijuana

PY Class: 1. G Bua, 2. P Ter Host

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

Race 2:

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Hot Cookie

Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Wow, 2. Hot Cookie

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

Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Jump The Gun, 2. Something Else, 3. Prima Luce

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Something Else, 2. Juggerknot, 3. Jalapeno

31.7 One Design: 1. Levante

31.7 ECHO: 1. Levante

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

Cruiser 2 ECHO: 1. Leeuwin, 2. Antix, 3. Red Rhum

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

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

Cruiser 3 ECHO: 1. Dubious, 2. Pamafe, 3. Maranda

Cruiser 5 IRC: 1. Cevantes

Cruiser 5 ECHO: 1. Afternoon Delight, 2. Sweet Martini, 3. Cevantes

SB20: 1. Sin Bin, 2. Alert Packaging, 3. SeaBiscuit

Sportsboat: 1. Jawesome III, 2. Jambiya, 3. Jheetah

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

Shipman: 1. Jo Slim, 2. The Den, 3. Viking

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

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

Squib: 1. Periguin, 2. Sidewinder, 3. Fox

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

Mermaid: 1. Jill, 2. Tijuana

PY Class: 1. P Ter Host, 2. G Bua

IDRA 14: 1=. Slipstream, 1=. Diane, 3. Dunmoanin

Race 3:

PY Class: 1. P Ter Host, 2. G Bua

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Dunmoanin, 3. Slipstream

Race 4:

PY Class: 1. G Bua, 2. P Ter Host

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

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

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

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

Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Juggerknot, 2. Something Else, 3. Bon Exemple

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

31.7 One Design: 1. Levante, 2. Prospect, 3. Fiddly Bits

31.7 ECHO: 1. Levante, 2. Fiddly Bits, 3=. Kernach & Bluefin Two

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Rupert, 2. Peridot, 3. Gwili Two

Cruiser 2 ECHO: 1. Kamikaze, 2. Peridot, 3. Rupert

Cruiser 2 Sigma: 1. Rupert, 2. Gwili Two, 3. Springer

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

Cruiser 3 ECHO: 1. Wynward, 2. Supernova, 3. Enigma

Cruiser 5 IRC: 1. Persistence, 2. Cevantes, 3. Gung-Ho

Cruiser 5 ECHO: 1. Persistence, 2. Spirit, 3. Cevantes

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

Sportsboat: 1. Jawesome III, 2. Jambiya, 3. Zelus

Flying 15: 1. fFinisterre, 2. Frequent Flyer, 3. Perfect Ten

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

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

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

B211 ECHO: 1. Beeswing, 2. Ventuno, 3. Yikes

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

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Slipstream, 3. Dunmoanin

Race 2:

SB20: 1. Venuesworld.com, 2. SeaBiscuit, 3. Sin Bin

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya, 2. Jawesome III, 3. Zelus

Flying 15: 1. Frequent Flyer, 2. fFinisterre, 3. FFantastic Mr Fox

IDRA 14: 1. Dunmoanin, 2. Slipstream, 3. Dart

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Due to the Laser Masters World Championships being held on two separate race areas on Dublin Bay this Saturday (15th September), Dublin Bay Sailing Club has made the following changes to the DBSC coastal race programme for that day.

The DBSC racing area will be south and east of a line extending from Pier Mark to Poldy, East and New Ross marks. The Lasers will plan to race north and west of that line. DBSC Boats are advised to avoid sailing in that space and impeding any Laser races which may inadvertently extend beyond the designated Laser course area.

More details are on the attached change to the Sailing Instructions issued by Dublin Bay.

DBSC's Green fleet racing will now take place on Sunday the 16th September 2018 instead of Saturday due to the final of the Laser Masters.

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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.

Competitions

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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