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Next week's final race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Citroen South Spring Chicken Series and prizegiving have been postponed until September and it will be 'reviewed' at that time.

The decision for the National Yacht Club hosted event comes in the wake of this weekend's Coronavirus emergency measures.

DBSC's Summer season is scheduled for this April. First Race dates as follows: Saturday, April 25; Tuesday, April 28; Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30.

Published in Dublin Bay

John O'Gorman's Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie from the National Yacht Club was the winner of the first race of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's 2020 Spring Chicken Series.

19 cruisers raced in a blustery first race with 17 finishers on Sunday morning as Afloat reported here.

The J97 Windjammer and the J109 Dear Prudence were scored joint second on the Seapoint course in the west of the Bay with Liam Shanahan's J109 Ruth in this place. 

Download full results in the Citroen South Series below.

The series continues next Sunday from the National Yacht Club.

Published in DBSC

This afternoon's DMYC Frostbite Series racing for dinghies at Dun Laoghaire Harbour has been cancelled due to adverse weather with gusts in excess of 30 knots on Dublin Bay.

Gale force winds are predicted for the Irish Sea later today.

See live Dublin Bay webcam here

This morning's first race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series did go ahead in the comparatively sheltered waters of Seapoint Bay.

Published in DBSC

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.

Published in Viking Marine

#dbsc – As Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC), kicks off its 130th birthday celebrations, its first series of 2014 is already drawing to a close.

Handicaps & Starts for next Sunday's (23rd March) final race in the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored Spring Chicken Series are attached for the all–in cruiser series that has topped 40 boats.

The series prizegiving will be held at the National Y.C. after racing.

The first race of DBSC's summer season begins on Thursday April 24th with Tuesday's commencing on April 29th and Saturday's racing starting on April 26th.

WM Nixon wrote about the club's 130 years in his Sailing on Saturday blog here.

Published in DBSC

#dbsc  – A 1720 sportsboat named Deja Vu was the winner of the opening race of DBSC's Spring Chicken Series, second was the A35 Another Adventure and third was the Beneteau 34.7 Adelie. Full results are downloadable below.  The six weeek series got off to a perfect start last weekend and the hope is a similar weather window might present itself again in the next 48–hours for the National Yacht Club hosted event. Attached are results from last Sunday and also Starts & Handicaps for this weekend. 

Published in DBSC

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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