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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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With a week to go to the Citroen sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot on November 4th,  DBSC has issued a reminder to competitors for the seven race pre Christmas event. 

As reported yesterday, the National Yacht Club's Women On Water are ready for the Winter Turkey Shoot Challenge

A notice of race and entry form are on Afloat's earlier 2018 Turkey Shoot story here

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Mermaid IV, a Beneteau 50, one of the biggest yachts in the 73–boat Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot, held on to her overall lead in the predominantly heavy weather series to clinch the Christmas Turkey First Prize at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Sunday. 

Mermaid, skippered by Seamus Fitzpatrick of the RIYC, took the overall lead in the series after four races sailed and held it til yesterday's seventh race conclusion. 

Download results below.

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Mermaid IV, a Beneteau 50, one of the biggest yachts in the 73–boat Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot, has increased her overall lead of the series after five races sailed and one discard applied. Download results below.

Mermaid IV is now on 43 nett points, 11 points ahead of second placed Dear Prudence, a J109 type, on 54 points in the all–in cruiser–racer series.

Third place is another J109 White Mischief on 55–points.  

The event has 73 registered entries this year with a 59–boat turnout last Sunday.

Race six takes place this Sunday.

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Paul O’Higgins (RIYC) is November’s “Sailor of the Month (Offshore)” for the sporting way he campaigns his JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI.

He knew when to make it serious to win the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, but equally he won his class in Calves Week as part of a family holiday.

And he gallantly campaigns the DBSC Turkey Shoot as a front runner on the water, but carrying a stratospheric handicap.

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Mermaid IV, a Beneteau 50, one of the biggest yachts in the 46–boat Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot has moved into the overall lead of the series after four races sailed and one discard applied. 

News of the Modified ECHO gain for the fifty–footer came with last night's publication of the overall hanidcap results that shows Mermaid IV on 27 points and a tie for second place at the popular all–in cruiser–racer series.

The event has 73 registered entries this year with a 59–boat turnout last Sunday.

A Beneteau 31.7, Camira and one time overall leader Dear Prudence, a J109 type, share second place on 34 points. 

Download results below. 

Race five starts on Sunday morning. There are three races left to sail with the final round of the series due on December 17th.

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With three races down and four races to go the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series sponsored by Rathfarnham Ford will be hoping to dodge a low that threatens racing this Sunday.

As reported earlier in the week, J109s have a strong hold on the 46–boat fleet taking the top three positions. One more race will see a discard applied.

Handicaps and starts for the weekend race are attached below.

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A change of conditions produced a change of leader in the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series after Sunday's light air race three but still J109 designs take the top three positions overall in the 46-boat fleet.

Dear Prudence has overtaken White Mischief at the top of the leaderboard with a third J109, Ruth, in third position in the Winter league on Dublin Bay.

Results are downloadable below.

Turkey shoot sailingWhat look liked a no show for wind for race three of the 2017 DBSC Turkey Shoot....

Turkey shoot sailing....soon produced some fine sailing conditions on Scotsman's Bay for the halfway point of the popular winter league

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After two races sailed, White Mischief (Tim and Richard Gooodbody) lead the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay. J109 sisterships hols second and third places overall too.

It looks like a change of pace for this Sunday's race. After two heavy air races (with northwest winds over 30 knots) forecasts show that winds will be much lighter this weekend. 'We should see a lot more boats out', says race organiser Fintan Cairns

Full race results are below. 

Times and handicaps for Sundays race are also attached below. Gallery of race one images here and race two images here

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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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