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In a second week of strong winds and exhilarating sailing, leading J109 yachts competing in the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot recorded speeds of 15–knots today.

After a short upwind leg and a gybe at the outfall mark off the West Pier, a reduced fleet, due to the conditions, set a course downwind to the Muglins Rock off Dalkey Island in the southern end of Dublin Bay.

There were very few spinnakers flown in the early stages of the long downwnd leg as gusts of 32–knots from the north-west hit the mixed cruiser and sportsboat fleet that includes 1720s and a sole SB20.

DBSC Turkey shoot 0424Windjammer was one of the first to pop the kite on the downwind leg to the Muglins

DBSC Turkey shoot 0424Exhilarating sailing at the DBSC Turkey Shoot Photo: Afloat.ie

Today was the second in a series of seven races is held on Sunday mornings from 5th November to 17th December. An entry fee of €70.00 for the series includes temporary membership of DBSC and the Royal Irish Yacht Club. 

Last year the series was dominated by J109s who took the top three places overall. This year the Js have a grip of the lead again with the JPK 10.80 Rockabill (that did not sail today) also in the frame after race one.

DBSC Turkey shoot 0424The Sigma Golden Fleece (51215) to leeward makes her start

'I was tactician last week on Rockabill VI and tactician today on Joker II this week. We got Joker II up to 15.8 knots on the windy run to Muglins', Prof told Afloat.ie

In addition to the title sponsor, DBSC's Fintan Cairns has also secured continued support from weekly sponsors North Sails and UK Sailmakers Ireland. Also lined up as sponsors are two new weekly sponsors Drumshanbo Gin and Windyridge Garden Centre.

See Afloat.ie's photo gallery from the second race below. Results update to follow.

DBSC Turkey shoot 0424Calypso prepares to gybe

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After taking the three top prizes in last year's Rathfarnham Ford Turkey Shoot Series, only the presence of Paul O'Higgins's JPK 10.80 in second, breaks up four J109s in the top five of this year's DBSC 46–boat fleet after the first race last Sunday.

Royal Irish's Richard Goodbody in White Mischief leads from clubmate O'Higgins in Rockabill VI with places three to five overall now taken by the J109s Chimaera, Dear Prudence and Jalapeno.

JpK10.80 4096Above: Gybing the JPK10.80 in breeze last Sunday Photo: Afloat.ie (Below) from the deck – the team aboard Rockabill VI included Marty O'Leary, the recent winner of J109 Nationals (tactician on "Storm II") and the SB 20 inlands in Dromineer. Photo: Maurice O'Connell

Rockabill VI deck

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

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club's popular Turkey Shoot Series got off to a breezy start on Dublin Bay this morning for an all–star cast of sailing cruisers that includes last year's winner, the triple ICRA Champion Joker II (John Maybury) and the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle winner Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) both of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Open to all, the 60–plus boat fleet has also attracted the INSS's Kenny Rumball, this year in an SB20, with several 1720 sportsboats also racing.

The series of seven races is held on Sunday mornings from 5th November to 17th December. An entry fee of €70.00 for the series includes temporary membership of DBSC and the Royal Irish Yacht Club. 

Last year the series was dominated by J109s who took the top three places overall. 

In addition to the title sponsor, DBSC's Fintan Cairns has also secured continued support from weekly sponsors North Sails and UK Sailmakers Ireland.

See Afloat.ie's photo gallery from the opening race below. Results update to follow.

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Rathfarnham Ford will continue its support of the country's biggest winter yacht racing when Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) Turkey Shoot Series resumes next month.

A series of seven races will be held on Sunday mornings from 5th November to 17th December. An entry fee of €70.00 for the series includes temporary membership of DBSC and the Royal Irish Yacht Club. 

Last year the series was dominated by J109s who took the top three places overall. 

In addition to the title sponsor, DBSC's Fintan Cairns has also secured continued support from weekly sponsors North Sails and UK Sailmakers Ireland.

Attached below is a Notice of Race and Entry Form for the league that last year attracted over 74 mixed cruiser–racers ranging from Flying Fifteen one designs right up to 50–ocean going yachts.

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Despite two attempts to start its impressive 74–boat fleet Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) was unable to get its final sixth race of the Rathfarnham Ford series away on Sunday due to lack of wind. As a results the previous results stood, giving J109 designs the top three places overall. National IRC One champion Joker II (John Maybury) was the overall winner. Results are downloadable below.

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1720 Sportsboats occupy two of the top three places overall with one race to go in the Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay.

The 1720 Zelus on 49 nett points tops the 74–boat fleet leading the Beneteau 31.7 Camira by 10 points. Third is the 1720 Lady Cartoon on 62 points.

Download results below.

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Yesterday's penultimate DBSC Turkey Shoot race was completed but only after Race Officers chased the wind across Dublin Bay.

After a wait for wind yesterday morning the DBSC flagship was moved from the outfall buoy off Dun Laoghaire's West Pier to set a new course in towards the city where winds appeared more solid.

The 74-boat Rathfarnham Ford fleet got underway in a light but steady northwesterly. Organisers had it all to do to get the big turnout racing and resorted to a black flag to get some unruly J109s off the line.

In the end, 16 entries were given estimated times for this fifth race as the wind died before the finish. Results to follow on Afloat.ie

The final race takes place next Sunday

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Overall scores start to get interesting now with discards kicking in at DBSC's six race Turkey Shoot series on Dublin Bay this Sunday. Below are Handicaps and Starts for next Sunday with no changes in starts from last weekend. 

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) chief has repeated a caution to competitors in this weekend's Rathfarnham Ford–sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series not to be 'too pushy' and enjoy the morning's fun racing.

It is understood some boats in the impressive 74–boat fleet have had 'bangs' at marks and also during the start sequences. It led club organiser Fintan Carins to issue a mid–week reminder that sailing 'is still a non-contact sport' and that it is 'time for all to calm down'.

The warning also comes because the six week series, now at its half–way stage, has many different levels of sailors participating, especially among the 1720 sportsboats.

A J109 leads the series and overall results are here.

The series is hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club. This Sunday's forecast, issued by Dun Laoghaire Marina, says it will be staying dry. There will be some sunshine, but generally more cloud is expected. Feeling chilly. Visibility good. Sea state slight-moderate, becoming moderate with winds at race time from the east from14 to18 knots.

Handicaps and starts for this Sunday's race are attached below. 

Read also: DBSC Honours RAYC Prizegiving With Black-Tie Dinner At National Yacht Club

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John Maybury's Joker II, the ICRA class one champion, leads the 74–boat Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot at the half–way stage of the Dublin Bay based series. After three races sailed, the J109 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is 15 points ahead of Jambiya, a mixed sportsboat winner at last Friday's DBSC 2016 prizegiving. Third is the Irish National Sailing School 1720 sportsboat on 71.5 points. Overall results are downloadable below. 

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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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