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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

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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Royal St. George YC 1720 class yacht Wolfe leads the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey shoot series after two races sailed. Results are downloadable below.

With 74 entries now registered there was a buoyant turnout of 66 boats for Sunday morning's second race. 

The end–of–season fixture brought a number of shoreside spectators to the East Pier lighthouse for a race in light winter airs with lots of colourful spinnakers just off Dun Laoghaire's harbour mouth. 

Racing continues this Sunday to the half–way stage of the popular series.

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Here's some highlights of Team in the first race of Sunday's 2016 DBSC Turkey Shoot.

Two boats, one skippered by Kenneth Rumball with a crew of race novices and the second by some of the INSS instructors took part in very breezy conditions.

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Over 40 boats turned out for a blustery start in today's Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot sailing series on Dublin Bay. The combined cruiser fleet faced a north–westerly breeze gusting to over 20–knots for the first of six Sunday handicap races.  Results will be posted on later.

Below are handicaps for today's race. Handicaps are the start-off base figures for the event. 

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The Royal Irish Yacht Club is hosting this year's Dublin Bay Sailing Club Turkey Shoot Sailing Series from Sunday 6th November to Sunday December 18th. 

  • Entry forms and the NOR is downloadable below.

A series of seven races to be held on Sunday mornings (First gun 10.10 hrs) under modified ECHO.

'Cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not normally race are very welcome', according to DBSC race organiser Fintan Cairns.

As a DBSC incentive to get people sailing, a boat that takes out a non–sailor (new to sailing) will get a 2% discount on it’s handicap that day. The non-sailor will qualify as such for 3 races if taken. There may be overlaps with non-sailors so rules will again evolve! Names must be registered before racing on the day. Cairns says the rule should be 'used in the spirit meant'. 

Dun Laoghaire's Irish National Sailing School has been quick off the mark to launch a 'Turkey Shoot Sailing package' for beginners, providing tuition and racing each Sunday in a 1720. Full details on this INSS package here.

Entry fee to the series at €70.00 – includes temporary membership of Dublin Bay SC and Royal Irish YC

Entry forms and the NOR is downloadable below.

Sailing instructions will be available on Sunday 6th November and will be emailed to entrants beforehand.

After sailing, food will be available to competitors in the Royal Irish YC

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A breezy conclusion to the Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay last Sunday saw the Beneteau 34.7 Adelie crowned champion of the 79–boat fleet. Full results and overalls 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.


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. 

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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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