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#turkeyshoot – The 2014 Dublin Bay Sailing Club Turkey Shoot Series sees the third time the INSS has entered two 1720 Sportsyachts into the exciting winter series writes school principal Kenny Rumball. The 1720s are skippered by Kenneth and Alexander Rumball as part of our race training programme where we aim to teach our crews the techniques and intensity required to race at the top of the fleet. With a training weekend having been blown out the previous weekend and the reserve day being the Saturday afternoon before racing also blown out, our teams had little practise time ahead of stepping on to the boats on Sunday morning. Initial forecasts and the weather in the morning was a manageable 16-18kts.

Boats rigged, masthead spinnakers plugged in, the two teams headed out into slightly more breeze than forecast, a quick change down from mast head to fractional kites prior to the start as we now saw gusts up pas t 20kts. Both teams started well with INSC1 (Kenneth) more towards the starboard end of the line and INSC2 (Alexander) more towards the pin end of the line. Neither INSC teams made the mistake of going to the far right of the bay where the prior two fleets mistook the Flying Fifteen windward mark as our windward mark despite assurances from the committee boat that the mark was 'well left'. INSC1 sailed up the middle of the beat covering Colin Byrne and his team on RIYC and Brian Matthews skippering a 1720 from the NYC. INSC2 went the best way up the beat and went well left, popping around the top mark ahead of most of the the two fleets that started prior to us. INSC2 attempted to fly the masthead spinnaker on the top reach but were wiser and doused it before taking an early bath. INSC1 rounded as third 1720 and could not catch INSC2 or the experienced crew racing the NYC boat with Brian. The pecking order at the top of the fleet stayed much the same with Brian and his team from the NYC claiming the spot of first 1720 across the line followed by INSC2 and then INSC1. A thrilling start to the series in challenging conditions with some breakages and an injury to which both INSC teams express their best wishes to the injured crew member.

'Big Boat' racing over, and the attention turned to the DMYC Frostbite Series where for the first time, the INSC/INSS gave our club members the opportunity to race in this fantastic series in our fleet of performance dinghies backed up by on the water support and coaching and a de-brief after every race. With views from the team INSC skippers Kenneth and Alexander sailing their Fireball and RS400 respectively and on the water support given by Glyn Williams, our new programme give a unique perspective on how to improve your dinghy racing. We have four adult members sailing Laser dinghies with one of our dinghy instructors also chartering one of our lasers before forgetting the four double handers we have entered crewed by members of our Junior Club programme.

Following on from the mornings racing the conditions had somewhat moderated slightly for the afternoon. Our new racers thoroughly enjoyed the intensity of the new experience with big smiles and a steep learning curve ahead of them. Also racing were other members of our junior club in their RS Feva dinghies. All sailors enjoyed a thorough debrief after racing in the INSC Clubhouse where Kenneth gave his inside view on how to win the days race after a close battle with long time competitor Noel Butler a former INSS pupil. Alexander was able to give his view and answer questions from the perspective of the coach RIB for the day due to a parts delay for his RS400.

All our sailors then made their way to the DMYC Clubhouse for some coffees and hot soup with Carlos and Fiona behind the bar and kitchen delighted to see some new faces.

Our winter racing programmes are now full but if you are interested in these programmes, we will have some spots available after the Christmas break.

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#dbsc– The Irish National Sailing Club (INSC) competed in the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series 2013. Here, club skipper Kenneth Rumball (also the Irish Fireball dinghy champion), reviews the school's performance and concludes how evenly both boats were matched over the seven race series.

Sunday the 3rd of November and the two Irish National Sailing Club race teams, INSC 1 skippered by Alexander Rumball and INSC2 skippered by Kenneth Rumball made their way across to the Royal Irish Yacht Club where the boats were on the pontoons ready for the first race of the 2013 Rathfarnham Ford Turkey Shoot series.
With an awful forecast and many crews wondering if we would actually be racing, our teams rather nervously readied the boats to head out in a steady 25-30kts. Being one of the first boats to launch, we headed out and blasted out to wards the committee boat with only our mainsails up followed later by the rest of the fleet. This was our first race for our crews with absolutely no prior training with their respective helms in the 1720s due to rough weather. As such an initial race in 30kts in a 1720 was more a case of holding on and just getting around the race track, not even a mention of spinnakers!
Race two on the 10th of November greeted us with conditions more suited to the 1720, a gentle 12kts from the South West decreasing during the morning. This allowed us to really concentrate on the racing and get all crews used to the spinnakers and how to handle them. In the lighter conditions, we were more up towards to the top of the pack chasing for line honours.
Race three and four saw both boats improving all the time. Both teams were now fighting with the like of Prof in the J70 and Déjà vu the 1720 from the NYC in original form. This tight racing in the light airs was brilliant for our crews, really seeing what the good sailors at the top end of the fleet are aiming towards. Hard lessons were learnt and concentration really was key to success in these races. There was a healthy rivalry developing between the younger crew on INSC1 and wiser crew on INSC2. Both crews were becoming constantly aware of where the other boats were. At the end of race four, both boats were lying joint 9th overall!
The fifth race of the series saw Fintan and his team send us off on a short upwind followed by a long downwind with the Muglins being the leeward mark. INSC1 took an early lead over INSC2 on this long spinnaker leg down to the Muglins, getting towards it Kenneth on INSC2 was still a bit behind but wanted to get ahead. Some great spinnaker work by the crew with a flawless kiwi drop of the kite while the helm took such a tight line around the island, one could have potentially reached out over the side of the boat and touched the rock saw us sail inside INSC2 and Déjà vu amongst others. A short beat up towards Loreto Dalkey with a strong ebb tide saw a great corss tacking phase between INSC2 and Mermaid, the eventual overall winner. INSC1 stayed close in phase but after a great comeback it was INSC2 on top in joint 4th and INSC back in unlucky 13th.
Lots to play for in the last two races, race six saw both boats and their main rivals sporting an OCS on the scoreboard so nothing too much to report from that race. Our final race last Sunday was according to the forecast to be potentially blown out, however hugely light conditions off the start line saw us sailing with two crew situated on the leeward side of the boat! Tight racing between all the 1720s and the J70 had us all bunched together at the top mark. All 1720s were sporting the smaller 'chicken' or fractional kites due to the sever forecast. A good hoist followed by a faulty slef tripping fractional kite halyard meant INSC2 suffered a severe setback, retrieveing their kite from the sea whil rushing to rig the mast head. INSC1 took control of the race on the next downwind and on the next tricky beat they at one stage took the lead in the race. Rounding the next top mark, INSC2 had been catching up and INSC1 took the go big or go home approach, with both boats throwing the mast head kites up in a strengthening breeze. Good speeds and big smiles as both crews had the most memorable downwind ride of the series.

Here is a short view from one of our crews, Pat;
'Throwing 5 people together, on a windy October Sunday morning, who had never me each other before, with a 40 year age gap range, was the start of a marvellous 7 Sunday expose to racing on a 1720 in Dublin Bay. Most of us had limited knowledge of sailing so the initial drills and exercises were somewhat daunting especially when it came to flying the kite.
By the end of the race series we had learned a lot, had become dab hands at handling kites and got to know each other as if we had been ship mates for years'.

With INSC1 finishing 11th and INSC2 13th in the overall results, it shows how evenly the boats were matched. Both crews had an excellent time on their skippers wish to see them bringing their skills onto other boats in Dun Laoghaire.

The INSC will have boats entered in the DBSC Spring Chicken series so if you want to experience racing at the top end of the fleet followed by weekly email de-briefs accompanied by top tricks, hints and tips, don't wait and sign up as spaces are limited!

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#dbsc – Neither a J109 or a 1720 sporsboat could match the pace of the consistent performance of the Beneteau First 50, (Seamus Fitzpatrick) the overall winner of the 2013 Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot that concluded on Dublin Bay yesterday in moderate to strong conditions.

The J109 Indecision (Declan Hayes and others) was second overall to Mermaid IV, by a margin of 20 nett points.

It was only the second time in the 12–year history of the series that the full seven race series was completed.

Third was the Cartoonist, a 1720 (Ken Lawless and others) just two points behind the J-boat. Full race results for yesterday are downloadable below with overalls series results also available below.

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#dbsc – The Beneteau 50 Mermaid IV will continue her long standing lead into the final race of DBSC's Turkey Shoot takes place this Sunday morning with an expected 70-boat turnout for the climax of the six week Dublin Bay series. Second overall is White Knight trailing by 12 points. Overall results for the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored series are downloadable below.

Racing in a mixed fleet of cruisers – from 20 foot to 50 foot – has been taking place each Sunday morning since 3rd November and concludes this Sunday, 15th December.

Racing is held under modified ECHO (i.e. time on time) and handicaps have been recalculated weekly during the series.  An overall prizegiving will takes place after racing at the RIYC.

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#dbsc –  The Beneteau 50 Mermaid IV continues to lead the 70–boat Rathfarnham Ford sponsored Turkey Shoot series. Fives races have been sailed with one discard applied. Results are downloadable below as a word file. Second overall is Fox in Sox and third is the J109 Indecision.

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#DBSC – The Beneteau First 50, Mermaid V leads the overall rankings after four races of the 70–boat DBSC Turkey Shoot sponsored by Rathfarnham Ford. The series discard has been applied and this has tightened results. Full results downloadable below. Second overall is The Cartoonist and third is the new J70, J boats Ireland. 

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#dbsc – The Fast 42 African Challenge is the overall leader after three races in the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot for cruisers on Dublin Bay. Second is a Beneteau design, the First 50, Mermaid IV. Joint third is the J109 Indecision and the Hunter Sonata Asterix. Racing continues this Sunday. Full results are availalbe to download below.

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#TURKEYSHOOT – Deja Vu was the winner of the second Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot race last Sunday in light conditions on Dublin Bay. A photo gallery from Aidan Tarbett is available below and results are downloadable as a word file below. 

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#dbsc – J boats Ireland, the new J70 design, was the winner of the first race of the 2013 DBSC Turkey Shoot last Sunday. Results from last Sunday and handicaps and starts for next Sunday are below. 


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#dbsc – There looks like there should be plentry of breeze for this weekend's oprening race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot series on Dublin Bay with over 60 boats entered so far. Racing takes place each Sunday morning from 3rd November to 15th December 2013 inclusive.

Racing will be under modified ECHO (i.e. time on time). Handicaps will be recalculated weekly during the series. Initial handicaps to be decided by the Race Committee. Results of first Sunday will be published in days following the race.

In a special note in the sailing instructions organisers appeal to  more “experienced” sailors, to give plenty of room to other boats in all situations but particularly at mark roundings. Advice intended to keep the event enjoyable for everybody.

The organisers have also asked that boats do not race with their anchor carried on it’s bow position.

Full Sailing Instructions are downloadable below as a word file.



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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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