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With winds gusting to 40–knots from the northwest on Dublin Bay this morning, there was little prospect of a final race in the six-race DBSC Spring Chicken series, especially as a flooding tide created a rough sea state for the 40-boat fleet.

Instead, the sailors retired to the National Yacht Club for the series prizegiving where winning Irish National Sailing School (INSS) 1720 Skipper Kenny Rumball led the plaudits to Spring Chicken organiser Fintan Cairns; "This type of short sharp racing is proving really popular, so a big thanks to Fintan and his crew for continuing to organise this great format that gets so many of us out on the water through the winter".

Overall results after the five races (and one discard) sailed are in Afloat.ie's earlier post here. Final results (issued on Monday, March 11) are downloadable below.

INSS 1720Team Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School

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Forecasted strong westerly winds threaten the final race of Sunday's DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay. 

As reported earlier, the overall lead is currently held by the Irish National Sailing School's 1720 sportsboat but race organiser Fintan Cairns says he "hopes we get racing to mix up the overalls" so anything can happen to the scoresheet if the forecasted blow does not materialise.

Handicaps and Starts for the last of the six-race series are downloadable below.

Cairns says that if sailing is cancelled the prizegiving for the Citroen South sponsored event will commence around 1230 in the National Y.C.

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Two 1720 sportsboats lead the DBSC Spring Chicken Series into the final round of the six-race series this Sunday.

Results published by organisers today (downloadable below) reveal the Irish National Sailing School 1720 leads overall on 25 points, some 11 points ahead of the Royal St. George's 1720 Wolfe. Third overall in the Citroen South sponsored series, after five races sailed and one discard applied, is a one-time series leader, the Sadler 32, White Knight.

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With next weekend's Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Spring Chicken Series ready to kick start the 2019 sailing season on Dublin Bay, there has been a shout out for any last minute entries.

The series follows a pre-Christmas record turnout in the club's 2018 DBSC Turkey Shoot series that attracted over 75 entries.

As previously reported by Afloat.ie, the series is six races over the next six Sunday mornings under modified ECHO. Cruisers, cruising boats, One-designs and boats that do not normally race are very welcome to join the series.

The First gun is at 10.10 hrs. The Entry fee of €60.00 includes temporary membership of Dublin Bay S.C. and hosts, the National Yacht Club

Last year the series attracted 36 entries.

Download race documents here

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Two 1720s are being chased by an SB20 for the overall lead aftter the first race of the Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay on Sunday.  

1720 Optique leads sistership Wolfe with Kenny Rumball's SB20 in third place in the 36–boat fleet. Full results are downloadable below. 

The dominance of the sportsboats maybe no surprise given nearly a third of the fleet is made up of the Royal Cork inspired sportsboat class.

Series organiser Fintan Cairns is predicting some 'interesting handicap revisions' next Sunday after the short first race and the vagaries of the wind.

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1720 Sportsboat Optique was the overall winner of this year's DBSC Spring Chicken Series that concluded today in light winds at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.

Second was another 1720, Merlin with one time series leader Black Velvet, a Beneteau 34.7, third overall. Over 40 boats competed in the Rathfarnham Ford spomsored series.

The DBSC Summer season begins in a month's time on Tuesday, April 25th.

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Strong North–westerlies gusting to 40–knots lead to the cancellation of this morning's Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay.

This year's weather–hit series aims to end on a high though with a final race climax next Sunday, March 26 with a prizegiving party at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for the 40–boat fleet.

Overall leader into the final race is the 1720 sportsboat Merlin. See overall results here.

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1720 Merlin leads the ICRA Boat of the Year Joker II by a single point after three races sailed in the 2017 DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay.

Sunday's third race was sailed in blustery conditions that led to some eventful gybes at the outfall buoy of the back fo the West Pier.

Overall results after three races are downloadable below.

Racing continues on Sunday.

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The Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet is the leader after two races sailed of the DBSC Spring Chicken race on Dublin Bay. The Leslie Parnell skippered yacht from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads J109 Dear Prudence in the Rathfarnham Ford Sponsored series that has attracted a mix of up to 40 keelboats from fifty–footers to Flying Fifteens.

We reported on Sunday, that the ICRA Boat of the Year Joker II lead a group of J109s into last Sunday morning's race, the first in weeks due to bad weather. A reader, A. Rowan, has been in touch to say that, in fact, another J109, Dear Prudence (black spinnaker), was in front of Joker II by the third mark as our picture above now illustrates. 

Download overall results below. Racing continues this Sunday from the National Yacht Club.

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Just crowned ICRA Boat of the Year Joker II was back on the water this morning in a buoyant DBSC Spring Chicken fleet that enjoyed perfect 10–15 knot northwesterly winds after a number of cancellations over the past three weekends. 

The third race of the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored series for keelboats involved a fetch to the first turning mark in Scotsman's Bay and a Spinnaker reach past Sandycove point on Dublin Bay.

Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was second among a group of J109 sisterships into the third mark on the course. Latest results will be posted later this week.

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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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