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The organisers of this weekend's inaugural International Match Race Challenge are attempting to make the regatta a multimedia spectacle, with live reports on the action in Dun Laoghaire's Scotsman's Bay relayed to a constantly updated website. The new site, live at, will be refreshed with updates, pictures, and audio from the racecourse with a reporter watching the action and posting bulletins in real time.

The website will be displayed in the Royal St George Yacht club, and will auto-refresh every few minutes to ensure that spectators can track the action as it happens. Any club in Ireland whose members are involved can do the same and track the event live over the internet. Live commentary will also be broadcast on Channel 77 for the duration of the regatta.

The International Match Racing Challenge pits six international teams against the top six Irish teams. Spectator packages are still available for the event, in which a paying spectator can sit in one of the boats as it races, watching the action from the cockpit. Details are HERE.


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With several key boats competing at Cork week there was no racing for Cruisers Zero on Saturday but there was plenty of other action across the 17 divisions of the Dublin Port sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club. Continuing their winning run, Dave Gorman and Chris Doorly were to the fore in both of the Flying Fifteen races. Likewise in the dinghy fleets, IDRA 14 campaigner Frank Hamilton at the helm of Dunmoanin was a double winner.
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Winds gusting to 20 knots greeted tonight's Dublin Bay Sailing Club fleet for its regular Thursday night league. Peter Dee's Dragon Zu was the winner of the Dragon class. Full sailing results are posted over the fold.

Dublin Port Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 15 JULY 2010

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HOWTH YACHT CLUB. WEDNESDAY SERIES 2 (RACE) 14/07/2010 Class 1 IRC: 1, Storm P Kelly; 2, Makutu Doyle/Others; 3, Tiger Hughes/Harris; Class 1 HPH: 1, Joslim J Connolly; 2, Makutu Doyle/Others; 3, Storm P Kelly;

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Local TD and Minister of Sport Mary Hanafin has given her support to Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company's initiative to promote the town as a cruise tourism destination on Dublin Bay. Writing in her latest newsletter to constituents this month, the Minister says she will do everything within her remit to support the bid.

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DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 13 JULY 2010

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Borraine (Ean Pugh), 2. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al), 3. Katanca (C. Ennis/B O'Connor)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Chouskikou (R.Sheehan/R.Hickey), 2. Pamafe (Michael Costello), 3. Grasshopper 2 (K & J Glynn)

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To the vast majority of people, when shipbuilding in Ireland is mentioned, they think only of Belfast, the Harland & Wolff shipyard and the tragic maiden voyage of the Titanic in 1912.

However, there was a vibrant shipbuilding industry in Dublin for nearly two centuries and the story of the different shipyards, the ships they produced and the people who worked there is told here for the first time. Pat Sweeney provides a comprehensive examination of the origins and progress of shipbuilding and ship repair on the Liffey, and documents the progression of the shipbuilding industry in Dublin from its early days at the Walpole and Webb shipyard, through the boom periods of the First and Second World Wars, to the gradual decline of the industry in the late twentieth century. 

Pat Sweeney was the Editor of the Maritime Institute of Ireland's journal for 22 years. He was also the only Dublin-based photographer for Lloyds List, London's premier shipping journal, and has contributed several articles on Irish and international shipping to the Irish Independent.


Liffey Ships & Shipbuilding is published in paperback at €19.99

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Barry O'Neill of the Royal St. George Yacht Club topped a 12-boat SB3 fleet tonight in perfect southerly sailing conditions on Dublin Bay. In a tight rounding of the 40-foot mark O'Neill at the helm of Sin Bin, already the winner of the DBSC first mid week series, produced another win. Full DBSC results from tonights racing below:  

DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 1 JULY 2010

BENETEAU 31.7 ˆ ECHO 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Kernach (Eoin O'Driscoll), 3. Flying Machine (Conor O'Gallagher)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Flying Machine (Conor O'Gallagher), 3. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey)

CRUISERS 0 ˆ ECHO 1. Lively Lady (Derek Martin), 2. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. Lively Lady (Derek Martin), 2. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Gringo (Tony Fox), 2. Aztec 3 (Peter Beamish), 3. Joker 11 (John Maybury)

CRUISERS 1 - ECHO 1. Indecision (Declan Hayes et al), 2. Gringo (Tony Fox), 3. Aztec 3 (Peter Beamish)

CRUISERS 2 - ECHO 1. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al), 2. Kamikaze (P.Nash/B.McIntyre), 3. Peridot (Jim McCann et al)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al), 2. Peridot (Jim McCann et al), 3. Free Spirit (John O'Reilly)

CRUISERS 3 - ECHO 1. Supernova (K.Lawless et al), 2. Lady Rowena (David Bolger), 3. Asterix (J.Counihan/F.Meredith)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Supernova (K.Lawless et al), 2. Rattler 2 (Austin Whelan), 3. Asterix (J.Counihan/F.Meredith)

CRUISERS 4 - 1. Aslana (J.Martin/B.Mulkeen), 2. Maranda (Myles Kelly)

DRAGON - 1. Phantom (D.Williams/P.Bowring), 2. Zinzan (Daniel O'Connor et al), 3. Susele (Michael Halpenny)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Deranged (C.Doorly), 2. The Big Bow Wow (N.Meagher/N.Matthews), 3. Flyer (Niall Coleman)

GLEN - 1. Glenmarissa (F.Elmes/W.Higgins), 2. Glendun (B.Denham et al), 3. Glenshane (P Hogan)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Ruff N Ready (Ann Kirwan et al), 2. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell), 3. Ruffles (Michael Cutliffe)

SB3s - 1. Sin Bin (Barry O'Neill), 2. Design Security (Colin Galavan), 3. Mosquito (Paul O'Callaghan et al)

SHIPMAN - 1. Twocan (David Freeman), 2. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 3. Whiterock (Henry Robinson)

SIGMA 33 - 1. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody), 2. Popje (Ted McCourt), 3. Springer (I.Bowring)

SQUIB - 1. Anemos (Pete & Ann Evans), 2. Chillax (Mary McLoughlin), 3. Nimble (Brian O'Hare)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - ECHO 1. Windshift (R O'Flynn et al), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott), 3. Edenpark (Liam Farmer)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Windshift (R O'Flynn et al), 2. Persistence (C. Broadhead et al), 3. Calypso (Howard Knott)

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Flor O'Driscoll's Championship winning J24 has added another title to the cabinet this week when Dublin Bay Sailing Club released the 28 winners of its first mid-week series. O'Driscoll who picked up the overall award at last year's 2009 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is back in form taking the honours now in Class three.

DBSC organises racing on the bay for all the waterfront yacht clubs in Dun Laoghaire and the town marina, producing a combined fleet of nearly 300 boats. Its Thursday night fleet is one of the biggest yacht club turnouts in Europe.

George Sisk's Wow won Class Zero on IRC Handicap. A combined prize Cruisers Zero and One was was also awarded and this went to John Maybury's J109 Joker. ECHO honours in class zero went to Round Ireland entrant Tsunami sailed by Vincent Farrell. In the one design fleets Dick Lovegrove's Rupert was top in the Sigma 33s and Frank Hamilton's dinghy Dunmoanin' was the IDRA 14 winner. The first series winners are published below:

Midweek IRC Series 1:

Cruisers 0: WOW (George Sisk)

Cruisers 1: Jalapeno (Dermod Baker & others)

Combined Crs 0 & Crs 1: Joker 2 (John Maybury
Cruisers 2: Jawesome 2 ( Vivion Kennedy & others)

Cruisers 3: Hard on Port ( Flor O'Driscoll)

White Sails: Act 2 : Michael O'Leary  & others

Midweek Echo Series 1:

Cruisers 0: Tsunami (Vincent Farrell)

Cruisers 1   Jalapeno (Dermod Baker & others)

Combined Crs 0 & Crs 1: Jalapeno (Dermod Baker  & others)
Cruisers 2: Red Rhum (J. & C.Nicholson)

Cruisers 3:Asterix (J. Counihan & others)

Cruisers  4: Maranda (Myles Kelly)

White Sails: Act 2 : (Michael O'Leary & others)

31.7s  Flying Machine (Conor O'Gallagher)

Midweek: One Designs: Series 1

Sigma 33s: Rupert  (R.Lovegrove & P. Varian) 
31.7s: Prospect (Chris Johnston)
Shipmans: Curraglas (John Masterson)

Dragons  Diva (R. Johnson & T. Goodbody)
Ruffians: Ruffles (Michael Cutliffe)
Glens: Glendun (B.Denham & others)
SB3s: Sin Bin (Barry O'Neill)

Flying 15s:Fifty Somethings (David Mulvin)

Mermaids: Tiller Girl (Jonathan O'Rourke)

Squibs: Little Demon: (Marie Dee & Sheila Power)

Fireballs: Elevation (Neil Colin & Margaret Casey)

IDRA 14s: Dunmoanin' (Frank Hamilton)
Portsmouth Y'stick: Laser 178952 (Peter Craig)

Water Wags: Moosmie (David McFarlane)

There is regular DBSC coverage on Results posted immediately after race HERE

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Over 300 entries are expected, with a combined crew of over 1,000 sailors for the BMW Royal St. George Yacht Club regatta in Dun Laoghaire. 

The full day event will take place on 3 July at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. More than 20 different sailing classes will be represented on the day and compete on three courses in Dublin Bay.

The George Regatta is a biennial event and has a long standing tradition, leading back to the year 1844. It is one of the biggest and most prestigious events in the Irish Sailing Calendar and traditionally accompanied by the Irish Navy. This year, the LE Roisin will be sent to accompany all racing activities.

“The BMW George Regatta promises to be an excellent sailboat racing for our members and visitors, as well as a fun day out for all the family. We are delighted to have BMW Ireland, in association with Murphy and Gunn, onboard and supporting our 172nd Club Regatta. Indeed, Saturday, the 3rd July promises to be a spectacular occasion both ashore and afloat,” says Patrick Blaney, Commodore of the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

The full day event will commence with registration in the morning and races starting at 11am. Sailors are expected to arrive back at around 3pm and the prize giving will take place at around 6pm.

Hospitality and entertainment throughout the day, including a Ladies’ Fashion Lunch and various bands, will be provided for those who stay on shore.

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SB20 (formerly Laser SB3) information

Designed by Tony Castro, the SB20 is a British-built strict one-design 6.15m keelboat conceived as a wide appeal, affordable, competitive sportsboat for teams of three or four sailors. It is also, arguably, the most successful sportsboat in the world with 800 owners competing regularly in a programme of exciting local, national and international events.

Originally known as the Laser SB3, the SB20 continues to deliver on its pioneering promise: a boat that is fun, fast and easy to sail by anyone of any age; the best value-for-money sportsboat in the market.

The Laser SB3 was designed by Castro and launched in 2002. In 2007 the Laser SB3 was awarded ISAF Recognised Status and the first World Championships were held in Ireland in 2008. In 2012, Tony Castro appointed a new builder, Sportsboat World. At this time, the Laser SB3 was renamed the SB20 and building was returned to the UK from Malaysia. The ethos of the class continues.

The boat is a strict one-design class, economic to buy and campaign, easy to sail with a simple deck layout and electric downwind performance delivered by the generous sail plan. The boat has a lifting keel, can easily be launched from a slipway and towed behind a family car.

Previous SB20 World Champions

2008 GBR: Geoff Carveth, Roger Gilbert, Roz Allen & Sarah Allan

Host National Yacht Club, Dun laoghaire, Ireland

2009 GBR: Craig Burlton, Stephen White, Adam Heeley

Host Clube Naval de Cascais, Cascais, Portugal

2010 GBR: Jerry Hill, Grant Rollerson, Joe Llewellyn

Host Circolo Vela Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy

2011 GBR: Geoff Carveth, Andy Ramus, Ian Mills & Emma Clarke

Host Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay, UK

2012 GBR: Geoff Carveth, Lesley Dhonau, Roger Hudson & Asenathi Jim

Host Hamilton Island Yacht Club, Queensland, Australia

2013 GRB: Craig Burlton, Stephen White, Adam Heley Host COYCH Club, Hyeres, France

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