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Last year, for one of the first times in a proud history stretching back to 1884, there was no gala event for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's annual prizegiving but as most Dun Laoghaire Harbour observers will attest, most of the sailors in the country's biggest sailing club felt fortunate there was any racing at all, given the ravages of COVID-19.

This summer, new DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan made up for the absence of the winter Royal St George hosted affair, with individual outdoor prizegivings in each club to congratulate over 100 different winners from 22 DBSC classes in the AIB sponsored season.

As Afloat previously reported with a full list of winners here, it's an impressive roll call of division winners that includes DBSC's six premier awards for best performances.

See prizegiving photo galleries below

DBSC Premier awards 2020

Patrick Burke's Prima Forte, the 2020 delivered Beneteau First 40 won the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Trophy for the best new DBSC yacht in the 2020 season.

As regular Afloat readers will know, the Royal Irish yacht in its former life was known as La Response and Courier Zen, a top UK and French Commodore's Cup campaigner.

 DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan presents Vincent Delany of the Wags (and other classes) with his prizeDBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan presents Vincent Delany of the Wags (and other classes) with his prize

Lindsay Casey's Royal St. George Yacht Club J97 Windjammer performed on both inshore and offshore circuits last season and was the winner of the best yacht on handicap.

The best yacht in the one-design divisions was James Conboy-Fischer's Billy Whizz, the first time a B211 has lifted the George Arthur Newsom Cup as Afloat reported here.

Laser Radial ace Rian Geraghty McDonnell of the NYC won the Dr Alf Delany Cup for the best dinghy performance of the season.

David Meeke and Martin McCarthy won the Brendan Ebril Memorial Cup for the Best yacht for most frequent participation in the Ruffian 23 Alias. 

Kevin Byrne skipper of the Cruiser 3, Starlet is presented with a number of perpetual trophies. Byrne won the Smaldridge Cup for Thursdays, The Jack Kennedy Memorial Cup for Sat racing and the Whimbrel Rose Bowl for Tuesdays IRC RacingKevin Byrne skipper of the Cruiser 3, Starlet is presented with a number of perpetual trophies. Byrne won the Smaldridge Cup for Thursdays, The Jack Kennedy Memorial Cup for Sat racing and the Whimbrel Rose Bowl for Tuesdays IRC Racing

Scroll down for photo galleries of the DBSC prizegiving held at the RIYC on July 9th, the NYC on July 12th and the RSTGYC on July 16th. 

DBSC Prizegiving at RIYC on July 9th 2021

DBSC Prizegiving at NYC on July 12th 2021

DBSC Prizegiving at RSTGYC on July 16th 2021

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RS Aero sailor Brendan Foley of the Royal St. George Yacht Club was the winner of both light air Portsmouth Yardstick DBSC dinghy races at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

In both races, Foley beat the National Yacht Club's Noel Butler, who, in turn, beat Greystones sailor Roy Van Maanen all sailing RS Aero dinghies.

Results summary below.

DBSC Results for 20/07/2021

Race 1

Cruiser 3 Tuesday Echo: 1. Starlet, 2. Pamafe, 3. Maranda

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jeorge V, 2. Jay Z

Sportsboat: 1. Jeorge V, 2. Jay Z

Ruffian: 1. Carmen, 2. Alias, 3. Bandit

Shipman: 1. Poppy, 2. Bluefin

B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Isolde, 3. Beeswing

B211 Echo: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Betty B, 3. Isolde

PY Class: 1. Brendan Foley, 2. Noel Butler, 3. Roy Van Maanen

IDRA 14: 1. Slipway, 2. Dunmoanin, 3. Dart

Fireball: 1. Louise McKenna, 2. Frank Miller, 3. Owen Sinnott

Laser Standard: 1. Chris Arrowsmith, 2. Gary O'Hare, 3. Owen Laverty

Laser Radial: 1. Conor Clancy, 2. Ali Robinson, 3. David Cahill

Combined Cruisers Echo: 1. Ruth, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Windjammer

Race 2

PY Class: 1. Brendan Foley, 2. Noel Butler, 3. Roy Van Maanen

IDRA 14: 1. Slipway, 2. Dart, 3. Dunmoanin

Fireball: 1. Louise McKenna, 2. Frank Miller, 3. Owen Sinno

Laser Standard: 1. Chris Arrowsmith, 2. Owen Laverty, 3. Gary O'Hare

Laser Radial: 1. Conor Clancy, 2. Hugh Cahill, 3. Marco Sorgassi

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Shane McCarthy & Chris Doorly (4085) dominated the latter 60% of the DBSC Flying FifteensThursday race last night in what were the best summer conditions we have had thus far. For each of the last three days, grey skies in the morning have given way to glorious sunshine by late morning and yesterday was no exception. By race start time, we had a good sea breeze, nothing too strenuous, and an ebbing tide across the course.

The Race Team led by Suzanne McGarry gave the 14-boat fleet GW4 as their course for the night – Bulloch, Island, Pier, Island, Pier, Finish.

The philosophy of the fleet to the first beat to Bulloch seemed to be divided, for the first time, with a split between offshore and inshore. Both groups would have the benefit of the ebbing tide, but the differential would be which would get the better wind. By Bulloch, the question wasn't answered because Tom Murphy & Karel (4057) stormed in from the left-hand side of the beat (offshore) to take the lead, followed by McCarthy & Doorly, who had been in the group pioneering the inshore route to the first mark. Also well placed at this stage were Ken Dumpleton & Joe (3955), Neil Colin & Bernard (4028), Alistair Court & Conor O'Leary (3753), Adrian Cooper (3198), Niall & Mrs Colman (4008) and David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne (4068). In fact, from this correspondent's perspective, just about everybody was well-placed.

The leg to Island was a two-sailer but not everyone managed to compensate for the tide, and the race leader may have been one of them because his lead was eaten into by McCarthy, who sailed a much lower line to the mark.

The leg from Island to Pier split views on how to fight the tide as the fleet went westwards towards Pier and for the second time of the evening the view was split! By the time we were halfway down the leg, the spread across the course was of the order of 6 -700 meters from Niall Meagher & Nicki Matthews (3938) inshore to Neil Colin & Bernard (4028) offshore. Offshore and middle to right seemed to work best.

On this leg, McCarthy & Doorly took the lead. This correspondent and Ben Mulligan (4081) staged a minor recovery on the spinnaker leg and soon found themselves in the relatively close company of the Colmans (4008), Mulvin & Beirne (4068), Peter Murphy & Ciara (3774) and Frank Miller & Ed Butler (3845) – this was starting to look better. While McCarthy managed to pull out some distance from the chasing pack, the balance of the fleet seemed to close in – we were getting closer to Murphy (T) and Dumpleton.

There was further convergence at Pier and some very loose definitions of where three boat-lengths from the mark was, the perennial argument, and this correspondent saw the good downwind work evaporate when a gap that would allow a carriage and four to be driven through appear that everyone in close proximity availed of. We didn't create the gap ourselves but paid for it is very expensive terms. Back to the drawing board!!

McCarthy & Doorly were now in the favourable position of being able to sail their own race, which they did – stretching to the "country mile" quoted above. Or should that be "nautical mile"? No! that would be an actual measurement!! The wind conditions seemed to favour a middle and left approach to the beat back up to Island, and this is where the majority of the fleet found itself.

At Island McCarthy, Murphy T and Dumpleton were in the podium positions, but the latter two needed to be careful of Mulvin, and Colman particularly but also Miller, Court and Mulligan who, with a good downwind leg might be able to close distance. O the second run to Pier, Court & Mulligan worked the inshore route but the width across the fleet this time round was much smaller. Court and Mulligan agreed gentleman-like to allow each other to pursue their own course when it appeared there was a divergence of thought and this left Mulligan as the most inshore boat. Mulvin, Colman and Miller were just beyond "touching distance" but not quite close enough to be overly worried about by either Court or Mulligan.

In the hitch to the finish, Colman and Miller went offshore again whereas Mulligan, having got through Court on the spinnaker leg, worked the inshore route. While he closed on them, it wasn't enough to enhance his finishing position.

The finishing order therefore was; McCarthy & Doorly (4085), Murphy (T) & Karel (4057), Dumpleton & Joe (3955), Mulvin & Beirne (4068), Mr & Mrs Colman (4008), Miller & Butler (3845).
In the overall series McCarthy (17) jumps into first with a four-point cushion on Dumpleton and Mulligan (21), with Colin (23) and Mulvin (32) closing out the top five, with a single discard applying.

Thanks to Suzanne McGarry and her team for a great night's racing.

The fleet is reminded that the Northern Championships have been confirmed for Portaferry on the weekend of 24th & 25th July.

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Patrick Burke's First 40 Prima Forte of the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the IRC winner of Dubin Bay Sailing Club's Cruiser 0 AIB Summer Series Saturday race.  

Second and third on IRC were the First 40.7 sisterships Tsunami (Vincent Farrell) of the National Yacht Club and the RIYC's Lively Lady (Rodney and Keith Martin) respectively. 

A total of DBSC 127 boats across 22 classes enjoyed a fine sunny afternoon on the bay in light South Easterly winds.

A full results summary is below: 

DBSC Results for 17/07/2021

Race 1

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Prima Forte, 2. Tsunami, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Lively Lady, 2. Tsunami, 3. Prima Forte

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Gringo

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Jump the Gun, 2. Gringo, 3. White Mischief

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Dear Prudence

31.7 One Design: 1. Kalamar, 2. Camira, 3. Bluefin Two

31.7 Echo: 1. Kalamar, 2. Bluefin Two, 3. Attitude

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Windjammer, 2. Rupert, 3. Peridot

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Gwili II, 2. Leeuwin, 3. Springer

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Leeuwin, 2. Gwili II, 3. Rupert

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Starlet, 2. Maranda

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Maranda, 2. Wynward, 3. Saki

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. Boomerang, 2. Karukera, 3. RunAway

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Boomerang, 2. Karukera, 3. RunAway

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Playtime, 2. Persistance, 3. Gung Ho

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Playtime, 2. Just Jasmin, 3. Persistance

SB20: 1. venuesworld.com, 2. Carpe Diem, 3. So Blue

Flying 15: 1. Shane MacCarthy, 2. Phoenix, 3. Ignis Caput II

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jawesome III, 2. Jheetah, 3. Jester

Sportsboat: 1. Jawesome III, 2. Jheetah, 3. Jester

Ruffian: 1. Ruffles, 2. Alias, 3. Bandit

Shipman: 1. Invader, 2. Poppy, 3. Viking

B211 One Design: 1. Small Wonder, 2. Billy Whizz, 3. Chinook

B211 Echo: 1. Ventuno, 2. Vamoose, 3. Small Wonder

Glen: 1. GlenDun, 2. Glenluce, 3. Pterodactyl

Squib/Mermaid PY: 1. Jill, 2. Allsorts, 3. Lively Lady

PY Class: 1. Richard Tate, 2. Teddy Byrne, 3. Roy Van Maanen

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Doody, 3. Dunmoanin

Fireball: 1. Owen Sinnott, 2. Paul ter Horst

Laser Radial: 1. David Cahill, 2. John O'Driscoll, 3. Alice Tyrrell

Race 2

SB20: 1. Carpe Diem, 2. SeaBiscuit, 3. venuesworld.com

Flying 15: 1. Phoenix, 2. ffantastic mr ffox, 3. Fflagella

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jambiya, 2. Jawesome III, 3. Jester

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya, 2. Jawesome III, 3. Jester

Ruffian: 1. Ruffles, 2. Bandit, 3. Alias

B211 One Design: 1. Small Wonder, 2. Chinook, 3. Beeswing

B211 Echo: 1. Ventuno, 2. Vamoose, 3. Betty B

Squib/Mermaid PY: 1. Jill, 2. Allsorts, 3. Lively Lady

PY Class: 1. Roy Van Maanen, 2. Teddy Byrne, 3. Richard Tate

IDRA 14: 1. Dunmoanin, 2. Dart, 3. Chaos

Fireball: 1. Owen Sinnott, 2. Paul ter Horst

Laser Radial: 1. John O'Driscoll, 2. David Cahill, 3. John Sisk

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Myles Kelly's Senator 'Maranda' from the DMYC was the winner of DBSC's Thursday night Cruiser 3 IRC race on Dublin Bay.

Kevin Byrne's Starlet of the Royal St. George Yacht Club was second with Krypton third. 

DBSC had another large turnout of 131 boats on the bay tonight in a light South Easterly breeze.

The Beneteau 31.7 class had a full turnout and Beneteau B21s had all but one boat out racing on the Bay.

Results summary below 

DBSC Results for 15/07/2021

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Prima Forte, 3. Rockabill VI

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Wow, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Tsunami

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Bon Exemple, 2. Something Else, 3. Jalapeno

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Bon Exemple, 2. Joker II, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Something Else, 2. Jalapeno, 3. White Mischief

31.7 One Design: 1. After You Too, 2. Prospect, 3. Levante

31.7 Echo: 1. Indigo, 2. Kalamar, 3. Bluefin Two

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Windjammer, 2. Rupert, 3. Ruthless

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Springer, 2. Rupert, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Springer, 2. Rupert, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Maranda, 2. Starlet, 3. Krypton

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Maranda, 2. Papytoo, 3. Grasshopper 2

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. Boomerang, 2. Antix, 3. RunAway

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Antix, 2. Boomerang, 3. RunAway

Cruiser 5A NS-IRC: 1. Playtime, 2. State O'Chassis, 3. The Great Escape

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Playtime, 2. Just Jasmin, 3. State O'Chassis

Cruiser 5B Echo: 1. Setanta, 2. Fortitudine, 3. Gung Ho

SB20: 1. Ted, 2. So Blue, 3. venuesworld.com

Flying 15: 1. Shane MacCarthy, 2. Fflagella, 3. Rodriguez

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jeorge V, 2. George 6, 3. Jheetah

Sportsboat: 1. Jeorge V, 2. George 6, 3. Jester

Dragon: 1. Sir Ossis o'the River, 2. ZinZan, 3. D-cision

Ruffian: 1. Shannagh, 2. Ruffles, 3. Bandit

Shipman: 1. Invader, 2. Twocan, 3. The Den

B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Chinook, 3. Small Wonder

B211 Echo: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Beeswing, 3. Plan B

Glen: 1. Glenluce, 2. GlenDun, 3. Glencree

Squib/Mermaid: 1. Jill, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Allsorts

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National Yacht Club RS Aero sailor Noel Butler was the winner of Tuesday night's PY class dinghy race. RS Aero sailors also took second an third places with Royal St. George's Brendan Foley second followed by Sarah Dwyer. 

Isolde was the B211 One Design race winner in the keelboat classes with Billy Whizz second and Plan B in third.

Results summary below

DBSC Results for 13/07/2021

Flying 15: 1. A Mere Triffle, 2. Perfect Ten

Sportsboat: 1. Jeorge V, 2. Jheetah, 3. Rebel

Shipman: 1. Poppy, 2. Bluefin

B211 One Design: 1. Isolde, 2. Billy Whizz, 3. Plan B

B211 Echo: 1. Isolde, 2. Plan B, 3. Beeswing

PY Class: 1. Noel Butler 2. Brendan Foley, 3. Sarah Dwyer

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Dunmoanin, 3. Chaos

Fireball: 1. Frank Miller, 2. Owen Sinnott, 3. Louise McKenna

Laser Standard: 1. Chris Arrowsmith, 2. Justin Maguire, 3. Gavan Murphy

Laser Radial: 1. Hugh O'Connor, 2. Marco Sorgassi, 3. Owen Laverty

Combined Cruisers Echo: 1. Jalapeno, 2. Ruth, 3. Windjammer

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Former Dublin Bay Sailing Club Class Captain Gavan Murphy took a first and two second places in Saturday's three DBSC Laser races.

Racing for the dinghy classes was held in Scotsman's Bay in an eight to ten-knot warm southerly breeze.

There was another excellent turnout of 135 boats across all classes.

A top three results summary is below  

DBSC Results for 10/07/2021

Race 1

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Prima Forte, 2. Wow

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Wow, 2. Prima Forte

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Bon Exemple, 2. White Mischief, 3. Jalapeno

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Indecision, 2. Jump the Gun, 3. Bon Exemple

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Something Else

31.7 One Design: 1. Prospect, 2. Kernach, 3. Levante

31.7 Echo: 1. Kernach, 2. Bluefin Two, 3. Levante

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Windjammer, 2. Leeuwin, 3. Rupert

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Leeuwin, 2. Springer, 3. Rupert

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Leeuwin, 2. Rupert, 3. Springer

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Starlet, 2. Krypton, 3. Maranda

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Saki, 2. Krypton, 3. Papytoo

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Playtime, 2. Prima Luce, 3. Persistance

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Playtime, 2. Just Jasmin, 3. Sweet Martini

SB20: 1. So Blue, 2. Ted, 3. Carpe Diem

Dragon: 1. ZinZan, 2. D-cision

Ruffian: 1. Ruffles, 2. Bandit, 3. Ripples

Shipman: 1. Invader, 2. Viking, 3. Poppy

Glen: 1. GlenDun, 2. Glenluce, 3. Glencree

PY Class: 1. B & C O'Neill, 2. Sarah Dwyer, 3. Stephen Oram

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Doody, 3. Dunmoanin

Laser Standard: 1. Gavan Murphy, 2. Theo Lyttle, 3. Robbie Walker

Laser Radial: 1. Sean Craig, 2. Marco Sorgassi, 3. Oisin Hughes

Race 2

SB20: 1. Ted, 2. So Blue, 3. Carpe Diem

Flying 15: 1. Enfant de Marie, 2. Ignis Caput II, 3. Fflagella

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jambiya, 2. Jheetah

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya, 2. Ram Jam, 3. Jheetah

Dragon: 1. ZinZan, 2. D-cision

Ruffian: 1. Ruffles, 2. Ripples, 3. Bandit

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook, 2. Small Wonder, 3. Billy Whizz

B211 Echo: 1. Small Wonder, 2. Billy Whizz, 3. Vamoose

Squib/MermaidPY: 1. Lively Lady, 2. Jill, 3. Aideen

PY Class: 1. Stephen Oram, 2. Richard Tate, 3. Sarah Dwyer

IDRA 14: 1. Dunmoanin, 2. Doody, 3. Dart

Fireball: 1. Owen Sinnott, 2. Paul ter Horst

Laser Standard: 1. Robbie Walker, 2. Gavan Murphy, 3. Conor Roche

Laser Radial: 1. Sean Craig, 2. Hugh O'Connor, 3. Oisin Hughes

Race 3

PY Class: 1. Stephen Oram, 2. Richard Tate, 3. Sarah Dwyer

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Doody, 3. Dunmoanin

Fireball: 1. Owen Sinnott, 2. Paul ter Horst

Laser Standard: 1. Theo Lyttle, 2. Gavan Murphy, 3. Peter Foster

Laser Radial: 1. Sean Craig, 2. Marco Sorgassi, 3. David Cahill

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It has been said here before, but it's worth saying again – on Thursday evenings in normal times in summer, the Dublin Bay Sailing Club programme is so popular that the fleet out racing would be considered a splendid turnout for a major regatta at many other sailing centres.

And even though we're not in normal times, this week's breaking of the 140-plus boats racing barrier on Thursday evening was a remarkable achievement by any standards, and particularly so in a time of uncertainty and shoreside restrictions.

In keeping with the "weekly regatta" theme, in pre-pandemic time the Thursday après sailing spreading across Dun Laoghaire's four yacht clubs had such a unique buzz that it's not surprising that some people with multiple sporting and recreational interests packed their entire weekly sailing experience - and its social aspects - into that one very intense six-hour period on the Thursday evenings when the DBSC programme is almost totally underway.

Normally on Saturdays, it's a different state of affairs. For though there is racing available for most DBSC classes of cruiser-racers, one-design keelboats, and dinghies, modern attitudes and values mean that "quality time with the family" is central to many people's lives on Saturday.

Home winner. Peter Carroll's B211 Yikes! Of the Royal Irish YC is winner of the 2021 B211 Championship – hosted by the RIYC. Photo: Afloat.ie/David O'BrienHome winner. Peter Carroll's B211 Yikes! Of the Royal Irish YC is winner of the 2021 B211 Championship – hosted by the RIYC. Photo: Afloat.ie

At least that's what they say is their reason for being unavailable. But those gaining the top of a hill in Wicklow or Kerry might find themselves meeting up with someone they know to be a Thursday night foredeck ace on Dublin Bay, someone who is clearly convinced that a lifestyle of balanced interests and activities is the best way to mental and physical health.

BAY FULL OF SAILS

Yet last Saturday off Dun Laoghaire, you'd have been forgiven for thinking that somehow the Thursday sailfest and the Saturday duty tour had all been run together, for despite a certain amount of fog and as much southeast wind as anyone could want, it was evident the bay was unusually full of sails. In fact, the spookiness of fog wasn't entirely inappropriate, as the Ghost of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta was haunting the bay.

If 2021's programme had gone according to pre-pandemic plan, we'd be in the heart of the VDLR 2021 right now. But as it's a regatta in the great Dun Laoghaire tradition of being divided equally between a seagoing sporting interest and an energetic shoreside socialising focus, even with some restrictions eased there was no way the VDLR could be staged in any meaningful way, and it was rightly cancelled in a timely manner.

Ted, the East Coast SB20 Champion for 2021, showing how it's done – crew weight at optimum position amidships, and all lines neatly tidied away. Photo: Afloat.ieTed, the East Coast SB20 Champion for 2021, showing how it's done – crew weight at optimum position amidships, and all lines neatly tidied away. Photo: Afloat.ie

Yet ever since socially-distanced racing events became permissible in July 2020 as the first COVID-19 wave declined, an enormous amount of experience has been built up in running compliant racing afloat, in tandem with carefully socially-distanced open-air socializing ashore, with crew bubbles becoming all-important.

For some crews admittedly, this was all just too much hassle, and while the more extreme didn't bother with racing at all in 2020, others went racing but then went straight home immediately afterwards, and some have continued that approach this year.

THE MYSTERIOUS DLCC

However, manageable patterns were emerging, and that intriguing body, the Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs chaired by Barry MacNeaney, did a spot of lateral thinking and combined it with notable diplomacy and persuasion. They came up with the idea that if the four clubs could each be persuaded to take on the hosting of at least two of the major One Design Championships which are such a feature of a normal VDLR, then an ordinary weekend could be turned into a manageable sailing extravaganza. For although the bay would be crowded with sail as DBSC's cruiser-racers would be having a routine outing on Saturday afternoon, in so doing, they'd be over-lapping with seven One-Design Classes continuing their multi-race championship programmes.

Barry MacNeaney of the Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs. Photo: Michael ChesterBarry MacNeaney of the Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs. Photo: Michael Chester

To put the whole ambitious project into action, the powers-that-be knew they would be putting even greater reliance on the many experienced on-water administrative volunteers who keep the Dun Laoghaire sailing scene going, but there's nothing like putting up an "impossible challenge" to get people to give of their best.

SEVEN ONE-DESIGN CHAMPIONSHIPS

In such circumstances, the racing area in Dublin Bay can sometimes seem quite restricted, and certainly, there were cases where more boats than was healthy were arriving at some marks together. But generally, a spirit of goodwill prevailed in recognition that it was all a very gallant attempt to provide as much regatta atmosphere as was possible, and as a result, the following events were all involved:

  • Beneteau First 31.7 National Championships
  • Beneteau First 21.7 National Championships
  • Dragon East Coast Championships
  • RS Aero National Championships
  • Ruffian National Championships
  • SB20 East Coast Championship
  • Shipman 28 National Championship
  • DBSC Saturday Series
  • ISORA Offshore Race

To that list, we could reasonably add a "J/109 Saturday Special", as almost all of DBSC Class 1 was made up of that now-vintage J Boats classic which has proven so suitable for Irish needs, and though unlike the other One Designs they'd only their one routine Saturday race, it was a cracker and the Goodbody family added another win with White Mischief.

Cameron Good's Little Fella from Kinsale has now added the 2021 East Coast Dragon Championship to her 2021 South Coast title. Photo: Afloat.ieCameron Good's Little Fella from Kinsale has now added the 2021 East Coast Dragon Championship to her 2021 South Coast title. Photo: Afloat.ie

But with the added appeal of the "Championship" designation and the addition of a programme of several races, four classes – the First 31.7s, the International Dragons with what was named as their East Coast Championship, the SB20s and the RS Aeros – were able to attract travel regulation-compliant entries from elsewhere in Ireland.

VISITORS DO WELL

And in three cases, their journey was well rewarded, with John Minnis's beautifully-presented Final Call (RUYC) taking the First 31.7s (hosted by the National YC) with a clean sweep, while another northerner, Hammy Baker, was tops in the Royal St George YC-hosted RS Aeros, and the Dragons (also hosted by The George) went to Cameron Good of Kinsale with Little Fella, with which he also won the South Coast Championship at Glandore last month.

However, the host fleets managed to take the titles in the Beneteau 21s (hosted by the RIYC and won by their own Peter Carroll with Yikes!) and in the Ruffian 23s, sailing from the National YC and won by DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan with Bandit, while the DMYC-hosted Shipman 28s were won by John Masterson's Curaglas (NYC).

There was a further element of in-harbour cross-club interaction in the SB20s, now well buoyed up by the prospect of the 2022 Worlds being in Dun Laoghaire, with last weekend's Easterns hosted by the RIYC being won by the RStGYC crew of Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and John O'Driscoll.

Despite Saturday afternoon's sometimes difficult weather, the jig-saw puzzle of a pandemic-compliant regatta was put together afloat in Dublin Bay. In fact, being afloat and racing hard was what it was all about, which is distinctly at variance with the classic Kingstown regattas of yore, when a relatively small number of yachts going racing sometimes seemed to be simply the excuse for an across-the-board social gathering ashore, which developed to such an extent that the sailing occasionally appeared almost incidental.

WHEN TURNING MARKS WERE IN THE HARBOUR

Thus it was up to the race officers of that era to devise a course which had a turning mark boat in the harbour – as brilliantly illustrated by Richard Brydges Beechey in 1871 – if the noisily gossiping socialites on the club veranda were going to take the slightest notice of on-water activity. And regardless of the size of the boat, the finish had to be right at the club, even if it involved the finishing racers weaving their way through an anchored fleet of large cruising craft and steam yachts.

The Royal St George YC regatta course of 1871 included a turning mark – in this case one of the large racing cutters – within the harbour for the entertainment of spectators. From the painting by Richard Brydges Beechey, courtesy RStGYC.The Royal St George YC regatta course of 1871 included a turning mark – in this case one of the large racing cutters – within the harbour for the entertainment of spectators. From the painting by Richard Brydges Beechey, courtesy RStGYC.

The Dublin Bay 25 Fodhla winning a Kingstown Regatta in 1900 after threading her way to the finish through an intriguing anchored selection of large Victorian yachts.The Dublin Bay 25 Fodhla winning a Kingstown Regatta in 1900 after threading her way to the finish through an intriguing anchored selection of large Victorian yachts.

This was manageable with smaller boats such as the Dublin Bay 25s, but with larger vessels such as John Mulholland's all-conquering schooner Egeria in the late 1860s and through the 1870s, it could be problematic, and on one long-remembered occasion, Egeria came roaring in the lead through the harbour mouth, and found her course to the finish at the Royal Irish apparently completely blocked by anchored craft.

But Mulholland told his skipper to go for it, so they put down the enormous tiller to head towards the clubhouse, and somehow found a route through the anchored fleet while the crew took in the many and enormous sails at record speed, and the big boat carried her way so well she arrived at the line with only her mainsail and jib still set, but continuing well in the lead. Egeria had just enough steerage way left to cross the line amidst much cheering, following which the spectators returned to their strawberries and cream and champagne and scandal-mongering.

John Mulholland's schooner, the "wonderful Egeria", was built in 1865, and a couple of years later, she became the talk of the town after threading her way through a very crowded harbour to win the Royal Irish regatta when the finish was right in at the clubhouse.John Mulholland's schooner, the "wonderful Egeria", was built in 1865, and a couple of years later, she became the talk of the town after threading her way through a very crowded harbour to win the Royal Irish regatta when the finish was right in at the clubhouse.

When considered against that colourful drama, our current circumstances - with all the sport far at sea, and the outdoor prize-giving ceremonies with their restricted numbers apparently taking place outside the clubhouse boiler-room doors – we are certainly reminded of how totally this pandemic has invaded our lives. But nevertheless, the secret power of the DLCC and DBSC manifested themselves with brilliance last weekend, a brilliance which may well have been part of the inspiration in getting such a splendid turnout on Thursday night.

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A massive total of 140 boats raced on Dublin Bay tonight in a light south-easterly tonight, by far the largest Thursday evening DBSC turnout for many years.

The Cruisers Zero IRC race was won by Paul O'Higgins in the JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI from the First 40.7 Prima Luce (Patrick Burke). 

Cruisers One IRC was won by John Maybury's Joker II from John Hall's Something Else.

Cruiser 2 IRC:  was won by the J/97 Windjammer (Lindsay Casey) from Conor Ronan's Corby 26 Ruthless 

The 31.7s were won by Chris Johnston's Prospect with Michael Blaney's After You Too second.

Full results below

DBSC Results for 08/07/2021

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Rockabill VI, 2. Prima Forte, 3. D-Tox

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. D-Tox, 2. Prima Forte, 3. Rockabill VI

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Joker II, 2. Something Else, 3. Jalapeno

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Joker II, 2. Dear Prudence, 3. Something Else

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Joker II, 2. Something Else, 3. Jalapeno

31.7 One Design: 1. Prospect, 2. After You Too, 3. Attitude

31.7 Echo: 1. Kernach, 2. Attitude, 3. Kalamar

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Windjammer, 2. Ruthless, 3. Rupert

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Ruthless, 2. Windjammer, 3. Rupert

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Gwili II, 3. Springer

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Cartoon, 2. Starlet, 3. Krypton

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Cartoon, 2. Pamafe, 3. Krypton

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. Boomerang, 2. Antix

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Boomerang, 2. Antix

Cruiser 5A NS-IRC: 1. Playtime, 2. Prima Luce, 3. Edenpark

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Just Jasmin, 2. Edenpark, 3. Playtime

Cruiser 5B Echo: 1. Fortitudine, 2. Gung Ho, 3. Emma

SB20: 1. So Blue, 2. Ted, 3. Carpe Diem

Flying 15: 1. Shane MacCarthy, 2. ffantastic mr ffox, 3. FFuZZy

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Joyride, 2. Jheetah, 3. Jeorge V

Sportsboat: 1. Joyride, 2. Jeorge V, 3. Jester

Dragon: 1. D-cision

Ruffian: 1. Shannagh, 2. Carmen, 3. Ruffles

Shipman: 1. Twocan, 2. Invader, 3. Poppy

B211 One Design: 1. Small Wonder, 2. Billy Whizz, 3. Isolde

B211 Echo: 1. Small Wonder, 2. Billy Whizz, 3. Isolde

Glen: 1. Glenluce, 2. GlenDun, 3. Glencoe

Squib/Mermaid PY: 1. Allsorts, 2. Jill, 3. Lively Lady

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