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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) News & Results
Water Wag dinghy racing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Wednesday's  DBSC Water Wag dinghy racing scheduled for Dun Laoghaire Harbour is cancelled due to an adverse weather forecast. "Winds gusting gale force 8 in the east are scheduled for later this evening", Commodore Ann Kirwan told Afloat. The Wags are…
DBSC Tuesday night race five for PY dinghies was in Scotsman's Bay to the East of Dun Laoghaire Harbour in light southeast winds
Another win for Noel Butler last night in DBSC Tuesday night dinghy racing gives him four wins from five starts of the PY division in his RS Aero dinghy. Race five was run by Race Officer Declan Traynor in Scotsman's Bay…
Julie Ascoop (1968-2022) was a breath of fresh air for sailing in Ireland and the larger Irish maritime world
Afloat.ie much appreciates being invited to publish this Appreciation by the IDRA 14 Class Association of the much-mourned Julie Ascoop, whose untimely passing has taken an inspirational maritime enthusiast from among us. We are particularly grateful to Charles and Ian…
The Dublin Bay 21 class was one of only five of 22 classes that managed to race on Dublin Bay today due to sea fog
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) yacht racing for its Blue fleet, Green fleet and dinghy divisions was cancelled on the Bay this afternoon just as races were about to get underway. A heavy sea mist brought visibility down to less…
Alistair Court & Conor O’Leary, were Thursday night DBSC Flying Fifteen race winners
Fourteen DBSC Flying Fifteens had a cracking night on the water last night on Dublin Bay when the light zephyrs of the past few sessions, Thursdays and Saturdays, were replaced by a robust breeze out of the west. The forecast had…
Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple
Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the winner of tonight's windy third race of the AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Thursday night series. Tony Fox's IMX 38 Gringo from the National Yacht Club was…
The second boat home in the DBSC Water Wag Wednesday night race was No. 38 Swift sailed by Guy Kilroy with Martin Byrne's No 49 Hilda in third position.
John O’Driscoll at the helm of No. 15 Moosmie was the winner of Wednesday's single DBSC Water Wag dinghy race in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly ran racing over three rounds in a westerly breeze with gusts of…
A file photo of DBSC Laser racing
With winds between 8 and 20+ knots and plenty of squalls predicted, racing took place for the DBSC Lasers inside Dun Laoghaire harbour on Tuesday, May 10th. Staying in your boat with the mast pointing at the sky was the…
Noel Butler in his RS Aero dinghy
RS Aero sailor Noel Butler was last night's winner of both DBSC PY races and sits on three net points to lead the overall Dublin Bay series after four races sailed by six points.  The DBSC Race officer for the inside…
Aurelia returns to DBSC racing with a win in the Cruiser 0 Saturday Series IRC Race   
Royal St George Yacht Club skipper Chris Power Smith, won the Cruiser 0 DBSC Saturday Series Race in IRC today on the J122 Aurelia. The race which was nearly three hours long was sailed in light to medium winds against…
Paul O'Higgins JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI
There was an impressive turnout of seven of the ten Cruisers Zero class yachts entered for the second Thursday Race of the AIB DBSC Summer Series on Dublin Bay tonight. The weekend winner of the light wind ISORA coastal race…
Seán Craig leads the DBSC Water Wag Race in Number One with Vincent Delany second in Number 3 at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. There was a fine turnout of 25 Wags
Laser ace Sean Craig of the Royal St. George Yacht Club took the gun in his first DBSC Water Wag Race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Wednesday night. With a turnout of 25 boats and a course of four rounds set…
Sarah Dwyer in the RS Aero Tikka from the Royal St. George Yacht Club was third in DBSC's Tuesday evening race at Dun Laoghaire
Noel Butler put his recent top form in Italy to good use on Dublin Bay last night when the RS Aero sailor won the PY division of the AIB DBSC Tuesday race. Winds were light southerlies light and racing took…
Tim Kane and George Sisk's WOW, an X-Treme 37 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
Patrick Burke's Prima Forte from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the big boat winner by just over a minute on corrected time of the first Saturday AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club 2022 Summer sailing season after the cancellation of the first scheduled…
There was a strong turnout of 22 Water Wags for the first race of the AIB DBSC Summer season at Dun Laoghaire Harbour last night.  In a force three easterly breeze, Howth Yacht Club's Ian Malcolm at the helm of…
Racing for all DBSC fleets was cancelled today at Dun Laoghaire due to strong easterly winds
Strong winds and big seas on Dublin Bay led to the cancellation of the first race of the summer season for all Dublin Bay Sailing Club fleets this afternoon. "The weather forecast looks better for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and next…

Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is one of Europe's biggest yacht racing clubs. It has almost sixteen hundred elected members. It presents more than 100 perpetual trophies each season some dating back to 1884. It provides weekly racing for upwards of 360 yachts, ranging from ocean-going forty footers to small dinghies for juniors.

Undaunted by austerity and encircling gloom, Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC), supported by an institutional memory of one hundred and twenty-nine years of racing and having survived two world wars, a civil war and not to mention the nineteen-thirties depression, it continues to present its racing programme year after year as a cherished Dublin sporting institution.

The DBSC formula that, over the years, has worked very well for Dun Laoghaire sailors. As ever DBSC start racing at the end of April and finish at the end of September. The current commodore is Jonathan Nicholson of the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

The character of racing remains broadly the same in recent times, with starts and finishes at Club's two committee boats, one of them DBSC's new flagship, the Freebird. The latter will also service dinghy racing on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Having more in the way of creature comfort than the John T. Biggs, it has enabled the dinghy sub-committee to attract a regular team to manage its races, very much as happened in the case of MacLir and more recently with the Spirit of the Irish. The expectation is that this will raise the quality of dinghy race management, which, operating as it did on a class quota system, had tended to suffer from a lack of continuity.

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