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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) News & Results
The overall DBSC Saturday series leader Timothy Goodbody in the RIYC-based White Mischief took another race win
Patrick Burke's Prima Forte from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the winner by three seconds on corrected time in Saturday's AIB DBSC Saturday league on Dublin Bay.  Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast finished in a corrected time of one hour 57…
The start of the final Water Wag race of the 2022 season for the Candelight Trophy at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The DBSC Water Wag dinghy fleet raced their last race of the season on Wednesday for the Candlelight Trophy at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay. Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly set a course of three rounds, four beats in winds of eight-ten knots…
Fintan Cairns Mills 31 Raptor - The Royal Irish Yacht Club entry finished on top of a six-boat IRC Division One fleet
Fintan Cairns's Mills 31 Raptor was the winner of a light air race seven of the AIB DBSC summer Series on Dublin Bay on Saturday.  The Royal Irish Yacht Club entry finished on top of a six-boat IRC Division One fleet…
Philip Jacob was one of the early members of the IDRA 14 dinghy class (above)
It is with sad regrets that we heard of the passing of Philip Jacob – one of the early members of the IDRA 14 class – who died on 7th Sept - aged 91. Philip was a native of Tramore…
The DBSC West Pier Race Hut displaying a tribute to club race management official, the late Ida Kiernan. A one-minute silence was observed by the DBSC Saturday fleet ahead of racing  in memory of the first Lady Commodore of the National Yacht Club
Barry Cunningham's Blast was the winner of a five-boat IRC Zero DBSC Saturday race on Dublin Bay. The new Cape 31 beat Royal Irish clubmate Patrick Burke's First 40 Prima Forte. Third was the First 40 Tsunami from the National…
The late Ida Kiernan - her trailblazing in sailing started long before the Millennium year. She is pictured above at the 2017 National Yacht Club Commodore's Dinner
Ida Kiernan's election as Commodore of the National Yacht Club on the 25 March 2000 marked a firm shattering of the glass ceiling that limited the role of women in sailing. Only in the late 1970s were women admitted to…
Tom Shanahan's J109 Ruth was the IRC One winner
20-knot south-easterlies and low visibility led to the cancellation of some classes and a much reduced Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) fleet for Saturday racing on September 3rd. Recently crowned national champion Chris Johnston won the Beneteau 31.7 race, a…
Vincent Delany in Water Wag Number 3 Pansy takes the gun for the Captain's Prize Race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
There was a bumper turnout of 32 Water Wags for Wednesday night's DBSC Captain’s Prize race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay. After a general recall, Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly lengthened the start line for one of the biggest…
The National Yacht Club's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie (John O'Gorman)
The National Yacht Club's John O'Gorman's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie won the final Thursday night's IRC Race 18 in the 2022 AIB DBSC Summer Series for Cruisers Zero. The regular ISORA offshore campaigner took the inshore win from a fleet of…
Water Wag women at the Helm Regatta - This group photo shows all the competing Water Wag women sailors plus women on the DBSC committee boat, taken in the National Yacht Club after Wednesday night racing. Pictured also back left is DBSC MacLir Committee Boat driver Ian Meldon who joined the photo! 
A strong turnout of Water Wags on Wednesday night in Dun Laoghaire Harbour counted for the National Yacht Club's Women at the Helm regatta as well as regular Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) points.  19 Wag dinghies entered 'WATH', all helmed…
Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly
It was a testing day for the DBSC Flying Fifteen fleet on Saturday with a strong and gusty southwest wind but PRO Brian Mathews and his team got two races completed. As well as the regulars there were a few…
DBSC Committee Boat Freebird
Despite strong and gusty southwest winds, racing was completed for all three keelboat fleets in Saturday's AIB DBSC Summer Series on Dublin Bay. The Green fleet sailed two races.  Race Officers were Blue fleet Barry MacNeaney, Red (hut) Henry Irvine,…
Flying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay
Flying Fifteen DBSC Race Officer John McNeilly set an exciting course in the 14-22 knots westerly wind with blue skies giving what can only be described as champagne sailing conditions on Dublin bay last night. Dumpleton and Hickey led off…
Light airs for the 23-boat Dublin Bay Water Wag dinghy fleet race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The 23-boat Dublin Bay Water Wag dinghy fleet had one light air race on Wednesday evening (August 17th) in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. DBSC Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly set a course of three rounds (four beats) in a six-knot breeze from…
Paddy Boyd is the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Event Director
Ireland's biggest sailing regatta has appointed a new Event Director for its next edition. Highly regarded international sailor and administrator Paddy Boyd has taken over the running of the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The Dublin Bay sailor is tasked…
The Mills 31 Raptor
In an eight-boat turnout in IRC One, Tim Goodbody's White Mischief from the Royal Irish Yacht Club repeated last Saturday's win in the AIB DBSC Summer Series by taking the gun again in race 13. Breaking into the pack of J109s…

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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