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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) News & Results
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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has published the Notice of Race for its 2022 Spring Chicken series. Six races will be held on Sunday mornings from 6 February to 13 March (first gun 1010 hrs), using a progressive handicap on a…
“The quiet charm of a self-effacing Power Couple” – Rosemary and Jack Roy in Kinsale
When we published a comprehensive overview of Jack Roy’s achievement-filled career ashore and afloat on 14th July 2017, it was in light of his recently-elected position as President of Irish Sailing. With someone who lived life a hundred per cent…
The late Jack Roy in an unusually serious frame of mind after officiating as PRO at the Sovereigns Cup in Kinsale

Jack Roy RIP

13th December 2021 News Update
The death of former Irish Sailing President and Olympic Games Race Officer Jack Roy of Greystones and Dun Laoghaire has deprived our sport of one of its most popular and enthusiastic devotees, both in terms of services to sailing and in…
DBSC held 698 races over the season - 483 keelboat races on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, (including the Ruffian 23 class above) 198 dinghy races on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and 17 Water Wag races on Wednesdays.
DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan addressed members of the country's biggest sailing club at its 2021 online AGM last Friday. It was an opportunity to review the many champagne sailing days of the summer and some great turnouts for the 698…
Special presentation: RS Aero winner Noel Butler is presented with his DBSC trophy  
National Yacht Club sailor Noel Butler could not attend the AIB DBSC prizegiving in Dun Laoghaire's National Maritime Museum on Friday evening last to collect his trophy. Still, his winter Turkey Shoot shipmates made sure the Windmill Leisure and Marine Perpetual…
DBSC Premier Award winners gathered on stage at the annual prizegiving at the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire. Scroll down for a full photo gallery of the evening
The Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) prizegiving highlights the Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailing season with an array of magnificent and ancient yachting silverware. This year's event was especially so because it marked the close of DBSC's 137th season and the…
John Maybury's National Championship winning J109 Joker II is one of five J109s entered for the DBSC AIB Turkey Shoot starting on Dublin Bay this Sunday morning
The normal four-start race sequence will be expanded to five for this Sunday's first race of the impressive 70-boat fleet in the AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay. The 2021 entry of several 40-foot and above entries (including the…
The late Carmel Winkelmann with Olympians Finn Lynch and Silver Medallist Annalise Murphy
For sixty years and more, Carmel Winkelmann was a force of nature and a power for the good in sailing in Ireland, especially in Dublin Bay. While she gave generously of her time in all areas of interest, her speciality…
The DBSC annual prizegiving will be held this year in the National Maritime Museum on Friday, November 12th at 19.00hrs
The AIB DBSC 2021 Summer Sailing Season annual prizegiving will be held this year in the National Maritime Museum on Friday, November 12th at 19.00hrs It's a move away from the traditional club based event. Due to COVID, it follows…
DBSC held 350 Saturday yacht races in 2021 on Dublin Bay for over 20 classes including the Beneteau 31.7s pictured above
With the conclusion of Saturday racing at the weekend, Ireland's biggest sailing club brought the curtain down on its summer season in style, and overall results in all classes for the series are published below (subject to protest). Dublin Bay…
Ventuno (Rowan Fogerty') was the winner of the first race of the B211 class in DBSC's final  Saturday race of the AIB 2021 Summer season.
One hundred twenty-one boats turned out for the final races of the AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Summer Series in a moderate ESE to SE breeze on the bay. Patrick Burke's First 40 Prima Forte won the Cruisers Zero…
Number 19 Shindilla (Ali and Zoe Kissane) takes the gun
22 boats competed in the last Water Wag race of the AIB DBSC season in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Wednesday evening.  The race was won by boat number 19 Shindilla, sailed by Ali and Zoe Kissane. Number 15 (John O’Driscoll)…
At the start of Sunday's Kish Race, the keenly-raced vintage Nich 31 Saki (third left, Michael Ryan & Paget McCormack) has her spinnaker up and drawing to perfection, powering her along on a perfect sailing day for the second race of the DBSC Cruiser 3 Championship.
Two days of sunny Dublin Bay perfection, with light easterlies on Saturday and an initially brisk westerly on Sunday, provided the notably sociable DBSC Cruisers 3 with an ideal launch pad for their new style championship, which produced an oven-ready…
The all-black Quarter Tonner Cartoon, skippered by Sybil McCormack and Ken Lawless on her way out to a light airs DBSC race course from Dun Laoghaire Harbour
In the first race of the Cruiser Three Championships that include Dublin By Sailing Club's Saturday Series - and Sunday's Kish Race from the DMYC - the all-black Quarter Tonner Cartoon, skippered by Sybil McCormack and Ken Lawless won both DBSC's…
The Spirit of Cruisers 3 – the vintage Nicholson 31 Saki (Michael Ryan & Paget McCormack) is raced with the same determination in DBSC Cruisers 3 as much more modern stripped-out performance craft
Success in sailing's organisational development can sometimes be found in seeing previously "invisible" underlying patterns in the existing fixtures list, and a talent for doing this has added value as we try to optimise the amount of sailing available while…
Dun Laoghaire Flying fifteens gather for the annual Captain's Prize prizegiving
Having experienced a shortened season in 2020 because of the immediate impact of Covid, the 2020 Flying Fifteen Class Captain in Dun Laoghaire offered to serve a second term and on Saturday past, Neil Colin, Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club…

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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