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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) News & Results
Spinnakers, Bloopers, Gennakers, Code Zero or similar sails are not allowed in DBSC's new Class Four for the 2021 season
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) has introduced a new cruiser Four Non-Spinnaker Open Class for the 2021 season. "The new class is In response to the increasing demand for short-handed and non-spinnaker cruiser racing as reported in a number of…
The late Larry Martin in his youthful Trans-European motor-cycling days
We have lost an incredible friend with the passing of Larry Martin. I first met him through sailing many moons ago, and was immediately struck by what an obvious and true gentleman he was. He had endless and extraordinary stand-apart…
DBSC Summer Series racing is expected to return to Dublin Bay in mid May=
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Commodore Ann Kirwan says the club aims to start its 2021 summer race series in mid-May despite the lack of clear guidance for the sport following last night's cautious easing of lockdown restrictions by the Government. …
History is made. The first Dublin Regatta of 1828, with the non-racing Pearl at left, the second-placed Ganymede (Col. John Madden) at centre, and the winner Liberty on right.
The impression conveyed in the image above of good-humoured sport afloat at the first regatta from the new harbour of Kingstown on July 22nd 1828 is so lively that today we easily forgive the relatively unskilled work of the artist,…
Six Beneteau 211s are among the early one design entries into the 2021 AIB DBSC Summer Series
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Cruisers Five fleet has the biggest early entry for 2021’s AIB-sponsored Summer Series due to start next month.  Entries for the country's biggest sailing league are materialising even though there is no clarity yet on the scheduled April 25th…
Marks at the Ready as DBSC Preps for AIB Summer Series 2021
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) has confirmed plans and preparations are well underway for 2021’s AIB-sponsored Summer Series. “A lot of work has to be done behind the scenes to provide the standard of racing everyone knows and expects,” Rear…
Laser 'kindegarten' briefing at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
With the continued interest in Laser dinghy sailing among adults, the Dún Laoghaire harbour Laser fleet has announced the launch of an adult pathway that supports adults from beginner level right up to elite racing. The Laser with all its…
Laser dinghy on Dublin Bay
The Royal St. George Yacht Club Laser dinghy fleet hit the headlines at the weekend as the class also prepares to release a new video to promote solo sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. 2020 was a record season for the…
DBSC Class Captain Frank Cleere
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) 18-boat Cruiser Two fleet has elected a new Class Captain for its 2021 season following its online AGM this week. The DBSC Cruiser 2/Sigma33 AGM was held via ViCo on 04.02.2021. The current Class Captain,…
Dublin Bay sailor Jimmy Fitzpatrick
One of Dublin Bay's great sailing characters Jimmy Fitzpatrick of the Royal Irish Yacht Club has sadly passed away. A true corinthian of sailing Jimmy Fitz was very well known both here and abroad. While he sailed out of the…
Maurice “Prof” O’Connell
North Sails Ireland’s Maurice “Prof” O’Connell’s top ten tips talk to RIYC Members and guests pulled in the crowds with a record-breaking 105 attending. Prof’s insights for racing in Dublin Bay ranged on how to gain maximum advantage through adequate…
Dun Laoghaire Laser sailors racing inside the town's harbour in 2020
2020 was a record season for the Dublin Bay Laser Class, and by all accounts, they’re expecting an even bigger season in 2021. While continuous sailing has been difficult for all fleets since the start of the pandemic, the single-handed…
File image of the DBSC fleet at sail on Dublin Bay
The National Yacht Club has offered its congratulations to Dublin Bay Sailing Club on its recognition as Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year for 2021. As our own WM Nixon wrote last week, it marks only the second time…
A new ISORA Coastal Series planned for January from Dun Laoghaire Harbour is to to be rescheduled
Two of 2021's early-season cruiser-racer sailing fixtures on Dublin Bay are up in the air due to January's lockdown restrictions.  A new ISORA 'Early Season Series' originally planned for this month was to continue the offshore's body's successful 2020 coastal…
New Dublin Bay Commodore Ann Kirwan Brings Many Talents to DBSC
This week, Ann Kirwan of the National Yacht Club became the 25th Commodore of Dublin Bay Sailing Club at the club's 136th Annual General Meeting, in succession to Jonathan Nicholson of the Royal St George YC. This harmonious change of…
New DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan at the helm of her Ruffian 23 Bandit
Outgoing Dublin Bay Sailing Club Commodore Jonathan Nicholson handed over the tiller to Ruffian 23 helmswoman Ann Kirwan by Zoom last night at DBSC's virtual AGM.  Kirwan takes over the role for the next two years, becoming the second only female…

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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