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Big Winds, Big Seas Produce Big Spectacle on Dublin Bay

8th May 2010
Big Winds, Big Seas Produce Big Spectacle on Dublin Bay

Dublin bay Sailing Club's tightly bunched Cruisers Zero fleet made a fine sight as they filed out of Dublin Bay in rolling waves towards the Burford bank today. The biggest boats of the DBSC fleet were sailing in north easterly winds gusting to over 20 knots. The spectacle of the hard pressed yachts was made all the better by the bright sunshine that filled the bay area this afternoon. Cruisers Zero short tacked towards Poldy buoy before fetching off for the New Ross mark. Some entries were heavily reefed but others, such as Lively Lady, Derek Martin's Beneteau 44.7 from the Royal Irish YC opted for full main. It was a decision that produced good gains on port tack especially as the mean wind strength was often only 16 to 18 knots. Unfortunately there was little chance for spinnakers on the leg back into the bay to New Ross but by the end of this leg, at least one of the J109s had hoisted a blue gennaker. The action was short-lived though. By 3.30pm the bulk of the fleet were back in harbour after only an hour of sailing in the best breeze of the season. With many class starts cancelled it was left to individual boats to venture out and enjoy the surf as many in the Flying fifteens did. Results below: 

DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 8 MAY 2010

BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Flying Machine (Conor O'Gallagher), 3. Thirty Something (Gerry Jones et al)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Flying Machine (Conor O'Gallagher), 3. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey)

CRUISERS 0 Echo - 1. WOW (George Sisk), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. WOW (George Sisk), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin)

CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Jump The Gun (M.Monaghan/J.Kelly), 2. Something Else (J.Hall et al), 3. Indecision (Declan Hayes et al)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Something Else (J.Hall et al), 2. Aztec 3 (Peter Beamish), 3. Joker 11 (John Maybury)

 

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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 Chris Moore of the National 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 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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