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Supernova Sails to Dublin Bay Sailing Club Success

3rd June 2010
Supernova Sails to Dublin Bay Sailing Club Success

Fresh from his third overall result at the Irish Cruiser Nationals a week ago, Ken Lawless was back at the top of the Class three fleet tonight when his yacht Supernova sailed to success in a warm Summer breeze on Dublin Bay.

It may have just appeared tightly bunched to shoreline spectators but nearly every boat in the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) fleet appeared to round Pier mark tonight within a time frame of just a few minutes. It was a spectacle worth watching as the massive fleet – of up to 200 boats – reached the mark in Scotsman's bay and hoisted colourful spinnakers before heading off for a lap of Dublin Bay, in a perfect 10-12 knot southerly sailing breeze.

The fleet was joined for a time by Mick Liddy's Open 40 entry in to this month's Round Ireland Race. Liddy was joined by blind adventurer Mark Pollock for the evening training session. Also on the water was Enda O'Coineen's 100-mph RIB, also preparing for a circumnavigation in
this weekend's around Ireland powerboat race.
The steady breeze allowed for an early finish, the Squibs bringing up the rear and all boats back in harbour by 8pm just as the wind died away. It was certainly a lot earlier than just two weeks ago when navigation lights were tuned on before the finish of some classes. Full results below:

DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 3 JUNE 2010

BENETEAU 31.7 - ECHO 1. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey), 2. Levana (Jean Mitton), 3. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey), 2. Levana (Jean Mitton), 3. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson)

CRUISERS 0 - ECHO 1. Lively Lady (Derek Martin), 2. WOW (George Sisk), 3. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. WOW (George Sisk), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin), 3. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell)

CRUISERS 1 - ECHO 1. Errislannan (Patrick Kirwan), 2. Joker 11 (John Maybury), 3. Axiom (M.O'Neill)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Joker 11 (John Maybury), 2. Errislannan (Patrick Kirwan), 3. Contango (Barry Cunningham)

CRUISERS 2 - ECHO 1. Witzend 11 (Peter Conlon), 2. Red Rhum (J Nicholson), 3. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Witzend 11 (Peter Conlon), 2. Red Rhum (J Nicholson), 3. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke)

CRUISERS 3 - ECHO 1. Hyflyer (John Barnard), 2. Asterix (J.Counihan/F.Meredith), 3. Two Step (Ross Doyle)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Supernova (K.Lawless et al), 2. Two Step (Ross Doyle), 3. Asterix (J.Counihan/F.Meredith)

DRAGON - 1. Diva (R.Johnson/R.Goodbody), 2. Phantom (D.Williams/P.Bowring), 3. Chiang (Iain Finnegan)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Flyer (Niall Coleman), 2. The Gruffalo (Keith Poole), 3. Deranged (C.Doorly)

GLEN - 1. Glenariff (Adrian Lee), 2. Pterodactyl (R & D McCaffrey), 3. Glendun (B.Denham et al)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Ruffles (Michael Cutliffe), 2. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell), 3. Shannagh (S.Gill/P.MacDiarmada)

SB3s - 1. Sin Bin (Barry O'Neill), 2. Flutter (Andrew Algeo), 3. Sunday Brunch (D.Dwyer/R.Tate)

SHIPMAN - 1. Whiterock (Henry Robinson), 2. Curraglas (John Masterson), 3. Just Good Friends (Michael Carroll)

SIGMA 33 - 1. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody), 2. Rupert (R.Lovegrove/P.Varian), 3. Miss Behavin' (A Bell et al)

SQUIB - 1. Why Not (Derek & Jean Jago), 2. Perfection (Jill Fleming), 3. Little Demon (Marie Dee)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - ECHO 1. Nauti-Gal (J & J Crawford), 2. Act Two (Michael O'Leary et al), 3. Finnegans Wake (T.Rowlands et al)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Act Two (Michael O'Leary et al), 2. Nauti-Gal (J & J Crawford), 3. Just Jasmin (Philip Smith)

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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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