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Blind Squirrel makes best of DBSC tricky conditions

8th August 2009
Blind Squirrel makes best of DBSC tricky conditions

When the wind finally arrived it was only to usher the Dublin Bay Sailing Club fleet back in to Dun Laoghaire harbour. It was another frustrating day sailing as the 200–boat fleet struggled with fickle westerly winds for the Saturday afternoon race. Regardless, the dinghy and small keelboat programme was completed in the Salthill area of the bay and Frank Miller's Blind Squirel with Marguerite O'Rourke from the DMYC winning the first of two Fireball races. Click 'read more' for this afternoon's full results.

DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 8 AUGUST 2009 BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Prima Nocte (Patrick Burke), 3. Levante (B.Leyden/M.Leahy)BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Levante (B.Leyden/M.Leahy), 3. Prima Nocte (Patrick Burke) CRUISERS 0 Echo - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. WOW (George Sisk), 3. Tiamat (Tim Costello) CRUISERS 0 - 1. WOW (George Sisk), 2. Tiamat (Tim Costello), 3. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell)CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne), 2. Adrenalin (Joe McDonald), 3. Jalapeno (Dermod Baker et al) CRUISERS 1 - 1. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne), 2. Adrenalin (Joe McDonald), 3. Jalapeno (Dermod Baker et al)CRUISERS 2 - 1. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al), 2. Jester (Declan Curtin), 3. Red Rhum (J Nicholson) CRUISERS 2 Echo - 1. Red Rhum (J Nicholson), 2. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al), 3. Kamikaze (P.Nash/B.McIntyre) CRUISERS 3 Echo - 1. Hard on Port (Flor O'Driscoll), 2. Papytoo (M.Walsh/F.Guilfoyle), 3. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea)CRUISERS 3 - 1. Hard on Port (Flor O'Driscoll), 2. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea), 3. Papytoo (M.Walsh/F.Guilfoyle)CRUISERS 4 - 1. Maranda (Myles Kelly), 2. Rascal (K.Burke/S.Milner) DRAGON Race 1- 1. Sir Ossis of the River (D Bergin), 2. Diva (R.Johnson/R.Goodbody), 3. Zu (P.Dee et al)= DRAGON Race 2- 1. Zu (P.Dee et al), 2. Phantom (David Williams), 3. Sir Ossis of the River (D Bergin) FIREBALL Race 1- 1. Blind Squirrel (Frank Miller), 2. Licence to Thrill (Louis Smyth), 3. Elevation (N.Colin/M.Casey) FIREBALL Race 2- 1. Elevation (N.Colin/M.Casey), 2. Blind Squirrel (Frank Miller), 3. Licence to Thrill (Louis Smyth) FLYING FIFTEEN Race 2- 1. No Name (John Lavery), 2. Hy5ive (D & S Gorman), 3. Ffangs (Lorcan Balfe)FLYING FIFTEEN Race 1- 1. The Big Bow Wow (N.Meagher/N.Matthews), 2. Ffangs (Lorcan Balfe), 3. No Name (John Lavery) GLEN - 1. Glendun (B.Denham et al), 2. Glencorel (B.Waldock/K.Malcolm), 3. Glenshesk (L.Faulkner et al) PY CLASS Race 1- 1. C & P Cronin (FGMermaid), 2. Yvonne Gordon (Laser Radial), 3. Tonia McAllister (Laser 1) PY CLASS Race 2- 1. C & P Cronin (FGMermaid), 2. Yvonne Gordon (Laser Radial), 3. Tonia McAllister (Laser 1) RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Ruff Nuff (D & C Mitchell), 2. Ruffles (Michael Cutliffe), 3. Ruff N Ready (Ann Kirwan et al)SHIPMAN - 1. Curraglas (John Masterson), 2. Euphanzel lll (Louis McSherry et al), 3. JO Slim (J.Clarke et al) SIGMA 33 - 1. Rupert (R.Lovegrove/P.Varian), 2. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody), 3. Popje (Ted McCourt et al) SQUIB Race 1- 1. Femme Fatale (Joe O'Byrne), 2. Little Demon (Marie Dee), 3. Ladybird (M.Muldoon/B.Stevens)SQUIB Race 2- 1. Femme Fatale (Joe O'Byrne), 2. Little Demon (Marie Dee), 3. Ladybird (M.Muldoon/B.Stevens)WHITE SAIL CRUISERS Echo - 1. Windshift (James O'Connor), 2. Nirvana (Bernard Neeson), 3. Finnegans Wake (T.Rowlands et al)WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Windshift (James O'Connor), 2. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer), 3. Xerxes (Dan O'Neill)                                              

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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 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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