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Avalon's day at Dublin Bay

21st August 2009
Avalon's day at Dublin Bay
Thursday sailing at Dublin Bay took place in 12–15kt easterlies, with Avalon, Contango and Supernova taking two firsts in their respective classes. Please note: the final dinghy sailing supper of the season will take place in the DMYC immediately after racing next Tuesday evening. Prizes will be awarded for the Second Series of DBSC racing.


DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 20 AUGUST 2009  Benteau 31.7 Echo – 1 Avalon, R. Conan/J. Fox, 2 Legally Blonde, C. Drohan/P. Egan, 3 Levante, B. Leyden/M. Leahy. Benteau 31.7 – 1 Avalon, 2 Legally Blonde, 3 Levante. Cruisers 0 Echo – 1 Tiamat, Tim Costello, 2 WOW, George Sisk, 3 Lively Lady, Derek Martin. Cruisers 0 – 1 Tiamat, 2 WOW, 3 Lively Lady. Cruisers 1 Echo – 1 Contango, Barry Cunningham, 2 Adrenalin, Joe McDonald, 3 Gringo, Tony Fox. Cruisers 1 – 1 Contango, 2 Gringo, 3 Xtravagance, Colin Byrne. Cruisers 2 – 1 Dick Dastardly, B. Cusack et al, 2 Jawesome II, V. Kennedy/M. Dyke, 3 Bendemeer, Gerald Kinsella. Cruisers 2 Echo – 1 Red Rhum, J. Nicholson, 2 Bendemeer, 3 Dick Dastardly. Cruisers 3 Echo – 1 Supernova, K. Lawless et al, 2 Gung Ho, G. & S. O'Shea, 3 Lady Rowena, David Bolger. Cruisers 3 – 1 Supernova, 2 Gung Ho, 3. Rattler II, Austin Whelan. Cruisers 4 – 1 Aslana, J. Martin/B. Mulkeen, 2 Maranda, Myles Kelly. Dragon – 1 Susele, Michael Halpenny, 2 Zinzan, Daniel O'Connor et al. Flying Fifteen – 1 Hy5ive, D. & S. Gorman, 2 Alley Cat, I. Matthews/B. Mulligan), 3 Deranged, C. Doorly. Glen – 1 Glenluce, D. & R. O'Connor, 2 Pterodactyl, R. & D. McCaffrey, 3 Glendun, B.Denham et al. Ruffian 23 – 1 Nuits St Georges, Alan Kirwan, 2 Ruff N Ready, Ann Kirwan et al, 3 Shillelagh, J. Caldwell/D. Barber. SB3 – 1 Alert Packaging, Justin Burke, 2 Flutter, Andrew Algeo, 3 Bom Chickawahwah, John O'Driscoll. Shipman – 1 Curraglas, John Masterson, 2 Viking, Brian Glynn et al, 3 Malindi, B. Smith/A. Gray. Sigma 33 – 1 White Mischief, Timothy Goodbody, 2 Rupert, R. Lovegrove/P. Varian, 3 Gwili Two, D. Clarke/P. Maguire. Squib – 1 Anemos, Pete & Ann Evans, 2 Little Demon, Marie Dee, 3 Ladybird, M. Muldoon/B. Stevens. White Sail Cruisers Echo – 1 Windshift, James O'Connor, 2 Albireo, Michael Murphy, 3 Aurora, Ray Conway. White Sail Cruisers – 1 Act Two, Michael O'Leary et al, 2 Windshift, James O'Connor, 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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