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Dublin Bay Win is No Xtravagance for Byrne

30th April 2011
Dublin Bay Win is No Xtravagance for Byrne

Colin Byrne sailing Xtravagance won in both IRC and ECHO handicap divisions in this afternoon's first Dublin Bay Sailing Club Saturday race of 2011. The Royal Irish Yacht Club entry beat the Commodore's yacht Gringo (Tony Fox) for the top slot in Class One in an afternoon that blew away the winter cobwebs.

Today's 15 knot Easterly breeze was the perfect antidote to the disappointment of the abandonment of the first race last Thursday due to lack of wind.

In other fleets, Keith Kiernan's Cor Baby won class 2 and the Sonata Jammie Dodger (Dermot O'Neill) won class three, currently the Bay's biggest cruiser class with over 30 entries.

On the one design courses Joe Coughlan's Ash beat Frank Burgess's Snow White in the first race of the Flying Fifteen's, a result that was reversed in the second race.

DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 30 APRIL 2011

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne), 2. Gringo (Tony Fox), 3. Something Else (J.Hall et al)

CRUISERS 1 - ECHO 1. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne), 2. Gringo (Tony Fox), 3. Adrenalin (Joe McDonald)

CRUISERS 2 - ECHO 1. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al), 2. Kamikaze (P.Nash/B.McIntyre), 3. Peridot (Jim McCann et al)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al), 2. Red Rhum (J Nicholson), 3. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Jammie Dodger (J.H & D.O'Neill), 2. Carrabeg (D.Martin/R.Deasy), 3. Supernova (K.Lawless et al)

CRUISERS 4 - 1. Ghrazel (Charles Pearson)

BENETEAU 31.7 - , 3. Thirty Something (Gerry Jones et al)

BENETEAU 31.7 ˆ ECHO 1. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 2. Thirty Something (Gerry Jones et al), 3. Kernach (Eoin O'Driscoll)

FLYING FIFTEEN ˆ RACE 2 1. Ash (Joseph Coughlan), 2. Snow White (Frank Burgess)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Snow White (Frank Burgess), 2. Ash (Joseph Coughlan), 3. PFO (Valerie Mulvin)

MERMAID - 1. Jill (P.Smith/P.Mangan), 2. Lively Lady (G O'Neill & M Hanney)

PY CLASS - 1. P Keane (Laser 1), 2. Sean Flanagan (Laser)

PY CLASS - RACE 2 1. Sean Flanagan (Laser), 2. P Keane (Laser 1), 3. Desmond McCarthy (Laser 1)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell), 2. Cresendo (L Balfe), 3. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy)

SHIPMAN - 1. Gusto (C Heath), 2. Whiterock (Henry Robinson)

SIGMA 33 - 1. Popje (Ted McCourt), 2. Pippa lV (G.Kinsman/K.Blake/M.O'Brien)

SQUIB - 1. Kookaburra (P & M Dee), 2. Anemos (Pete & Ann Evans), 3. Little Demon (Marie Dee)

SQUIB - RACE 2 1. Kookaburra (P & M Dee), 2. Little Demon (Marie Dee), 3. Tais (Michael O'Connell)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS ˆ ECHO 1. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott)

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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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