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Craig Outwits Lyttle for DBSC Dinghy Honours

31st May 2011
Craig Outwits Lyttle for DBSC Dinghy Honours

In a fine turnout for the Laser class, the Royal St. George's Sean Craig outwitted club mate Theo Lyttle for line honours tonight in the Laser dinghy class on Dublin Bay.

Tonight was the last race in the first series of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club season.

The 13-boat Laser fleet – that race as part of the PY class – was double that of any other fleet tonight as 10–12 knot westerlies provided perfect dinghy sailing for the 30 dinghies competing. DBSC set triangular courses for all five classes.

It was ideal world championship practise for the six Fireballs now only ten days away from the world championships in Sligo. Continuing a theme Noel Butler and Steven Oram were winners again on Dublin Bay. Second was Winder (E.Butler/O.Laverty) and third Blind Squirrel (Frank Miller) of the DMYC.

In the PY race, Lyttle closed on Craig at the top of the second beat but downwind Craig extended again to take a comfortable margin by the line. Third was Paul Keane.

There is more good news for the Olympic single-hander in Dublin with reports that numbers for club racing are likely to increase as the DBSC Summer season progresses.

So far 21 Lasers are entered in total in a PY fleet of 28 boats.

The sailors involved in the rebirth of the Laser as a club boat include former Laser national class champion Chris Arrowsmith and tonight's race winner, the SB3 and Flying fifteen ace, Sean Craig. Former 420 champ Theo Lyttle is a regular as well as Gary O'Hare.

Full DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 31 MAY 2011 results are below:                                                                                                      
BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty), 2. Attitude (D.Owens/T.Milner)                                                          
BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty), 2. Attitude (D.Owens/T.Milner)                                                          
CRUISERS 2 - 1. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al), 2. Free Spirit (John O'Reilly), 3. Graduate (D O'Keeffe)                                              
CRUISERS 3 - 1. Chouskikou (R.Sheehan/R.Hickey), 2. Grasshopper 2 (K & J Glynn), 3. Pamafe (Michael Costello)                                         

CRUISERS 4 - 1. Maranda (Myles Kelly)                                                                                                                 

FIREBALL - 1. nn (S Oram), 2. Winder (E.Butler/O.Laverty), 3. Blind Squirrel (Frank Miller)                                                           
GLEN - 1. Glendun (B.Denham et al), 2. Glenshesk (L.Faulkner et al), 3. Glencorel (B.Waldock/K.Malcolm)                                               
IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 2. Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne), 3. Squalls (Stephen Harrison)                                          

MERMAID - 1. Tiller Girl (J.O'Rourke), 2. Lively Lady (G O'Neill & M Hanney), 3. Kim (D Cassidy)                                                      
PY CLASS - 1. Sean Craig (Laser), 2. T Lyttle (Laser), 3. P Keane (Laser 1)                                                                           
RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy), 2. Golden Girl (Michael Carrigan et al), 3. Diane ll (Bruce Carswell)                                     

SQUIB - 1. Tais (Michael O'Connell), 2. Sidewinder (D.Croke/R.Bowen)                                                                                 

 

 

 

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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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