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McCourt Makes Light Work of Dublin Bay Westerlies

16th June 2011
McCourt Makes Light Work of Dublin Bay Westerlies

Former Flying fifteen ace Ted McCourt made the most of tonight's westerlies to produce a win in the Sigma 33 class from Dick Lovergrove's Rupert of the Royal St. George Yacht Club writes our Dublin Bay Correspondent. Third was Michael Larkin's Enchantress. The class national championship, that includes title holder Tim Goodbody of Dublin Bay, begins tomorrow on Belfast Lough this weekend.

Supernova (Ken Lawless) continues its run in the club's biggest class, Cruisers III, winning tonight from Ross Doyle's Two Step with Lawless's Royal Irish club mates Grainne and Sean O'Shea sailing the Super seal 26 footer, Gung Ho third.

A shy reach from the new Bay mark in Scotsman's baty sorted the men out from the boys in the Dragon class. The leaders holding height well as the leg tightened. No official results for any of the smaller one design classes have been issued tonight. All other DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 16 JUNE 2011 are below:

BENETEAU 31.7 ECHO - 1. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 2. Attitude (D.Owens/T.Milner), 3. Levana (Jean Mitton)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Levana (Jean Mitton), 2. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 3. After U Too (Michael Blaney)

CRUISERS 1 ECHO - 1. Errislannan (Patrick Kirwan), 2. Joker 11 (John Maybury), 3. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Joker 11 (John Maybury), 2. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne), 3. Something Else (J.Hall et al)

CRUISERS 2 ECHO - 1. Helter Skelter (Adrienne Jermyn), 2. Jester (Declan Curtin), 3. Cor Baby (Keith Kiernan et al)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Jawesome 11 (V.Kennedy/M.Dyke), 2. Jester (Declan Curtin), 3. Dick Dastardly (B.Cusack et al)

CRUISERS 3 ECHO - 1. Supernova (K.Lawless et al), 2. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea), 3. Two Step (Ross Doyle)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Supernova (K.Lawless et al), 2. Two Step (Ross Doyle), 3. Gung Ho (G & S O'Shea)

SIGMA 33 - 1. Popje (Ted McCourt), 2. Rupert (R.Lovegrove/P.Varian), 3. Enchantress (Michael Larkin et al)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS ECHO - 1. Katie (Tom Dunne et al), 2. Nirvana (Bernard Neeson), 3. Edenpark (Liam Farmer)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Vespucci (S & K O'Regan), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott), 3. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer)

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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.

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