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'Xtravagance' Keeps DBSC's Waterhouse Shield in the Family

18th November 2011
'Xtravagance' Keeps DBSC's Waterhouse Shield in the Family

#DUBLIN BAY – Tonight's Dublin Bay Sailing Club Annual Prizegiving 2011 is taking place at the Royal St George Yacht Club and among the top award winners is the X-34 Xtravagance skippered by Colin Byrne from the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

The prizegiving celebrates a season of successes on the bay and Afloat.ie published the roll of prizewinners in September and tonight over 40 trophies will be presented. See the DBSC 2011 Trophy Winners here.

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Xtravagance skippered by Colin Byrne won the Waterhouse Shiled at tonight's DBSC Prizegiving for the top performance in a handicap class

Xtravagance won the overall IRC on Saturdays and Thursdays this season as well as the overall Thursday Echo (although the Royal Irish entry failed to make a clean sweep by two points in Saturday Echo).

Byrne's boat is a standard X-34. He sails with a purely amateur crew including his father, Philip, who is 81 years of age and his brothers among the crew. Xtravagance is the first Class 1 boat to win it for a number of years, it's also an award won on at least two occasions in the 1990s by his father in his yacht Growl Tiger.

 


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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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