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Commodore's Yacht Sails to Success in DBSC Class One

26th April 2012
Commodore's Yacht Sails to Success in DBSC Class One

#DBSC – Maybe it was the photographs of the fishing trawler pulling out of Howth in the north easterly gale that led Dublin Bay skippers to believe tonight's first race of the DBSC season might be scrubbed or perhaps April is still too early in the sailing season for a full mid-week turnout?  Whatever the reason some early bird entries capitalised on the exciting 18-knot NNW breeze and lumpy seas for the first Thursday night race. One of those was Commodore Tony Fox, skipper of class one yacht Gringo (pictured above), who won on both IRC and ECho handicap. On IRC Gringo beat DBSC champion Colin Byrne's X-34 Xtravagance. Third in class one IRC was John Maybury's Joker II.

In the one design classes Justin Burke's Alert packaging won the SB3s beating class captain Doug Smith's Sacrebleu. Niall Coleman sailing Flyer was the winner of the Flying fifteen class.

The full results for the DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 26 APRIL 2012 are below:

BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Avalon (R.Conan/J.Fox), 2. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 3. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey)

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 3. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey)

CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Gringo (Tony Fox), 2. Joker 11 (John Maybury), 3. Something Else (J.Hall et al)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Gringo (Tony Fox), 2. Xtravagance (Colin Byrne), 3. Joker 11 (John Maybury)

CRUISERS 2 Echo - 1. Free Spirit (John O'Reilly), 2. Peridot (Jim McCann et al), 3. Red Rhum (J Nicholson & C Nicholson)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Peridot (Jim McCann et al), 2. Red Rhum (J Nicholson & C Nicholson), 3. Free Spirit (John O'Reilly)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Asterix (Counihan/Meredith/Bushell), 2. Quest (Jonathan Skerritt), 3. Gossip (D Meredith)

CRUISERS 3 Echo - 1. Hyflyer (J Barnard), 2. Cri-Cri (P Colton), 3. Asterix (Counihan/Meredith/Bushell)

CRUISERS 3B Echo - 1. Small Wonder (H Kelly), 2. Yikes (J Conway)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Flyer (Niall Coleman), 2. Hi Fibre (Michael McCambridge), 3. Deranged (C.Doorly)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Diane ll (Andrew Claffey), 2. Ruff N Ready (Ann Kirwan et al), 3. Shannagh (S.Gill/P.MacDiarmada)

SB3s - 1. Alert Packaging (Justin Burke), 2. Sacrebleu (D Smith)

SHIPMAN - 1. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 2. Curraglas (John Masterson), 3. Invader (Gerard Glynn)

SIGMA 33 - 1. White Mischief (Timothy Goodbody), 2. Rupert (R & P Lovegrove), 3. Pippa lV (G.Kinsman/E.McMahon/M.O'Brien)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS Echo - 1. Edenpark (Liam Farmer), 2. Calypso (Howard Knott)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Calypso (Howard Knott), 2. Edenpark (Liam Farmer)

Race Results

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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 Eddie Totterdell of the National 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.