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Helter Skelter Tuesday Night DBSC Race

1st May 2012
Helter Skelter Tuesday Night DBSC Race

#DBSC – Four Fireballs took to the race course on the second Tuesday of the DBSC Summer series tonight. Just as the Frostbites didn't live up to their name this past winter, nor could it be said that the summer season racing was summery tonight. Rain, grey, low cloud, brisk water temperatures and a squally wind from ENE with a swell running straight through the harbour mouth made for challenging conditions.

The pace was frenetic with five laps of a windward-leeward on the menu for those who braved the conditions, Noel Butler & Stephen Oram (15061), Frank Miller & Grattan Donnelly (14713), Louise McKenna & Hermine O' Keefe (14691) and Louis Smyth & Cormac Bradley (15007).

Left side of the beat paid the first time with Messrs Miller & Smyth rounding the weather in tandem with Smyth on the inside. Butler was chasing hard and rounded almost immediately after them. A sleigh ride downwind with a late gybe thrown in and all three were in very close company at the first leeward mark.......maybe a tad too close.

Subsequent beats were split with Smyth favouring a right hand-side selection each time to the others who went left to varying degrees and each subsequent rounding of the weather mark saw Smyth there or thereabouts with the other two waiting to pounce.

Some of the downwind legs were being sailed by the lee – not a comfortable position given the wind conditions.

As to be expected, Butler/Oram led around the last weather mark by a boat length or two followed by Smyth/Bradley. These two went right. Miller/Donnelly went left and this gave the first two a nominal gap over the others at the finish.

DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 1 MAY 2012

FIREBALL - 1. Noel Butler & Stephen Oram 2. Louis Smyth & Cormac Bradley 3. Frank Miller & Grattan Donnelly 4. Louis McKenna & Hermine O'Keefe.

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Dart (Pierre Long), 2. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton)

PY CLASS - 1. Hugh Sheehy (OK Dinghy), 2. Colin Galavan (Laser), 3. C Arrowsmith (Laser)

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.