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Dublin Bay Sailing Club Introduces Coastal Racing & Says Goodbye to Cruiser Challenge Event

17th February 2017
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DBSC summer racing on Dublin Bay begins on Tuesday, April 25th DBSC summer racing on Dublin Bay begins on Tuesday, April 25th Photo: Afloat.ie

Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC), the country's largest yacht racing organisation, is well advanced with plans for its Summer season in just over two months time.

There are some major changes to the Sherry Fitzgerald–sponsored programme this year with the loss of the DBSC Cruiser Challenge but the arrival of three new 'enhanced' coastal races as part of the fixtures line–up in the capital's waters.

There are changes for DBSC dinghies too who will now race in harbour on Saturdays instead of Sundays.

The first DBSC summer races start in April: the first Tuesday is 25th April, the first Thursday is 27th April and the first Saturday is 29th April.

One of the first victims of an 'overcrowded' sailing calendar is DBSC's annual Cruiser Challenge this season. DBSC Commodore Chris Moore feels the cruiser event has 'run its course' due largely to the fact that 'there are now less big boats racing and many more competing events such as the ICRAs, ISORAs and Sovereigns Cup.'

DBSC End of Season Race Day

DBSC will mark the end of the season with it's last race of 2017 that could yet have a twist on the overall results.

The club is keen to see 2017 off in style this year with a special 'DBSC End of Season Race Day' on the 30th September. Keelboats will have two races and therefore double points which, says Moore, 'could be a game changer for some boats in the running for overall prizes'.

On the dinghy front, there will be no dnghy sailing on Sundays, instead dnghy racing will now be on Tuesdays (as last year) and on Saturday afternoons in the harbour on 12 designated days.

Finally, there will be three coastal races with new and enhanced courses, 27th May, 17th June, and 5th August. these will be entitled 'DBSC Royal Alfred Coastal Series' with some special extra prizes.

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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 Chris Moore 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 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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