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WOW Replacement 'On The Stocks' As Class Zero Set To Expand at Dublin Bay Sailing Club

8th March 2017
The Farr 42 WOW is for sale but will be raced as usual this season before her crew move to a new 40–footer The Farr 42 WOW is for sale but will be raced as usual this season before her crew move to a new 40–footer Photo:

Royal Irish skipper George Sisk will be at the helm of a new DBSC Cruisers Zero yacht in the not too distant future. The replacement for his current Farr 42 has yet to be determined, but the crew are seeking an 'all–round club-racer' design that is also capable of winning offshore. Confirmation of the new 40–footer comes as the Royal Irish skipper's current boat WOW goes on the market this week.

News of the new boat rules out any question of Sisk's departure from DBSC Class Zero. 'Quite the opposite', according to WOW's, Tom Power, who says the decision on the design of the new boat may still be 'on the stocks' but it will definitely be a 'Zero' size. 

In the meantime, the Royal Irish YC crew intend sailing a full season aboard WOW, the 2015 ICRA Boat of the Year. 'We're entered for the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race in June and the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta in July and we will be campaigning the boat full–on all season in DBSC', said Power, who was skipper of the 1987 Fastnet Race winner, Irish Independent.

It is conceivable that the Farr 42 may stay in the Bay, under a new owner, he says.

And there's a further boost for Cruisers Zero sailors too with the news emerging today that the 40–foot fleet may reach six boats this season with another new boat – yet to be announced – coming into the Bay. It puts paid to any notion of a merger between DBSC's Cruisers One and Zero as previously raised on

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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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