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DBSC Saturday Racing Cancelled as North Eastely Breeze Hits 30–Knots

6th May 2017
Big seas on Dublin Bay led to today's DBSC yacht racing for over 200–boats to be cancelled. Big seas on Dublin Bay led to today's DBSC yacht racing for over 200–boats to be cancelled.

DBSC Saturday racing got its second cancellation today as winds gusted to 30–knots on Dublin Bay. The 2017 Saturday season has yet to sail with both races of the series cancelled so far. 

Even though winds are forecast to moderate this afternoon there was a unanimous decision on safety grounds made by all three DBSC race officers because of the big seas running on the Bay.

Thursday racing, however, has proved more fruitful with ideal conditions last Thursday for some excellent heavy air racing. The Water Wags also raced on Wednesday as did the dinghies and keelboats on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, DBSC organisers have amended its Course Card 3: Time Limits for the Green Fleet. The target time limit for each race will be 60 minutes after the start of the race. Boats failing to finish within 10 minutes after the first boat sails the course and finishes will be scored DNF.

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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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