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Dublin Bay Sailing Club To Mark Saturday's End of Season With Two Races

26th September 2017
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DBSC racers will have two races this Saturday – with some special prizes –  to mark the end of the Summer season DBSC racers will have two races this Saturday – with some special prizes – to mark the end of the Summer season Photo: Afloat.ie

Dublin Bay Sailing Club is gearing up for Saturday's End of Season Race Day. Two races will mark the conclusion of the 2017 Summer season and racing will start approximately one hour earlier than usual. 

The following SI amendments been put in place: 

1. Boats in the Blue Fleet will start and finish at MacLir (displaying a blue pennant) and boats in the Red Fleet will start and finish at the Freebird (displaying a red pennant). Green Fleet boats will race with the Red Fleet. There will be no starts or finishes at the West Pier (Hut) line. MacLir will be stationed in the northern quarter of the racing area, the Freebird in the southern.

2. Two races will be sailed for each class. Both qualify for Series 2 points. The starting sequence for the first race will be as follows:

Blue Fleet at MacLir (VHF Channel 74)
Class Flag Warning Signal
Cruiser 5 No.5 12:00
Cruiser 0 No.0 12:05
Cruiser 1 No.1 12:10
31.7 Cruiser No.9 12:15
Cruiser 2 No.2 12:20
Cruiser 3 No.3 12:25

Red Fleet at Freebird (VHF Channel 72)
Class Flag Warning signal
SB20 No. 7 12:00
Sportsboat 3rd Sub 12:03
Dragon Flag D 12:06
Flying 15 Naval 6 12:09
Squib/Mermaid Flag G 12:12
B21 No. 4 12:15
Ruffian Flag Q 12:18
Shipman Flag W 12:21
Glen Flag K 12:24

3. Boats (both one-designs and handicapped) will be scored up to 20 minutes after the finish of the class leader. Thereafter they will be scored DNF.

4. Boats in the starting area that do not cross the starting line within four minutes of their starting signal will be scored DNS.

5. Race 2 will commence as soon as possible after the conclusion of the Race 1. For this race, Flag R will be displayed, with two sound signals, to indicate that racing is about to begin.

Download the full amendment as a PDF file below.

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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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