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DBSC Launches 2018 Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay

21st January 2018
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DBSC Committee Boat Freebird will be on station for the first of the six races of the Rathfarnham Ford Spring Chicken Series that gets underway on Sunday, February 4th DBSC Committee Boat Freebird will be on station for the first of the six races of the Rathfarnham Ford Spring Chicken Series that gets underway on Sunday, February 4th

Dublin Bay Sailing Club has launched its first event of 2018 with the continuing sponsorship of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series by Rathfarnham Ford.

A series of six races to be held on Sunday mornings organised by Dublin Bay Sailing Club. The first race is on Sunday 4th February.

Racing under modified ECHO. Cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not normally race are very welcome, according to organiser Fintan Cairns.

First gun 10.10 hrs.

Entry fee €60.00 – includes temporary membership of Dublin Bay S.C. and National Y.C.

Attached is the Notice of Race and Entry Form for this year's series with a call from Cairns to enter by 31st January.

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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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