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1720 Sportsboats to the Fore in DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay

6th February 2018
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The 1720 Optique has taken an early lead in DBSC's Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay. Results are downloadable below The 1720 Optique has taken an early lead in DBSC's Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay. Results are downloadable below Photo: Afloat.ie

Two 1720s are being chased by an SB20 for the overall lead aftter the first race of the Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay on Sunday.  

1720 Optique leads sistership Wolfe with Kenny Rumball's SB20 in third place in the 36–boat fleet. Full results are downloadable below. 

The dominance of the sportsboats maybe no surprise given nearly a third of the fleet is made up of the Royal Cork inspired sportsboat class.

Series organiser Fintan Cairns is predicting some 'interesting handicap revisions' next Sunday after the short first race and the vagaries of the wind.

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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