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DBSC Spring Chicken Sailing Series Cancelled Due to Sea State

3rd March 2018
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Racing has been cancelled in tomorrow's DBSC Spring Chicken Series due to Storm Emma. Winds are set to moderate later tomorrow Racing has been cancelled in tomorrow's DBSC Spring Chicken Series due to Storm Emma. Winds are set to moderate later tomorrow

A sea state post Storm Emma has been judged to be not suitable for sailing and led to the cancellation of tomorrow's popular Dublin Bay Sailing Club Spring Chicken Series. 

Easterly winds, that brought wild conditions to many Dublin Bay harbours yesterday, are also forecast to persist moderate to fresh tomorrow and not due to drop until later on Sunday.

The 32– keelboat fleet were scheduled to race from 10am from the National Yacht Club

As a further consideration, organiser Fintan Cairns says that 'with driving most likely hazardous tomorrow morning for a lot of people, getting to Dun Laoghaire could be a problem'. 

'Last but not least, we do not want to end up as frozen Spring Chickens!', Cairns added.

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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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