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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Starting Hut Returns to the West Pier at Dun Laoghaire

9th June 2018
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Back on station – DBSC's new and improved Starters Hut is lowered back into position on the West Pier Back on station – DBSC's new and improved Starters Hut is lowered back into position on the West Pier Photo: Chris Moore

Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) West Pier Starting Hut is back on station for the 2018 season following a three-month hiatus.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour did not emerge unscathed from the winter storms and neither did the starting hut on the back of the town's Pier.

The concrete walled plinth which has been supporting the West Pier Hut since DBSC moved to that location in 1968, was demolished during the first week-end of March and totally swept into the sea by the force of the great storm and blizzard.

Not one solitary concrete block was left behind. DBSC are enormously glad they didn’t leave the Hut on station last winter, as they have occasionally had to do in the past for financial reasons.

Happily, a new and improved is back on station and ready to start races for DBSC's 300–boat fleet every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the Summer months.

As and from Tuesday the 12th June courses to be sailed will be in accordance with DBSC's Course Card 1, Tuesdays West Pier Starts 2018. 

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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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