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DBSC 'Final Fling' Attracts Strong Dun Laoghaire Dinghy Turnout for End of Season Finale

2nd October 2018
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Over 30 dinghies competed on the water in the 4 race no discard format Over 30 dinghies competed on the water in the 4 race no discard format

DBSC dinghy fleet came out in force for the end of season race on Saturday in the Harbour. Over 30 dinghies competed on the water in the 4 race no discard format. The fleet starts were designed to have plenty of traffic at each mark rounding in tight racing in the harbour. This was a welcome relief to the Laser class after a very busy sailing season on long courses.

Tight racing in the Radial fleet, left the ever competitive Judy O’Beirne and Conor Clancy on equal points – with Conor clinching the victory in the last race. Shirley Gilmore used her Laser Master World Championship experience to finish third. 

It was nearly an O’Beirne family day affair as Judy O Beirne’s son Conor, with his superior boat handling, dominated the Laser Standards. Outgoing Class Captain Ross O’Leary came in second with the incoming Class Captain Gavan Murphy finished in third. 

The Vago’s had some exciting sailing in the gusty conditions with Pat Mc Goldrick winning it on count back from Nick Miller & Quentin Laurent.

The IDRA’s were finishing off there busy September series of 31 races! On the day Julie Ascoop in ‘Slipstream’ beat Brian Murphy in ‘Diane’ by 1 point to claim the IDRA’s Final Fling 1st place. Frank Hamilton finished in 3rd.

Thanks to DBSC for supporting the event along with the Royal St George YC. Special thanks to PRO Suzanne McGarry and Joe Hickey from DBSC for the help in organising.

Final Fling is open to all dinghy classes that want to get a taste of the competitive Tuesday evening sailing offered by DBSC during the summer months. If you or your class is interested in join us in 2019.

FINAL FLING 2019 – 28th of September 2019 - Save the date!

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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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