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Dublin Bay Sailing Club Issues Summer Season Notice of Race

5th February 2019
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DBSC Race Committee Vessel MacLir DBSC Race Committee Vessel MacLir

Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued the Notice of Race for its forthcoming 2019 summer season.

First DBSC Races
Tuesday: 23rd April: Thursday 25th April: Saturday 27th April

Last DBSC Races
Tuesday 27th August: Thursday: 29th August: Saturday 28th September

Full details will be published in a further Racing Schedule.

1 Rules
1.1 All racing will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of Irish Sailing, the rules of each class concerned (except as any of the above are altered by the sailing instruction) there may also be some other changes to the RRS. These will be noted in the Sailing Instructions
1.2 Where appropriate, class rules are amended by these sailing instructions to allow the use of VHF radio and GPS.

2 Advertising
2.1 The Committee reserve the right to refuse entries from boats which display advertising that the Committee deem inappropriate

3 Conditions of entry
3.1 A boat shall not be eligible to race until a properly completed entry form and entry fee have been accepted by the Hon. Secretary. All communications will be directed to the person first named in the entry form.
3.2 Boats racing in cruiser classes will not be included in the results unless a current ECHO or IRC handicap has been issued by the Irish Sailing Association.
3.3 A boat in cruiser classes 0,1,2,3and 5 shall not be eligible to race unless (a) she is fitted with lying down bunks for two people and sitting down accommodation for four people, (b) she is capable of racing around the Burford marks in wind force 6 and can cope with wind force 8 conditions, (c) she is a monohulled boat.
3.4 DBSC recommends that boats entered for DBSC racing should also enrol in their local class association.
3.5 Boats visiting the area to compete in local club events or championship races or making a temporary stop in a waterfront club or marina while on passage, may enter for DBSC racing for a period of up to 14 days. The current entry fee is €50. This fee must be paid and a visitor’s entry form and declaration (obtainable from the Hon Secretary), be completed before racing.
3.6 After the start of the season, late entries must reach the Hon. Secretary seven full days preceding the day the boat concerned intends racing.

4 Scoring System
4.1 All races will be scored using the low point system as per RRSA4

5 Disclaimer of Liability
5.1 It shall be the sole responsibility of each boat’s skipper to decide whether or not to start or continue to race: and each owner/helm shall sail or race his/her boat entirely at his/her own risk; and that Dublin Bay Sailing Club Ltd. and its committee, race officers and organisers shall not be liable in the event of any accident or mishap. All Yachts shall be adequately covered by 3rd party liability insurance.
5.2 The Committee reserves the right to accept or reject a boat’s or Skipper’s entry on grounds of safety or other such grounds as they deem appropriate.

6 Sailing Instructions
6.1 Sailing Instructions will be supplied upon receipt of valid entry.
6.2 Sailing Instructions and amendments may also be posted on dbsc.ie

7 Venue
7.1 Racing area is denoted in the yearbook DBSC Racing Marks 2019.

8 Courses
8.1 There will be a fixed mark and other laid courses as per course cards and special instructions.

Entries can be made online at www.dbsc.ie

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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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