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Strong Winds for DBSC Spring Chicken Racing on Dublin Bay (Results Here!)

10th February 2019
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Plenty of wipeouts in the second race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series Plenty of wipeouts in the second race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series Photo: Afloat.ie

With northwesterly winds gusting to 30-knots the 40 boats competing in the second race of DBSC's Spring Chicken series had a wild ride south to Dalkey Island this morning, accompanied, for a while at least, by LÉ George Bernard Shaw (P64) the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Irish Naval Service. 

As Afloat.ie previously reported, the J97 Windjammer lead the 2019 DBSC Spring Chicken Series after a light air first race sailed last Sunday but after today's blustery second race it is the J109 Dear Prudence (currently for sale on Afloat.ie here) that shares the overall lead with the Sunfast 3600 YoYo.

Download results for the second race together with Handicaps and Starts for next Sunday's (17th February) third race below.

Spring chicken DBSC 2343LÉ George Bernard Shaw (P64) alongside DBSC Spring Chicken competitors including a navy–hulled 1720 sportsboat that appears to be going faster than the offshore patrol vessel in the 30-knot winds on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat.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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