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INSS are DBSC Spring Chicken Champions as Last Race is Scrubbed in Strong Winds

10th March 2019
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INSS Spring Chicken winners from left to right: Kylie McMillan, Kenneth Rumball, Stephen Oram, Conor Kinsella, Lucy Dowling and Alexander Rumball. INSS Spring Chicken winners from left to right: Kylie McMillan, Kenneth Rumball, Stephen Oram, Conor Kinsella, Lucy Dowling and Alexander Rumball.

With winds gusting to 40–knots from the northwest on Dublin Bay this morning, there was little prospect of a final race in the six-race DBSC Spring Chicken series, especially as a flooding tide created a rough sea state for the 40-boat fleet.

Instead, the sailors retired to the National Yacht Club for the series prizegiving where winning Irish National Sailing School (INSS) 1720 Skipper Kenny Rumball led the plaudits to Spring Chicken organiser Fintan Cairns; "This type of short sharp racing is proving really popular, so a big thanks to Fintan and his crew for continuing to organise this great format that gets so many of us out on the water through the winter".

Overall results after the five races (and one discard) sailed are in Afloat.ie's earlier post here. Final results (issued on Monday, March 11) are downloadable below.

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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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