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New Marks for Dublin Bay Sailing Club Summer Season

13th March 2019
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The new chart showing the 2019 DBSC Mark locations including the optional positions for Harbour and Zebra marks close to the new anchorage for cruise liners off Dun Laoghaire's Harbour Mouth The new chart showing the 2019 DBSC Mark locations including the optional positions for Harbour and Zebra marks close to the new anchorage for cruise liners off Dun Laoghaire's Harbour Mouth Photo: courtesy DBSC

A Dublin Bay risk assessment carried out by Dublin Port Company has led to the removal of some of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) yacht racing marks and the upgrading of others.

Some courses in next month's busy DBSC summer calendar have been amended to take into account concerns raised by Dublin Port's Harbour Master over ships coming into contact with the 10-foot conical racing buoys that until now were unlit and without radar reflectors.

23 fibreglass marks provide turning points for up to 300 racing yachts based at Dun Laoghaire and are positioned each season in the south and western areas of the capital's waters. Summer racing runs from April to late September in one of Europe's biggest yacht racing clubs.

Pier mark 1316Racing yachts round DBSC's Pier Mark. Photo: Afloat.ie

Two marks have been removed entirely while others are to be replaced by more substantial buoys with lights and radar reflectors this month.

DBSC's Honorary Secretary Chris Moore told Afloat.ie "he has been more than happy to work with the harbour authorities to eliminate any concerns and make the Bay a safer place for both watersports and shipping"

Marks can only be laid with the permission of the Dublin Harbour Master whose jurisdiction extends over the entire Bay.

Both DBSC Harbour and Zebra marks located north of Dun Laoghaire Harbour mouth have been permanently removed to make way for an anchorage for small cruise liners with an option for temporary placement in required.

"Some courses have been amended for the coming season so bay sailors will need to update their boat's chart plotters", Moore said.

The location of each mark will remain as before and will be published in the 2019 DBSC Yearbook due out at the end of the month.

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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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