Paul O'Higgin's JPK 1080 Rockabill VI gave notice of her intentions this season with a win in the first race of the DBSC season tonight on Dublin Bay.
The cruisers zero competitor from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the winner on both IRC and ECHO beating clubmates Rodney and Keith Martin sailing the Beneteau 44.7 Lively Lady in both handicaps.
Although entered, George Sisk's new XP44 WOW did not race in the cruisers zero division tonight. Instead, her crew were sail testing the smart new marque in Scotsman's Bay.
Meanwhile, Rockabill is entered for Saturday's first ISORA race of the season, the Viking Marine sponsored Coastal Race now the subject of Storm Hannah forecast for Saturday.
Force three to four winds from the south made for a brisk start to the season on both the DBSC Red and Blue courses tonight, especially with an ebb tide that produced a wind against tide chop on Dublin Bay.
In class one, another RIYC boat, Andrew Craig's J109 Chimaera, was the winner in IRC beating John Hall's sistership Something Else from the National Yacht Club. On Echo, it was an RIYC boat again, the Mills 36 Raptor (Denis Hewitt) that took the win from Paul Kirwan's Beneteau 36.7 Boomerang from the Royal St. George Yacht Club.
On the Freebird course, in Scotsman's Bay, there was a mixed turnout of one designs with disappointing turnouts for some classes including a single Dragon and only two SB20s. However, the Flying Fifteens made up for this with a fine turnout of 12 boats for the first race that was won by Glass Half Full. Second was Keith Poole's The Gruffalo and third David Mulvin's new Ingis Caput II.
DBSC Results for 25/04/2019
Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Rockabill, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Hot Cookie
Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Rockabill, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Hot Cookie
Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Chimaera, 2. Something Else, 3. White Mischief
Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Raptor, 2. Boomerang, 3. Chimaera
Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Chimaera, 2. Something Else, 3. White Mischief
31.7 One Design: 1. Prospect, 2. Camira, 3. Crazy Horse
31.7 Echo: 1. Levante, 2. Camira, 3. Bluefin Two
Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Rupert, 2. Springer, 3. Peridot
Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Enchantress, 2. Springer, 3. Peridot
Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Springer, 3. Enchantress
Cruiser 3A IRC: 1. Running Wild, 2. Starlet, 3. Supernova
Cruiser 3A Echo: 1. Running Wild, 2. Starlet, 3. Supernova, 1. Wynward
Cruiser 5A NS-IRC: 1. Persistence, 1. Cevantes, 2. Gung-Ho, 3. Molly
Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Spirit, 2. Persistence, 1. Sweet Martini, 2. Gung-
SB20: 1. Venuesworld.com, 2. Carpe Diem
Sportsboat SptBt. Hcap: 1. Jester, 2. Zelus, 3. RIYC 1
Flying 15: 1. Glass Half Full, 2. The Gruffalo, 3. Ignis Caput II
Ruffian: 1. Bandit, 2. Shannagh, 3. Ruffles
Shipman One Design: 1. Jo Slim, 2. Curraglas, 3. Viking
B211 One Design: 1. Chinook, 2. Small Wonder, 3. Beeswing
B211 Echo: 1. Small Wonder, 2. Beeswing, 3. Plan B