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Former Commodore's Cupper is Early Entry into DBSC Spring Chicken Series

20th January 2020
The First 40 La Response will race in Dublin Bay next month The First 40 La Response will race in Dublin Bay next month Photo: Paul Wyeth/RORC

The new Dublin Bay arrival 'La Response', a First 40, is an early entry into next month's Dublin Bay Sailing Club six-race 'Spring Chicken' Series.

As Afloat previously reported, the annual series will be held on Sunday mornings from February 2nd to March 8th.

La Response, formerly known as Courier Zen and a veteran of several Commodore's Cup teams arrived into Dun Laoghaire Harbour in January following a purchase from the previous owner Andrew McIrvine, an ex Admiral and Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club based in London. More on her here.

It's a major boost for the local DBSC Cruiser Zero fleet and, hopefully, the Irish Sea circuit too. The new addition is moored at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Racing under modified ECHO, the Spring Chicken Series is open to Cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not normally race are very welcome to compete.

The first gun is at 10.10 hrs each Sunday and the series is sponsored by Citroen South. Entries for the series are now being taken here.

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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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