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Dublin Bay Sailing Club Keelboats Get Ready to Start as Season Extends into October

3rd July 2020
DBSC Summer keelboat racing on Saturdays continues until October 10th DBSC Summer keelboat racing on Saturdays continues until October 10th Photo: Afloat

Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) plans for the revised 2020 season continue apace as a bumper dinghy fleet is already in action and the start for keelboat and cruiser classes is now slated for July 7th, two weeks earlier than it had originally planned.

Last night (Thursday) there was evidence of the upcoming racing with a number of keelboat campaigns out training on the Dublin Bay race track. And tomorrow (Saturday) ISORA will get its offshore season underway with a coastal race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

DBSC has issued new Sailing Instructions and Course Cards with some big changes as a result of the shake up the pandemic has caused.

In particular, the season has been extended into September for its midweek series and into October for the weekend series.

The last DBSC races for dinghies will now be on Tuesday, September 8th, Saturday, October 10th and the Water Wags on Wednesday, September 23rd.

For keelboats, the last DBSC race dates are Tuesday, September 8th, Thursday, September 10th and Saturday, October 10th, just a month before the commencement of the club's popular winter Turkey Shoot Series in the first week of November.

Revised fleet compositions have also been implemented with new, timings and race areas on Saturday for all fleets.

DBSC has also moved to radio only course announcements for the Red Fleet in mid-week racing.

All the revisions are posted in the document section of the club website 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 Jonathan Nicholson of the Royal St. George 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 a 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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