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Dublin Bay Sailing Club 'Suspends' Racing With Immediate Effect Over Covid Level 3 Restrictions

18th September 2020
Mac Lir, one of DBSC's Race Management vessels -club racing has been suspended with immediate effect due to new level 3 restrictions Mac Lir, one of DBSC's Race Management vessels -club racing has been suspended with immediate effect due to new level 3 restrictions Photo: Afloat

Dublin Bay Sailing Club has 'suspended' its AIB DBSC 2020 Summer Sailing Series in light of this evening's latest government Level 3 restrictions that impact sailing activity.

As the Level 3 partial shutdown is expected to extend beyond the last race of the DBSC season in October it effectively ends the 2020 summer racing season for the largest yacht racing club in the country. 

Dublin Bay Sailing Club is the umbrella organisation for all four waterfront clubs in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and this year had seen regular turnouts of over 100 boats for Thursday and Saturday racing.

As Afloat reported earlier, the suspension follows the earlier cancellation of the Laser Masters Championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club also at Dun Laoghaire.

DBSC's Honorary Secretary, Chris Moore says "We take the opportunity of thanking all our members and volunteers for their input during 2020, and look forward to more normal times in the future. Stay Safe, and respect social distancing".

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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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