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Dublin Bay Sailing Club 2020 Prizes Presented at Dun Laoghaire's Waterfront Yacht Clubs (Photo Galleries Here!)

22nd July 2021
DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan at the Royal St. George Yacht Club on July 16th 2021 pictured with DBSC Cruisers Two 2020 winners, Lindsay Casey and Denis Power with DBSC's Premier Trophy, The Waterhouse Shield. The RSTGYC J/97 crew also won the Lady Shamrock Trophy for Thursdays, the Silver Salver for Saturday IRC Racing and the TP Early trophy for Sat Echo racing. They are pictured with (second from left) DBSC sponsor Jim Connolly of AIB 
DBSC prizes - Commodore Ann Kirwan at the Royal St. George Yacht Club on July 16th 2021 pictured with DBSC Cruisers Two 2020 winners, Lindsay Casey and Denis Power with DBSC's Premier Trophy, The Waterhouse Shield. The RSTGYC J/97 crew also won the Lady Shamrock Trophy for Thursdays, the Silver Salver for Saturday IRC Racing and the TP Early trophy for Sat Echo racing. They are pictured with (second from left) DBSC sponsor Jim Connolly of AIB. See club prizegiving photo galleries below

Last year, for one of the first times in a proud history stretching back to 1884, there was no gala event for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's annual prizegiving but as most Dun Laoghaire Harbour observers will attest, most of the sailors in the country's biggest sailing club felt fortunate there was any racing at all, given the ravages of COVID-19.

This summer, new DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan made up for the absence of the winter Royal St George hosted affair, with individual outdoor prizegivings in each club to congratulate over 100 different winners from 22 DBSC classes in the AIB sponsored season.

As Afloat previously reported with a full list of winners here, it's an impressive roll call of division winners that includes DBSC's six premier awards for best performances.

See prizegiving photo galleries below

DBSC Premier awards 2020

Patrick Burke's Prima Forte, the 2020 delivered Beneteau First 40 won the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Trophy for the best new DBSC yacht in the 2020 season.

As regular Afloat readers will know, the Royal Irish yacht in its former life was known as La Response and Courier Zen, a top UK and French Commodore's Cup campaigner.

 DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan presents Vincent Delany of the Wags (and other classes) with his prizeDBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan presents Vincent Delany of the Wags (and other classes) with his prize

Lindsay Casey's Royal St. George Yacht Club J97 Windjammer performed on both inshore and offshore circuits last season and was the winner of the best yacht on handicap.

The best yacht in the one-design divisions was James Conboy-Fischer's Billy Whizz, the first time a B211 has lifted the George Arthur Newsom Cup as Afloat reported here.

Laser Radial ace Rian Geraghty McDonnell of the NYC won the Dr Alf Delany Cup for the best dinghy performance of the season.

David Meeke and Martin McCarthy won the Brendan Ebril Memorial Cup for the Best yacht for most frequent participation in the Ruffian 23 Alias. 

Kevin Byrne skipper of the Cruiser 3, Starlet is presented with a number of perpetual trophies. Byrne won the Smaldridge Cup for Thursdays, The Jack Kennedy Memorial Cup for Sat racing and the Whimbrel Rose Bowl for Tuesdays IRC RacingKevin Byrne skipper of the Cruiser 3, Starlet is presented with a number of perpetual trophies. Byrne won the Smaldridge Cup for Thursdays, The Jack Kennedy Memorial Cup for Sat racing and the Whimbrel Rose Bowl for Tuesdays IRC Racing

Scroll down for photo galleries of the DBSC prizegiving held at the RIYC on July 9th, the NYC on July 12th and the RSTGYC on July 16th. 

DBSC Prizegiving at RIYC on July 9th 2021

DBSC Prizegiving at NYC on July 12th 2021

DBSC Prizegiving at RSTGYC on July 16th 2021

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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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