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DBSC Hails 2021 Saturday Winners as Busy 350-Race Series Concludes

27th September 2021
DBSC held 350 Saturday yacht races in 2021 on Dublin Bay for over 20 classes including the Beneteau 31.7s pictured above
DBSC held 350 Saturday yacht races in 2021 on Dublin Bay for over 20 classes including the Beneteau 31.7s pictured above Credit: Afloat

With the conclusion of Saturday racing at the weekend, Ireland's biggest sailing club brought the curtain down on its summer season in style, and overall results in all classes for the series are published below (subject to protest).

Dublin Bay Sailing Club members enjoyed warm sunny weather with a good breeze for the final Saturday race of the AIB DBSC Summer Sailing Season, with 121 boats racing over three race courses.

As regular Afloat readers will know, the DBSC Saturday season commenced with race training on four Saturdays in May, followed by 17 Saturdays of great racing during June, July, August and September. DBSC only lost one Saturday due to too much wind on August 7th, when racing was cancelled for all fleets.

Otherwise, many DBSC Saturdays had 'champagne sailing' conditions, including the final day on Saturday, September 25th.

"A team of 50+ volunteers including race officers, committee boat drivers, race management teams, patrol crews and mark layers all worked together to ensure that our members got an excellent standard of racing, sometimes in a very busy Dublin Bay when the three DBSC fleets shared the Bay with other events, DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan told Afloat.

A team of 50 volunteers are required to run DBSC racing each seasonA team of 50 volunteers are required to run DBSC racing each season

The Blue/Red fleet raced over 17 Saturdays with seven race starts from committee boat MacLir each race day for Cruisers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, B31.7s, Shipmans and Glens.

A total of 115 races were held, including three hut starts on the Saturday of the ICRA National Championships. DBSC PRO Ed Totterdell ran the majority of these races.

Patrick Burke's Prima Forte that made an instant impression by winning the best new yacht on the Bay in 2020 is in the prizes again this season, the First 40 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club winning the Cruiser 0 IRC prize on Saturdays. The second was clubmate George Sisk in the XP44; Wow. Third was Vincent Farrell's First 40.7 Tsunami from the National Yacht Club.

Patrick Burke's Prima Forte Patrick Burke's Prima Forte

Colin Byrne's XP34 'Bon Exemple' has won overall in Cruiser 1 IRC from Royal Irish clubmate Tim and Richard Goodbody's J/109 White Mischief. Third was the National Yacht Club J109 Jalapeno (Barrington/Despard/O'Sullivan/O'Reilly). The J order was repeated in the Cruiser 1 J/109 division with White Mischief victorious and John and Brian Hall's Something Else from the National Yacht Club in third. 

Colin Byrne's XP34 'Bon Exemple'Colin Byrne's XP34 'Bon Exemple'

The National Yacht Club were tops in the 31.7 One Designs, with Chris Johnston's Prospect winning from RIYC's Attitude (T Milner/D Owens/J Sugar). Third was Johnston's clubmates Michael Leahy and John Power in Levante.

Chris Johnston's Beneteau 31.7 ProspectChris Johnston's Beneteau 31.7 Prospect

Royal St. George J/97 (Lindsay J. Casey and Denis Power) took the overall prize in Cruiser 2 IRC from Jim McCann's RIYC based Mustang 30 Peridot, a 2019 winner of DBSC's best handicap boat prize. Third, in IRC2 was the Royal St. George's Sigma 33 (Richard and Philip Lovegrove).

Lindsay J. Casey and Denis Power's J97 WindjammerLindsay J. Casey and Denis Power's J97 Windjammer

In the Cruiser 2 Sigma 33 division, the Lovegrove's were winners finishing ahead of Gwilli II (Dermot Clarke/Paddy Maguire) from the RSt.GYC. Third was Henry Leonard and Bobby Kerr's Leeuwin from the RIYC.

Kevin Byrne's Formula 28 StarletKevin Byrne's Formula 28 Starlet

In Cruiser 3 IRC, Class Captain Kevin Byrne racing the Formula 28 Starlet, took overall honours from Myles Kelly's DMYC-based Senator, Maranda. Third was the September winner of the Cruisers III Championships held on the Bay; the Ken Lawless skippered Quarter Tonner, Cartoon from the RIYC. 

DBSC One Designs 

The Green fleet raced over 16 Saturdays with SB20s, Flying Fifteens, Sportsboats, Dragons, Ruffians, B211s, Mermaids and Squibs.

The Green fleet, run from committee boat Freebird, had a total of 180 Saturday races, the majority run by Race Officer Barry O'Neill. 

Justin Burke, Chris Helme and Alan Claffey from the National Yacht Club sailing So Blue were DBSC Saturday winners in the SB20 class. They took the overall prize ahead of Ger Dempsey's Venuesworld crew of the RIYC, who were runners up in this month's SB20 Nationals on Lough Ree. Colin Galavan and Richard Hayes from the RStGYC were third in Carpe Diem.

Ger Dempsey's  SB20 VenuesworldGer Dempsey's SB20 Venuesworld

Ignis Caput II 4068, sailed by David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne NYCIgnis Caput II 4068, sailed by David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne NYC

The Flying Fifteens were won by Ignis Caput II sailed by David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne of the National Yacht Club. The second was Ben Mulligan's Enfant de Marie with this year's Facet Trophy prize winner Niall Coleman sailing Flyer in third place.

The Royal St. George Georgette sportsboat teamThe Royal St. George 'Georgette' sportsboat team

On a trial basis, Sports Boats were also recorded using the VPRS handicap system. The winners were Vincent Latimore/Martin Ryan in the J70 with Ram Jam second and Mervyn Dyke and Basil in Jawesome III third. The results were the same in one design.

Dragon class victory went to ZinZan (Tim Carpenter, Adrian Masterson), who beat the Irish national champions Peter Bowring, Neil Hegarty and David Williams sailing Phantom. Third were Declan Hayes, Joey Mason and Chris Fleming in D-cision.

Michael Cutliffe's Ruffian 23 RufflesMichael Cutliffe's Ruffian 23 Ruffles

The Ruffian 23 Saturday top prize went to Michael Cutliffe's DMYC-moored Ruffles. Irish champion Bandit skippered by Ann Kirwan was second with Cutliffe's clubmate Frank Bradley in Ripples third.

The James Conboy-Fischer skippered B211 Billy WhizzThe James Conboy-Fischer skippered B211 Billy Whizz

The B211 One Design Saturday title went to  Jacqueline McStay/Hugh Kelly's Small Wonder. Second was James Conboy-Fischer skippered B211 Billy Whizz, and third was Royal Irish Commodore Pat Shannon in Beeswing.

Glencree 107 (John Bligh & Henry Roche) of the RStGYCGlencree 107 (John Bligh & Henry Roche) of the RStGYC

Richard O'Connor, Lucy Grant and Marcus Pearson in Glenluce won out against David Houlton's Glendun in Saturday Glen racing. Third was David and Roderick McCaffrey in Pterodactyl. 

DBSC Dinghies

The Dinghies had 16 Saturday race days with three starts in each and enjoyed two races most days, with three on one sunny Saturday in Scotsman's Bay. Race Officers Suzanne McGarry and Barbara Conway ran most of the 84 Saturday races for the dinghies. 

The DBSC Dinghy Commitee BoatThe DBSC Dinghy Committee Boat

Royal St. George's Brendan Foley took the overall win in an RS Aero while Finn sailor Richard Tate was second and Stephen Oram third. 

PY winner Brendan Foley in his RS Aero dinghyPY winner Brendan Foley in his RS Aero dinghy

Pierre Long's Dart won the IDRA 14s. Frank Hamilton's Dunmoanin was second, with John Fitzgerald/Jennifer Byrne sailing Doody in third. All three sail out of the DMYC.

As the Fireball fleet prepares to host the world championships on Lough Derg next year, the DMYC's Owen Sinnott sailing Probably produced a win over Paul ter Horst in second and Louise McKenna Royal St George's Pink Fire in third. 

The DBSC Laser fleet racing in Scotsman's BayThe DBSC Laser fleet racing in Scotsman's Bay

Royal St. George's Gavan Murphy was Saturday Laser Standard winner ahead of Conor Roche. Theo Lyttle was third. In the Radial: Sean Craig won from David Cahill with Shirley Gilmore in third.

DBSC Saturday's Series Winners (Results Provisional & Subject to Protest) 

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Prima Forte, 2. Wow, 3. Tsunami

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Prima Forte, 2. Wow, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Bon Exemple, 2. White Mischief, 3. Jalapeno

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Gringo, 2. Raptor, 3. Bon Exemple

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Something Else

31.7 One Design: 1. Prospect, 2. Attitude, 3. Levante

31.7 Echo: 1. Bluefin Two, 2. Attitude, 3. Kernach

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Windjammer, 2. Peridot, 3. Rupert

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Leeuwin, 2. Peridot, 3. Springer

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Rupert, 2. Gwili II, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Starlet, 2. Maranda, 3. Cartoon

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Maranda, 2. Wynward, 3. Starlet

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway, 3. Karukera

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway, 3. Karukera

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Playtime, 2. Persistence, 3. Gung Ho

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Just Jasmin, 2. Playtime, 3. Gung Ho

SB20: 1. So Blue, 2., 3. Carpe Diem

Flying 15: 1. Ignis Caput II, 2. Enfant de Marie, 3. Flyer

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jambiya, 2. Ram Jam, 3. Jawesome III

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya, 2. Ram Jam, 3. Jawesome III

Dragon: 1. ZinZan, 2. Phantom, 3. D-cision

Ruffian 23: 1. Ruffles, 2. Bandit, 3. Ripples

Shipman 28: 1. Invader, 2. Jo Slim 5, 3. Poppy

B211 One Design: 1. Small Wonder, 2. Billy Whizz, 3. Beeswing

B211 Echo: 1. Ventuno, 2. Small Wonder, 3. Beeswing

Glen: 1. Glenluce, 2. Glendun, 3. Pterodactyl

Squib/Mermaid PY: 1. Periquin, 2. Allsorts, 3. Aideen

PY Class: 1. Brendan Foley, 2. Richard Tate, 3. Stephen Oram

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Dunmoanin, 3. Doody

Fireball: 1. Owen Sinnott, 2. Paul ter Horst, 3. Louise McKenna

Laser Standard: 1. Gavan Murphy, 2. Conor Roche, 3. Theo Lyttle

Laser Radial: 1. Sean Craig, 2. David Cahill, 3. Shirley Gilmore

Race Results

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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 Eddie Totterdell 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 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.