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Royal Irish XP33 'Bon Exemple' Wins DBSC Thursday Night Cruisers One Battle

12th May 2022
Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple
Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple Credit: Afloat

Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the winner of tonight's windy third race of the AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Thursday night series.

Tony Fox's IMX 38 Gringo from the National Yacht Club was second with Andrew Craig's RIYC J109 Chimaera in third place in the 12-boat fleet.

Flat seas with strong westerlies up to 20-knots made for some excellent racing.

The top three in a four-boat Cruisers Zero contest was an entirely RIYC affair. Paul O'Higgins JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, who will contest Saturday's cross channel ISORA race, was the winner from Patrick Burke's First 40.7, Prima Forte. Third was Rodney and Keith Martin's 44.7 Lively Lady.

In IRC 2, Conor Ronan's Corby 25 Ruthless won from Leslie Parnell's First 34.7 Black Velvet with Richard Lovegrove's Sigma 33 Rupert third in an eight boat turnout.

The DBSC Cruiser division Race Officer was Eddie Totterdell.

In the one designs, DMYC sailors finished occupied the top three of a 13-boat Flying Fifteen race. Alastair Court's Ffinisterre won from Ben Mulligan's Enfant de Marie with Neil Colin's FFuzzy third.

As the SB20s build up for their RIYC based World championships this September (and this month's Dun Laoghaire Sportsboat Cup), Davy Taylor's Ted from the Royal St. George won from Ger Dempsey's Royal Irish based Venuesworld. Third was Barry Glavin's Seabiscuit.

See full DBSC individual and overall results in all classes below

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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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