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Craig's J109 'Chimaera' From Royal Irish Wins DBSC Saturday Race

21st May 2022
Andrew Craig's Chimaera from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
Andrew Craig's Chimaera from the Royal Irish Yacht Club Credit: Afloat

Andrew Craig's Chimaera from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the winner of the Cruisers One/J109 Race five in DBSC's AIB Summer Series on Saturday. 

Racing was held in light southeasterly winds that never reach ten knots on Dublin Bay.

Craig beat RIYC club mate Tim and Richard Goodbody on White Mischief with Polly Barrington's Jalapeno in third place in an eight boat fleet.

Vincent Delany adds: 

The wind in Dublin Bay threw up plenty of surprises on Saturday 21 May.

In the J109 fleet, a gust of wind caused much of the fleet to broach, such that they had great difficulty getting back on course.

Meanwhile, in Cruisers 0, the lead boat was the new WOW, which had a huge lead over her co-competitors as she flew what looked like a brand new white gennaker as she ghosted along in three-four knots of wind from the east. She rounded a mark (possibly the Merrion Mark) and instead of rounding up onto the wind, she tacked. This was because the wind had flipped around to the south west.

On the Green fleet, with Barry O'Neill as OOD, he started the SB20s, Sportsboats and Dragons, Flying Fifteens etc. in less than 3 knots of wind with a beat to the east to a laid mark about one kilometre away. Eac fleet started three minutes after the previous fleet. The last fleet to start, twelve minutes after the Dragons and Sportsboats were the Squibs and Mermaids.

Tony and Avril Mullett's Squib 'Allsorts' hoisted her spinnaker pole as she approached the start line, and threw up her spinnaker. on the start gun. To her surprize, she was on a broad reach and she cruised past all the beating Ruffins, most of the beating Flying Fifteens, all of the beating Dragons and Sportsboats. At the finish at the 'Windward' mark, 'Allsorts' finished in the Dragon Fleet to win her class.

In Dublin Bay, there is no such thing as an unexpected wind, If you are thinking of building a wind farm there - you might find that other places provide more reliable winds.

Full results in all DBSC classes are 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.

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