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Moosmie Wins as Water Wags Brave Blustery Winds at Dun Laoghaire for DBSC Race

25th May 2022
23 Water Wags started the DBSC at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, all carrying one reef
23 Water Wags started the DBSC at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, all carrying one reef Credit: Ann Kirwan/DBSC

The Water Wag dinghy class had one Dublin Bay Sailing Club race on Wednesday evening in a blustery Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

So blustery in fact, Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly went out in advance a DBSC RIB to review the conditions before deciding that racing could go ahead.

Following a short postponement, the fleet started in a westerly wind of 18 knots with gusts up to 25.

23 boats started, all carrying one reef. The course was windward-leeward, three rounds with a fourth beat to finish at the weather mark.

There were 21 finishers and two boats retired. All coped very well with the gusty conditions and many flew spinnakers on the third downwind leg.

The Top three Water Wags - Moosmie (No 15), Swift (No 38) and Mariposa (No 45)The Top three Water Wags - Moosmie (No 15), Swift (No 38) and Mariposa (No 45) Photo: Ann Kirwan

Results were:

  1. No. 15 Moosmie, John O’Driscoll
  2. No. 38 Swift, Guy Kilroy
  3. No. 45 Mariposa, Cathy MacAleavey

Also racing this evening was Annalise Murphy who finished 5th in no. 19. Shindilla, and Claudine Murphy who finished 9th in no. 41 Mollie.

Annalise was the first to risk a gybe at the leeward gate and it paid off as most boats took the starboard hand gate.

Race winner No. 15 Moosmie, helmed by John O’Driscoll Photo: Ann KirwanRace winner No. 15 Moosmie, helmed by John O’Driscoll Photo: Ann Kirwan

Full results in all DBSC classes are below. Three live Dublin Bay webcams featuring some DBSC race course areas are here

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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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