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Tony Fox's A35 Gringo Takes DBSC Thursday Night Victory in DBSC Cruisers One IRC (Updated)

26th May 2022
Tony Fox's A35 Gringo from the National Yacht Club
Tony Fox's A35 Gringo from the National Yacht Club

Tony Fox's Archambault 35 Gringo from the National Yacht Club took a well-earned win in tonight's windy fifth race of the AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Thursday night series.

The win puts Fox into third overall in a 14-boat Cruisers One IRC division.

Second tonight was Tim and Richard Goodbody's RIYC J109 'White Mischief' which maintains her overall lead after five races on seven points. 

Tim Goodbdody’s 80th birthday was celebrated on the water when the Race Officer sang happy birthday over the VHF with other competitors joining in the impromptu sing-along.

Andrew Craig's RIYC J/109 Chimaera finished in third place tonight and is second overall on nine points. 

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

On the eve of Saturday's ISORA cross channel race in which Paul O'Higgins is competing, his JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI crew produced yet another race win to lead DBSC Zeros overall after five races with five straight wins. 

Patrick Burke's First 40.7, Prima Forte was originally recorded as second but, in fact, Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia (who is also on the ISORA line on Saturday) took second after a result input error was corrected. Prima Forte finished third and stays second overall on 11 points.

Third overall is Rodney and Keith Martin's 44.7 Lively Lady on 14 points.

In IRC 2, a win for Leslie Parnell's First 34.7 Black Velvet puts him on top overall and ahead of Lindsay Casey's J97 Windjammer from the Royal St. George Yacht Club that finished second in tonight's ten boat race. After finishing fourth in tonight's blustery conditions, Richard Lovegrove's Sigma 33 Rupert lies third overall. 

The DBSC Cruiser division Race Officer was Eddie Totterdell.

See full DBSC individual and overall results in all classes below. Three live Dublin Bay webcams featuring some DBSC race course areas are here

27th May 2022: This article was updated after a results input error was corrected

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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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