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Pansy Takes The First Gun in 27-Boat DBSC Water Wag Race at Dun Laoghaire

1st June 2022
27 Water Wags turned out for June 1 DBSC racing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
27 Water Wags turned out for June 1 DBSC racing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Credit: Ann Kirwan

There was a fine turnout of 27 Dublin Bay Water Wag dinghies for Wednesday evening racing inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

DBSC Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly ran two races, each had two rounds (three beats) in a light souther-easterly breeze of 5-11 knots.

Vincent Delany in No.3 Pansy won the first race with William Prentice in No. 42 Tortoise, the winner of the second.

The Dublin Bay Water Wag fleet under spinnaker in a gentle south-easterly breeze at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ann KirwanThe Dublin Bay Water Wag fleet under spinnaker in a gentle south-easterly breeze at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ann Kirwan

Race 1, 27 started & finished. The top 3 were:

  1. No. 3 Pansy - Vincent Delany
  2. No. 8 Barbara - Ian Malcolm
  3. No. 38 Swift - Guy Kilroy

Close finish - No. 40 Swallow, David Sommerville  just pips  No. 1 Eithne Seán Craig to take second place in the second Water Wag race of the evening at Dun LaoghaireClose finish - No. 40 Swallow, David Sommerville just pips No. 1 Eithne Seán Craig to take second place in the second Water Wag race of the evening at Dun Laoghaire Photo: Ann Kirwan

Race 2, 22 started & finished. The top 3 were:

  1. No. 42 Tortoise - William Prentice
  2. No. 40 Swallow - David Sommerville
  3. No. 1 Eithne - Seán Craig

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

Published in DBSC, Water Wag
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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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