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Neil Colin's Fireball 'Elevation' Continues DBSC Tuesday Dinghy Series Lead

14th June 2022
Josh Porter and Frank Miller (left) sailing in Brightlingsea at the recent Fireball UK National Championships
Josh Porter and Frank Miller (left) sailing in Brightlingsea at the recent Fireball UK National Championships Credit: William Stacey

14 races have now been sailed in the 2022 AIB DBSC Dinghy series on Dublin Bay as the dinghy season approaches next Tuesday's midsummer's day race.

Last night's racing in the Scotsman's Bay race area, attracted a good DBSC fleet across the PY, RS Aero, Fireball, Radial, Laser Standard and IDRA 14 classes for races 13 and 14.

Winds were under ten knots and from the southeast. 

In the nine boat Fireball class, despite discarding a fourth place last night Neil Colin's Elevation continues to lead overall on 12 points. Clubmate Frank Miller is in second and Pink Fire skippered by Royal St. George's Louise McKenna is third. 

In the Radial class, a win in last night's race 14 keeps Wicklow's Michael Norman leads on 18 from Alison Pigot on 21 and Judy O'Beirne of the RStGYC on 22 points.

After a string of wins for RS aero sailor Noel Butler in the PY division, the NYC solo ace did not compete last night but still has a handsome margin of 18 points overall. Another Aero sailor, Roy Van Maanen won both of last night's PY races to be second overall.

See full DBSC individual and overall results in all classes 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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