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Rosemary Roy Takes Over Dublin Bay Sailing Club Hon Sec Role as Chris Moore Retires

4th July 2022
Rosemary Roy has been appointed as Honorary Secretary of Dublin Bay Sailing Club
Rosemary Roy has been appointed as Honorary Secretary of Dublin Bay Sailing Club Credit: Bob Bateman

Dun Laoghaire yacht racing official Rosemary Roy has been appointed as Honorary Secretary of Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC), Ireland's biggest yacht racing club, following the retirement of the outgoing Chris Moore. 

Moore retired as DBSC Honorary Secretary on Thursday, June 30th.

He served three terms as Rear Commodore, Vice Commodore, and Commodore, followed by a further three and a half years as Hon. Secretary.

Moore also previously served as Commodore of Bray Sailing Club and Commodore of the National Yacht Club and is regarded as a stalwart of the Dun Laoghaire sailing community.

He is the Irish Commissioner of the World Sailing Speed Record Council and authenticates all Irish record bids including high-profile Round Ireland speed attempts.

Chris MooreChris Moore Photo: Afloat

In paying tribute, Club Commodore Ann Kirwan said, "I have worked closely with Chris since I joined the DBSC committee in December 2012 when Chris was elected as Vice Commodore. Chris' wealth of knowledge and experience has been invaluable to us at DBSC".

"Chris always manages to achieve a good balance between embracing progress and innovation while not losing sight of Dublin Bay Sailing Club traditions, which are an important part of our 138-year history, " she said.

"It was during Chris' tenure as Commodore that the Green Fleet was introduced, and it now forms a key part of our Saturday Racing Programme", Kirwan said.

In addition to steering the DBSC ship during his time as Commodore, Chris could be seen working in the bilges of MacLir and Freebird, as well as doing demanding physical work on the Marks and the Hut. He will continue to be involved in these elements of DBSC operations. 

"We wish Chris the best of luck with his future involvement with DBSC, hopefully with a less onerous workload," Kirwan said.

Rosemary Roy is the new Honorary Secretary of DBSC, joining the committee at its AGM in December 2021.

A key member of the DBSC Race Management Team for many years, she is the regular Timer on DBSC Red Fleet on Thursdays.

As well as her Race Management duties with DBSC, Roy is in much demand for running events outside Dublin and is part of next week's Cork Week Race Management team.

Rosemary Roy and her late husband Jack Roy were named Afloat Sailors of the Month in March 2020 for their combined contribution to sailing in Ireland and abroad.

"We know that Rosemary will do a great job as Honorary Secretary, and we look forward to working with her in that role", the DBSC Commodore added.

Read the full DBSC statement 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.