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Strong Winds Reduce DBSC Fleet for Saturday Races on Dublin Bay

3rd September 2022
Tom Shanahan's J109 Ruth was the IRC One winner
Tom Shanahan's J109 Ruth was the IRC One winner Credit: Afloat

20-knot south-easterlies and low visibility led to the cancellation of some classes and a much reduced Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) fleet for Saturday racing on September 3rd.

Recently crowned national champion Chris Johnston won the Beneteau 31.7 race, a class with the biggest turnout of seven boats competing.

The Ruffian 23, with a turnout of five, was won by DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan on Bandit. 

There was no DBSC racing for the Flying Fifteens or Dragons as both classes are holding National Championships on the Bay this weekend, as Afloat reports here and here.

The 'pre-worlds' race for the SB20s only drew three boats, with Colin Galavan's Carpe Diem the only finisher. The SB20 Worlds begins on Monday at the Royal Irish Yacht Club as Afloat previews here

In the Cruiser classes, the three-boat IRC Zero class was won by Patrick Burke's First 40 Prima Forte in a nearly two-hour race from Chris Power-Smith's J122 Aurelia. Third was Tim Kane's Extreme 37 Wow. 

In a three-boat IRC One race, Tom Shanahan's J109 Ruth beat NYC clubmate Paul Barrington in the sistership Jalapeno. Tim Goodbody's J109 White Mischief retired.

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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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