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Bavaria 33 'Great Escape' is Race Three Winner of DBSC's Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay

21st February 2023
DBSC race organiser Fintan Cairns sounds the finishing horn for Hunter 701 Chilawee at the end of ace three of the AIB Spring Chicken Series
DBSC race organiser Fintan Cairns sounds the finishing horn for Hunter 701 Chilawee at the end of ace three of the AIB Spring Chicken Series Credit: Barry Hayes

The Bavaria 33 Great Escape was the winner of the third race of the AIB-sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay on Sunday (19th February).

The race winner is now in 19th place overall in the 37-boat fleet.

Second and third places, over a new windward leeward course configuration on Sunday, saw the First 31.7 Mayfly taking second while third went to the Sun Odyssey 349 Little Rascal in the light to medium air race.

After three races sailed (and no discard yet), John O'Gorman's Hot Cookie from the National Yacht Club continues to lead overall on 33 points. 

Second is the J80 Derry Girls on 37, and another J80, Sea Jade, is third.

Racing continues this Sunday morning off Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

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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.