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Light Winds Frustrate DBSC Thursday Night Racing on Dublin Bay

25th May 2023
The Flying Fifteen class was one of few classes to finish Thursday night racing on May 25th
The Flying Fifteen class was one of few classes to finish DBSC Thursday night racing on May 25th Credit: Afloat

Light south-easterly winds meant many classes 'did not finish' racing in Thursday night's (May 25th) AIB DBSC Summer Series racing on Dublin Bay.

Results (below) show Cruisers Zero finished their two-hour race five north of the Bay with Michelle Farrell's Tsunami, a First 40.7, taking the IRC gun from Kyran McStay's Royal Irish X-35, D-Tox. Third was Tim Kane's X-Treme 37 WOW.

In Cruisers Two IRC division, there was one finisher, Leslie Parnell's Frist 34.7, Black Velvet.

The evening's five-knot breeze was slightly better in the south of the Bay, allowing some finishes in the one design divisions. Not least the 11-boat Flying Fifteen division with Alastair Court's Ffinisterre of the DMYC taking the gun from Shane MacCarthy in Mr Potato Head. Third was Neil Colin in FFuzzy.

Race Results

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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 Eddie Totterdell of the National 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.