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Water Wags 'Moosmie' and 'Swift' are DBSC Wednesday Race Winners

1st June 2023
25 Water Wags competed in Wednesday (May 31st) two evening DBSC races ' />
25 Water Wags competed in Wednesday (May 31st) two evening DBSC races Credit: Ann Kirwan

Dublin Bay Sailing Club Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly set a triangular course of two rounds for the first of two DBSC Water Wag races on (Wednesday evening, May 31st) in order to maximise the use of the western half of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, keeping clear of the comings and goings of cruise ship tenders.

25 boats competed in a 6-8 knot NNE breeze.

After race one finished the Race Officer was advised by the cruise ship tender operations manager that the course could be extended so he repositioned the weather mark for a longer upwind leg and started race two with two rounds in a 5-6 knot breeze.

Guy Kilroy in No. 38 Swift was the winner of the second DBSC race for the Water Wags at Dun Laoghaire HarbourGuy Kilroy in No. 38 Swift was the winner of the second DBSC race for the Water Wags at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

The results were:

Race One:
1. No. 15 Moosmie, John O’Driscoll
2. No. 38 Swift, Guy Kilroy
3. No. 45 Mariposa, Annalise Murphy

Race two:
1. No. 38 Swift, Guy Kilroy
2. No. 36 Little Tern, Tim Pearson
3. No. 46 Mademoiselle, Adam Winkelmann

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.