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National Yacht Club's J112e 'ValenTina' Debuts On Dublin Bay With DBSC Cruisers Zero Win

29th June 2023
A view from the deck of John Treanor's new J112e
A view from the deck of John Treanor's new J112e "ValenTina" in her maiden race win in DBSC Thursday night racing on June 29th Credit: Maurice O'Connell/North Sails

John Treanor's new J112e "ValenTina" from the National Yacht Club debuted on the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) race track last night and won her Cruisers Zero IRC division.

Four boats raced in the light air Thursday night fixture – the last before next week's 375-boat Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta – with Sean Lemass's First 40 Prima Forte second and Michelle Farrell's First 40.7, Tsunami third.

The DBSC victory adds to an auspicious start to the 2023 season for Treanor and his new 36-footer, that has already seen a win in Key Yachting’s J Cup at Hamble in the UK and a second at last week's Sovereign's Cup in Kinsale. Valentia will compete in an exciting 11-boat VDLR Cruisers Zero class in next Thursday's regatta, where five of the fleet will be visitors to the Bay.

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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.