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Beneteau 31.7 Prospect Shines in Blustery DBSC Saturday Race

5th August 2023
Myles Kelly's Maranda was competing in the IRC Cruisers IRC Three division of Saturday's AIB DBSC Summer Series racing on Dublin Bay
Myles Kelly's Maranda was competing in the IRC Cruisers IRC Three division of Saturday's AIB DBSC Summer Series racing on Dublin Bay

Fifteen to 20-knot northwesterly winds and big seas on Dublin Bay presented some testing conditions for Saturday's AIB DBSC Summer Series racing. 

Cruisers Zero division racing was abandoned, and in a race between two boats in IRC One, Tim Goodbody's White Mischief beat J109 sistership, Jump the Gun, skippered by Michael Monaghan. 

Ed Melvin's Ceol na Mara got the advantage over Myles Kelly's Maranda in another two-boat race in the IRC Cruisers IRC Three division.

In the one designs, Jimmy Fischer's Billy Whizz won from Joe Smyth's Yikes in the Beneteau 211 (scratch racing). Third was Jacqueline McStay's Small Wonder.

In a six-boat Beneteau 31.7 race, Chris Johnston's Prospect from the National Yacht Club won from clubmate John Power's Levante. Third was Michael Bryson's Bluefin Two.

The National Yacht Club's David Gorman won from Neil Colin in a nine-boat Flying Fifteen turnout.

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.