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Johnston's Prospect is DBSC Beneteau 31.7 Saturday Winner and Overall Leader

12th August 2023
Overall, DBSC Saturday series leader in the Beneteau 31.7 class, Chris Johnston's Prospect from the National Yacht Club
Overall, DBSC Saturday series leader in the Beneteau 31.7 class, Chris Johnston's Prospect from the National Yacht Club Credit: Michael Chester

Flat seas and strong offshore southwesterly winds on Dublin Bay presented great sailing conditions for Saturday's AIB DBSC Summer Series racing on August 16th.

In a two-boat Cruisers Zero division race, the Royal Irish First 40 Prima Forte, skippered by Sean Lemass, beat Michelle Farrell's 44.7 Tsunami from the National Yacht Club.

In a Royal Irish Yacht Club battle, Colin Byrne's XP 33 Bon Exemple beat Timothy Goodbody's J109 White Mischief to win the five-boat IRC One race, which puts Byrne at the IRC One Saturday table. 

Lindsay Casey's Royal St. George J97 Windjammer beat Jim McCann's Peridot from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in a two-boat IRC Two race.

In the one design divisions, Joe Smyth's Yikes in the Beneteau 211 (scratch racing) won from Pat Shannon in Beeswing. Third was Rowan Fogarty's Ventuno.

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

The National Yacht Club's David Gorman continues to lead overall after two more races in a ten-boat Flying Fifteen turnout.

It's all to play for in the final seven Saturdays that will close the 2023 DBSC Summer Series.

See results in all classes below.

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.