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Goodbody's J109 On Form in Thursday DBSC Racing Ahead of Weekend's National Championships

24th August 2023
Timothy Goodbody's J109 White Mischief, from the Royal Irish Yacht Club lead in the DBSC Thursday night AIB Summer Series Racing Credit: Afloat

In a warm-up for this weekend's J109 National Championships on the same Dublin Bay race track, Timothy Goodbody's J109 White Mischief, from the Royal Irish Yacht Club, was the DBSC Thursday night IRC One winner on a corrected IRC time of  1 hour, nine minutes and 12 seconds from clubmate Barry Cunningham's sistership Blast on Chimaera (1:11:16 corr). Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple, also of the RIYC, was third (1:11:59 corr) in the nine-boat fleet, including six J109s.

The J109 Nationals are being raced as part of the inaugural Key Yachting J Cup Ireland at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, as Afloat reports here.

Meanwhile, in the DBSC One Design divisions, Chris Johnston's Prospect was the winner in a seven-boat  Beneteau 31.7 turnout from Eoin O’Driscoll's Kernach. Third was John Power's Levante.  Overall, Johnston leads the AIB DBSC Thursday Summer Series by 17 points from Michael Blaney's After You.

Full results in all DBSC classes are 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.