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Rockabill VI Romps Home for IRC Zero Victory in DBSC Summer Series Thursday Night Race

30th May 2024
Johnny Treanor's National Yacht Club J112e Valentina made its 2024 Thursday night debut on the Bay and took third place in IRC Zero in race six
Johnny Treanor's National Yacht Club J112e Valentina made its 2024 Thursday night debut on the Bay and took third place in IRC Zero in race six Credit: Afloat

Paul O'Higgins's ISORA champion JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, which missed last weekend's cross-channel race, was on form in a blustery northwesterly on Dublin Bay last night, winning Dublin Bay Sailing Club's sixth AIB-sponsored Thursday evening race of the season.

The Royal Irish yacht finished in a corrected time of 1 hour 26 minutes and 54 seconds, beating clubmate Sean Lemass's First 40, Prima Forte, by one minute and 22 seconds. In third place was Johnny Treanor's National Yacht Club J112e Valentina, making its 2024 Thursday night debut on the Bay.

The result confirms Rockabill VI's place at the top of the Summer Series Zero leaderboard. She now leads Prima Forte by four points.

In IRC One, Richard and Timothy Goodbody, having competed at last weekend's Wave Regatta in Howth, returned to the Bay race track to take victory in IRC One by three minutes and 23 seconds on corrected time. The RIYC crew beat the National Yacht Club sistership, Something Else (Brian Hall), in her first race back since competing in last weekend's Scottish Series on the Clyde. Third was the series IRC One Summer Series overall leader, Colin Byrne, in the XP33, Bon Exemple.

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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.