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Royal Irish J109s Take the DBSC IRC One Saturday Podium

1st June 2024
Barry Cunningham's Royal Irish J109, Chimaera, was second on IRC One in the sixth AIB Saturday race of the 2024 season
Barry Cunningham's Royal Irish J109, Chimaera, was second on IRC One in the sixth AIB Saturday race of the 2024 season Credit: Afloat

Dublin Bay Sailing Club's sixth AIB Saturday race of the 2024 season was sailed on June 1st in light to medium easterly winds on a sunny Dublin Bay.

In a seven-boat turnout in IRC One, under Race Officer Barry MacNeaney, it was a one-two-three for Royal Irish Yacht Club J109s with White Mischief (co-skippered by Richard and Tim Goodbody) taking the gun by 28 seconds from Barry Cunningham on Chimaera on a corrected time of one hour forty minute and 48 seconds. Bobby Kerr in the sistership Riders on the Storm was third on 1:42:58 corrected.

In a three-boat Cruisers Zero race, Sean Lemass's Prima Forte makes six wins from six this season, beating Tim Kane's Xtreme 37 Wow by over a quarter of an hour on corrected time. John Treanor's J112e Valentina was disqualified.

Cruisers Two IRC was won by Lindsay Casey's J97 Windjammer from Jim McCann's Mustang 30, Peridot. Third was the Lovegrove family's Sigma 33 Rupert in a five-boat turnout.

Myles Kelly's Senator 22 Maranda of the DMYC was the only stater in IRC Three division.

In Class 5a ECHO (White Sails), Colin O'Brien's Jeanneau 39DS, Spirit won from Johnnie Phillps Elan 333, Playtime. Third, in a six-boat turnout, was Tim Costello's Bavaria 35, Just Jasmin.

In the one-design fleets, the four-boat restored Dublin Bay 21 class saw a win for Geraldine from Garavogue, with Estelle third.

The National Yacht Club's David Gorman scored a 1, 2 in the two-race Flying Fifteen class that saw a 13-boat turnout.

Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor won a six-boat SB20 race from Royal Irish's Ger Dempsey. Richard Hayes was third.

Results in all DBSC classes are detailed 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.