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Dublin Bay Sailing Club's fifth AIB Saturday race of the 2024 season was sailed on May 25th in blustery south easterly winds on a sunny Dublin Bay.

There were several reasons that turnouts were down outside of this afternoon's European Rugby Champions Cup in London. Not least Howth Yacht Club's Wave Regatta that drew DBSC IRC one Saturday Series leader, White Mischief (skippered by Tim Goodbody) northside for the Lambay Race along with Royal Irish Yacht Club clubmate Barry Cunningham on Chimaera.  DBSC regular Brian Hall is competing in the Scottish Series on Loch Fyne.

Also at play today were two offshore races featuring DBSC boats in the 90-mile ISORA race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire and a win on the south coast for DBSC's Chris Power Smith in Kinsale's 230-mile Inistearaght Race.

There was no racing in Cruisers Zero, and in a two-boat IRC One race, Tom Shanahan took the gun in the J109 Ruth from Bobby Kerr in the sistership Riders on the Storm.

Cruisers Two IRC was won by Jim McCann's Mustang 30. Peridot from Lindsay Casey's J97 Windjammer and William Despard's Blacksheep scored OCS in the three-boat turnout.

In an unbeaten run so far this series in the two-boat IRC Three division, Edward Melvin's Sonata One Design, Ceol na Mara of the National Yacht Club beat Myles Kelly's Senator 22 Maranda of the DMYC. 

In Class 5a (White Sails), PJ Timmins in Misfits won from Peter Richardson's Dehler 36 Deliverance. Third, in a five boat turnout, was Tim Costello's Just Jasmin.

In the one-design fleets, the four-boat Dublin Bay 21 class did not race.

The National Yacht Club's David Gorman scored a 2, 1 in the two-race Flying Fifteen class that saw a ten-boat turnout, down from last week's fine 18 as the Western Championships are on in Connemara.

Royal Irish's Ger Dempsey was the winner of a three-boat SB20 race from Grzegorz Kalinecki. Charlotte O'Kelly was third.

Results in all DBSC classes are detailed below.

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Sean Lemass's First 40 Prima Forte was the winner of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's fifth AIB-sponsored Thursday evening race of the 2024 season as Royal Irish Yacht Club boats took the Cruisers Zero IRC podium.

The Lemass boat took the victory in a heavy north-westerly of 16 to 23 knots in a corrected time of 1 hour 38 minutes and 13 seconds from last Thursday's winner Kyran McStay's X-35 D-Tox by a margin of 11 seconds. Third was Tim Kane's X-Treme 37 in 1:52:14. Overall IRC Zero leader for the Thursday Series, Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 scored 'OCS' in the race run by Race Officer and Club Commodore Eddie Totterdell.

Prima Forte is one of the latest entries into Friday's (May 24th) Wave Regatta at Howth Yacht Club as Afloat reports here

Full results in all DBSC classes below

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club's fourth AIB Saturday race of the 2024 season was sailed on May 18th in sub-ten knot northerly winds on a hazy Dublin Bay.

In a nine-boat turnout, J109s took the top three places in IRC One with Barry Cunningham's Chimaera of the Royal Irish Yacht Club finished in 1 hour 28 minutes and 03 seconds corrected from Brian Hall's National Yacht Club (NYC) Something Else on 1 hour 31 minutes and 05 seconds behind on corrected time. Third was RIYC's Richard and Tim Goodbody's White Mischief which finished in 1 hour 32 minutes and 36 seconds corrected.

Overall, the Goodbodys lead Hall in the Saturday Series by a point.

Cruisers Two IRC was a one, two, three for the Royal St. George Yacht Club with Lindsay Casey's J97 Windjammer winning the five boat race in 1 hour 39 minutes and 52 seconds corrected from the Lovegrove family's Sigma 33 Rupert on 1:41:56.  Third was another Sigma 33, Moonshine skippered by David O'Flynn. 

Overall, Casey leads O'Flynn in the Saturday Series by four points.

In an unbeaten run so far this series in the two-boat IRC Three division, Edward Melvin's Sonata One Design, Ceol na Mara of the National Yacht Club beat Myles Kelly's Senator 22 Maranda of the DMYC . 

In Class 5a (White Sails), Johnnie Phillips's Elan 333 Playtime won the ECHO handicap race from Colin O'Brien's Jeanneau 39DS, Spirit. Third was Peter Richardson's Dehler 36 Deliverance.

In the one-design fleets, under Race Officer Jim Dolan, Geraldine (number 7) won from Estelle (number 3). In third place was number six, Naneen in a four-boat Dublin Bay 21 race.

David Mulvin won the 18-boat Flying Fifteen races from Niall Coleman with Alan Green third. 

In a five-boat scratch race for the Beneteau 31.7s, Christ Johnston's Prospect won from Brian Geraghty's Camira. Eoin O'Driscoll's Kernach was third.

The Dun Laoghaire Cup at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, incorporating championships for the 1720, SB20, B211 and J80 classes, meant DBSC racing was not held in these classes on Saturday, May 18. Results after day one at the Cup are reported here.

Results in all DBSC classes are detailed below.

Summer racing continues on Dublin Bay next Tuesday.

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Kyran McStay's X-35 D-Tox was the winner of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's fourth AIB-sponsored Thursday evening race of the 2024 season as Royal Irish Yacht Club boats swept the Cruisers Zero IRC podium.

The McStay boat took the victory in a light north-westerly of four to eight knots in a corrected time of 1 hour 39 minutes and 02 seconds from the overall IRC Zero leader Paul O'Higgins, JPK 10.80 (Paul O'Higgins) in a time of 1:39:24 corrected. Sean Lemass's, First 40, Prima Forte was third overall in 1:44:50 corrected.

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After some late April cancellations, Tuesday night AIB-sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) dinghy sailing is off to a gentle start in May with some good turnouts across ILCA 6 and 7, Fireball, IDRA 14, PY and a DBSC debutante Melges 15 class. Four races have been sailed with three to count after discard with Royal St. George boats on top in several of the competing classes. 

Frank Miller, sailing IRL 14915 Ballderdash from the DMYC, leads a six-boat Fireball class in the Tuesday night AIB sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club dinghy sailing Photo: AfloatFrank Miller, sailing IRL 14915 Ballderdash from the DMYC, leads a six-boat Fireball class in the Tuesday night AIB sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club dinghy sailing Photo: Afloat

Miller leads Fireballs

Frank Miller, sailing IRL 14915 Ballderdash from the DMYC, leads a six-boat Fireball class by four points from Louise McKenna's Pink Fire on 7. Third, on tie break is another lady helm Cariosa Power of the DMYC on seven.

O'Beirne has three-point margin in ILCA 6

Royal St. George's Judy O'Beirne, on six points, leads a 16-boat ILCA 6 class from clubmate Mary Chambers on nine. Michael Norman of the Irish National Sailing Club is lying third on ten. O'Beirne finished second last weekend at the ILCA 6 Masters Championships at Howth Yacht Club.

The Melges 15 class are enjoying a debut season in the Tuesday night AIB-sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club dinghy racing Photo: Afloat

Flying Tiger is three points clear in Melges 15s

Class promoter John Sheehy leads the way in a seven-boat Melges 15 class that makes its DBSC debut in 2024. In a clean sweep so far for the Royal St. George Yacht Club, Sheehy's Flying Tiger (No 564) has two race wins to put him three points clear of Theo Lyttle's Surf Baby (566) on seven. Lying third is David Williams (637) on eight.

There is an 11-boat ILCA 7 fleet competing in Tuesday night AIB sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club dinghy sailing Photo: Michael ChesterThere is an 11-boat ILCA 7 fleet competing in Tuesday night AIB sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club dinghy sailing Photo: Michael Chester

Cowman on top in ILCA 7

In another top three for the Royal St. George in the ILCA 7s, Niall Cowman, on five points, leads Gavan Murphy on eight in an 11-boat fleet. Ross O'Leary is lying third on 11.

Aeros are PY Class winners

The National Yacht Club's Noel Butler in an RS Aero, Orion is clear at the top of the DBSC PY scoreboard on three points from clubmate Damien Dion on 8.5 in another Aero. Third is Brian Sweeney's Royal St. George Dutch Gold.

Dart leads three IDRA 14s

Pierre Long, sailing number 1612 Dart, leads a three-boat IDRA 14 class (all from the DMYC) but is tied on points after four races sailed with Frank Hamilton sailing number 140, Dart.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club's third AIB Saturday race of the 2024 season was sailed on May 11th in light to medium south-easterly winds on a hazy Dublin Bay.

No results were posted in IRC Zero, as the first ISORA Cross-channel race of the season took a number of regular boats away from the bay in the race to Pwhelli in North Wales.

In a nine-boat turnout, J109s took the top two places in IRC One with Richard and Tim Goodbody's White Mischief of the Royal Irish Yacht Club finished in 1 hour 28 minutes and 03 seconds from Brian Hall's National Yacht Club (NYC) Something Else just 16 seconds behind on corrected time.

Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple, of the Royal Irish Yacht Club, was 11 seconds further back in third place.

Overall, the Goodbodys lead Hall in the Saturday Series by two points.

In Cruisers Two IRC, the Sigma 33 Moonshine skippered by David O'Flynn of the Royal St. George was the winner from clubmate Lindsay Casey's J97 Windjammer. Third in the five-boat turnout was Jim McCann's Royal Irish Mustang 30 Peridot. 

In a two-boat IRC Three race, Edward Melvin's Sonata One Design, Ceol na Mara of the National Yacht Club beat Myles Kelly's Senator 22 Maranda of the DMYC by 33 seconds on corrected time.

In Class 5a (White Sails), Johnnie Phillips's Elan 333 Playtime won the ECHO handicap race from Colin O'Brien's Jeanneau 39DS, Spirit. Third was Peter Richardson's Dehler 36 Deliverance.

In the one-design fleets, under Race Officer Jim Dolan, Garavogue won from Geraldine in a three-boat Dublin Bay 21 race. 

Overall leader, NYC's David Gorman, was second in the first race and third in the 18-boat Flying Fifteen races to be on nine points and Ken Dumpleton in second on 20. Third overall is Neil Colin on 23.

In a three-boat scratch race for the Beneteau 31.7s, Christ Johnston's Prospect won from Brian Geraghty's Camira.  Michael & Bernie Bryson's Bluefin Two retired.

In the seven-boat B211s scratch division, Jimmy Fischer's Billy Whizz beat overall leader Joe Smyth's Yikes. Third was DBSC Vice-Commodore Jacqueline McStay in Small Wonder from the Royal Irish Yacht Club. 

Results in all classes are detailed below.

Summer racing continues on Dublin Bay next Tuesday.

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After last week's cancellation, Dublin Bay Sailing Club's third AIB Thursday evening race of the 2024 season was another gentle affair in light southerly winds where results were marred by plenty of retirals.

On the North Bay race course, in division zero, there was only one finisher, the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) JPK 10.80 champion Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) with clubmates Sean Lemass's First 40, Prima Forte, Kyran McStay's X-Yacht D-Tox and Royal St. George Yacht Club's Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia all retiring.

In a ten-boat IRC One turnout, Barry Cunningham's J109 Chimaera took the gun in a corrected time of 1 hour 44 minutes and 31 seconds from clubmate Philip Byrne's XP33 on 1:46:41 corrected. Unfortunately, the rest of the fleet either retired or did not finish. Overall this means Byrne's X-yacht now leads from Cunningham's J-boat in DBSC's hottest cruiser division.

There were no finishers In Cruisers Two IRC or Cruisers Three IRC or IRC Five, but RIYC's Rodney and Sally Martin Sun Odyssey 32 Gemini managed the only finish in Cruisers 4B. 

A long last leg on a failing wind and building tide spelt the end for many competing boats.

There were some one-design class finishes on the Scotsman's Bay race area, with Philip Lawton's Puffling winning from Neil Colin's FFuzzy. Alastair Court's ffinisterre was third in a 14-boat turnout for the  Flying Fifteen classes where five of the local fleet are competing at the European Championships in France.

National Champion Michael O'Connor of the Royal St. George was the 7-boat SB20 winner from Richard Hayes in Carpe Diem. Third was Grzegorz Kalinecki's SportChip.ie 

Dublin Bay 21s Tuesday Racing Gets Underway

After several cancellations, the first DBSC Tuesday race for the Twentyones took place on May 7th. Nineteen crew members and all four boats took part. The lighter winds facilitated a lovely sailing experience for the newcomers to the fleet. Geraldine won from Estelle. Garavogue was third, with Naneen in fourth.

Dublin Bay 21 Garavogue picture in Tuesday (May 7th) first DBSC race in light airs Photo: Gary O'SullivanDublin Bay 21 Garavogue pictured on Tuesday (May 7th) in a light airs DBSC race Photo: Gary O'Sullivan

Summer racing continues on Dublin Bay with DBSC Saturday racing in the club's 140th season this weekend and also the first ISORA Irish cross-channel race of the season on Saturday morning at 8 am with a bumper 21-boat fleet in prospect.

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Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly, aboard the committee boat 'Spirit of the Irish', set a three-round windward/leeward course in a 10-knot southwesterly breeze for the third Water Wag race of the AIB/DBSC 2024 season.

The 23-boat fleet’s start was postponed due to a 40-degree wind shift. The start line was relaid, and the course was adjusted before the starting sequence got underway. A number of boats were OCS, and the next start got away under the U flag with boats all clear.

The wind dropped to 3 knots on the last round, and the final downwind leg was slow. Judy and Grace O’Beirne sailing Shindilla had a good lead at the leeward gate before the final windward leg when Sean and Heather Craig sailing Puffin split tacks and benefitted from a better breeze on the beat finally taking the lead by a small margin.

Seán & Heather Craig sail No. 52 Puffin to a win by a small margin from No. 19 Shindilla, Judy & Grace O’Beirne in Wednesday night's Water Wag AIB/DBSC race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ann KirwanSeán & Heather Craig sail No. 52 Puffin to a win by a small margin from No. 19 Shindilla, Judy & Grace O’Beirne in Wednesday night's Water Wag AIB/DBSC race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ann Kirwan

Top 3 results were:

  1. No. 52 Puffin, Seán & Heather Craig
  2. No. 19 Shindilla, Judy & Grace O’Beirne
  3. No. 42 William Prentice and crew
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Dublin Bay Sailing Club's second AIB Saturday race of the 2024 season was sailed on May 4th in medium westerly winds on an overcast Dublin Bay.

Sean Lemass's First 40 Prima Forte won from Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia in IRC Zero in a one-and-a-half-hour race.

In a six-boat turnout, J109s took the top three places in IRC One with Brian Hall's National Yacht Club (NYC) Something Else taking the gun in a one-and-a-half-hour race by a winning margin of one minute on corrected time. 

Tim Goodbody's White Mischief finished in 1 hour 29 minutes and 43 seconds to take second place. Barry Cunningham's J109 Chimaera, both of the Royal Irish Yacht Club was thirty seconds further back in third place.

Overall, the Goodbody's lead Brian Hall from Barry Cunningham. The Race Officer was Barry MacNeaney. 

In Cruisers Two IRC, Lindsay Casey's  Royal St. George J97 Windjammer topped a three-boat turnout with Jim McCann's Royal Irish Mustang 30 Peridot in second. Third was the Sigma 33 Moonshine skippered by David O'Flynn of the Royal St. George.

In a two-boat IRC Three race, Edward Melvin's Sonata One Design, Ceol na Mara of the National Yacht Club beat Myles Kelly's Senator 22 of the DMYC by almost two minutes on corrected time.

In Class 5a (White Sails), Tim Costello's Bavaria 35 Just Jasmin was the ECHO handicap winner from Charles Broadhead's Sigma 38, Persistence. Third was Peter Richarson's Dehler 36 Deliverance.

In the one-design fleets, under Race Officer Jim Dolan, Estelle won from Geraldine in a three-boat Dublin Bay 21 race. The restored vintage fleet recently announced its 2024 racing programme in a new class website.

Overall leader, NYC's David Gorman, was second in the first race but won the second in the 14-boat Flying Fifteen races under Race Officer Declan Traynor.

In the seven-boat B211s scratch division, Joe Smyth's Yikes won from Jacqueline McStay's Small Wonder from the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Third was Pat Shannon's B211 Beeswing.

Results in all classes are detailed below.

Summer racing continues on Dublin Bay next Tuesday.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) Thursday evening racing was cancelled tonight due to very light winds.

Winds measuring just over one knot meant the second Thursday race of the 2024 AIB summer season was scrubbed in all classes at Dun Laoghaire.

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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.