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Royal Irish Yacht Club J109 White Mischief (Richard and Tim Goodbody) beat Jalapeno (Paul Barrington) and Dear Prudence (Jay Bourke) in a windy DBSC J109 race on Dublin Bay last night.

The sister ships were beaten overall in IRC One by rival XP34 Bon Exemple. The Goodbody's took second in IRC with Andrew Algeo's J99, Juggerknot 2, third.

Dublin Bay J109 interests are being well represented on the South Coast this week where DBSC regular Something Else (John and Brian Hall) of the National Yacht Club lying second after four races sailed at the Sovereign's Cup in Kinsale.

104 boats turned out across all DBSC classes for the breezy Thursday night race.

In the one-design divisions, the big Flying Fifteen fleet was won by Rodriguez. FFuZZy was second with Perfect Ten third.

Heading out to a DBSC Green fleet start, Flying fifteen captain Neil Colin is captured with Sail Training Vessel Brian Boru Photo: Brian Buggy/BanditHeading out to a DBSC Green fleet start, Flying fifteen captain Neil Colin is captured with Sail Training Vessel Brian Boru Photo: Brian Buggy/Bandit

The top three in each class are below:

DBSC Results for 24/06/2021

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Bon Exemple, 2. White Mischief, 3. Juggerknot 2

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Bon Exemple, 2. White Mischief, 3. Juggerknot 2

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Dear Prudence

31.7 One Design: 1. Levante, 2. After You Too, 3. Bluefin Two

31.7 Echo: 1. Levante, 2. Bluefin Two, 3. Fiddly Bits

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Leeuwin, 2. Windjammer, 3. Ruthless

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Boojum, 2. Leeuwin, 3. Springer

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Leeuwin, 2. Boojum, 3. Springer

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Starlet, 2. Maranda, 3. Eleint

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Cartoon, 2. Saki, 3. Starlet

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. RunAway

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Antix, 2. RunAway

Cruiser 5A NS-IRC: 1. Act Two, 2. Playtime, 3. The Great Escape

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Act Two, 2. The Great Escape, 3. Playtime

Cruiser 5B Echo: 1. Setanta

SB20: 1. Ted, 2. Bad/Kilcullen, 3. venuesworld.com

Flying 15: 1. Rodriguez, 2. FFuZZy, 3. Perfect Ten

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jester, 2. Jheetah

Sportsboat: 1. Jester, 2. George 2, 3. RIYC 1

Dragon: 1. Sir Ossis o'the River, 2. Phantom, 3. ZinZan

Ruffian: 1. Shannagh, 2. Bandit, 3. Carmen

Shipman: 1. Jo Slim 5, 2. Twocan, 3. Invader

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook, 2. Small Wonder, 3. Beeswing

B211 Echo: 1. Small Wonder, 2. Beeswing, 3. Chinook

Glen: 1. GlenDun, 2. Glenluce, 3. Glenroan

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Another fine fleet of vintage Water Wag dinghies raced in light winds inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour as part of the class's regular Dublin Bay Sailing Club Wednesday night series.

27 turned out for racing eclipsing the fleets own Bloomsday high of 26 boats for last Wednesday's race.

Race Officer Harry Gallagher only managed one race in the fickle breeze. The wind died and only nine of them finished the race.

Race Officer Harry Gallagher finishes one of nine Water Wags that completed the in harbour courseRace Officer Harry Gallagher finishes one of nine Water Wags that completed the in harbour course

Meanwhile, the National Yacht Club has welcomed a beautiful new Water Wag, Shindilla to the East Pier Club.

Shindilla was commissioned by Neil and Pam Collen and takes its name and sail number from the original Shindilla that Neil’s grandfather Ninian Falkiner commissioned in 1932 and sailed and later his mother Effie sailed for many years.

Last Wednesday it was sailed for the first time by Alistair Kissane and Annalise Murphy. Shindilla finished a close second in the 26 boat Bloomsday fleet in the first race and then went on to win the second race.

Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy (left) toasts the arrival of new Water Wag Shindilla to the National Yacht Club Photo: NYCOlympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy (left) toasts the arrival of new Water Wag Shindilla to the National Yacht Club Photo: NYC

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Royal St. George's Theo Lyttle won Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) Tuesday night Laser standard race at Dun Laoghaire from club mate Ross O'Leary. Damian Moloney was third.

The Fireball class was won by Royal St. George's Louise McKenna with DMYC's Frank Miller second. 

Top three in all competing DBSC classes are below

DBSC Results for 22/06/2021

Cruiser 3 Tuesday Echo: 1. Grasshopper 2, 2. Pamafe, 3. Papytoo

Flying 15: 1. A Mere Triffle, 2. Perfect Ten

Ruffian: 1. Ruff Diamond, 2. Bandit, 3. Scamp

Shipman: 1. Bluefin, 2. Poppy

B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Isolde, 3. Plan B

B211 Echo: 1. Isolde, 2. Billy Whizz, 3. Plan B

PY Class: 1. Noel Butler, 2. Brendan Foley, 3. Brian Sweeney

IDRA 14: 1. Dart, 2. Chaos, 3. Dunmoanin

Fireball: 1. Louise McKenna, 2. Frank Miller, 3. Paul ter Horst

Laser Standard: 1. Theo Lyttle, 2. Ross O'Leary, 3. Damian Maloney

Laser Radial: 1. Hugh O'Connor, 2. Sean Craig, 3. Brenda Maguire

Dart,
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The Royal Irish J109 White Mischief (Richard and Tim Goodbody) was the Cruiser 1 IRC winner in Saturday's DBSC race on Dublin Bay.

There was a 125 boat turnout across all classes for the AIB Summer Series, the country's biggest sailing series.

Second, in IRC 1, was the Royal Irish's XP33 Bon Exemple. The National Yacht Club J109 Jalapeno (Paul Barrington) was third.

Saturday's race marked the final DBSC on the water tribute to esteemed member, the late Carmel Winkelmann who passed away last week. Afloat tribute here

In the one-design classes, Ken Dumpleton was the Flying Fifteen class winner in Hera. 

The top three results across all classes are below:

(Above and below) the DBSC green fleet tribute to the late DBSC Race Official Carmel Winkelmann(Above and below) the DBSC green fleet tribute to the late DBSC Race Official Carmel Winkelmann

(Above and below) the DBSC green fleet tribute to the late DBSC Race Official Carmel Winkelmann

DBSC Results for 19/06/2021


Race 1

Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Rockabill VI, 2. Tsunami, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Tsunami, 2. Rockabill VI, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Bon Exemple, 3. Jalapeno

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Indecision, 2. White Mischief, 3. Raptor

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Chimaera

31.7 One Design: 1. Attitude, 2. Prospect, 3. Bluefin Two

31.7 Echo: 1. Bluefin Two, 2. Kernach, 3. Attitude

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Windjammer, 2. Peridot, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Springer, 2. Windjammer, 3. Leeuwin

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Leeuwin, 2. Gwili II, 3. Springer

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Starlet, 2. Krypton, 3. Maranda

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Ceol na Mara, 2. Pamafe, 3. Starlet

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. Playtime, 2. Gung Ho, 3. Persistance

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Playtime, 2. Shearwater, 3. Katienua

SB20: 1. Ted, 2. So Blue, 3. Carpe Diem

Flying 15: 1. Phoenix, 2. Hera, 3. Glass Half Full

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jawesome III, 2. Jitterbug, 3. Jambiya

Sportsboat: 1. Jawesome III, 2. Jitterbug, 3. George 2

Dragon: 1. ZinZan, 2. Phantom

Ruffian: 1. Bandit, 2. Ruffrider, 3. Icicle

Shipman: 1. Curraglass, 2. Jo Slim 5, 3. Poppy

B211 One Design: 1. Ventuno, 2. Beeswing, 3. Chinook

B211 Echo: 1. Ventuno, 2. Beeswing, 3. Small Wonder

Glen: 1. Glenluce, 2. Glenroan, 3. GlenDun

Squib/Mermaid: 1. Lively Lady, 2. Jill, 3. Aideen

PY Class: 1. Noel Butler, 2. Brendan Foley, 3. Brian Sweeney

Fireball: 1. Owen Sinnott, 2. Paul ter Horst

Laser Standard: 1. Gavan Murphy, 2. Robbie Walker

Laser Radial: 1. Hugh O'Connor, 2. Marc Coakley, 3. Sean Craig

Race 2

SB20: 1. Carpe Diem, 2. Ted, 3. venuesworld.com

Flying 15: 1. Hera, 2. Phoenix, 3. Ignis Caput II

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jawesome III, 2. Jitterbug, 3. Jambiya

Sportsboat: 1. Jawesome III, 2. Jitterbug, 3. Jambiya

Dragon: 1. Phantom, 2. ZinZan

Ruffian: 1. Ruffles, 2. Ripples, 3. Bandit

B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Small Wonder, 3. Chinook

B211 Echo: 1. Small Wonder, 2. Chinook, 3. Billy Whizz

Squib/Mermaid: 1. Lively Lady, 2. Jill, 3. Aideen

PY Class: 1. Brendan Foley, 2. Noel Butler, 3. Brian Sweeney

Fireball: 1. Owen Sinnott, 2. Paul ter Horst

Laser Standard: 1. Gavan Murphy, 2. Robbie Walker

Laser Radial: 1. Sean Craig, 2. Hugh O'Connor, 3. Sophie Kilmartin

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A light fluctuating wind to start, an ebbing tide and a series of significant wind changes gave the Flying Fifteens and their race officer Brian Mathews a busy and challenging night (17 June) in the second Thursday of points racing in DBSC.

Our wind readings before the start showed a variance from 136° to 185° with the last check in the 150s just before the start. A true windward-leeward course was set with Pier the weather mark and an inflatable acting as Zebra for the leeward mark. Four laps were set.

A cluster of boats tried to start at the pin end: Alan Green and daughter (4026), David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne (4068), Shane McCarthy & Chris Doorly (4085), Niall Coleman & daughter (4008) and Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley (4081).

At the gun Green were obviously OCS as they immediately set about re-rounding the pin end. I was later advised that Mulvin & Beirne also made a similar manoeuvre, though I didn’t see it on the water.

All the others at this end sailed on and approximately 150m off the start line, Mulligan & Bradley were also called as OCS. I hadn’t heard an earlier call identifying us as a miscreant, but then again there is no obligation for the RO to make a call at all!

The net effect of the contra-tide return to the start line was that Mulligan & Bradley had it all to do to get back into the race.

At Pier for the first time, Niall Coleman & daughter led the fleet and in the chasing pack was Peter Murphy & Ciara Mulvey (3774), Tom Galvin & crew (3757), Green², potentially John O’Sullivan & Cas Kiersey (3762) and Mulvin & Beirne.

As Mulligan rounded the mark in last place (of 16), the downwind fleet had been split in two between an inshore group and an offshore group. However, with the possible exception of the Colemans who had a lead, the two packs were reasonably close together.

Initially taking a slightly more offshore route to the leeward mark, Mulligan & Bradley stayed in the light wind to close on the fleet ahead of them. Halfway down the leg, they gybed onto port to head inshore and found themselves in a better position than those further in. They closed on Neil Colin & Mick McCambridge (4028), ghosting past them and soon had Mulvin & Beirne for company.

Tom Murphy & Karl (4057) were next to be approached, but just as they gained “close quarters”, Murphy picked up wind coming out of the west to get away again. With the better breeze coming out of the west, but with an ebbing tide, Murphy found that his tack onto port to close in on Zebra left him off the layline. Mulligan held on but in so doing lost some distance to boats he thought he had passed.

Coleman got to Zebra first and seemed to establish a good lead for themselves going middle and left on what was now a spinnaker run to Pier. Murphy & Mulvey went further seaward, Murphy & Karl were middle and right and I think Green, Mulvin & Beirne and Galvin were also slightly inshore. Adrian & crew (3198) had also made ground, leaving Mulligan 8th on the water.

On the beat back to Zebra, Murphy & Mulvey and Coleman² were the furthest inshore, with Murphy & Karl and Galvin splitting the distance to Mulligan who was sailing middle and left. Initially, they looked to be too far too leeward but when they tacked to come offshore it was clear that they had played it right, Coleman giving way to a starboard hail from Mulligan but Murphy/Mulvey crossing ahead. Galvin was also loitering with intent.

Mathews at this stage was advising his fleets that the intention was to shorten to Zebra for the finish, having already located Freebird at this end of the course.
Murphy/Mulvey claimed the win, followed by Coleman with Galvin pinching third from Mulligan/Bradley and Adrian Cooper/J McNamara and John O’Sullivan/Cas Kiersey taking fifth and sixth respectively.

Flying Fifteens
Thursday 17 June 2021

  1. Peter Murphy & Ciara Mulvey, Hera, 3774
  2. Niall Coleman & daughter, Flyer, 4008
  3. Tom Galvin & crew, Thingamabob, 3757
  4. Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley, Enfant de Marie, 4081
  5. Adrian Cooper & J McNamara, Slipstream, 3198
  6. John O’Sullivan & Cas Kiersey, 3762
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Fresh from their return from last week's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, both Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) and Juggerknot II (Andrew Algeo), both from the Royal Irish Yacht Club, won their respective cruiser divisions in last night's DBSC Thursday night race. 

There was a great turnout of 129 boats across all DBSC classes for racing on a fluky Dublin Bay.

In the J109 division, yet another RIYC yacht, White Mischief (Richard and Tim Goodbody), was the class winner.  

Full results across all classes in the AIB-sponsored Summer Series are below. 

DBSC Results for 17/06/2021


Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Rockabill VI, 2. Tsunami, 3. D-Tox

Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. D-Tox, 2. Tsunami, 3. Lively Lady

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Juggerknot 2, 2. Bon Exemple, 3. White Mischief

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Juggerknot 2, 2. Black Velvet, 3. Bon Exemple

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Chimaera, 3. Dear Prudence

31.7 One Design: 1. After You Too, 2. Attitude, 3. Bluefin Two

31.7 Echo: 1. Kalamar, 2. Fiddly Bits, 3. Bluefin Two

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Windjammer, 2. Ruthless, 3. Springer

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Gwili II, 2. Boojum, 3. Springer

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Gwili II, 2. Boojum, 3. Springer

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Maranda, 2. Starlet, 3. Eleint

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Maranda, 2. Grasshopper 2, 3. Wynward

Cruiser 4 NS-IRC: 1. Boomerang, 2. RunAway

Cruiser 4 Echo: 1. Boomerang, 2. Antix, 3. RunAway

Cruiser 5A NS-IRC: 1. Playtime, 2. Persistance, 3. The Great Escape,

Cruiser 5A Echo: 1. Witzend, 2. Playtime, 3. Katienua

Cruiser 5B Echo: 1. Sweet Martini, 2. Gung Ho, 3. Fortitudine

SB20: 1. Ted, 2. So Blue, 3. venuesworld.com

Flying 15: 1. Hera, 2. Flyer, 3. Thingamabob

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jester, 2. Jitterbug

Sportsboat: 1. Jester, 2. Jitterbug, 3. George 2

Ruffian: 1. Shannagh, 2. Bandit, 3. Ruffles

Shipman: 1. Curraglass, 2. Poppy, 3. Twocan

B211 One Design: 1. Chinook, 2. Isolde, 3. Billy Whizz

B211 Echo: 1. Isolde, 2. Chinook, 3. Billy Whizz

Glen: 1. GlenDun, 2. Glencree, 3. Glencoe

Squib/Mermaid PY: 1=. Lively Lady, 1=. Allsorts, 3. Jill

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Dublin Bay sailor Damian Maloney won both of Tuesday's Laser Standard races. Gary O'Hare was second with Gavan Murphy third in the first race.

Gary O'Hare was also runner up in the second race with Chris Arrowsmith third.

The evening races started with an on the water tribute to the late Carmel Winkelmann, the long-standing DBSC member who died at the weekend aged 93. 

DBSC Results for 15/06/2021

Race 1

Cruiser 3 Tuesday Echo: 1. Grasshopper 2, 2. Papytoo, 3. Pamafe

Flying 15: 1. Phoenix, 2. Shane MacCarthy, 3. Perfect Ten

Sportsboat: 1. Jeorge V, 2. Jay Z

Ruffian: 1. Carmen, 2. Ruff Diamond

B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Yikes, 3. Isolde

B211 Echo: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Isolde, 3. Plan B

Glen: 1. Glenluce

PY Class: 1. Noel Butler, 2. Teddy Byrne, 3. Brendan Foley

IDRA 14: 1. Slipway, 2. Dunmoanin, 3. Doody

Fireball: 1. Marie Barry, 2. Frank Miller, 3. Louise McKenna

Laser Standard: 1. Damian Maloney, 2. Gary O'Hare, 3. Gavan Murphy

Laser Radial: 1. Hugh O'Connor, 2. Luke Smith, 3. John O'Driscoll

Race 2

PY Class: 1. Noel Butler, 2. Brendan Foley, 3. Stephen Oram

IDRA 14: 1. Slipway, 2. Doody, 3. Dunmoanin

Fireball: 1. Frank Miller, 2. Marie Barry, 3. Paul ter Hors

Laser Standard: 1. Damian Maloney, 2. Gary O'Hare, 3. Chris Arrowsmith

Laser Radial: 1. Hugh O'Connor, 2. Owen Laverty, 3. David Cahill

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Tuesday night marks the start of a week-long tribute to long-standing Dublin Bay Sailing Club member Carmel Winkelmann who passed away on Saturday, 12th June. 

DBSC Flag Officers are preparing for a minute's silence on all boats in the fleet before racing commences on each race day this week.

There will be an additional sound signal made five minutes before the first warning signal for the first class each day. The DBSC burgee will be dipped and a minute's silence will be observed in Carmel's honour. 

DBSC Committee Boat MacLir displaying an RIP tribute to the late Carmel Winkelmann prior to Tuesday, June 15th's racingDBSC Committee Boat MacLir (above) and Freebird (below) displaying an RIP tribute to the late Carmel Winkelmann prior to Tuesday, June 15th's racing

Freebird DBSC

As Afloat repeated earlier, Carmel was an active member of DBSC and also gave a huge commitment to Dublin Bay sailing in general.

Due to the Government restrictions, a family funeral will take a place privately at 10 am on Friday (June 18th).

As a mark of respect, the funeral cortège will be passing the yacht clubs along the Dun Laoghaire Harbour waterfront on Friday morning at 9 am.

Funeral notice here

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Tony Fox's IMX 38 Gringo from the National Yacht Club beat club mates John and Brian Hall's J109 Something Else in the Cruisers One IRC division of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Saturday racing.

Racing for classes in Seapoint Bay in the DBSC AIB sponsored Summer Series was subjected to variable westerlies for the opening races before a more solid breeze from 170 degrees came through for the second race.

Jim McCann's Mustang 30 Peridot from the Royal Irish Yacht Club beat two Sigma 33s for the top spot in class two IRC.

In the One Design classes,  DMYC's Enfant de Marie (Ben Mulligan) was the winner of the first race with Phoenix (John Lavery) of the National Yacht Club the second race winner.

The top three results in each DBSC class are below

DBSC Results for 12/06/2021

Race 1

Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Gringo, 2. Something Else, 3. Chimaera

Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Gringo, 2. Powder Monkey, 3. Raptor

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Something Else, 2. Chimaera, 3. Powder Monkey

31.7 One Design: 1. Attitude, 2. Kalamar, 3. Kernach

31.7 Echo: 1. Kalamar, 2. Kernach, 3. Attitude

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Peridot, 2. Leeuwin, 3. Rupert

Cruiser 2 Echo: 1. Leeuwin, 2. Rupert, 3. Peridot

Cruiser 2 Sigma 33: 1. Leeuwin, 2. Rupert, 3. Gwili II

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Maranda, 2. Starlet

Cruiser 3 Echo: 1. Maranda, 2. Papytoo, 3. Wynward

Cruiser 5 NS-IRC: 1. The Great Escape, 2. Gung Ho, 3. Playtime

Cruiser 5 Echo: 1. Sweet Martini, 2. The Great Escape, 3. Playtime

SB20: 1. venuesworld.com, 2. Ted, 3. So Blue

Flying 15: 1. Enfant de Marie, 2. Flyer, 3. Phoenix

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya, 2. Joyride, 3. Jay Z

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jambiya, 2. Joyride, 3. Jawesome III

Shipman: 1. Curraglass, 2. Viking, 3. Jo Slim 5

Glen: 1. Glenroan, 2. GlenDun

PY Class: 1. Brendan Foley, 2. Michael McCambridge

IDRA 14: 1. Dunmoanin, 2. Chaos

Fireball: 1. Owen Sinnott, 2. Paul ter Horst

Race 2

SB20: 1. Ted, 2. Bad/Kilcullen, 3. Rubadubdub

Flying 15: 1. Phoenix, 2. Rodriguez, 3. Fflagella

Sportsboat: 1=. George 6, 1=. Jawesome III, 3. Jambiya

Sportsboat VPRS: 1. Jawesome III, 2. Jambiya, 3. Joyride

Ruffian: 1. Bandit, 2. Ripples, 3. Ruffles

B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Chinook, 3. Beeswing

B211 Echo: 1. Beeswing, 2. Ventuno, 3. Chinook

Squib/Mermaid: 1. Lively Lady, 2. Periquin, 3. Allsorts

PY Class: 1. Brendan Foley, 2. Michael McCambridge

IDRA 14: 1. Chaos, 2. Dunmoanin

Fireball: 1. Owen Sinnott, 2. Paul ter Horst

Race 3

PY Class: 1. Brendan Foley, 2. Michael McCambridge

IDRA 14: 1. Chaos, 2. Dunmoanin

Fireball: 1. Owen Sinnott, 2. Paul ter Horst

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After a number of training races, which were very well attended and received, Mother Nature and Race Officer Jack Roy’s Team conspired most favourably to give the Flying Fifteens a good workout in a brisk breeze last night.

Throughout the day the forecast was for wind just west of south in the 12 – 14 knot range but with gusts in the 17 – 19 range and with low tide around 18:15, the flood was already evident on the racecourse.

Windward-Leeward JW2 was the course of the night – Battery(P), Bulloch(P), Molly(P), Bulloch(P), Island(P), East(P), Island(P), East(P), Pier(P) – Finish. Battery was not a turning mark and most people had twigged the requirement to leave this mark to port, leaving Bulloch as the principle windward mark of the first leg.
Thirteen boats contested last night’s race and five of these decided to take an offshore route for the early part of the beat. Of these Shane McCarthy & Chris Doorly (4085) and Frank Miller & Ed Butler (3845) were two of the more prominent. Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley (4081) worked the middle of the course with a number of others – Ken Dumpleton & Joe (3955) coming to mind, while the rest of the fleet went shorewards. Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (4028) and possibly Alistair Court & Conor O’Leary (3753) were in this final group.

As the fleet converged at Battery, it became apparent that the offshore option had paid dividends with Miller & Butler crossing the entire fleet on port to assume the leading slot in the final section of the beat from Battery to Bulloch. McCarthy/Doorly also featured prominently, while Mulligan/Bradley slotted in behind these two with Dumpleton/Joe and Court/O’Leary following in behind them.

Miller/Butler led the fleet around Bulloch, followed by Mulligan/Bradley and McCarthy/Doorly and an excellent spinnaker leg took the fleet off towards Molly. The front three had a gap on the rest of the fleet, so I am going to use poetic licence here and suggest that Dumpleton and Court were at the head of the chasing bunch. Miller/Butler held the lead to Molly while in the very latter stages of the leg, McCarthy powered over Mulligan in the final boat-lengths to the mark, but a more efficient spinnaker drop by Mulligan/Bradley allowed them to recover second place and leave McCarthy/Doorly, who had a few problems, to leeward and behind for the beat back to Bulloch.

This leg was more difficult to interpret. Miller and McCarthy kept further offshore than Mulligan and Dumpleton also took a more offshore approach. Later, onshore, Colin admitted he had gone offshore and found it paid dividends. The front group of three then became four, with the sequence at Bulloch being Miller, McCarthy, Dumpleton and Mulligan. Dumpleton then erred by flying spinnaker on what was a two-sail reach to Island. Island to East was another enjoyable spinnaker leg and at East the leading three were a bit more circumspect about their drops. McCarthy had taken the lead at this stage and led the race to Island for the third beat of the night. However, even with the state of the tide, pushing the boats offshore at Island, both the leading boats appeared to overstand the mark, allowing Mulligan to close until he was forced into a double tack to round Island. The third spinnaker leg of the night allowed mulligan to close the gap a little on Miller, but McCarthy was comfortable at this stage.

In a brief period of bravado, they tried to fly spinnaker, but soon came to see the error of their ways. Miller then found himself to leeward but ahead of Mulligan on the two-sail reach to Pier and gradually started to eek his way upwind to protect his second place. The distance between these two ebbed and flowed, but not to any significant extent.

Miller tacked immediately at Pier for the upwind hitch to the finish whereas Mulligan held on for a few more boat-lengths before tacking and setting himself up for a finish at the committee boat end of the line which is where the favourable bias was. It was enough to pip Miller at the finish.

Thursday 10th June

Flying Fifteen – 13 starters. (1 DNF).

1. Shane McCarthy & Chris Doorly, 4085
2. Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley, 4081
3. Frank Miller & Ed Butler, 3845
4. Ken Dumpleton & Joe, 3955
5. Alistair Court & Conor O’Leary, 3753
6. Neil Colin & Margaret Casey, 4028.

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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 Jonathan Nicholson of the Royal St. George 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.

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