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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued the Notice of Race for its forthcoming 2019 summer season.

First DBSC Races
Tuesday: 23rd April: Thursday 25th April: Saturday 27th April

Last DBSC Races
Tuesday 27th August: Thursday: 29th August: Saturday 28th September

Full details will be published in a further Racing Schedule.

1 Rules
1.1 All racing will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of Irish Sailing, the rules of each class concerned (except as any of the above are altered by the sailing instruction) there may also be some other changes to the RRS. These will be noted in the Sailing Instructions
1.2 Where appropriate, class rules are amended by these sailing instructions to allow the use of VHF radio and GPS.

2 Advertising
2.1 The Committee reserve the right to refuse entries from boats which display advertising that the Committee deem inappropriate

3 Conditions of entry
3.1 A boat shall not be eligible to race until a properly completed entry form and entry fee have been accepted by the Hon. Secretary. All communications will be directed to the person first named in the entry form.
3.2 Boats racing in cruiser classes will not be included in the results unless a current ECHO or IRC handicap has been issued by the Irish Sailing Association.
3.3 A boat in cruiser classes 0,1,2,3and 5 shall not be eligible to race unless (a) she is fitted with lying down bunks for two people and sitting down accommodation for four people, (b) she is capable of racing around the Burford marks in wind force 6 and can cope with wind force 8 conditions, (c) she is a monohulled boat.
3.4 DBSC recommends that boats entered for DBSC racing should also enrol in their local class association.
3.5 Boats visiting the area to compete in local club events or championship races or making a temporary stop in a waterfront club or marina while on passage, may enter for DBSC racing for a period of up to 14 days. The current entry fee is €50. This fee must be paid and a visitor’s entry form and declaration (obtainable from the Hon Secretary), be completed before racing.
3.6 After the start of the season, late entries must reach the Hon. Secretary seven full days preceding the day the boat concerned intends racing.

4 Scoring System
4.1 All races will be scored using the low point system as per RRSA4

5 Disclaimer of Liability
5.1 It shall be the sole responsibility of each boat’s skipper to decide whether or not to start or continue to race: and each owner/helm shall sail or race his/her boat entirely at his/her own risk; and that Dublin Bay Sailing Club Ltd. and its committee, race officers and organisers shall not be liable in the event of any accident or mishap. All Yachts shall be adequately covered by 3rd party liability insurance.
5.2 The Committee reserves the right to accept or reject a boat’s or Skipper’s entry on grounds of safety or other such grounds as they deem appropriate.

6 Sailing Instructions
6.1 Sailing Instructions will be supplied upon receipt of valid entry.
6.2 Sailing Instructions and amendments may also be posted on dbsc.ie

7 Venue
7.1 Racing area is denoted in the yearbook DBSC Racing Marks 2019.

8 Courses
8.1 There will be a fixed mark and other laid courses as per course cards and special instructions.

Entries can be made online at www.dbsc.ie

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued the notice of race for its 2019 six-race Spring Chicken Series that will run from 3rd February to March 10th. 

Racing is under modified ECHO handicap for cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not normally race are very welcome for the novelty series that precedes the main DBSC season

The first gun is 10.10 hrs for the Citroen South sponsored series.

An entry fee of €60.00 includes temporary membership of Dublin Bay S.C. and the National Yacht Club.

Download the Notice of Race and the Entry form below

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Fintan Cairns of Dun Laoghaire is disarmingly modest about his many achievements in cruiser-racing organisation, based as they are on his extensive experience as an active sailor, his own innovations, and his readiness to acknowledge when he has taken an idea from other centres and adopts it to suit Dublin Bay’s needs. November would not normally be the month of sailing choice for many top boats.

Yet when Fintan Cairns introduced his DBSC Turkey Shoot series to provide seven successive Sunday mornings of brisk racing between late October and mid-December, his own determination to get out there in the Committee Boat and set an interesting course provided inspirational sailing leadership which, towards the end of 2018, saw 78 boats of top quality getting some of the best racing of the year.

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Donal O’Sullivan’s retirement after 27 years as Honorary Secretary of Dublin Bay Sailing Club provides the opportunity for honours from all sides for someone whose contribution to the continuing vitality of one of the world’s largest yacht racing organisations is unparalleled.

He belies his age with a continuing enthusiasm for sailing and a sense of erudite curiosity on all topics which enhances his many friendships.

The fact that he compiled the comprehensive history of DBSC for its Centenary way back in 1984 is only part of the lengthy achievement of a very accomplished contributor to our sport.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has announced its key dates for the 2019 sailing season, which kicks off right after Easter.

Tuesday races will begin on 23 April with the last races taking place on 27 August. Thursday racing takes place in the same weeks, from 25 April to 29 August.

Saturday races will begin on 27 April and will continue through to 28 September.

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As Afloat.ie reported previously, last Friday's DBSC prizegiving was a gala affair at the Royal St.George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for the country's biggest yacht racing club. 

As well as six premier awards for best performances, DBSC Commodore Chris Moore congratulated over 100 different winners from 22 DBSC classes.

All the results from 2018 season are here.

Check out our prizegiving gallery from the night below: 

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The retirement at the end of this month of eighty–five-year–old Donal O’Sullivan, Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s (DBSC) Honorary Secretary, after 27 years, is a significant moment in the history of one of Europe’s oldest and biggest yacht racing clubs.

In 1968, when Donal lent his next-door neighbour a hand to pull a new 17-foot sailing dinghy up a driveway, he can’t really have imagined what the next 50 or so years might have in store for him.

It was his then neighbour, Olympic helmsman Johnny Hooper, in Deansgrange in South Co Dublin who needed a hand with a new 505 that set Donal’s mind racing about getting afloat himself.

Jonathan Nicholson Donal OSullivanIncoming Commodore Jonathan Nicholson (left) and Donal OSullivan at the Hon Sec's Commendation Dinner at the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Saturday

Back then, small boat sailing was in its heyday in Dun Laoghaire with massive dinghy fleets and queues to get down the slipways for club racing.

Through a family connection, Donal got his first tack with Frank Lemass in 1968 in a Dragon keelboat from the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier.

It was Lemass, the club Commodore of the time, who proposed Donal for membership of the National, his waterfront club to this day.

It was from this base, in his early 30s — an age that would be regarded as a late starter these days — that Donal set out in a variety of small craft from the East Pier.

He sailed on another Dragon, too, with Dalkey sailor Brendan Ebrill before owning or part-owning a series of dinghies and small keelboats including Water Wags, an Enterprise, Fireball and Ruffian, and he still sails a Shipman.

It was this immersion in so many classes and with so many different sailors that led Donal to the lifelong conviction that dinghy sailing is the only true introduction to sailing.

“To understand how the forces work on a sailing boat, then the dinghy is essential to the feel of things”, he says.

Donal, a polyglot, uses the German word ‘fingerspitzengefühl’ to best describe the finest ‘seat of the pants’ Dublin Bay sailors who have this superb boat handling, gleaned from many hours of dinghy sailing.

Not only did Donal’s keen observation skills give him a lifelong love afloat, but his administrative talents ashore were also quickly identified by his skipper — and ESB work colleague — Brendan Ebrill as being very useful in the intricacies of the organisation of the sport of sailing on the capital's waters.

Pat shannon Chris Moore DBSCPast DBSC Commodore Pat Shannon (left) and Current Commodore Chris Moore present Donal with a special chart of his beloved Dublin Bay at his Commendation evening

Brendan, who served as Donal’s predecessor as DBSC Honorary Secretary, was proved right and Donal served on the club’s protest committee at the suggestion of another of his DBSC skippers, Fireballer John Donnelly.

Donal served two terms on the General Committee over a 10-year period that marked the start of a 40-year administrative relationship with DBSC.

As part of his committee work, he became the driving force behind the club’s centenary in 1984. Donal recognised the significance of the anniversary and how much it could be worth to the club. Under Commodore Michael O’Rahilly, they produced a week of waterfront celebrations that greatly lifted the club's profile.

As part of this work, Donal brought his publishing skills to the fore to compile a 126-page book, Dublin Bay A Century of Sailing, that to this day remains the authoritative work on the club’s sailing history.

Dublin Bay BookDublin Bay A Century of Sailing was published in 1984 and compiled by Donal. To this day. is remains the most comprehensive record of DBSC activities

It was obvious, then, when Brendan retired as Hon Sec in 1991, who the ideal candidate to replace him was.

In taking on the role, Donal set about applying the administrative rigour he had used in his professional career, and this contributed to the safe stewardship of the club at a time that saw huge growth in yacht racing in Dublin throughout the 1990s.

Always with an eye on the future but with a deep regard of the club's rich history, Donal has been the keeper of the DBSC flame in both good times and in bad. In rough seas recently, when the recession impacted on sailing throughout Ireland, Donal has been a steady hand on the DBSC tiller. Founded in the same year as the GAA, in his unflappable style, Donal would often ben be called on to calm matters down at committee meetings with the observation that DBSC had already 'survived two World Wars and countless recessions'.

Without a clubhouse and physical waterfront presence, DBSC can be easily overlooked, yet with a fleet of nearly 300, this is one of Europe’s biggest yacht clubs.

It is the biggest recreational user of the Dublin Bay’s waters, and a sight to behold every Thursday and Saturday for Dubliners who walk the city shores and see Dun Laoghaire as a suburb of sails.

Donal’s community spirit has earned him the respect of all the bay’s stakeholders from harbourmasters at Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Port, to club commodores, regatta organisers and local civic authorities. His view that Dubliners enjoy the privilege of such a splendid bay and the fact DBSC is welcoming to all who have the club's objectives at heart and who pay a modest subscription has endeared him and DBSC to the community at large.

Over the years, Donal has had to fight the corner for sailing against so many different threats to the Dublin Bay race tracks that are set across the country's busiest shipping lanes.

But whenever he is called on to defend sailing’s rights on DBSC’s behalf, whether it’s cruise liners, oil rigs or harbour headaches, it has always been articulated in a clear, genuine and meaningful way — and it is one of the reasons Dublin sailors continue to enjoy such unfettered access to their city’s waters.

Every summer, DBSC goes about its business — quietly, efficiently and without fanfare — staging weekly racing for what is effectively a fleet the size of Cork Week. It is the work of many hands, but it has, until this month, all been coordinated by one man from the same home office in Deansgrange where the dream of going sailing was born over 50 years ago.

DBSC Carmel'For he's a jolly good fellow" - Wendy Bass and Carmel Winkelmann, (both seated) part of DBSCs race management team lead the tributes to Donal in the Royal St. George Library

On November 26th, the club's agm bears witness to a changing of the DBSC Guard when Donal officially steps down. Interestingly, it is the outgoing Commodore Chris Moore who will fill his shoes. Moore, over a nine-year period, has also served as rear and vice commodore. The agm will elect a new Commodore Jonathan Nicholson, Vice Commodore Ann Kirwan and a new Rear Commodore Eddie Totterdell. Before that, however, it will be a busy wind-down for Donal with DBSC's annual gala prizegiving next week on November 16

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has released further details about this weekend’s end-of-season race day at the Royal St George.

Amendments to the sailing instructions will see the Blue Fleet (including Shipmans) start and finish at MacLir, displaying a blue pennant, while the Red Fleet will start an finish at the Freebird, displaying a red pennant. Green Fleet boat will race with the Red Fleet.

There will be no starts or finishes at the West Pier (Hut) Line. Macular will be stationed in the northern quarter of the racing area, with the Freeboard in the southern quarter.

Two races will be sailed for each class if possible, and both qualify for Series 2 points.

Also, racing will start around two hours earlier than usual, with the first warning signals at noon.

Boats will be scored up to 20 minutes after the finish of the class leader, after which they will be declared DNF.

Full details of the updated race instructions for tomorrow, Saturday 29 September, are available to download below or from the DBSC website.

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There was a buoyant turnout of 146 entries last night for the final Thursday race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) 2018 season.

The fleet included 100% turnouts for both Cruisers Zero, Cruisers 3A and 31.7s for the Dublin Bay evening race.

DBSC Saturday races, meanwhile, have an extended scheduled, running until 29 September.

Results below:

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

Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Hot Cookie, 2. D-Tox, 3. Lively Lady

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

Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Black Velvet, 2. Chimaera, 3. Jump The Gun

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

31.7 One Design: 1. After You Too, 2. Camira, 3. Levana

31.7 ECHO: 1. Camira, 2. Kernach, 3. Avalon

Cruiser 2 IRC: 1. Lady Rowena, 2. Windjammer, 3. Elandra

Cruiser 2 ECHO: 1. Lady Rowena, 2. Elandra, 3. Albireo

Cruiser 2 Sigma: 1. Elandra, 2. Rupert, 3. Gwili Two

Cruiser 3A IRC: 1. Cartoon, 2. Running Wild, 3. CriCri

Cruiser 3A ECHO: 1. Cartoon, 2. Running Wild, 3. Enigma

Cruiser 3B IRC: 1. Asterix, 2. Cacciatore, 3. Maranda

Cruiser 3B ECHO: 1. Eleint, 2. Asterix, 3. Pamafe

Cruiser 5A ECHO: 1. Katie Nua, 2. Melusine, 3. Shearwater

Cruiser 5B IRC: 1. Cevantes, 2. Vespucci, 3. Vertigo

Cruiser 5B ECHO: 1. Nirvana, 2. Nauti Gal, 3. Vespucci

Sportsboat: 1. Jester, 2. Jheetah, 3. Zelus

Dragon: 1. Phantom, 2. Zu, 3. Hy-Brasil

Flying 15: 1. Betty, 2. No Name, 3. As Good As It Get

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

Shipman: 1. Viking, 2. Jo Slim, 3. Twocan

B211 One Design: 1. Plan B, 2. Marissa XIV, 3. Small Wonder

B211 ECHO: 1. Yikes, 2. Plan B, 3. Marissa XIV

Squib: 1. Sidewinder, 2. Periguin

Glen: 1. Glendun, 2. Pterodactyl, 3. Glencoe

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

Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Wow, 2. Rockabill VI, 3. Lively Lady

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

Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Ruth, 2. White Mischief, 3. Platinum Blond

Cruiser 1 J109: 1. White Mischief, 2. Ruth, 3. Juggerknot

31.7 One Design: 1. Levante, 2. Indigo, 3. Attitude

31.7 ECHO: 1. Levante, 2. Kalamar, 3. Bluefin Two

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

Cruiser 2 ECHO: 1. Leeuwin, 2. Helter Skelter, 3. Windjammer

Cruiser 2 Sigma: 1. Leeuwin, 2. Rupert, 3. Enchantress

Cruiser 3 IRC: 1. Dubious, 2. Enigma, 3. Starlet

Cruiser 3 ECHO: 1. Dubious, 2. Saki, 3. Starlet

Cruiser 5 IRC: 1. Act Two, 2. Cevantes

Cruiser 5 ECHO: 1. Act Two, 2. Shearwater, 3. Spirit

SB20: 1. Bad-Kilcullen, 2. Know How Do, 3. Carpe Diem

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya, 2. Toute Si

Dragon: 1. Phantom

Flying 15: 1. The Gruffalo, 2. As Good As It Get, 3. Nimble

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

Shipman: 1. Viking, 2. Jo Slim, 3. Invader

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

B211 ECHO: 1. Ventuno, 2. Beeswing, 3. Yikes

Race 2:

SB20: 1. Venuesworld.com, 2. Carpe Diem, 3. Bad-Kilcullen

Sportsboat: 1. Jambiya

Flying 15: 1. The Gruffalo, 2. Glass Half-Full, 3. Hera

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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 Chris Moore 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 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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