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Light south-easterly winds meant many classes 'did not finish' racing in Thursday night's (May 25th) AIB DBSC Summer Series racing on Dublin Bay.

Results (below) show Cruisers Zero finished their two-hour race five north of the Bay with Michelle Farrell's Tsunami, a First 40.7, taking the IRC gun from Kyran McStay's Royal Irish X-35, D-Tox. Third was Tim Kane's X-Treme 37 WOW.

In Cruisers Two IRC division, there was one finisher, Leslie Parnell's Frist 34.7, Black Velvet.

The evening's five-knot breeze was slightly better in the south of the Bay, allowing some finishes in the one design divisions. Not least the 11-boat Flying Fifteen division with Alastair Court's Ffinisterre of the DMYC taking the gun from Shane MacCarthy in Mr Potato Head. Third was Neil Colin in FFuzzy.

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Shirley Gilmore emerged the ILCA 6 Radial winner in last night's single DBSC Dinghy race on Scotsman's Bay, to the east of Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

After last Tuesday's cancellation, May 23rd's light but sunny conditions produced a fine turnout of dinghies for race nine of the AIB Summer series.

Royal St George's Gilmore was followed home by clubmate Marc Coakley with the National Yacht Club's Daniel Raymond in third in the 14-boat fleet.

Full results for all dinghy classes below

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It’s an idea whose time first came back in 1884, and yet Dublin Bay Sailing Club remains as timely a concept as it ever was. Its official 2023 Opening Day is at Dun Laoghaire today, Saturday, April 29th, even though some DBSC evening racing has been underway since Tuesday. Yet the club is more than ever an idea. Its keenly anticipated and very informative yearbook used to be published in the Spring for all to hold and read on paper, but now it is entirely online, serving a virtual club which only becomes a reality every race day.

For sure, the club has some tangible assets in the form of the modest Race Hut on the West Pier, which works in tandem with two club Committee Boats, and they in turn work with the club’s RIBs on mark-laying, rescue and sundry other tasks. But nevertheless, DBSC exists mainly in the shared consciousness of its members and users (they’re not always synonymous), and through its extraordinary range of voluntary workers, with more than 20 Race Officers and upwards of 80 assistants. Their combined effort result in the manifestation of reality: the fleets of 18 classes racing in what amounts to a couple of regattas per week, for this is Europe’s largest local yacht-racing organisation.

“It’s not quite your usual neo-classical Dun Laoghaire waterfront bricks-and-mortar yacht club house, but it does the business” – DBSC’s West Pier Race Hut is only in place in summer.“It’s not quite your usual neo-classical Dun Laoghaire waterfront bricks-and-mortar yacht club house, but it does the business” – DBSC’s West Pier Race Hut is only in place in summer.

“Utilitarian in the extreme” – the long-serving Committee Boat Mac Lir is another of the few items providing tangible evidence of the existence of Dublin Bay Sailing Club as one of Europe’s largest local yacht racing organisations“Utilitarian in the extreme” – the long-serving Committee Boat Mac Lir is another of the few items providing tangible evidence of the existence of Dublin Bay Sailing Club as one of Europe’s largest local yacht racing organisations

“SAILING CLUB OF THE YEAR 2021”

As such, it was able to oversee such an efficient utilisation of any relaxing of the COVID regulations that it became the “Sailing Club of the Year 2021”. But now, as we move into fresher and more free times, longtime club volunteer and officer Eddie Totterdell has succeeded Anne Kirwan as Commodore to lead the club in its time-honoured service-providing consolidation and development ethos.

Meanwhile, Ann in turn now has more time to devote to the Golden Jubilee in 2023 of her beloved Ruffian 23 Class, whose continuing good health in Dublin Bay - when it has faded at some other less steady centres - is testament to the committed and civilised nature of Irish society. For while we may enjoy some of the latest modern conveniences and innovations as much as any other people, we know a good and useful boat when we have one, and see little reason for frequent changes simply for the sake of novelty, even if evolution is something we can live with

Thus in its current umbrella form as the co-ordinating organisation for all Dun Laoghaire sailing, Dublin Bay Sailing Club is in its latest successful incarnation. It has moved on quite some distance from the 1884 group, which aimed to provide inexpensive small boat racing for young sailors who felt that their sailing needs were not being met by the three stately bricks-and-mortar clubhouses on what was then the Kingstown waterfront.

“The cream of the fleet” – DBSC racing in 1886, just two year’s after the club’s formation“The cream of the fleet” – DBSC racing in 1886, just two year’s after the club’s formation

Yet by the 1890s, when the new club’s Young Turks were themselves maturing to become more affluent and part of the Establishment, the rush to form One-Design classes needed some overall body. And there was Dublin Bay Sailing Club, ready and willing to step into the One-Design organisational vacuum, and ready as well to provide some overall co-ordination for the racing programme, in which regular mid-week evening races were playing an increasingly significant role and causing an accelerated increase in participating numbers.

A mighty leap. Although the founders of DBSC in 1884 were regarded as upstarts by the sailing establishment, their enthusiasm and effective organisation afloat meant that when One-Design keelboat classes started to develop in Dun Laoghaire in the late 1890s, Dublin Bay SC was seen as the natural co-ordinating body. And they started big with the Fife-designed Dublin Bay 25s in 1898 - the class is seen here at full strength around 1903, making a start through the harbour mouth, with the Viceroy Lord Dudley’s Fodhla in the foregroundA mighty leap. Although the founders of DBSC in 1884 were regarded as upstarts by the sailing establishment, their enthusiasm and effective organisation afloat meant that when One-Design keelboat classes started to develop in Dun Laoghaire in the late 1890s, Dublin Bay SC was seen as the natural co-ordinating body. And they started big with the Fife-designed Dublin Bay 25s in 1898 - the class is seen here at full strength around 1903, making a start through the harbour mouth, with the Viceroy Lord Dudley’s Fodhla in the foreground

All this is now so much part of the fabric of the racing programme that it feels as though Dublin Bay Sailing Club has been around ever since Dun Laoghaire Harbour itself came into being. And as public meetings of the Save Our Seafront organisation have revealed, there are citizens of Dun Laoghaire who are so attached to its elegant yet totally artificial harbour that they tend to refer to it as “this wonderful natural feature of Dublin Bay”. Quite. Yet when such a large structure is built out of Dalkey granite, that King of Rocks, then fair play to those who see the harbour in this way - and DBSC too, for that matter.

“This wonderful natural feature of Dublin Bay…” At sea level, the massive construction in Dalkey granite may make Dun Laoghaire Harbour seem to be a natural coastal feature, but an elevated view emphasises its magnificently artificial character“This wonderful natural feature of Dublin Bay…” At sea level, the massive construction in Dalkey granite may make Dun Laoghaire Harbour seem to be a natural coastal feature, but an elevated view emphasises its magnificently artificial character

Yet once upon a time, Dublin Bay Sailing Club did not exist. But we can still happily remember sailing across the bay in 1984 to help them celebrate their Centenary when the Commodore was Michael O’Rahilly. Or - more properly - The O’Rahilly, if you want to be pernickety about ancient titles, though Michael himself has always been much keener on getting people sailing than he has been on asserting any rights as the Chieftain of the Clan O’Rahilly.

As your columnist happens to be the Chieftain of the Nixons of Curbah in County Cavan under an hereditary system worked out by my ingenious predecessor Uncle George (who lived to be 103), I can only agree that holding such titles is of doubtful tangible benefit. For we have occasionally driven through Ballyjamesduff in the hope of finding our Land Agent waiting on the town boundary with a Gladstone bag stuffed with rents, but so far have failed for some inscrutable reason to make lucrative contact of any sort.

Back in 1984, you had to be on the right side of Commodore The O’Rahilly and his Glen OD to get the clear message about the DBSC Centenary Party in Sandycove. Photo: W M NixonBack in 1984, you had to be on the right side of Commodore The O’Rahilly and his Glen OD to get the clear message about the DBSC Centenary Party in Sandycove. Photo: W M Nixon

Thus ensuring that DBSC celebrated its Centenary with style was probably much more useful than asserting ancient titles, and Michael O’Rahilly’s sense of the significance of Dublin Bay Sailing Club back in 1984 and the importance of properly marking its Centenary played a key role in increasing the club’s sense of itself, which has carried it through so well that if you were a mathematician of a certain type, you’d be insisting that this year they should be celebrating their 140th year with some added fanfare.

But of course it will be next year when the 140th birthday will be celebrated, and it should be muted enough, as the 150th in ten years time will be something very special, for these days with Rosemary Roy in charge of the engine room through being Honorary Secretary, this potentially unwieldy entity is running like a well-oiled machine.

CLASS AUTONOMY ENCOURAGED

Nowadays the club caters for so many classes that they’re encouraged in their autonomy within the DBSC marquee. But the tradition of encouraging classes generally continues, and it was still at a very hands-on level during the 1930s. Thus the initial germ of the idea of the John B Kearney-designed 17ft Mermaid OD was first aired in 1932 even though it was 1936 before the class was fully in being. But by the late 1940s and through the 1950s, it was one of the most popular club ODs in Ireland.

Dublin Bay Mermaids racing in their annual National Championship in Foynes. Although first conceived in Dun Laoghaire in 1932, the class’s strongest fleets are now to be found elsewhere. Photo: Tony QuinlivanDublin Bay Mermaids racing in their annual National Championship in Foynes. Although first conceived in Dun Laoghaire in 1932, the class’s strongest fleets are now to be found elsewhere. Photo: Tony Quinlivan

Then too, while it was at a Committee Meeting of the Royal Alfred Yacht Club in 1934 that the idea of a new 24ft LWL bermudan rigged OD was first aired by Lord Glenavy, owner of the DB21 Garavogue in a class which originated in 1902-03, the fact that in due course the RAYC would eventually be combined into DBSC was anticipated as long ago as 1937, when DBSC took up the idea of the new boat and developed it to become the DB24 class This was and is a versatile classic which was so effective, both inshore and offshore, that in 1963 one of the DB24s was to provide renowned designer Alfred Mylne with his only overall win in an RORC Race.

The restored and re-rigged Dublin Bay 21 Garavogue on her way to a win in Dublin Bay. Photo: Jillly Goodbody The restored and re-rigged Dublin Bay 21 Garavogue on her way to a win in Dublin Bay. Photo: Jillly Goodbody 

Even more remarkably, Garavogue is still very much in existence, now sailing under the new gunter sloop rig as devised by Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra in their project to restore the Dublin Bay 21 Class. And we can also see the continuing existence of the Dublin Bay 24s, through the elegant presence of the restored Periwinkle (David Espey & Chris Craig). 

The restored Dublin Bay 24 Periwinkle racing off Dun Laoghaire. In 1963 her sister-ship Fenestra (Stephen O’Mara, skippered by Arthur Odbert) was overall winner of the stormy 220-mile RORC Morecambe Bay Race in the Irish Sea. Photo: W M Nixon The restored Dublin Bay 24 Periwinkle racing off Dun Laoghaire. In 1963 her sister-ship Fenestra (Stephen O’Mara, skippered by Arthur Odbert) was overall winner of the stormy 220-mile RORC Morecambe Bay Race in the Irish Sea. Photo: W M Nixon 

This wealth of living history as a normal part of the Dublin Bay sailing scene is to be celebrated with a proposed Grand Parade of Sail on the morning of Sunday July 2nd, going around the East Pier and along the coast of Sandycove to the Forty Foot, for all Dun Laoghaire boats and classes more than fifty years old. With co-ordination and commentary by Hal Sisk in his capacity as Chairman of the International Association of Yachting Historians, it’s an intriguing way of illustrating Dun Laoghaire’s unrivalled sailing history. But by the time that happens, Dublin Bay Sailing Club will already have logged very many races in its crowded 2023 programme.

Former DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan racing her champion Ruffian 23 Bandit. With their Golden Jubilee being celebrated this year, the Ruffian 23s are eligible to participate in the proposed Grand Parade of Sail at Dun Laoghaire on Sunday July 2nd.Former DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan racing her champion Ruffian 23 Bandit. With their Golden Jubilee being celebrated this year, the Ruffian 23s are eligible to participate in the proposed Grand Parade of Sail at Dun Laoghaire on Sunday July 2nd.

You get the best idea of the scale of it all at the annual prize-giving in November, which is nothing less than a marathon. Silverware is shifted in industrial quantities as further tangible evidence of the very real existence of a virtual club which honours the past, lives in the present, and keenly anticipates the future. Here’s the Afloat.ie report on the successful riders and runners from 2022

View the 2023 DBSC yearbook on the DBSC website here

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has announced the 2023 Tuesday Night AIB DBSC Women on the Water Series, a new initiative to increase female participation in sailing.

DBSC will run normal Tuesday night racing but with an added difference: boats helmed by a woman and with a minimum female compliment of 50% can enter the Women on the Water series at no additional charge.

Eligible classes are the SB20, Flying Fifteen, 1720 Sportboat, Ruffian 23 and B211 which the club hopes will deliver competitive racing with handicaps across the different classes.

There will also be series prizes for the two top performers in the series.

DBSC Commodore Ed Totterdell says: “To make this an exciting, competitive and fun racing series we would love to see as many entrants as possible so get your team together, tell your friends and sign up!”

All WOW boats will be recorded in both the standard Tuesday Series and the new WOW Series. If your boat is already entered for 2023 you can email [email protected] and ask that your entry to this series is noted.

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After two years as Commodore of Ireland's largest yacht racing club that runs over 1,000 races each summer, Ann Kirwan completed her term in office last night at Dublin Bay Sailing Club and handed over the tiller to Eddie Totterdell after his election. Here Afloat publishes Kirwan's AGM farewell to members

It has been such an honour and a privilege to act as Commodore of DBSC for the past two years and for a total of 10 years on the committee. It’s been busy, and there have been some ups and downs, but it has been very enjoyable and rewarding. The past three years have been particularly challenging with Covid, but I think that has brought out the best of DBSC’s strengths. I’d now like to run through some of the highlights of the two years:

I covered 2021 in my address at last year’s AGM; however, here’s a recap of some of the main highlights:

  • We were awarded the Mitsubishi Sailing Club of the year 2021.
  • We revamped our website early in 2021 and have been refreshing its content regularly since.
  • Our 2021 programme commenced in early June after a 3-week training period.
  • We held 3 separate prize-giving functions in the summer to present the 2020 prizes.
  • The hut returned to its rightful position in July after a year’s absence.
  • The magnificently restored DB21s returned to Dun Laoghaire in July and raced on Tuesdays.
  • The Turkey shoot and Spring Chicken series were run last winter after a Covid-enforced year off.
  • We moved our prize-giving to the National Maritime Museum in November.
  • We rounded off 2021 with our AGM last December – on Zoom for the second year in a row.

Tribute to those we lost

Before moving on to a review of 2022, I want to pay tribute to some of our long-standing volunteers who sadly passed away during my term as Commodore. Larry Martin, Pat McGloughlin, and more recently Ben Mulligan, all DBSC volunteers. And to 3-of our long-standing stalwarts who gave so much to DBSC – Carmel in June 2021, Jack in December 2021 and just three months ago, our beloved Ida Kiernan. All three were contributing to DBSC right to the end – Carmel keeping us on the straight and narrow, Jack redesigning courses and acting as Red Fleet RO on Thursdays, and Ida commanding the keelboat volunteer forces with her unique sense of fun, enthusiasm and efficiency. They are all sorely missed.

Now to the 2022 season

We spent last winter planning for what we hoped would be a full season in 2022. Our sailing committee redesigned some of the courses to cater for the hut coming back for Saturdays in the 2022 season. Thanks in particular to Tim Goodbody who led the redesign of the Blue and Red fleet Saturday courses.

Following the two years of curtailed racing we started our season on schedule at the end of April and ran right through to October 1st. It took 22 race officers, nine committee boat drivers, and a team of over 50 race management volunteers to work together during our 23-week season, to provide you our members with more than 1,000 races. Heartfelt thanks to the DBSC Committee and to all our fabulous volunteers for making this happen. We are lucky to have such a large pool of volunteers – it is them that make DBSC what it is. Providing 1000-plus races in a single summer sailing season could not be done without them giving so generously of their time and experience. Incidentally, yesterday was International Volunteers Day.

 It took 22 race officers, nine committee boat drivers, and a team of over 50 race management volunteers to work together during our 23-week season, to provide DBSC members with more than 1,000 races It took 22 race officers, nine committee boat drivers, and a team of over 50 race management volunteers to work together during our 23-week season, to provide DBSC members with more than 1,000 races Photo: Afloat

We enjoyed some great racing in warm sunny weather in what was generally a season of light airs and it was great to see the hut back in use on Saturdays.

As well as our 1,000 plus DBSC races, there was a full schedule of events around the bay in which included the Dun Laoghaire waterfront club regattas, the SB20 World Championships as well as many regional and national championships, and the Women at the Helm regatta. Well done to the Dun Laoghaire waterfront clubs for successfully hosting all of these challenging events.

DBSC Results

We implemented a new DBSC results system using HalSail in 2022. It has proved very successful in its first year thanks to Ian Bowring’s meticulous planning and set-up work in advance of the season. Thanks to Therese and Jen for making sure the results were available in a timely manner each race day.

Inaugural End of Season Dinner

We held the inaugural DBSC end-of-season dinner in the National Yacht club in early October. It was a sell-out and thoroughly enjoyed by all 110 who attended and was a great way for boat crews to round off the season. I hope that this becomes an annual event.

The Flying Fifteen keelboat is one DBSC's 22 racing classes on Dublin Bay Photo: AfloatThe Flying Fifteen keelboat is one DBSC's 22 racing classes on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

Prize-giving

Following the success of our prize-giving in 2021 and the positive feedback we received from you our members on the location, we held our 2022 prize-giving in the wonderful setting of the National Maritime Museum again a few weeks ago. We presented over 100 beautiful trophies to the many worthy winners. Michael Chester’s photos of the prize winners are available on our website and on Afloat. Thanks to Pat Shannon, who looks after all our magnificent trophies - without Pat, we would struggle to hold the prize giving.

Turkey Shoot and Spring Chicken

The AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot is going well and finishes on December 18th. The Spring Chicken will be run in February and March. Thanks to Fintan Cairns and his team for running these two winter series.

DBSC Committee

A very special word of thanks to DBSC Flag Officers Ed and Jacqueline and to all who have served with me on the DBSC Committee for the past 2 years. Thanks to Chris Moore, who retired as Honorary Secretary in June, and to Rosemary Roy, who has taken on this mammoth since then. Thanks to Philip Ferguson, who has organised the deployment, retrieval, storage, and maintenance of marks for the past number of years – it’s no mean feat. Thank you, Philip.

DBSC Committee from left: Honorary Secretary Rosemary Roy, Vice Commodore Keith Poole was elected Rear Commodore, outgoing Commodore Ann Kirwan, newly elected Commodore Eddie Totterdell, Jacqueline McStay was elected as Vice Commodore and Jonathan Skerritt remains as Honorary TreasurerDBSC Committee from left: Honorary Secretary Rosemary Roy, Vice Commodore Keith Poole was elected Rear Commodore, outgoing Commodore Ann Kirwan, newly elected Commodore Eddie Totterdell, Jacqueline McStay was elected as Vice Commodore and Jonathan Skerritt remains as Honorary Treasurer

As well as our experienced Race Officers and Committee boat teams who turn out many times each week to run our racing, other volunteers work behind the scenes to make the DBSC machine run smoothly. Thanks to Declan Traynor and Joanne Sheehan, who look after the rib crews, to Gerry and Suzi who look after sponsorship, to Ian on results, to Louise on dinghy matters, to Sabrina, our children’s officer who manages the Garda vetting process, to Jonathan Skerritt who looks after our finances, to Keith and Kevin who serve on the sailing sub-committee, to Jacqueline who looks after the website and of course to Rosemary who sends all the emails and did such a great job at the prize giving. Thanks to Brian, Brendan and Chris for looking after our committee boats, to Declan for looking after our ribs, to Michael for looking after protests, and to Jonathan O’Rourke, who works on the grant application process on our behalf. Sincere thanks to all of you for your efforts in the many aspects of running DBSC, I’ve really enjoyed working alongside you over the past two years.

A very special thank you to our PRO and incoming Commodore Ed, who heads up the sailing sub-committee and is the Race Officer for the Blue Fleet on Thursdays. Ed has been a rock of sense and great support to me over the past two years and we’ve had some laughs along the way.

With Gratitude

We are extremely fortunate and very grateful to have AIB on board as our title sponsor. Thanks also to our supporters Viking Marine, MGM Boats, Facet Jewellers, Killen Marine and Gunpowder Gin.

To the Commodores and the management and staff of the Dun Laoghaire waterfront clubs, to Irish Sailing, to the Harbour Masters of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Port – thanks for your support throughout my term as Commodore. Thanks also to Afloat for great coverage of DBSC racing and events.

Final Comments

Finally, I am confident in the knowledge that DBSC is in very safe hands with Ed taking over as Commodore and the strong committee and band of race management volunteers who will work with him.

I wish you and your families a very healthy and happy Christmas and the very best for 2023 and I look forward to seeing you on the water next season.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club has announced that the AIB DBSC Prize-Giving will be held on Friday 11 November from 7.30pm at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire.

“We hope to see as many members as possible at this special event to mark the successes of a great AIB DBSC 2022 season,” Rear Commodore Jacqueline McStay says.

Any queries should be directed to the club’s hon sec Rosemary Roy at [email protected]

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Westerly winds of up to 24 knots made for a thrilling final race of the 2022 AIB DBSC Summer Series on Dublin Bay on Saturday. 

In a 1,2,3 for the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast took the IRC gun in a four-boat Cruisers Zero division from Patrick Burke's First 40, Prima Forte. Third was Tim Kane's Extreme 37, Wow. 

In a six-boat Cruisers One fleet, John Hall's National Yacht Club Something Else was the winner from the J109 sistership, White Mischief (Tim Goodbody) from the Royal Irish. The RIYC Xp33 Bon Exemple (Colin Byrne) was third. 

Lindsay J. Casey's J97 Windjammer from the Royal St George Yacht Club was the Cruisers Two IRC winner. The final Cruisers Three race of the DBSC season was won by Kevin Byrne's RStGYC Formula 28, Starlet.

As Afloat previously reportedDublin Bay Sailing Club has  already issued the advance notice of its popular 'Turkey Shoot' winter sailing series that starts on Sunday, 6th November.

Now in its 22nd year, the AIB-sponsored seven-race series will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Results in all classes are below.

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In an eight-boat turnout in IRC One, Tim Goodbody's White Mischief from the Royal Irish Yacht Club repeated last Saturday's win in the AIB DBSC Summer Series by taking the gun again in race 13.

Breaking into the pack of J109s that occupied all but one of the top seven places was Fintan Cairn's Mills 31 Raptor in second place in the one-hour and ten-minute race.

A northeasterly sea breeze for the cruiser courses on Dublin Bay was eight knots in strength. 

Overall series leader Lindsay J. Casey's J97 Windjammer was the Cruisers Two IRC division winner. The Royal St. George yacht took the gun from Jim McCann's Peridot.Third, in the four-boat race was Dick Lovegrove's Sigma 33, Rupert. 

Aurelia was the winner of the three-boat Cruisers Zero race finishing ahead of Tim Kane's WOW. 

In a three-boat turnout, Kevin Byrne's Royal St. George Formula 28 Starlet was the IRC 3 winner from Frazer Meredith's Asterix. Third was Edward Melvin's Ceol an Mara.

In the One Design keelboat fleets, James Gorman's Black was the winner of race 25 in a six-boat SB20 fleet. Winds on the one design course were north-easterly five or six knots. 

The 31.7 fleet were competing for national honours in the RIYC-hosted championships on the Bay, and the Flying Fifteens were racing for the class south coast title at Dunmore East.

Full results across all DBSC classes are below.

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In an eight-boat turnout in IRC One, Tim Goodbody's White Mischief from the Royal Irish Yacht Club won in Saturday's AIB DBSC Summer Series race 12 on August 6th.

Second was Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple in a two-hour race.

Southeasterly breezes for the cruiser courses on Dublin Bay were 11 knots in strength. The Race Officer was Barry MacNeaney.

Overall series leader Lindsay J. Casey's J97 Windjammer was the Cruisers Two IRC division winner. The Royal St. George yacht took the gun from clubmate Ian Bowring's Sigma 33 Springer. Third, in the three-boat race, was Jim McCann's Peridot.

In a four-boat turnout, Frazer Meredith's Asterix was the IRC 3 winner from Myles Kelly's Maranda. Third was Kevin Byrne's Royal St. George Formula 28 Starlet. 

In the One Design keelboat fleets, Davy Taylor's Ted was the winner of the single race in a ten-boat SB20 fleet. Winds on the one design course, under race officer Neil Murray, were westerly five or six knots.

In the nine-boat 31.7 fleet, Chris Johnston's Prospect won from John Power's Levante. Third was Brian Geraghty's Camira.

Full results across all DBSC classes are below.

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After an extended run of light wind conditions for Thursday night racing, Flying Fifteen Race Officer John McNeilly had some wind to play with on Thursday night (August 4).

The DBSC results sheet for the night suggests we had 10–18 knots on the course, but post-race John made the comment that he had recorded 10 – 16 knots. My sense was that the higher wind strength was at the start of the evening. Fifteen boats made their way out to the start and as the wind was behaving in accordance with the forecast – N-Westerly, a race from the QW suite of races was chosen – QW2. It appears that this caused some confusion later on the course, with one person citing dyslexia pre-start as their excuse for getting the course wrong.

QW2 – Harbour-Island-Pier-Island-Omega-Island-Finish was a course that involved lots of spinnaker and upwind sailing and resulted in one of the longer races we have had on a Thursday night for some time. Another observation of the night was that there was very little tactical sailing on the night and that the only tactical beat was the leg to Harbour. Aside from that comment, most people seemed to have enjoyed a night where we had good breeze throughout the evening and there were incidents aplenty on the course. There was a port/starboard on the first beat with turns having to be taken, there were two boats who decided to go trawling with their spinnakers, there was an emergency gybe to recover a cherished and distinctive piece of headgear that had blown off its owner’s head – a very commendable gesture by the helm, wearing a more secure hat!! The same boat also had the night’s second port/starboard incident. And to finish off the evening an attempt to squeeze over the finish line at the pin end caused the boat in question to loose the boat closest to him and certainly one other place. And as for the racing…………

A brisk NW wind, an ebbing tide, a relatively short first beat, a consideration as to which side the spinnaker would fly on the leg to Island and determining where to start in a fifteen-boat fleet gave everyone food for thought. Mulligan & Bradley (4081) attempted to commandeer the pin and were marginally too early. They sailed through the line, gybed and restarted finding a gap not too far from the pin to wend a way out onto the course side. Others in the area of the pin were Tom Galvin & Keith Poole (4093), Alistair Court & Conor O’Leary (3753) and possibly Peter Murphy & Ciara Mulvey (3774). In close proximity to this bunch could be found Class Captain Jill Fleming sailing with Joe Coughlan (3913). On the opposite side of the start, working a more offshore passage were Alan and Caroline Green, sailing Phoenix (4083) and David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne (4068). As the fleet closed out the latter stages of this leg, Mulligan found himself being pushed to the wrong side of Harbour mark by Adrian Cooper & Joe McNamara (3896). A hail to the effect that Harbour was to be rounded to starboard, like all the other marks on the night, had the desired effect. At Harbour, Galvin & Poole had a good lead, with Mulligan and Bradley in second. However, with spinnakers finally set, the chasing pack was spread across the course with Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (4028), the Greens, Murphy & Mulvey and Court & O’Leary almost in a row from inshore to offshore. Most people put into a number of gybes on the way to Island which Galvin & Poole rounded in first place. Mulligan played greyhound to Galvin’s rabbit while behind Mulligan, Green, Colin, Murphy P and Court played greyhounds to Mulligan’s rabbit.

With the ebbing tide, the universal view was to go inshore with Galvin leading the charge. Mulligan appeared to be closing the gap in straight line terms while he occupied a position slightly to windward of Galvin. An inboard tweak of the genoa caused Mulligan to drop to Galvin’s lee, but Mulligan’s speed was not compromised so that the straight-line distance between the boats continued to reduce. Galvin went offshore first while Mulligan hung on to the inshore route for that bit longer. The wind was now showing some fluctuation so lifts and headers came into the equation to an enhanced extent. Mulligan’s passage to the right-hand side of the beat showed that he had closed considerably on Galvin, because although the latter crossed him on starboard, the gap between the boats was down to a couple of boat-lengths. Behind, Colin, Green, Court and Murphy were still in close company but Mulligan had enhanced his lead over them.

At Pier, Galvin & Poole’s lead was down to a few boat-lengths and they and Mulligan & Bradley sailed the leg to Island in reasonably close company until late on in the leg when the lead pair eked out a few more metres of a lead. Mulligan was requested to execute a rounding that would leave them sitting to windward of Galvin for the start of the leg to Omega. He duly obliged to put some more visual pressure on Galvin. With a lead that allowed Mulligan to concentrate on hauling in Galvin rather than looking over his shoulder at Colin, Green, Murphy and Court, 4081 progressively bit into 4093’s lead and by Omega, Mulligan had taken the lead by an 80m margin. Galvin’s approach to Omega went a little awry which allowed Colin to get to very close quarters and indeed, Colin may have rounded in second place. Behind these two, Court & O’Leary were not too far away and Mulvin and P Murphy were also in striking distance. Omega to Island was executed safely by Mulligan with Galvin, Colin and Court staying in close company. The Greens may still have been here, but Alan advised that they had a hiccup on the water and it may have been on this leg, as I can’t place them at this stage of the race.

The leg to the finish, upwind of Pier, again meant getting out of the tide, now running out at its strongest. So, heading inshore was the best policy which everyone adopted. However, as one sailed towards the shore and the harbour, the numbers on the compass made it obligatory to take the highs and try and mitigate the lows. And so, approximately halfway up the leg, Mulligan as leader, started to play the shifts, encouraged by the crew not to stray too far from a loose cover on the rest of the fleet and wherever possible to occupy a weather slot relative to the chasing pack.

A little bit later, Colin & Casey broke ranks and put in a tack to the offshore side of the beat. Ever wary of Colin’s tactical nous, Mulligan & Bradley decided that he should be given more attention than the others simply because he had done something different to everyone else. They sailed across on a favourable number to make sure there were no “eleventh-hour” surprises as the finish came into view. They were still in the “pound seats”!

Mulligan & Bradley took the gun at the pin-end of the line in close company with a Beneteau 21, while Colin finished closer to the committee boat. Galvin and Court were very close closing in on the pin, and from our perspective Court was slightly to leeward of the pin and in danger of not making the finish line. He then appeared to tack to get over the line on port tack, but extremely close to Gavin who was on starboard. Court may then have clipped the pin so had to go back to the course side and re-finish which cost him a place to Mulvin & Beirne. The excitement never stops!

DBSC Flying Fifteens Thursday Night Series

Thursday 4th August.
1. Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley 4081
2. Neil Colin & Margaret Casey 4028
3. Tom Galvin & Keith Poole 4093
4. David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne 4068
5. Alistair Court & Conor O’Leary 3753

Thursdays Overall Series B.
1. Neil Colin & Margaret Casey 14pts
2. Niall, Susan & Laura Coleman 18pts
3. Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley 19pts
4. Peter Murphy & Ciara Mulvey 24pts
5. Adrian Cooper & Joe McNamara 27pts

Thursdays Overall (All season)
1. Neil Colin & Margaret Casey 30pts
2. Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley 54pts
3. Ian Mathews, Tom Galvin & Keith Poole 56.5pts
4. Niall, Susan & Laura Coleman 70pts
5. Peter Murphy & Ciara Mulvey 78pts.

Published in Flying Fifteen
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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.