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Due to the increasing Covid numbers, the Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen Fleet AGM was moved at relatively short notice from a person-to-person meeting in the DMYC to an online Zoom meeting last Thursday night.

Given that there are thirty-plus Flying Fifteens situated in Dun Laoghaire across three of the four waterfront clubs, an attendance in the high teens/low twenties could be considered quite good in this day and age.

Outgoing Class Captain, Neil Colin (4028/DMYC), who served a two-year term due to the shortened Covid afflicted 2019 season, presented his report that among other things highlighted the new boat additions to the fleet, 4093 Ian Matthews & Keith Poole and 4085 Shane McCarthy and noted that there have been further upgrades to the fleet over the past couple of years – 4057 Tom Murphy, 4068 David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne, 4081 Ben Mulligan and 4083 John Lavery & Alan Green. It was also noted that Mick Quinn and Mary-Jane Mulligan have also brought in a boat from the UK – 3960 in recent weeks.

He referenced the proposed changes by DBSC to a Windward-Leeward course for Thursday night racing and conceded that while the change didn’t materialise in the strictest form of a W/L course, we still had enjoyed good racing on Thursdays that had departed from the traditional multi-mark races that are a feature of Thursday night racing to a three-mark format. In all we had enjoyed 48 races over the summer months, not counting three weeks of “trial races” at the very start of the DBSC season. Thanks were offered to the various Race Officers and Race Teams who had given of their time throughout the season.

Travelling to away events had presented a challenge, with only one DL Fifteen contesting the Northern Championships in Portaferry. A better turnout was recorded for the Nationals in SLYC. However, the one DL-hosted event had seen local boats parked on the hard over the weekend in question.

The ongoing Covid situation also impacted on the social side of the season and it has now also claimed the Annual Dinner and Prize-giving, originally scheduled for Friday 26th November in the National Yacht Club, but now postponed to early 2022 (hopefully).

There was some discussion as to how the participant numbers might be improved for 2022 and there was a view that communication is key to that exercise. In respect of travelling to away events, the suggestion was that a clinic on the condition and maintenance of road trailers might be an exercise to persuade more people to travel. Covid had impacted on a proposal to conduct a training weekend, so that was also put on the agenda for 2022.

Nationally, the FFAI committee had met the evening before, again on Zoom, and they will be concentrating on getting a 2022 calendar in shape as a preamble to a FFAI AGM, which is hoped might be held before the end of the year. In this meeting too, the emphasis was on getting numbers back on the water.

Congratulations were offered to the various winners during the 2021 season – Alan Balfe & Patrick Frison Roche (Tuesday nights, Fifty Something Cup)), David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne (Saturdays, Bryan S Ryan Trophy) Ken Dumpleton and Joe Hickey (Thursdays, Flying Fifteen Gun), Peter Murphy & Ciara Mulvey (Midweek Handicap Racing, Blake Cup) Niall & Susan Coleman (Facet Trophy) and Ian Matthews and Keith Poole (Captain’s Prize).
Peter Sherry gave a very favourable report on the Fleet’s Finances.

In terms of the officers for the 2022 Season, Jill Fleming has been selected as Class Captain with Keith Poole as her Vice-Captain. Frank Burgess stood down as Trophy Secretary with Ronan Beirne selected as his successor. David Mulvin passed on the role of Secretary but as I didn’t take notes, I can’t tell you his successor! Peter Sherry retains the Treasurer portfolio.

Neil Colin was acclaimed for his stewardship of the fleet over the past two seasons.

Zoom timed the meeting out before any meaningful discussion under Any Other Business.

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Ken Dumpleton and Joe Hickey of the host club were winners of the five-week-long Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

As Afloat reported previously, sixteen boats are entered, with an average of 11 competing each weekend.

Dumpleton and Hickey in 'Rodriguez' led the way after their impressive three race wins on the penultimate Saturday. Tom Galvin and Chris Doorly in 'Thingamabob' finished second.

Peter Murphy and Ciara Mulvey were third. 

The National YC Frostbite Series for Flying Fifteens and Mermaids, run for forty years, resumed this season after a break of two years.

Results here

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This weekend sees the conclusion of the five-week-long Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Sixteen boats are entered, with an average of 11 competing each weekend.

PRO Keith Poole and his race team have provided great courses and racing in various conditions.

Ken Dumpleton and Joe Hickey in 'Rodriguez' lead the way after their impressive three race wins last Saturday, but Tom Galvin and Chris Doorly in 'Thingamabob' are just two points behind and with three races due on Saturday, they are still in with a chance.

Peter Murphy and Ciara Mulvey are in third place, followed by Tom Murphy and Karel Le Roux and Joe Coughlan and Andrew Marshall.

The NYC Frostbite Series for Flying Fifteens and Mermaids, which has been run for forty years, resumed this season after a break of two years.

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The annual October Freshwater Keelboat Regatta at Dromineer, (hosted by Lough Derg Yacht Club and staged last weekend) has been no stranger to hyper-strong winds in times past. But in 2021's unusually gentle Autumn, it provided two to three days of very usable sailing breezes, mostly from the southwest. And if the sun tended not to put in an appearance until late afternoon despite the high-pressure area moving over the country, a least it provided welcome brightness when it did show up for the healthy outdoor prize-giving ceremonies.

LDYC Commodore Joe Gilmartin and his team, led by Honorary Sailing Secretary Fergal Keating, welcomed a strong fleet across four keelboat classes, with John Leech serving as Race Officer for the Dragon and SB20 area, while Liam Moloney looked after the Squibs and Flying Fifteens. All classes had sufficient numbers for good racing among boats which had come from many parts of Ireland. But it was the Squibs, currently on a roll and further buoyed by the prospect of the big championship – effectively the Squib Worlds – in Kinsale next June, which were in a league of their own, with a pandemic-defying turnout of 29 boats representing most Irish centres, and including a couple of cross-channel challengers.

Regatta time at Lough Derg Yacht ClubRegatta time at Lough Derg Yacht Club

Morning promise of a good day's racing as the breeze comes whispering in – Dragons, Squibs and SB20s in Dromineer HarbourMorning promise of a good day's racing as the breeze comes whispering in – Dragons, Squibs and SB20s in Dromineer Harbour

The Squibs had the biggest fleet, and here Slipstream (102, Robert Marshall & Neil Logan, Killyleagh YC) leads from Fuggles (Sean & Paul Murphy, Kinsale YC).The Squibs had the biggest fleet, and here Slipstream (102, Robert Marshall & Neil Logan, Killyleagh YC) leads from Fuggles (Sean & Paul Murphy, Kinsale YC).

Part of the Squibs' attraction is that they're not afraid to move away from standard white hulls, and LDYC Honorary Sailing Secretary Fergal Keating's Bodacious (crewed by David Maher) has had a particularly attractive paint job.Part of the Squibs' attraction is that they're not afraid to move away from standard white hulls, and LDYC Honorary Sailing Secretary Fergal Keating's Bodacious (crewed by David Maher) has had a particularly attractive paint job.

Part of the Squib's growing success lies in their entertaining and informative Irish Squib Forum, and its recently-posted enthusiastic response to the Lough Derg event by Fiona Sugrue-Ward of the Kinsale fleet joyfully captures the flavour of the class and the place and the pace very well indeed:

Lough Derg Yacht Club was the venue for the final Regional Squib Event of 2021. A bumper turnout of 29 Squibs raced in the Freshwater event, and it is great to see such numbers on the start line. The Fleet love going to Lough Derg, and as always the Club ran a super event, both on and off the water.

With six races held over the two days, conditions on the lake were almost perfect with southwesterlies averaging 10-12 knots making racing fair across the racecourse. There were 5 different individual race winners leading to a final race where any one of eight Squib combinations could have won outright.

Racing had been really close and placings up and down the fleet were impossible totally on the spot. When the numbers were finally crunched in the Race Office, it was Quickstep from Cultra with a consistent top and finishes and one race win which danced to overall victory with the Royal North of Ireland's Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan.

Sunshine finally breaking through – Fantome (730 Fergus O'Kelly & Ronan MacDonnell, Howth YC) chasing Granat (David Stewart & Brian Hare, Royal Irish & Royal Dee YCs)Sunshine finally breaking through – Fantome (730 Fergus O'Kelly & Ronan MacDonnell, Howth YC) chasing Granat (David Stewart & Brian Hare, Royal Irish & Royal Dee YCs)

Bookending the weekend with wins in Race 1 and 6, Kinsale's Outlaw 785 secured 2nd overall for Ian Travers and Keith O'Riordan. Local Squib Femme Fatale 24, with Lough Derg's Joe O Byrne and Vincent Delany helming, went for 3rd overall.

Other notable mentions must go to race winners Toy for the Boys, Fantome and Firecracker. The fleet were delighted to have overseas visitors in Squib 11 with Pam and Dick Batt, and a Welsh Dragon was welcomed flying over Lil Quickie with Tudor Roberts and Ieuan Williams.

A fleet of 29 is a fabulous end to the 2021 Squib season, the close racing amongst the fleet makes for great events. The Class are already planning and looking forward to next year with Regional events and of course the combined UK & Irish National Squib Championships in Kinsale.

Squib Results Here

Volante is another boat from Killyleagh on Strangford Lough – sailed by Simon Watson & "Jordy", she place eighth overall. Volante is another boat from Killyleagh on Strangford Lough – sailed by Simon Watson & "Jordy", she place eighth overall. 

The overall format for the Freshwater Keelboat Regatta is the Dragons do three days starting on the Friday while the SB20s, Flying Fifteens and Squibs do two. But whatever your programme, the social highlight is the dinner on the Saturday night, an epic event even by the legendary hospitality standards of Lough Derg Yacht Club, which has been honing its hosting skills since 1835.

LOUGH DERG BOAT WINS SB20s

While there was convivial inter-class mingling, after the past 18 months of pandemic limitations, inevitably there were close-knit celebrations within classes that had seen little enough of each other since March 2020. The festive levels were notably high in the SB20s, where John Malone of Lough Ree Yacht Club was Presiding over his last on-water event, having served as top honcho with success despite lockdown limits, with the SB20s making a special effort to take their class message wherever and whenever it was permissible and welcome.

LDYC Commodore Joe Gilmartin (right) with Andrew Deakin's winning SB20 crew which included Aoife (11) and Claire (9).LDYC Commodore Joe Gilmartin (right) with Andrew Deakin's winning SB20 crew which included Aoife (11) and Clara (9).

This has been partially in anticipation of the Worlds being in Dun Laoghaire with the Royal Irish Yacht Club in 2022. But equally, there was a determination to make the best of the here and now with commendable attention to detail, which is one race saw the President taking time out to check the mooring lines on one of the race marks, unselfishly sacrificing what would have been a good result in Race 3 in order to do so.

SB20 President John Malone taking his Presidential duties very seriously with the time-honoured inspection of race mark moorings…..SB20 President John Malone taking his Presidential duties very seriously with the time-honoured inspection of race mark moorings…..

……which is a ritual process, and done very thoroughly……which is a ritual process, and done very thoroughly

Even with that, he and his crew of Emmet Sheridan and Alex Leech got to the 7th and final race well in contention for the win against the host club's Andrew Deakin crewed by Brian & Colm McElligott after notching victory in Race 6. But as the President candidly admits, they were having such lovely sailing that they failed to do the strategic calculations on how to conduct a cunning final race, and the Deakin boat Sonic Boom – whose crew betimes included Oppie sailors Aoife (11) and Clara (9) - took the bullet and the series one point ahead of El Presidente.

SB20 Result here

Things are looking rather better for the outgoing SB20 President, nicely placed in 3040, but in the end he was second by one point. Things are looking rather better for the outgoing SB20 President, nicely placed in 3040, but in the end he was second by one point. 

CARRICKFERGUS & CONNEMARA DOMINATE FLYING FIFTEENS

The Flying Fifteens in Ireland have a fascinating development with a seriously-raced class taking hold in the heart of Connemara in the strongholds of the ancient Galway Bay traditional boats. It all started quite far back with older boats brought down by families for holiday sailing, but as our report on the Cong-Galway Race down Lough Corrib this year revealed, the far sailing waters of Connacht now include some hot newer craft of all types. The Fifteens are reflecting this, with Niall & Ronan O'Brien of FF Chonamara turning up at Dromineer with Buckfast and competing to such good effect that they took second in a fleet of ten.

Flying Fifteens on the run, Squibs on the beatFlying Fifteens on the run, Squibs on the beat

Their scoreline included a couple of firsts, but it was Belfast Lough sailors Trevor D'Arcy and Alan McClernon of Carrickfergus who were on top of their game with three first and a second and fourth to win by one point, while Alan Green and David Mulvin of the NYC in Dun Laoghaire were third after notching best results of a first and two seconds.

Flying Fifteen results here

LITTLE FELLA WINS TIE BREAK IN DRAGONS

It doesn't do to rush the final few miles down the winding road to Dromineer from Nenagh with an International Dragon in tow, for it's a boreen which might have been set up with Advanced Towing Driving Tests in mind. But at least the boats which came from Dun Laoghaire had motorway most of the way until Nenagh, whereas the hotshots from Kinsale had to contend with some of those nationally-notorious bottlenecks on the Cork-Limerick road before getting anywhere near their destination

This may have sharpened their determination to succeed once they got the fresh air of Lough Derg in their lungs, and with their elite three-day programme providing eight races, it came right down to the wire between two Kinsale boats, with Brian Goggin's Serafina and Cameron Good's Little Fella both on 17 points.

Dragons finding some sunshine on the run, with eventual overall winner Little Fella (211, Cameron Good KYC, left) making a successful break for it.Dragons finding some sunshine on the run, with eventual overall winner Little Fella (211, Cameron Good KYC, left) making a successful break for it.

However, 2021 is Little Fella's year, and she added another title by winning the tie-break, with third place going to Peter Bowring of Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire with Phantom.

International Dragon Results here

The season is by no means completely over on Lough Derg, but there's no doubting that this year's successful Freshwater Keelboat marks a significant changing of the pace, with a distinct change in the weather now upon us to emphasise this. It's really anybody's guess what the country has to go through during the coming winter, but down Dromineer way they're already thinking of the bright weather of next summer. For in addition to its busy home programme and of course the Freshwater Keelboat Regatta in October (date is October 15th-16th, put it in the diary now), Lough Derg Yacht Club is hosting the Fireball Worlds 2022 from August 20th to 26th.

Autumn is well upon us – evening sunlight at DromineerAutumn is well upon us – evening sunlight at Dromineer

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The National Yacht Club and the Irish dinghy and one design scene are mourning the loss of sailing stalwart Gerry Donleavy of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, who died at the weekend.

Donleavy, a long-standing member of the NYC, won the 1988 British Flying Fifteen title and was a multi-class champion.

He was at home in dinghy and keelboat classes and travelled extensively across Ireland and Europe in a sailing career spanning almost 50 years. 

He claimed national titles in 420s, Fireballs and 505s, to name a few, before moving into the Irish keelboat scene in the mid-1980s, competing successfully in the J/24 before finally settling on the Flying Fifteen as his boat of choice.

He competed at international level in a series of World Championship campaigns in Australia and New Zealand.

Although he didn't compete when the 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen Worlds were held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, he was nevertheless central to the event's successful staging, an occasion he truly enjoyed as it gave him the chance to renew friendships with many of his antipodean rivals. 

Donleavy's lifelong love for the sport of sailing saw him in many roles, including that of instructor and coach and mentor right up to Irish Olympic team level. 

Donleavy, who ran specialist marine firm International Boats, was instrumental both afloat and ashore in promoting the Flying Fifteen as Ireland's most significant one-design keelboat class. Its most extensive base was, quite fittingly, at his home club.

Leading the tributes, in a message to members issued on Monday October 4, the NYC's Alan Daly said: "He was a great friend to all in the fleet, and he will be sorely missed".

Funeral arrangements are here

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Lough Derg Yacht Club in County Tipperary will welcome one design visitors back to Dromineer for the Keelboat regatta on the weekend of 15th to 17th of October.

Four fleets are expected to the lake, with the biggest likely to be the Squibs, according to Derg's Joe O'Byrne.

The distinctive mace-colour sailed fleet expects a 30 boat entry to include Northern Ireland, England, Kinsale and Howth boats to compete against a growing local fleet.

The SB20s who recently competed on Lough Ree are moving to Derg for their final event of the year, and a fleet of 18 is expected in the last event of 2021 before staging the world championships in Ireland on Dublin Bay in 2022.

LDYC PRO John Leech - two race areas for the keelboat regattaLDYC PRO John Leech - two race areas for the keelboat regatta

Lough Derg Yacht Club says it expects the Flying Fifteens will also be travelling, and estimates from the Dun Laoghaire fleet say up to a dozen will attend.

Up to a dozen Flying Fifteens are expected on Lough DergUp to a dozen Flying Fifteens are expected on Lough Derg

The Dragons will have competitors from Kinsale and Dublin.

The club has arranged a lift in/lift-out on-site, and, O'Byrne says, this will significantly assist the logistics for competitors.

LDYC PRO John Leech and his team have split the four fleets over two separate race areas.

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Despite an overnight cushion of six points, Nigel Biggs and Peter Evans of Howth Yacht Club were chased all the way in today's final races of the Flying Fifteen Irish East Coast Championships off Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Five races were sailed with one discard applied in a buoyant turnout of 23 boats.

Racing on a similar course area to where Biggs claimed a Class Two ICRA national title a fortnight ago, the HYC duo sailing Checkmate XIX scored two fifths in the final races.

It put Biggs and Evans a point ahead of National Champions John Lavery and Alan Green who moved up from fifth overnight to take second overall but only after a tie break with Shane MacCarthy and Chris Doorly of the National Yacht Club who finished third. 

Second overall - John Lavery and Alan GreenSecond overall - John Lavery and Alan Green

Third overall - Shane MacCarthy and Chris DoorlyThird overall - Shane MacCarthy and Chris Doorly

Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships 2021 Top Ten Overall

  1. IRL 4092 Checkmate XIX Gold HYC Nigel Biggs Peter Evans 1.0 2.0 3.0 (5.0) 5.0 16.0 11.0
  2. IRL 4083 Phoenix Gold NYC John Lavery Alan Green 2.0 7.0 (12.0) 2.0 1.0 24.0 12.0
  3. IRL 4085 Boat Gold GSC/NYC Shane MacCarthy Chris Doorly (22.0) 6.0 2.0 1.0 3.0 34.0 12.0
  4. IRL 3892 Stiffers Mom Gold Portaferry Sailing Club Stuart Harrison Conor Brennan 6.0 (18.0) 1.0 11.0 2.0 38.0 20.0
  5. IRL 3883 Fleet Fox Gold WHSC Charlie Boland Rob McConnell (12.0) 3.0 10.0 3.0 4.0 32.0 20.0
  6. IRL 3896 Triggers Brush Gold WHSC Lee Statham Andy Paul 3.0 8.0 7.0 4.0 (24.0 DSQ) 46.0 22.0
  7. IRL 4018 Final fling Gold Portaferry Sailing Club Shane Mc Carthy Brian Fitzmaurice 9.0 1.0 4.0 9.0 (24.0 DNF) 47.0 23.0
  8. IRL 4037 Ffast Antic Gold Killyleagh Yacht Club Andrew McCleery Colin Dougan 7.0 5.0 5.0 8.0 (24.0 DNF) 49.0 25.0
  9. IRL 4074 Simply Gold Gold County Antrim Yacht Club Willis Bryan John McPeake 4.0 12.0 9.0 6.0 (24.0 DNF) 55.0 31.0
  10. IRL 4093 Mike Wazowski Silver NYC Ian Matthews Keith Poole (14.0) 4.0 13.0 10.0 6.0 47.0 33.0

Full results are here

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With three results in the top five, Nigel Biggs and Peter Evans from Howth Yacht Club lead a buoyant 23-boat Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships after three races sailed in light winds and strong tides on Dublin Bay.

Racing on a similar course area to where Biggs claimed a Class Two ICRA national title a fortnight ago, the HYC duo sailing Checkmate XIX scored a 1,2 and 3 to be on eight points and comfortably ahead of Portaferry Sailing Club's Shane McCarthy and Brian Fitzmaurice on 14.

Lying third in the National Yacht Club hosted event is another Strangford visitor to the Bay, Ffast Antic sailed by Andrew McCleery and Colin Dougan of Killyleagh Yacht Club on 17 points.

Racing in Scotsman's Bay was at times held in sub five-knot winds and subject to a strong tide.

Racing continues on Sunday. Results here.

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Having experienced a shortened season in 2020 because of the immediate impact of Covid, the 2020 Flying Fifteen Class Captain in Dun Laoghaire offered to serve a second term and on Saturday past, Neil Colin, Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club and Ffuzzy, 4028, held his Captain's Prize for the 2021 season.

In an early declaration, Neil advised that both races on Saturday would count and in the event of a tie-break the result from the second race would determine the tie.

This correspondent was not on the water, but attended the prize-giving afterwards, held on the balcony of the National Yacht Club. The general consensus was that conditions on Saturday afternoon had been tricky, but a clear result was determined without the need to resort to a tie-break.

Ian Matthews and Keith Poole didn't allow the trickiness to put them off the challenge as they took the overall win with two first places in their new boat, "Mike Wazowski", 4093. They were followed home by Shane McCarthy & Chris Doorly, sailing "Shane McCarthy", 4085, counting two second places while third place went to David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne, sailing Ignus Caput Duo, counting an 8th and a 3rd.

In the Silver Fleet, the "gong" was taken by Joe Coughlan and Andrew, sailing "Ash" 3913, while in the Bronze Fleet the honours went to Adrian Cooper in Gulfstream, 3198.

Prizes were in the form of gift vouchers from Viking Marine.

In terms of the overall Saturday Series, David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne (4068) continue to lead in overall terms with an 83points score, followed by Ken Dumpleton and Joe Hickey (3955) on 96pts, Ben Mulligan and Cormac Bradley on 97.5pts, with Niall and Susan Coleman a further 0.5pts behind them.

FF East Coasts

Next weekend, 18th & 19th, sees the East Coast Championships being hosted by the National Yacht Club. All the regatta documentation is on the NYC website I understand. With such a strong presence in Dun Laoghaire, the objective must surely be to have a big fleet in attendance. Potential competitors are encouraged to get their entries in early so that the numbers are known to the organisers.

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With the spotlight on the ICRA Championship in Dublin Bay this weekend, normal Bay racing saw a fleet of 17 Flying Fifteens turn out for DBSC club racing in a stiff southeast breeze of c15 knots.

As this was the first outing after the Championship of Ireland last weekend at Strangford Lough Sailing Club, some boats were observed pre-launch attending to rig and setting modifications for the day's racing. With the cruiser fleet out in the bay and an Optimist championship in the West of the bay, the PRO Barry O'Neill set his windward-leeward course near Merrion mark in line with the twin Poolbeg chimneys. Easy to find in a Bay full of boats and conveniently advised on VHF by the DBSC flagship.

A square line saw the boats start a three-round race with some quickly opting for the right side to go towards the shore. At the weather mark, 4068 (Mulvin & Beirne) was around first followed by 4093 a brand new boat on its first Dublin Bay outing (Mathews & Poole), 4081 (Mulligan & Casey) and 3955 (Dumpleton & Hickey). On the downwind leg, some opted to gybe set with the boats going to the rights side and gybing later on the leg holding their own. With some changes in the positions of the leaders the finishers were 1st 4068 Mulvin & Beirne, 2nd Mathews & Poole & 3rd 4081 Mulligan & Casey.

For race two the PRO set a four-lap course with the committee boat moving to the end of the final beat and located in a position to shorten the tack home. The tide was now slack and about to flood so decisions on the upwind course. Again the leaders opted for the inshore course with 4057 (T Murphy & La Roux) leading 4008 (Coleman & Coleman) with 4081, 3955, 4093 & 4068 in the mix. On the downwind leg, those that opted for a gybe set on the downwind leg didn't seem to make any distance that those who opted for the late gybe. A gruelling last beat saw 4057 (T Murphy & Le Roux) get the gun followed by 3955 (Dumpleton & Hickey) & 4008 (The Coleman's). With a 1st & 4th, 4068 (Mulvin & Beirne) won the day by a point from 3955 (Dumpleton & Hickey).

The Dublin Bay Sailing Club PRO Barry O'Neill and his crew on "Freebird" and mark layers provided excellent racing on a day with much activity in the bay, and this was greatly enjoyed by Ireland's biggest one-design keelboat class.

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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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