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Storm Arwen's strong north westerlies are due to abate in time for Sunday's fourth race of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay.

As the winter yacht racing series passes its halfway stage, the J109 Dear Prudence leads the 75-boat fleet after last week's epic round Dalkey Island course.

The combined Dun Laoghaire Harbour fleet of 75 will have some adjustments to its five start lineup this weekend.

The J/109 leader is being chased by former series double winner Mermaid V, a First 50, from the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

A full breakdown of starts for race four is downloadable below. Revised Handicaps are calculated and also available to download below.

Race Organiser Fintan Cairns reports a great atmosphere in the Royal Irish Yacht Club Wet Bar and the Terrace after racing, subject to COVID guidelines.

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The J/109 Dear Prudence is the overall leader of the mixed cruiser DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay after three of seven races sailed. 

The 1720 sportsboat 'What did you Break?' that led until race two is now in sixth place at the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted event.

Download results below as a pdf file.

Second is a former double winner of the Christmas Series – one of the biggest yachts in the fleet – theFirst 50, Mermaid IV that sailed home in third place last Sunday.

The Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie is third overall. 

Race four starts next Sunday at 10.10hrs.

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After a great turnout for the second race last Sunday, the 75-boat AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series looks set for more breeze on Dublin Bay for race three this weekend.

The combined fleet of 75 will again have a five start lineup this weekend.

A full breakdown of starts for race three is downloadable below.

Northwest winds gusting to 30 mph are forecast for Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Sunday.

XC Weather forecast for Dun LaoghaireXC Weather forecast for Dun Laoghaire

Revised handicaps for the third race are calculated and also available to download below.

Race organiser Fintan Cairns reports a great atmosphere in the Royal Irish Yacht Club Wet Bar and the Terrace after racing, subject to COVID guidelines.

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The 1720 sportsboat 'What did you Break?' is the overall leader of the mixed cruiser DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay after two of seven races sailed. 

Download results below as a pdf file.

Second is the former GBR Commodore's Cupper, the First 40 Prima Forte, while another Turkey Shoot regular, the 1720 Optique, lies third overall.

Race three starts next Sunday at 10.10hrs.

Race Organiser Fintan Cairns reports a great atmosphere in the Royal Irish Yacht Club Wet Bar and the Terrace after racing, subject to COVID guidelines.

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After a great turnout for the first race last Sunday, the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series has been boosted by another five cruiser-racer entries for this Sunday's second of seven races on Dublin Bay.

The combined Dun Laoghaire Harbour fleet of 75 will have some adjustments to its five start lineup this weekend.

The First 27.7 Jigsaw, First 36s7 Karukera and Hanse 312 Kudos will move to the first start. The Sigma 33s Boojum and Elandra and the Sun Odyssey 490 Conquestador will start second. 

A full breakdown of starts for race two is downloadable below.

Light winds are forecast for this Sunday with revised Handicaps calculated and also available to download below.

Race Organiser Fintan Cairns reports a great atmosphere in the Royal Irish Yacht Club Wet Bar and the Terrace after racing, subject to COVID guidelines.

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It was J/109s all the way on Sunday in the first round the cans race of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot with John Maybury's Joker II taking the first gun on modified ECHO.

The sistership Dear Prudence was second and the 1720 sportsboat entry, The Conor K was third.

As Afloat reported previously, the race was a tonic for Dublin Bay sailors even though it didn't all go to plan for some crews.

The Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted fleet sailed in the northwest of the Bay and for the first time, there were five separate starts such is the range of boats now competing. 

Download results below as a PDF file.

Race two starts next Sunday at 10.10hrs.

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The large 70-boat turnout in perfect conditions for the first race of the AIB sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series was a tonic for Dublin Bay sailors yesterday even though it didn't all go to plan for some crews.

The fleet sailed in the northwest of the Bay and for the first time, there were five separate starts such is the range of boats now competing. 

Maybe Royal Cork set the trend with its 'White Sails only' rule for its Winter League because there's evidence of at least one yacht leaving their spinnaker for safe-keeping on the Outfall Buoy at the back of Dun Laoghaire's west pier as pictured above.

Onboard J/109 Joker II in the first race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot SeriesOnboard J/109 Joker II in the first race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series Photo: Maurice O'Connell

Results are being computed under the 'FECHO' rule (modified ECHO) handicap and will be available on Afloat.

The impressive Turkey Shoot fleet picked up by the Dublin Bay webcam The impressive 70-boat Turkey Shoot fleet picked up by the Dublin Bay live webcam

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The second start of DBSC's AIB Turkey Shoot Series on Sunday will be the biggest, with 20 boats lining up for the first race of seven on Dublin Bay.

This year organisers are running five different starts for the 69-boat fleet that sees six 40-footers racing for the first time. As Afloat reported here, the fleet includes the past double winner Seamus Fitzpatrick's Mermaid V, a Beneteau 50-footer. 

The big boats will start last in start number five. (Starts and Handicaps are downloadable below)

First to start on Sunday morning is a 19-boat fleet that includes the 2019 overall winner, Eleint, a Trapper 300

Sailing instructions are here

In a change to the race officials for the 21st series, Henry Leonard, who has officiated at all the Turkey Shoots over the past 20 years, has retired, and Brian Mathews is replacing him.

 

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The normal four-start race sequence will be expanded to five for this Sunday's first race of the impressive 70-boat fleet in the AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay.

The 2021 entry of several 40-foot and above entries (including the past double winner, Seamus Fitzpatrick’s First 50 Mermaid V from the Royal Irish Yacht Club) has led Race Organiser Fintan Cairns to consider a fifth gun, for a combined fleet comprising an eclectic mix of sailing cruiser types.

While largely a Dun Laoghaire Habour based event, there are boats coming from as far as Sligo to compete.

Seamus Fitzpatrick’s First 50 Mermaid VSeamus Fitzpatrick’s First 50 Mermaid V passes the Muglins Light on Dublin Bay, a typical mark of the Turkey Shoot Series

The fleet reached its bumper turnout close as the entry deadline was reached this week for the pre-Christmas fixture celebrating its 21st edition

Jonathan Nicholson's EL PockoJonathan Nicholson's EL Pocko

Joining Mermaid V is former DBSC Commodore Jonathan Nicholson's EL Pocko, a German Frers Puma 42 from the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

Another forty-footer is a former DBSC boat of the year, Patrick Burke's Prima Forte of the RIYC.

Patrick Burke's Prima FortePatrick Burke's Prima Forte

While the growth of the big boats might make the Turkey Shoot headlines, equally impressive is the solid number of one design keelboats types joining the short sharp seven-race series.

As well as J109s there are six J80s, eight 1720s and six 31.7s one-design keelboats competing. The J80s include a keen turn out of RSTGYC boats including the all-girl 'Jeorgettes' crew.

John Maybury's National Championship winning J109 Joker II is one of five entered.

Michael Blaney's After U too, is one of six 31.7s enteredMichael Blaney's After U too, is one of six 31.7s entered

There is strong representation too from the offshore fraternity with ISORA's Sunfast 3600s, Hot Cookie (John O'Gorman) and Yoyo (Brendan Coghlan) both in along with the latest 3600 Searcher skippered by Pete Smyth. So is Grzegorz Kalinecki's First 310 More Mischief.

The series is scored under modified ECHO handicap and runs until December 19th with First Gun each Sunday at 10.10 hrs.

The early forecasts for Sunday show west north winds of 15 knots gusting to 20, ideal conditions for cruiser-racing.

The entry fee is €70 and includes temporary membership of DBSC and the Royal Irish Yacht Club who are hosting the Series.

The First Gun of the 2021 DBSC Turkey Shoot is this Sunday at 10.10 hrsThe First Gun of the 2021 DBSC Turkey Shoot is this Sunday at 10.10 hrs

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With a week to go to the first of a series of seven races on Dublin Bay for the 2021 DBSC Turkey Shoot Series, organisers are reporting a strong entry with more entries in the pipeline next week.

The popular winter fixture has attracted 54 boats for the short sharp races and this year that runs from 7th November to 19th December with First Gun each Sunday at 10.10 hrs.

Turkey Shoot Chief Fintan Cairns says he has a 'broad spread of cruiser types' including five J/109s and a big fleet of sport boats including J80s and 1720s among the 2021 fleet. 

Cairns is hopeful the INSS's Kenny Rumball will join the fray, fresh from this week's Meditteranean exploits. The pro sailor finished second in class on the Matt 12 Sailplane in the Middle Sea Race.

As Afloat previously reported here, racing is under modified ECHO. Cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not normally race combine for the short sharp racing.

The entry fee is €70 and includes temporary membership of DBSC and the Royal Irish Yacht Club who are hosting the series.

Sailing instructions will issue next Wednesday.

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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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