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Light winds for tonight's DBSC dinghy racing inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour
There were no finishers in tonight's DBSC keelboat racing in the light easterly winds that prevailed outside Dun Laoghaire harbour but inside dinghy classes all got finishes to bring to four the number of races sailed so far this summer…
Big seas on Dublin Bay led to today's DBSC yacht racing for over 200–boats to be cancelled.
DBSC Saturday racing got its second cancellation today as winds gusted to 30–knots on Dublin Bay. The 2017 Saturday season has yet to sail with both races of the series cancelled so far.  Even though winds are forecast to moderate this…
Tonight's Beneteau 31.7 (Echo) race was won by Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power). Lorcan Balfe's Extreme Reality (above) was third. Full results downloadable below
Big seas and a big north easterly breeze made for a lively second DBSC Thursday night race for 22 keelboat classes this evening on Dublin Bay.  IRC One was won by Tony Fox's Gringo from the National Yacht Club. The…
Ruffian 23 racing on Dublin Bay. Results below.
There were light winds for Tuesday evening's Dublin Bay Sailing Club races. Provisional results are downloadable below. No dinghy results received. Results for Combined Cruisers, Cruisers 3, Glens and Ruffian 23s below.
Southerly winds gusted to 30–knots
With southerly winds gusting to over 30–knots this afternoon, Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) has had its second cancellation in its first week of summer racing for 2017.  Racing was scrubbed for dinghies on Tuesday, successfully completed on Thursday but…
Rockabill (Paul O'Higgins) of the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the Cruisers Zero winner in last night's first DBSC Thursday race
A low tide and north–westerly wind gusting to 15–knots greeted a strong turnout of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's 200 boat fleet in 20 classes for last night's first Thursday race of 2017. Provisional results are downloadable below. Paul O'Higgins's Rockabill…
Winds gusted to 35–knots at start time
Last night's opening race in the DBSC summer season was abandoned due to strong northerly winds on Dublin Bay. Unfortunately, it was a predictable outcome given earlier forecasts had suggested the prospect of wind in excess of 25 knots by…
The J80 sportsboat Graduate (Dominic O'Keeffe and PJ Barron). A number of J80s will race in DBSC's growing mixed sportsboat class this season.
2017 looks like it will be a key year for the new mixed sportboats class on Dublin Bay. First promoted on Afloat.ie in late 2015 as a means of catering for a range of boats currently based in Dun Laoghaire. The…
The DBSC Starter's hut is moved into position on the West Pier at Dun Laoghaire
The Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Starter’s Hut, that enduring centre of Dublin Bay racing for the best part of fifty years, was moved to it traditional platform on the West Pier on Friday morning, at the ungodly hour of…
Barry Colleary's September Song, a Sigma 33, is part of the 19–boat DBSC Cruisers Two line–up for the 2017 season.
To mark the beginning of the new season in a revamped class, Dublin Bay Sailing Club Cruisers Two sailors are holding a pre–season supper at the Royal St George Yacht Club on Friday, 21st April. The guest speaker is sailmaker Des…
Beneteau 31.7s on the line for a DBSC race start
Class captains from twenty Dublin Bay Sailing classes were briefed on the new Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) season this week. DBSC Commodore Chris Moore's briefing notes are below. The first DBSC race will be on Tuesday 25th April, then the first Thursday race…
Mac Lir, one of two DBSC Committee Boats used to run yacht racing on Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Commodore Chris Moore outlines the club's 2017 season programme that gets underway on April 25th and includes new coastal races and a 'grand finale' planned for September It was in July 2012, with wide stretches of…
1720 Optique is the DBSC Spring Chicken Series winner
1720 Sportsboat Optique was the overall winner of this year's DBSC Spring Chicken Series that concluded today in light winds at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. Second was another 1720, Merlin with one time series leader Black Velvet,…
1720s racing at the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
Strong North–westerlies gusting to 40–knots lead to the cancellation of this morning's Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay. This year's weather–hit series aims to end on a high though with a final race climax next Sunday,…
Three J109s approach a gybe mark in last Sunday's DBSC Spring Chicken Race on Dublin Bay
Despite the breezy forecast, DBSC organisers say they will be making every effort to get another race in this Sunday at the Rathfarnham Ford Sponsored Series on Dublin Bay. Handicaps and start times for the fourth race are downloadable below.…
J109 Dear Prudence on the edge after gybing in Sunday's Spring Chicken Race on Dublin Bay. See gallery below
1720 Merlin leads the ICRA Boat of the Year Joker II by a single point after three races sailed in the 2017 DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay. Sunday's third race was sailed in blustery conditions that led to…

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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