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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) News & Results
The late Ida Kiernan - her trailblazing in sailing started long before the Millennium year. She is pictured above at the 2017 National Yacht Club Commodore's Dinner
Ida Kiernan's election as Commodore of the National Yacht Club on the 25 March 2000 marked a firm shattering of the glass ceiling that limited the role of women in sailing. Only in the late 1970s were women admitted to…
Tom Shanahan's J109 Ruth was the IRC One winner
20-knot south-easterlies and low visibility led to the cancellation of some classes and a much reduced Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) fleet for Saturday racing on September 3rd. Recently crowned national champion Chris Johnston won the Beneteau 31.7 race, a…
Vincent Delany in Water Wag Number 3 Pansy takes the gun for the Captain's Prize Race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
There was a bumper turnout of 32 Water Wags for Wednesday night's DBSC Captain’s Prize race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay. After a general recall, Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly lengthened the start line for one of the biggest…
The National Yacht Club's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie (John O'Gorman)
The National Yacht Club's John O'Gorman's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie won the final Thursday night's IRC Race 18 in the 2022 AIB DBSC Summer Series for Cruisers Zero. The regular ISORA offshore campaigner took the inshore win from a fleet of…
Water Wag women at the Helm Regatta - This group photo shows all the competing Water Wag women sailors plus women on the DBSC committee boat, taken in the National Yacht Club after Wednesday night racing. Pictured also back left is DBSC MacLir Committee Boat driver Ian Meldon who joined the photo! 
A strong turnout of Water Wags on Wednesday night in Dun Laoghaire Harbour counted for the National Yacht Club's Women at the Helm regatta as well as regular Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) points.  19 Wag dinghies entered 'WATH', all helmed…
Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly
It was a testing day for the DBSC Flying Fifteen fleet on Saturday with a strong and gusty southwest wind but PRO Brian Mathews and his team got two races completed. As well as the regulars there were a few…
DBSC Committee Boat Freebird
Despite strong and gusty southwest winds, racing was completed for all three keelboat fleets in Saturday's AIB DBSC Summer Series on Dublin Bay. The Green fleet sailed two races.  Race Officers were Blue fleet Barry MacNeaney, Red (hut) Henry Irvine,…
Flying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay
Flying Fifteen DBSC Race Officer John McNeilly set an exciting course in the 14-22 knots westerly wind with blue skies giving what can only be described as champagne sailing conditions on Dublin bay last night. Dumpleton and Hickey led off…
Paddy Boyd is the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Event Director
Ireland's biggest sailing regatta has appointed a new Event Director for its next edition. Highly regarded international sailor and administrator Paddy Boyd has taken over the running of the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The Dublin Bay sailor is tasked…
Light airs for the 23-boat Dublin Bay Water Wag dinghy fleet race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The 23-boat Dublin Bay Water Wag dinghy fleet had one light air race on Wednesday evening (August 17th) in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. DBSC Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly set a course of three rounds (four beats) in a six-knot breeze from…
The Mills 31 Raptor
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…
Light winds at Dun Laoghaire led to the full-scale cancellation of DBSC Thursday night yacht racing on Dublin Bay
The weekly yacht racing highlight on the capital's waters at Dun Laoghaire Harbour was cancelled due to light winds on Dublin Bay tonight. All Dublin Bay Sailing Club Thursday night racing was cancelled due to less than five knots of…
Guy Kilroy no. 38 (Swift), who was in fourth place at the third weather mark, pipped Adam Winkelmann no. 46 (Mademoiselle), followed by Hugh Delap no. 21 (Jacqueline) on the line as the video below shows
In a tight finish to Wednesday's single DBSC Water Wag dinghy race inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Guy Kilroy executed a race-winning move at the favoured end of the finish line to take the gun.  Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly set a course…
The mixed DBSC cruiser fleet racing from the West Pier starters hut at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Overall Sportboat division leader Jonathan Craig's J80 George 7 won last Tuesday night's DBSC AIB race on Dublin Bay.  Winds were six knots from the southeast, giving a spinnaker start for the mixed cruiser fleet from the DBSC Hut on the…
The Hunter Sonata 7 Asterix
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…
Chris Johnston's Prospect was the winner of the Beneteau 31.7 Thursday night DBSC race on Dublin Bay
Chris Johnston's Prospect was the winner of Thursday night's nine-boat Beneteau 31.7 Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) AIB sponsored Summer series race on Dublin Bay. Winds were northwesterly and up to 15 knots on the Bay. The National Yacht Club skipper…

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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