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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) News & Results
Chris Moore continued an unprecedented record of serving sailing administration by guiding Dublin Bay SC through the pandemic
As we emerge from the pandemic and gradually become accustomed to unfettered sailing, it is right and proper that we should salute those who guided our sport through the various regulations and restriction of the last two years and more.…
Facet Trophy winners - from left to right: John Lavery, winning helm, Pat Shannon (Facet Jewellers), Frank Burgess (MC), Alan Green, winning crew
Sixteen Flying Fifteens made the start of the first race of the two-race programme for the Facet Trophy – an August Bank Holiday weekend fixture for the Dublin Bay class, now in its tenth year. At 10:00, the signs for…
The DP Partnership's J109 Dear Prudence
In a five-boat turnout in IRC One, the DP Partnership's J109 Dear Prudence beat Tim Goodbody's White Mischief from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Saturday's AIB DBSC Summer Series race on August Bank Holiday weekend (July 30th). Third was…
Patrick Burke's First 40 Prima Forte from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
Patrick Burke's First 40 Prima Forte from the Royal Irish Yacht Club produced a corrected time win of over a minute in a fine turnout of eight Cruisers Zero boats in Thursday's AIB DBSC Summer Series. Racing took place in light…
The DBSC Flying Fifteen fleet is racing for the Facet Trophy this Saturday, 30th July, with a prize-giving scheduled for 17:15 (approx.) in the National Yacht Club
The last check on the weather forecast for last evening, before departing work suggested 6/7 knots SE going south and dying as the evening wore on. DBSC Race Officer John McNeilly in his briefing to the fleet on the water…
DBSC dinghy racing is cancelled on Saturday, 30th July 2022
Having sought feedback from Dublin Bay Sailing Club Dinghy Class Captains, participation is expected to be low this coming Saturday, so DBSC has decided not to hold dinghy racing on Saturday, 30th July 2022. Tuesday sailing on 2nd August is…
Lavery & Mulvin (4068) lead the chasing Flying Fifteen pack on Dublin Bay, Gorman & Doorly (4099), Mulligan & Bradley (obscured) and Court & O’Leary around the 2nd weather mark after Mathews & Coughlan had gone round
Late Saturday morning signalled a change in the recent weather, with blue skies giving way to overcast conditions and the light winds of the previous Thursday night’s racing disappearing to be replaced by wind that whistled through the rigging on…
Kevin Byrne's Formula 28 Starlet was the IRC 3 winner in Saturday's (July 23rd) AIB DBSC Summer Series race 
In a fine 11-boat turnout in IRC One, Colin Byrne's Royal Irish XP33 Bon Exemple beat Paul Barrington's J109 Jalapeno from the National Yacht Club in Saturday's AIB DBSC Summer Series race on July 23rd. Third was Barrington's clubmate John Hall in the J109…
A file photo of Flying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay
Last night’s DBSC race for the Flying Fifteens was challenging on Dublin Bay! And post-race, ashore, the Race Officer, John McNeilly, also conceded that it wasn’t an easy night! Of course, it wasn’t his fault, Mother Nature gave us another…
Racing the Beneteau 36.7, Boomerang, the Kirwan family from the Royal St. George Yacht Club are the overall leaders of the Cruisers 4/5a Thursday evening AIB DBSC Summer Series on Dublin Bay
The Royal St. George Yacht Club Kirwan family won the Cruisers 4/5a Thursday evening AIB DBSC Summer Series race on Dublin Bay on July 21st.  Skippered by Paul Kirwan, the Beneteau 36.7, Boomerang beat Charles Broadhead's RIYC Sigma 38 Persistence. In…
The DBSC Water Wag evening race start at Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, July 20
Laura and William Prentice sailing Tortoise were the winners of Wednesday night's DBSC Water Wag race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The wind was 10 to 13 northwesterly on the Harbour course. Race Officer Harry Gallagher set three rounds (four beats) for the 26-boat fleet.…
David Gorman's Flying Fifteen (4099)
Thirteen Flying Fifteens enjoyed fabulous conditions on Saturday past on Dublin Bay. Race Officer Barry O’Neil set himself up well to the west of the harbour to avail of a wind that was blowing around the 130°mark. The day saw…
Andrew Bradley's Beneteau 211 Chinook
In the Beneteau 211s, Royal Irish Yacht Club boats filled the podium of today's AIB DBSC Saturday race 16 with Andrew Bradley's Chinook winning from Patrick Shannon's Beeswing. Third was James Conboy-Fischer's Billy Whizz. Overall, in the Saturday Series, after nine races sailed and counting…
Flying Fifteen duo Ben Mulligan and Cormac Bradley
Last night’s DBSC Thursday Flying Fifteen evening race saw another light wind session on Dublin Bay, but conditions ashore, before the race, suggested, again, that we might not get a race. All the flags within sight of the NYC platform…
Paul Barrington's J109 Jalapeno from the National Yacht Club
James McCann's Mustang 30 Peridot of the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the winner in Thursday night's (race 12) six-boat IRC One division of the AIB DBSC Sponsored Summer Series on Dublin Bay. Second by 13 seconds on corrected time was Dick…
John O'Driscoll's Moosmie was the winner of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) single Water Wag dinghy race on Wednesday evening in trying conditions inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Following a postponement for 15 minutes, Race Officer Ian Mathews started the race…

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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