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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) News & Results
DBSC Thursday night training is cancelled for all fleets this evening on Dublin Bay due to current weather conditions and the forecast for further strong southerly winds. Three training fleets were in operation as over 90 boats from the Dun Laoghaire…
DBSC launched its 2021 season on Dublin Bay with a training mini series on Saturday and also published its 2021 yearbook
"Brilliant to be back!" was the verdict from Dublin Bay Sailing Club sailors who returned to the water yesterday as part of a training minmi series, the first DBSC  on the water event since the cancellation of its Turkey Shoot…
DBSC dinghy fleets will start a mini trainig series on Tuesdays and Saturdays from May 15th
Plans for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) 'training' mini-series starting this Saturday are advancing with the country's largest yacht racing club updating members this week.  The vintage Water Wags, one of the club's strongest dinghy classes, have now confirmed that…
The spirit of Irish sailing – Ian Hickey's veteran Granada 38 Cavatina (Royal Cork YC) making a perfectly-timed start in the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle race. A successful participant in Fastnet, Round Ireland, Dingle and AZAB races, Cavatina is in the entry list for this year's Dingle Race on June 9th
The welcome announcement that the National Yacht Club's biennial 280-mile Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2021 will be going ahead on Wednesday, June 9th, is encouraging. But it should not be seen as a clarion call to get the 2021…
DBSC Committee vessels (pictured) will run in a pod system and all participants should also ensure their boats are organised in pods
Long-awaited race 'training' gets underway on Dublin Bay in ten days time thanks to Dublin Bay Sailing Club that has announced a May Mini-Series this evening. In line with government guidelines, DBSC will run a Mini-Series this month in order…
DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan has been out on the Dublin Bay race track at the weekend inspecting the newly laid race marks ('J' or 'Asgard' mark pictured) for its forthcoming summer season
139 yachts and dinghies are now signed up for the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Summer Season. Following the Government announcement of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the club is expecting to hear news of when club training and racing can…
ISORA training for June's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race is expected to begin on May 15th
Worry over if there will be a 2021 sailing season at all has been replaced by hope after the Government outlined its latest path out of COVID-19 last night. There has been overwhelming optimism following the news of the accelerated…
Clare Hogan at Cork Week 1976
Clare Hogan, who sadly died on 10th April 2021, taken from us so prematurely, will be sorely missed by her sailing friends, particularly those of us in the Irish Dragon Class. She sailed from the Royal St George Yacht Club…
Spinnakers, Bloopers, Gennakers, Code Zero or similar sails are not allowed in DBSC's new Class Four for the 2021 season
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) has introduced a new cruiser Four Non-Spinnaker Open Class for the 2021 season. "The new class is In response to the increasing demand for short-handed and non-spinnaker cruiser racing as reported in a number of…
The late Larry Martin in his youthful Trans-European motor-cycling days
We have lost an incredible friend with the passing of Larry Martin. I first met him through sailing many moons ago, and was immediately struck by what an obvious and true gentleman he was. He had endless and extraordinary stand-apart…
DBSC Summer Series racing is expected to return to Dublin Bay in mid May=
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Commodore Ann Kirwan says the club aims to start its 2021 summer race series in mid-May despite the lack of clear guidance for the sport following last night's cautious easing of lockdown restrictions by the Government. …
History is made. The first Dublin Regatta of 1828, with the non-racing Pearl at left, the second-placed Ganymede (Col. John Madden) at centre, and the winner Liberty on right.
The impression conveyed in the image above of good-humoured sport afloat at the first regatta from the new harbour of Kingstown on July 22nd 1828 is so lively that today we easily forgive the relatively unskilled work of the artist,…
Six Beneteau 211s are among the early one design entries into the 2021 AIB DBSC Summer Series
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Cruisers Five fleet has the biggest early entry for 2021’s AIB-sponsored Summer Series due to start next month.  Entries for the country's biggest sailing league are materialising even though there is no clarity yet on the scheduled April 25th…
Marks at the Ready as DBSC Preps for AIB Summer Series 2021
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) has confirmed plans and preparations are well underway for 2021’s AIB-sponsored Summer Series. “A lot of work has to be done behind the scenes to provide the standard of racing everyone knows and expects,” Rear…
Laser 'kindegarten' briefing at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
With the continued interest in Laser dinghy sailing among adults, the Dún Laoghaire harbour Laser fleet has announced the launch of an adult pathway that supports adults from beginner level right up to elite racing. The Laser with all its…
Laser dinghy on Dublin Bay
The Royal St. George Yacht Club Laser dinghy fleet hit the headlines at the weekend as the class also prepares to release a new video to promote solo sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. 2020 was a record season for the…

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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