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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) News & Results
Leslie Parnell's First 34.7 Black Velvet of the RIYC
Leslie Parnell's First 34.7 Black Velvet of the RIYC took another win in tonight's sixth race of the AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Thursday night series. The win puts Parnell into a four-point lead overall in a 13-boat Cruisers Two IRC division. Rain…
27 Water Wags turned out for June 1 DBSC racing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
There was a fine turnout of 27 Dublin Bay Water Wag dinghies for Wednesday evening racing inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour. DBSC Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly ran two races, each had two rounds (three beats) in a light souther-easterly breeze of 5-11 knots.…
Irish ILCA 6 Great Grandmaster champion Michael Norman was the DBSC Tuesday evening winner
Wicklow Sailing Club's Michael Norman, who won the Great Grandmaster title at the ILCA 6 Irish Laser Master Championships on Dublin Bay on Sunday was still in winning form on the Bay last night, taking the gun in the DBSC's AIB…
Flying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay (file photo)
Given that the Heineken Cup, as it was then, has made an appearance in at least one of the Dun Laoghaire clubs at a major regatta in times past (a Volvo Regatta), it was hardly surprising that Saturday’s DBSC’s schedule…
John Hall's J/109 Something Else from the National Yacht Club
John Hall's J/109 Something Else from the National Yacht Club was the winner of the Cruisers One IRC Race six in DBSC's AIB Summer Series on Saturday. It was a busy day on Dublin Bay for Race Officer Barry McNeaney,…
The leg to Poldy mark saw a broader spinnaker leg for the DBSC Flying Fifteens
On a night where winds of 20knots were recorded, as reported elsewhere on this website, 12 Flying Fifteens answered Brian Mathews’ DBSC starting call last night in the robust conditions that caused the cancellation of racing for the Mermaids and…
Tony Fox's A35 Gringo from the National Yacht Club
Tony Fox's Archambault 35 Gringo from the National Yacht Club took a well-earned win in tonight's windy fifth race of the AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Thursday night series. The win puts Fox into third overall in a 14-boat Cruisers One IRC division. Second…
23 Water Wags started the DBSC at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, all carrying one reef
The Water Wag dinghy class had one Dublin Bay Sailing Club race on Wednesday evening in a blustery Dun Laoghaire Harbour. So blustery in fact, Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly went out in advance a DBSC RIB to review the conditions…
RS Aero sailor Roy Van Maanen is a DBSC PY dinghy competitor
The National Yacht Club's Noel Butler sailing his RS Aero 'Orion' was on top again in the DBSC's AIB Summer dinghy series with two more wins in Tuesday night racing (May 24th) in his RS Aero dinghy to bring his strike…
Andrew Craig's Chimaera from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
Andrew Craig's Chimaera from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the winner of the Cruisers One/J109 Race five in DBSC's AIB Summer Series on Saturday.  Racing was held in light southeasterly winds that never reach ten knots on Dublin Bay.Craig beat…
John Lavery & Alan Green (4083) were the Flying Fifteen race winners
After last Thursday’s healthy breezes and the “pea-souper” that prevented last Saturday’s racing, fourteen Flying Fifteens answered the DBSC Race Officer’s call last night in conditions that started off as being “robust” with a wind against tide situation generating choppy…
In the ten-boat DBSC scratch race for the Beneteau 211s, Peter Carroll's Yikes was the winner on Dublin Bay
In the ten-boat scratch race for the Beneteau 211s, Peter Carroll's Yikes won from Andrew Bradley's Chinook in the fourth IRC race of the AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Thursday night series. Third was Pete Evans in Anemos 2.  Race Officer Ed…
Water Wag dinghy racing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Wednesday's  DBSC Water Wag dinghy racing scheduled for Dun Laoghaire Harbour is cancelled due to an adverse weather forecast. "Winds gusting gale force 8 in the east are scheduled for later this evening", Commodore Ann Kirwan told Afloat. The Wags are…
DBSC Tuesday night race five for PY dinghies was in Scotsman's Bay to the East of Dun Laoghaire Harbour in light southeast winds
Another win for Noel Butler last night in DBSC Tuesday night dinghy racing gives him four wins from five starts of the PY division in his RS Aero dinghy. Race five was run by Race Officer Declan Traynor in Scotsman's Bay…
Julie Ascoop (1968-2022) was a breath of fresh air for sailing in Ireland and the larger Irish maritime world
Afloat.ie much appreciates being invited to publish this Appreciation by the IDRA 14 Class Association of the much-mourned Julie Ascoop, whose untimely passing has taken an inspirational maritime enthusiast from among us. We are particularly grateful to Charles and Ian…
The Dublin Bay 21 class was one of only five of 22 classes that managed to race on Dublin Bay today due to sea fog
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) yacht racing for its Blue fleet, Green fleet and dinghy divisions was cancelled on the Bay this afternoon just as races were about to get underway. A heavy sea mist brought visibility down to less…

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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