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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) News & Results
DBSC Committee boat Freebird
Sunday may bring a breezy conclusion to the DBSC Spring Chicken Series if current forecasts are anything to go by. With 48 hours to the final race, strong southeasterly winds are forecast for the 50-boat mixed cruiser fleet currently led…
Class One DBSC Cruiser racing on Dublin Bay
With just weeks to go to the start of summer racing at the country's largest yacht racing club, Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) has unveiled some of its plans for the 2022 AIB DBSC racing programme, which will run from April 23…
The J/97 Windjammer is one point off the overall lead in the DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay
The 1720 sportsboat entry Optique leads Lindsay Casey and Denis Power's J/97 Windjammer into the final race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series for mixed cruisers on Dublin Bay. Three races have been sailed in the weather-hit series with the…
DBSC Spring Chicken Series competitors raised €2735 in donations for the Red Cross in Ukraine after yesterday's fifth race on Dublin Bay. Event supporter Viking Marine will match the amount raised.  Next weekend, following an initial idea from DBSC champion and Spring…
A 1720 sportsboat competitor rounds the Muglins Rock on Dublin Bay in a DBSC Spring Chicken Series Race
Handicaps and start times have been published for the weather-hit DBSC Spring Chicken Series. Two of a possible four races have been sailed so far due to strong winds in the six-race series but weather conditions look 'kinder' this weekend,…
DBSC Spring Chicken Series leader J109 Dear Prudence (green, white and orange kite)
After two races sailed at the AIB DBSC Spring Chicken Turkey Shoot Series, the J109 Dear Prudence leads overall by three points from the 1720 sportsboat Conor K. Lying third overall in the 50-boat fleet is DBSC's best-performing yacht on…
Lynn Kerin accepts the Loving Cup on behalf of her children Tom and Eva, husband Andrew and father Jonathan O’Rourke at the DBSC Mermaid prizegiving from Class Captain Paul Smith
Having sailed in combined races with Squibs in the 2021 season, the DBSC Mermaid Class had its prizegiving with the Squib class in the National Yacht Club last Friday, 25th February. The 17ft clinker-built dinghy designed by J. B. Kearney…
Blustery conditions for the fourth race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay
Blustery southerly winds on Dublin Bay could not prevent the DBSC Spring Chicken mixed cruiser fleet from venturing out for the fourth race of the series on Sunday morning. Race Officer Brian Matthews chose Seapoint Bay to avoid the worst…
Noel Colclough and Rupert Westrup from Periquin were winners of the DBSC Squib class Cocktail Shaker Trophy
The Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Squib fleet had their annual prizegiving at the National Yacht Club on 25 February 2022. The two-man keelboat fleet say they expect to increase the number of boats competing in Dublin Bay for 2022…
DBSC Spring Chicken is cancelled - Gusts of up to 45 mph from the west are forecast for the start time on Dublin Bay on Sunday
There's no surprise that DBSC organisers have moved to cancel Sunday's third race of its AIB Spring Chicken Series due to a strong wind warning. Fintan Cairns told competitors this morning "regrettably, having looked at all forecasts for tomorrow, it…
The 1720 sportsboat 'Conor K' was the winner of the first race of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Spring Chicken Series in Seapoint Bay last Sunday morning. Second in the 37-boat fleet was the Jeanneau 36, Sirocco. Third was the Royal St. George Yacht…
Brian and Ian Mathews of the National Yacht Club took third overall in IRC on Phil Ellerby's British XC45 Exodus
Dublin Bay brothers Brian and Ian Mathews of the National Yacht Club took third overall in IRC in RORC's Dubai to Muscat (D2M) Race. In a 360-mile race that features the Strait of Hormuz and avoids Iranian exclusion zones, the…
The now-modified 1948 Australian-built Dublin Bay 24 Wathara sailing in Sydney Harbour
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Dublin Bay sailors can walk very tall indeed. Their selections over the years of various One Design concepts have spread worldwide among discerning owners, who appreciated that the Dublin Bay sailors’…
A screenshot from Afloat's live Dublin Bay webcams this morning showing the race area for the now-cancelled first race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
Despite holding out until just a couple of hours before this morning's First Gun, Dublin Bay Sailing Club was forced to cancel its first race of 2022.  A six-race AIB sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series was due to start this…
There is a big turnout of Royal St.George J80s for the first race of the AIB sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay this Sunday
Nine J80s will be on the line for the third start of Sunday's first race of the 2022 DBSC Spring Chicken Series. The popular and easy to handle sportsboat makes up almost a fifth of the fleet and eclipses the 1720,…
The Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Spring Chicken Series starts this Sunday - weather permitting
Dublin Bay race organiser Fintan Cairns expects a fleet of over 50 (with 48 to date) for what could yet be a very breezy first race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Spring Chicken Series at the National Yacht…

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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