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#flyingfifteen – The Flying Fifteen DBSC Second Series started much the same way as the First Series ended with Chris Doorly & Alan Green in Frequent Flyer winning from Niall Colman & Mick Quinn in Flyer.

On a cloudy grey evening there was a fresh southerly breeze and the tide had just turned to go out, despite PRO Jack Roys warning about the tide a number of boats were over the line but all went back. The first beat was up to Bullock, there was slightly more pressure out on the left and Doorly was first to the mark followed closely by Colman, Geraldine O'Neill in Mellifuence and Brian ONeill & Mary Jane Mulligan in Final Fling. It was a reach to East, at the mark Colman got inside Doorly to take the lead. These two were well ahead now and on the next beat Colman stayed out as Doorly went closer to the shore to where there appeared to be more wind. There was and they took the lead again but it was very close all the way, on the last reach it was tight but with good spinnaker work by Green and by driving down the waves Doorly pulled ahead to take the gun. Colman was second, behind Brian ONeill got up to an excellent third with Geraldine & Dermot ONeill fourth.

After sailing all the crews adjourned to the bar and enjoyed their monthly fleet dinner.

This Saturday the DBSC series continues and the following week the fleet travel to Dunmore East for the Southern Championships.

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#flyingfifteen – It's for days like this that we sail, a sunny afternoon with a nice force 3/4 on excellent Flying Fifteen DBSC courses set by Suzanne McGarry and her team on Freebird. There were two races, the first a windward leeward course won by Ian Mathews & Keith Poole in Gruffalo and the second an Olympic triangle course won by Alan Green & Chris Doorly in Frequent Flyer. The wind was forecast to be from the SW but it was mainly westerly and was very shifty, the tide was ebbing.

After last weekend's great racing at the Northern Championships many in the fleet upped their game and racing was extremely close, the Cahills, McCambridge & Murphy and Coughlin & Marshal were in great form sailing particularly well.

In Race 1 Mathews was out of the blocks quickly and lead all the way, behind it was a closer affair, Green had a poor start and was at the left side while those who started adjacent the committee boat and went right had more pressure, Tom Murphy and Tom Galvin along with Coughlin and McCambridge were also doing well as they approached the weather mark. There was plenty of action as the wind strength increased, Fraser Mitchel fell out of his boat, Galvin had to do turns, other came in on port and didn't give way to starboard boats (this should not happen!) while Green did a quick gybe set that kept him in touch with the leaders. On lap 3 Green finally got passed and pulled away from Mulvin and the Cahill brothers to take second place, Galvin was third with David & Valerie Mulvin fourth.

Race two was just as exciting, the committee boat end was favoured, Mathews, Tom Murphy and Tom Galvin were the first group at the weather mark and they went in towards the shore, those on the right were not far behind, positions changed on the tight reach with Mathews leading Green second and Galvin third., again McCambridge in Hi Fibre and Coughlin in Ash were not far behind. On the next beat the right paid but it was shifty, Mathews went more left and Green took advantage in the shifts to get the lead, a lead he was to keep till the gun. On the final reach Mathews and Galvin had spinnaker troubles but Galvin managed to sort himself out to finish second, Mathews was third, McCambridge fourth and Tom Muprhy fifth.
It was great to see so many boats out racing. This Thursday the DBSC series continues this week.

Saturday's DBSC results are here

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#dbsc – Going into the last race of the First Series in the Flying Fifteen class four boats were in contention, Frequent Flyer sailed by Chris Doorly & Alan Green won on the night to tie the Series with Dave Gorman's Betty who didn't sail. Neil Colman & Mick Quinn in Flyer were one point behind in third overall with Mulvin & Beirne another point behind.

On what looked like a perfect evening for sailing it turned out to be a frustrating one for most fleets as the winds on the bay came from different directions with a big hole with no wind in the middle where most of the boats were! Initially the wind was from the NW and the tide was ebbing, there were a number of boats over the line, some went back including Colman and a few didn't go back. Doorly had a bad start and at the Harbour mark Mulvin led from Balfe, O'Sullivan and Balfe with the O'Neills not far behind. On the run most boats seemed to head out left, Doorly went right in a more direct line to the mark, half way down those on the left stopped with no wind.
There was a lot of flapping around and at this stage the tide was flooding. Doorly stayed on the right following a few SB3's and Mulvin did likewise, meanwhile Colman and Doyle were looking good over on the left where there appeared to be wind. It didn't last, on the right Doorly got a zepher of wind and kept it going to get around the East mark with a comfortable lead, second was Mulvin followed by Colman and Doyle but the fleet was well spread out at this stage. This was how it finished as PRO Jack Roy shortened the course at Battery to the relief of all.

The First Series was a great success for the class with great numbers out every week providing close competitive racing.

This Saturday the DBSC series continues.

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#flyingfifteen – The Flying Fifteen Northern Championships hosted by Strangford Lough YC in Whiterock took place in perfect conditions at the weekend and was won by Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly (NYC) who sailed a very consistent series, Ian Mathews & Keith Poole (NYC) were in second place with Roger Chamberlain & Simon Murray from the local club in third place. There was also a great performance from Lee Statham & Andy Paul (WHSC) who finished fourth in their first event.

On Saturday three races were held in 10-15 knots of breeze from the northwest, the weather mark was out in the Lough so the usual tidal streams had to be negotiated but the PRO PJ Gault set great course's with good start lines. In the first Race Gorman was quick out of the blocks and headed left to stay out of the ebbing tide. He was first at the weather mark but was closely followed by Mathews, Chamberlain and Lawson, this was the way it stayed over the race to the finish.
Race 2: Mathews led the way but on the second beat current Irish Champions McCleery & Dougan took the lead and won the race, behind it was very close with Mathews pipping Gorman on the line for second place. Roger Chamberlain led all the way in Race 3, Gorman had a poor start at the pin end and managed to get back in touch by the weather mark finishing second holding off Lee Statham (WHSC) and Shane McCarty fourth.

After racing most of the competitors had food and refreshments in the club and then adjourned to Daft Eddies for more refreshments. Some visited the Down Cruising Club on board their club the old lightship Petrel which is 100 years old this week.

Sunday was again sunny with a slightly more northerly breeze. There were three boats in contention for the title, Gorman, Chamberlain and Mathews- all to play for! The tide still had an hour to come in, Gorman started at the boat end as there was more breeze on that side of the course and he had the option of tacking in the shifts. This he did and he led at the weather mark but it was all very close, Statham and McKee were close and the lead changed several times with McKee taking the gun, Gorman second, Statham third and Malcolm Crichton fourth. With Mathews fifth and Chamberlain sixth this was enough to give Gorman & Doorly the title. They sailed the last race which was a great race, Statham led the way sailing well but on the last reach he had a problem with the spinnaker and this allowed Gorman through, Statham didn't give up and as they approached the line Gorman lee bowed him to stay in front and take the gun, after over an hours racing there were second between the first five boats, great racing!

At the prize giving local class captain Roger Chamberlain thanked the many volunteers including the PRO and his team, Dave Gorman did likewise but included his long suffering crew Chris. Charlie Boland & Rob McConnell (WHSC) won the Silver Fleet. 

The next event is the South Coast Championships which will be held in Dunmore East in July.

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#dbsc – Last night's 16-boat DBSC Flying Fifteen race consisted of nine marks all to be left to port and started with a good upwind leg to Bulloch Mark on Dublin Bay. Much was lost and gained on this first leg. The fleet got away 'all clear'. In general, the fleet favoured the right hand side of both the starting line and the upwind leg. Perhaps the incoming tide was over–considered. The fleet were all very much to the right wing side of the upwind leg. However, leaders Alan Green and Mick Quinn taught the fleet the lesson that sometimes sticking with your wing principles pay off as they literally arrived on port tack out of 'left field' to round Bulloch with a commanding lead.

The closest chasers were David Gorman Tom Murphy, David Mulvin, Tom Galvin and Alan Dooley.

After many gybes, beats etc Gorman eventually got close to them following a tight reach to Pier Mark. On the subsequent beat to Island Mark, Gorman took advantage and ultimately won the evening.

In conclusion, the race for the Thursday FF crown has hotted up! Gorman is now Number one on nine points followed by Coleman on 11; Green carrying 12 and Dooley on 13.

DBSC results here.

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#flyingfifteen – Betty sailed by Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly won the two races at the weekend where 17 Flying Fifteen fleet turned out in the DBSC Saturday series. Tom & Eamon Galvin also had a great day getting two seconds. Race Officer Barry O'Neill and his team on Freebird set great windward- leeward course's in a building southerly wind. The start line was long enough this week and the bias was at the committee boat for both races.
Race 1: the tide was flooding and the wind was oscillating, there appeared to be slightly more wind upon the left towards the harbour, this proved correct as Tom Murphy reached the weather mark first just ahead of the Galvin brothers and Gorman with Mulligan & Green in Frequent Flyer just behind. Downwind Galvin took the lead and it was only on the next beat that Gorman got ahead by going in to the right for more pressure. It remained close up to the finish, Gorman first, Galvin second, Mathews third and Mulligan fourth.
Race 2 the committee boat end had a slight bias and the tide had started to ebb, Mulligan tacked to the right as the main fleet went left, it was shifty and Mulligan was looking good, suddenly there was another shift, those on the left got a lift and Murphy again lead at the weather mark followed by Gorman, Mulligan and Galvin. Downwind Gorman took the lead, on the remaining beats the wind had shifted slightly to the right and going towards the shore paid each time. Gorman led the way to the line, Galvins were second with Mulligan third and Mathews fourth.
A feature of the racing was how close it is between all the boats, It was great to see so many boats out racing. This Thursday the DBSC series continues this week.

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#flyingfifteen – On a great evening for sailing on Dublin Bay with an incoming tide and winds from the west varying from 10–knots to gusts of 25 the Flying Fifteen fleet turned out in good numbers again with 13 boats competing. The pin end appeared to be biased at the start but the wind flicked which made it more square. Murphy, Colman and Balfe were quick off the start at the pin end with Ben Mulligan sailing with Chris Doorly tonight in Frequent Flyer starting in the middle of the line.

The boats all headed towards the shore up towards Harbour mark. Mulligan went closest to the shore on the lay line and got to the mark first, with the spinnaker up quickly they pulled ahead in the strong gusts. Behind Colman was next followed by Balfe and Mulvin. Mulvin also caught the gusts and overtook Colman on the way down to Island mark. On the long beat to Bay mark Mulvin went inshore but Mulligan decided not to cover and stayed on the right playing the shifts and heading towards some dark clouds which brought plenty of wind.

This is how it remained as the fleet sailed out to East mark and up to the finish. Mulligan took the gun comfortably, Mulvin was second, Colman third and Murphy just pipped Balfe on the line to take fourth place. Colman & Quinn still lead the Series with consistant sailing in the first month.

Well done to the PRO Jack Roy and his team on Freebird for a good race in great conditions. After racing the Fleet has an organised dinner at the NYC where class captain Ronan Beirne presented some spot prizes.

This Saturday the DBSC series continues. Results here.

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#flyingfifteen – On a beautiful summers day the Flying Fifteen fleet turned out in good numbers again with 19 boats competing in the first DBSC Saturday series. Race Officer Suzanne McGarry and her team on Freebird got two races in a flooding tide and a building southerly breeze. Frequent Flyer helmed by Ben Mulligan with Alan Green had a great day winning the two races followed closely by Gorman & Doorly with two second places.
Race 1: Ben and Alan got a great start and led the way for the whole race, behind there was a battle for the minor places, Dooley & Hickey were in great form and in lap two got into second place, it was nip and tuck between them and Gorman but on the last beat Gorman got ahead to win by a whisker. Niall Meagher sailing with Mary Jane Mulligan were a comfortable fourth followed by Maguire and Poole who had a great battle to the finish line.
Race 2: had a general recall, this was no surprise as the start line was way too short for the number of boats. Again the committee boat end had a slight bias, on the restart Colman went out to sea as Mulligan, Gorman and Poole went inshore mainly because of poor starts! Approaching the weather mark Colman was looking good coming in from the left but Mulligan got around followed by Colman and Murphy with Gorman back in the pack. It was only two laps so there was not much time to catch up, Mulligan held on but there was a lot of traffic at the final leeward mark and a large group of Fifteens arrived at the mark together with the squibs. Most tacked off to the left including Murphy and Poole to clear their air, Mulligan went in on port as did Gorman who was in the middle of the group, Gorman tacked on a good line, with the wind increasing and veering to the right it was a sprint up to the finish, Gorman was now within a boat length of Mulligan, Murphy was just behind in third, this is how it finished.
This Thursday the DBSC series continues. Results for Saturday's race here.

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#flyingfifteen –  Frequent visitor to Ireland, UK Flying fifteen champion Charles Apthorp, sailing with Alan Green, produced four wins at the East Coast Championships to be unstoppable at a windy County Antrim Yacht Club at Whitehead yesterday. The National Yacht Club's David Gorman and Chris Doorly were second (on tie– break) in the 20–boat fleet with County Antrim's own Bryan Willis and John McPeake third. Full results downloadable below. 

On Saturday three races were held in 10-25 knots of breeze from the west/sw. Being so close to the land it was shifty towards the shore and the wind coming around the headland also had an impact on conditions. Racing started at 2pm,

Race 1: the tide was going out towards the north and this held boats back on the line, the pin was favoured and with the wind out on the left it was important to get a good start. Gorman got a great start and soon tacked across the fleet, he led at the weather mark with Apthorp hot on his heels, Apthorp took the lead on the run and held it to the end, on the second beat Gormans outhaul broke and he was out of the race, not good to use your discard so early but he was up and running for the next race. Mc Cleery was second with Malcolm Crichton & Barry Bridges (SSC) third.
Race 2: The wind and rain were lashing the fleet at this stage. Apthorp won comfortably with Gorman chasing him all the way to be a comfortable second. There was confusion as to how many laps were sailed, after three there was no blue flag up so the fleet sailed another but it didn't affect positions. Chamberlain broke his jib halyard and at the weather mark there was a pile up involving three boats with the end result a large hole in Marcus Crichtons boat- no more sailing for him and his crew Roy.
Race 3: the boat end was favoured, Apthorp got away as Gorman got held up at the start by boats sailing over and not going up to keep clear as they should at the start, despite this he was up in third place at the weather mark behind Apthorp and McCleery. On the next beat the two leaders sailed to the left as Willis, Gorman and Mathews headed in towards the shore, this paid and the three were really close all the way to the finish line, the downwind leg was particularly exciting with boats vying for inside position at the last leeward mark. Local man Brian Willis & John McPeak deservedly won with Mathews second , Gorman third with Apthorp and McCleery back quiet a bit in fourth and fifth place.

On reaching the shore after the three races the well organised helpers on the slip were a welcome sight as were the soup and bread rolls. There was an excellent meal provided later in the club and the revelry in this fine club went on late into the night.

For Sunday the forecast was for the strong winds to continue but on arrival it was moderate, there was an early start so we could get in before the low tide.
In Race 4: Gorman got squeezed out at the start and had to turn round and start in the second lane at the committee boat, he headed in towards the shore but left paid and Apthorp led all the way with McKee, Chamberlain and Crichton all chasing. The wind was up now particularly further out of the shelter of the land and there was some great downwind sailing. On the last beat Gorman worked hard on the shifts and just managed to pip Chamberlain and Crichton on the line. The win was enough for Apthorp & Green to retain the title they won last season.
Race 5 was a triangle Olympic course with some hard reaches thrown in just to tire the already tired crews. Gorman lead at the weather mark but was overtaken on the reach by the heavier crew on Frequent Flyer. After some great reaches and close racing Apthorp and Gorman got well ahead of the pack on the second beat to finish in first and second place in the race and overall. Chamberlain was third with Irish Champion McCleery & Dougan fourth in Race 5. Small consolation for Gorman & Doorly is that they are back on top of the Irish Ranking table.

At the prize giving local class captain and Commodore thanked the sponsors and the many volenteers including the PRO and his team. On behalf of the winning crew Alan Green also thanked all involved in the club and also his fellow competitors who all made the effort to travel to this great part of the Irish coastline.

The next event is the Northern Championships which will be held in Whiterock Stangford Lough in June.

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#flyingfifteen – Guest helm Sean Craig sailing with Alan Green won DBSC's Thursday's Flying Fifteen race from Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly with Dave Mulvin & Ronan Beirne in third, Again there was a great turn out of 17 boats on a tricky evening with a strong in coming tide and a light easterly breeze. There was a clean start with most boats below the line with the strong tide, the committee boat end seemed to pay but there wasn't a lot in it as there was more wind at the pin end, soon the boats got into their stride and those who went tight gained,

Colman & Quinn were going well as was Craig and Doyle. Gorman tacked more left and rounded the first mark side by side with Colman, Downwind to Bay mark was a drift but Colman led from Craig with Gorman and Mulvin close behind going into the beat out to East mark. This was to be the critical leg-most boats kept going on port but after a while Gorman went out left searching for wind, and was followed by Craig and Mulvin. Craig led with Mulvin moving up to second, Gorman third and Colman back in fourth,
Boats were worried about the time limit, it would be a shame to go to the effort of sailing and not get a finish, there was little or no wind now but on the fleet drifted towards the finish line. Craig stayed clear but there was a final twist behind, Colman seemed to be moving and catching up by coming down the middle, Mulvin gybed over to cover him but this allowed Gorman who was over on the right to drift into second place. Mulvin finished third with Colman fourth and Dooley fifth. On arriving ashore the crews were delighted to see that the BBQ was still going strong..

Well done to the PRO Jack Roy and his team on Freebird for perservering in difficult conditions. This Saturday the DBSC series continues but many of the fleet will be heading to Whitehead for the East Coast Championships being hosted by County Antrim Sailing Club.

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The home club of Laser Radial Olympic Silver medalist Annalise Murphy, the National Yacht Club is a lot more besides. It is also the spiritual home of the offshore sailing body ISORA, the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and the biggest Flying Fifteen fleet in Ireland. Founded on a loyal membership, the National Yacht Club at the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay enjoys a family ethos and a strong fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere of support and friendship through sailing.

Bathing in the gentle waterfront ambience of Dun Laoghaire on the edge of South County Dublin, the National Yacht Club has graced the waters of the Irish Sea and far beyond for more than a century and in 2020 celebrates its sesquicentennial.  

The club is particularly active in dinghy and keelboat one-design racing and has hosted three World Championships in recent years including the Flying Fifteen Worlds in 2003, 2019 and the SB3 Worlds in 2008. The ISAF Youth Worlds was co-hosted with our neighbouring club the Royal St. George Yacht Club in 2012...

National Yacht Club Facilities

Facilities include a slipway directly accessing Dun Laoghaire Harbour, over eighty club moorings, platform parking, pontoons, fuelling, watering and crane-lifting ensure that the NYC is excellently equipped to cater for all the needs of the contemporary sailor. Berths with diesel, water, power and overnight facilities are available to cruising yachtsmen with shopping facilities being a short walk away. The club is active throughout the year with full dining and bar facilities and winter activities include bridge, snooker, quiz nights, wine tasting and special events.

National Yacht Club History

Although there are references to an active “club” prior to 1870, history records that the present clubhouse was erected in 1870 at a cost of £4,000 to a design by William Sterling and the Kingstown Royal Harbour Boat Club was registered with Lloyds in the same year. By 1872 the name had been changed to the Kingston Harbour Boat Club and this change was registered at Lloyds.

In 1881. the premises were purchased by a Captain Peacocke and others who formed a proprietary club called the Kingstown Harbour Yacht Club again registered at Lloyds. Some six years later in 1877 the building again changed hands being bought by a Mr Charles Barrington. and between 1877 and 1901 the club was very active and operated for a while as the “Absolute Club” although this change of name was never registered.

In 1901, the lease was purchased by three trustees who registered it as the Edward Yacht Club. In 1930 at a time when the Edward Yacht Club was relatively inactive, a committee including The Earl of Granard approached the trustees with a proposition to form the National Yacht Club. The Earl of Granard had been Commodore of the North Shannon Y.C. and was a senator in the W.T.Cosgrave government. An agreement was reached, the National Yacht Club was registered at Lloyds. The club burgee was created, red cross of Saint George with blue and white quarters being sky cloud, sea and surf. The Earl of Granard became the first Commodore.

In July of 1950, a warrant was issued to the National Yacht Club by the Government under the Merchant Shipping Act authorising members to hoist a club ensign in lieu of the National Flag. The new ensign to include a representation of the harp. This privilege is unique and specific to members of the National Yacht Club. Sterling’s design for the exterior of the club was a hybrid French Chateau and eighteenth century Garden Pavilion and today as a Class A restricted building it continues to provide elegant dining and bar facilities.

An early drawing of the building shows viewing balconies on the roof and the waterfront façade. Subsequent additions of platforms and a new slip to the seaward side and most recently the construction of new changing rooms, offices and boathouse provide state of the art facilities, capable of coping with major international and world championship events. The club provides a wide range of sailing facilities, from Junior training to family cruising, dinghy sailing to offshore racing and caters for most major classes of dinghies, one design keelboats, sports boats and cruiser racers. It provides training facilities within the ISA Youth Sailing Scheme and National Power Boat Schemes.

Past Commodores

1931 – 42 Earl of Granard 1942 – 45 T.J. Hamilton 1945 – 47 P.M. Purcell 1947 – 50 J.J. O’Leary 1950 – 55 A.A. Murphy 1955 – 60 J.J. O’Leary 1960 – 64 F. Lemass 1964 – 69 J.C. McConnell 1969 – 72 P.J. Johnston 1972 – 74 L. Boyd 1974 – 76 F.C. Winkelmann 1976 – 79 P.A. Browne 1979 – 83 W.A. Maguire 1983 – 87 F.J. Cooney 1987 – 88 J.J. Byrne 1988 – 91 M.F. Muldoon 1991 – 94 B.D. Barry 1994 – 97 M.P.B. Horgan 1997 – 00 B. MacNeaney 2000 – 02 I.E. Kiernan 2002 – 05 C.N.I. Moore 2005 – 08 C.J. Murphy 2008 – 11 P.D. Ryan 2011 – P. Barrington 2011-2014 Larry Power 2014-2017 Ronan Beirne 2017 – 2019

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