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The PY1000 dinghy fleet - scroll down for a slideshow of images
The National 18 crew of Colin Chapman, Owen O'Keefe and Eddie Rice were yesterday's winners of the AIB sponsored PY 1000 cash Prize at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour. With only the lightest harbour breeze available Race Officer…
The Royal Irish First 40 Prima Forte was second in today's DBSC IRC Zero race
127 boats from 19 classes, including 34 Laser dinghies, raced on a flukey Dublin Bay this afternoon. Dublin Bay Sailing Club debutante, the Royal Irish's First 40 Prima Forte (Patrick Burke and Sean Lemass) was second in Class O IRC,…
Tony Fox's Gringo from the National Yacht Club was the DBSC Cruiser One winner on both IRC and ECHO handicaps
 A large fleet of 104 boats across 15 classes enjoyed a fine Force 4 Westerly on the first full Thursday night race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club season. Cruiser Zero & Cruiser 2 classes both had 100% turnout. DBSC…
Olympian Finn Lynch for Blessington SC and Annalise Murphy of the National YC winning the first race of the 133-year-old Dublin Bay Water Wags’ delayed 2020 season in Cathy MacAleavey’s Molly yesterday (Wednesday) evening
We think of the venerable Dublin Bay Water Wags as being the quintessential Dun Laoghaire Harbour class. But when the results of their first race of the delayed 2020 season yesterday (Wednesday) evening were analysed, it was noted that the…
Another fine turnout of Lasers for DBSC dinghy racing inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour
DBSC Results for 14/07/2020 Race one: Laser Standard result is under review. Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Gringo, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Something Else Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Gringo, 2. Something Else, 3. Jalapeno Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Jalapeno, 2. Something Else,…
At the socially-distanced noonday ceremony at Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday to consign Volvo Cork Week 2020 to history were (left to right) Kieran O’Connell (Vice Admiral RCYC and Chairman Volvo Cork Week 2020), George Mills (Johnson & Perrott and Volvo), Ross Deasy (Director of Racing – Keelboats Cork300), Colin Morehead (Admiral RCYC & Chairman Cork300), Daragh Connolly (at signal cannon, Rear Admiral Keelboats RCYC), Megan O’Sullivan (Optimist sailor, RCYC), Annamarie Fegan (Rear Admiral – Dinghies RCYC) and Harry Moynan (Optimist sailor RCYC).
At times of sadness, we are helped by ceremonial. For sure, no-one would dream of comparing the enormous grief visited upon those who have been and will be bereaved by COVID-19 with the quiet sense of loss caused the absolutely…
File image of Ireland’s Optimist fleet racing
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has confirmed that its hosting of this year’s Optimist Nationals will proceed as planned next month, and the Notice of Race is now available. The AIB Optimist Irish National Championships 2020 run from 13-16 August…
Levante was the DBSC 31.7 DBSC winner
Michael Leahy and John Power's Levante from the National Yacht Club was the winner of Saturday's DBSC Beneteau 31.7 One Design race on Dublin Bay. Second were NYC clubmates Bluefin Two (Michael & Bernie Bryson) while third place went to…
Yacht racing resumes in Cork Harbour
Royal Cork's weekly league racing is underway with some fine sailing breezes to get the first races of the season underway last Thursday and Friday. Among the fleet of mixed keelboats is a 'Cork300' branded RCYC 1720 sportsboat marking 300…
Rodney and Keith Martin's Lively Lady was second in DBSC Cruiser 0 Echo
Over 90 keelboats turned out for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's first Thursday race of the shortened season tonight, an excellent showing in the current COVID-19 circumstances. In Class Zero, George Sisk's XP44 WOW from the Royal Irish Yacht Club continues…
Mary Ellen (O’Byrne/Finucan/Carty HYC) and the vintage First 38 Out & About (Terry McCoy & Maurice Cregan, Skerries SC) neck and neck in the White Sails Division through the Sound towards the finish at Howth in the first race of the Fingal Cruiser Challenge
The delayed 2020 racing programme at Howth Yacht Club had a boost last weekend with a 20-boat fleet for Saturday’s inaugural race for the Fingal Cruiser Challenge, while the Puppeteer 22s, Squibs and Howth 17s mustered viable turnouts for their…
Calm conditions this evening at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Lack of wind forced the cancellation of tonight's much-anticipated keelboat and dinghy summer racing for Dublin Bay Sailing Club. As Afloat previously reported, a strong turnout of Lasers got off to a great start last Tuesday with over 50 dinghies…
File image of DBSC racing in Dublin Bay
As reported yesterday on Afloat.ie, revised Sailing Instructions and Course Cards for all fleets have been issued by Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC). Documents are available from the DBSC website HERE, including the revised Notice of Race and cards pertaining…
Junior sailing at the National Yacht Club
The Transition Year Sailing Member Programme has run for a number of years between the Dun Laoghaire Waterfront clubs, and has proven important for keeping teenagers involved in sailing. Heading into the 2020/21 academic year, another programme of youth sailing…
Royal Cork Admiral Colin Morehead (second from left) and crew on board club boat Adrielle
The first big event of the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Tricentenary saw members of all ages take part in the Admiral’s Chace on Saturday 4 July. The Chace began in the vicinity of Cork Beg when, shortly after 3pm, the…
The DBSC West Pier starters hut has not been installed at Dun Laoghaire this season
All Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) racing this COVID hit sailing season will start from the club's Committee vessel(s) as the club's West Pier starters hut has not been installed due to the difficulty of maintaining government safety rules including…
The Golden One: Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia competing in 2020's opening ISORA Coastal Race is entered for next month's Round Ireland Race from Wicklow
Having come so close to overall victory in 2018, Chris Power Smith revealed the depth of his ambition when the Royal St. George skipper of J122 'Aurelia' became the Round Ireland Yacht Race's 50th entry at the weekend.  Power Smith…
Radial sailor Conor Gorman of the National Yacht Club
DBSC dinghy sailing continued its strong turnout for the first Saturday racing of the 2020 season. Over 40 Dinghies turned out for three races in a moderate westerly wind inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday. Royal St. George's Theo Lyttle won…
DBSC Summer keelboat racing on Saturdays continues until October 10th
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) plans for the revised 2020 season continue apace as a bumper dinghy fleet is already in action and the start for keelboat and cruiser classes is now slated for July 7th, two weeks earlier than…
Stepping out – Roddy Cooper’s 122-years-old Howth 17 Leila looking her best for her first race of the delayed 2020 season on Tuesday
There were by no means full fleet affairs, but the 2020 racing season has definitely got underway at Howth where the One Designs raced in a good breeze on Tuesday evening, while last night (Wednesday) the cruisers found themselves battling…

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