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The Royal St. George J97 Windjammer was the Cruisers Two IRC winner on Dublin Bay
An excellent turnout of 112 boats, 74% of the DBSC keelboat fleet, turned out this evening to race in a somewhat flukey westerly wind of force 2-4 on Dublin Bay. Cruisers Zero IRC was won by Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80…
Is proper sunshine sailing a "Mission Impossible" in this woeful summer? Not so. Paul Reilly and Davy Howard find extra-luminous sunshine on Saturday afternoon, racing the HYC-owned J/80 Mission 43 in the Aqua Two-Hander Challenge off the Fingal coast
When your dad and your brother are out having a ding-dong against each other in a couple of J/80s in the popular annual Aqua Restaurant Two-Handed Challenge from Howth up round Lambay and back, the dutiful daughter and loving sister…
Sarah ‘Skinny’ Dwyer 1264 pips Brendan Foley 1321 on the line in last nights DBSC PY racing
The new RS Aero fleet now comprises the biggest one-design class, racing in the DBSC PY fleet. From zero boats last year in DBSC, there are now six Aeros racing competitively and there are rumours of more boats on the…
DBSC will manage the racing of September's joint Dun Laoghaire Harbour club's regatta
At the start of COVID 19 pandemic, the sailing community in Dun Laoghaire began planning for one event to replace the four individual waterfront yacht club regattas. The original regatta plan had two potential dates July 31st/ August 1st -…
66 dinghies competed in DBSC Tuesday evening racing. As well as Lasers, a mixed fleet included RS Aero, a Finn, Fireballs, IDRA14s and an RS400
There was a fine turnout of 116 boats for Tuesday evening's DBSC racing on Dublin Bay in a light SE breeze. The fleet included 66 dinghies of which 30 were Laser Radials who raced inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour. In the…
Seasoned campaigners. Robert Dix and brother-in-law Richard Burrows combined 50 years ago to see the former win the Helmsmans Championship of Ireland in one of the highlight events of the Royal Cork YC Quarter Millennium celebrations in 1970. They’re still at it, as seen yesterday (Saturday) when they raced Dixie’s J/80 Jeannie to second in class in the Aqua Restaurant Two-Hander at Howth
When in doubt, send ’em round Lambay. That seems to be the feeling among Howth Yacht Club’s race officers as this uncertain semi-season gradually cranks into action. And with Saturday’s early-start Aqua Double-Hander Challenge seeing a greyish morning giving a…
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…

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