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On arrival at the National Yacht Club on Thursday evening, the prospects for sailing didn’t look that good. The forecast had been for a handful of knots and the boats trying to finish the Round Ireland race were limping down the east coast of the island in very fickle winds. However, the Irish flag at the end of the East Pier had some life to it and so we launched.

Flying Fifteen Race Officer John Mc Neilly had situated “Freebird” just east of the harbour entrance to avail of a forecast that suggested the wind would start SSE and slowly migrate to SSW. He also, rather cleverly, set a windward-leeward course using two of the fixed Dublin Bay marks, Bulloch (R) and Pier (V), with the length of race set at 3 laps, leaving both marks to Port. It took a bit of thought to decipher the course declaration but when the “penny dropped” it made infinite sense.

We (4081) decided that the thing to do was to get out of the flooding tide, as low water had been in the early afternoon and a preliminary first beat before the start suggested that was the way to go. However, a late check of the line also suggested that the pin was the place to start, which is what we did! Others who shared that view, but with slightly less conviction were Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (4028), Ken Dumpleton & Joe O’Reilly (3955) and Tom Murphy & Keith Poole (4057).

Niall & Susan Coleman (4008) didn’t share that view and started closer to the committee boat before working the inside half of the beat. Of the quartet at the pin, Colin bailed first, followed by Mulligan (4081), Murphy (4057) and finally Dumpleton (3955). Mulligan and Colin were looking good halfway up the beat and then it all went pear-shaped. The Colemans looked very good on the inside and to windward, Dumpleton and Murphy also seemed to have found something extra. The rounding order at Bulloch, for the first time was Dumpleton, Murphy, Coleman, Colin and Mulligan with a vanguard of boats behind Mulligan of Frank Miller & Conor O’Leary (3845), Adrian Cooper (3896) and Niall Meagher & Nicky Mathews (3938), all in a threatening position.

Adrian Cooper took a decidedly inshore course to Pier and flying a green spinnaker to great effect, closed on the boats ahead of him in such fashion that he rounded Pier in either first place or a very tight second. Dumpleton, Murphy and Coleman rounded in quick succession and Meagher wasn’t too far off the pace.

By now the breeze was easing which meant that tide was becoming a much bigger factor and the fleet split significantly. Meagher & Mathews went to sea and trumped everyone as a consequence to round Bulloch for the second time in the lead. Colin and Mulligan worked the inshore side of the beat and never got any change out of that approach. Coleman and Murphy managed to hold on to that which they already had as did Dumpleton. At Bulloch for the second time the order was Meagher, Cooper, Coleman, Murphy, Dumpleton and Mulligan had Miller and Frazier (3790) just ahead for very close company. Mulligan gybed early to pursue an inshore course and a second gybe brought him into a shortened course, downwind finish at Pier. Dumpleton was a little too far ahead to catch, but we got close. The better angle of attack allowed two places to be pinched at the finish, leaving a finishing order of Meagher, Cooper, Coleman, Murphy, Dumpleton, Mulligan, Frazier and Miller.

All agreed that getting a race in was a significant achievement given our pre-race scepticism. And RO John McNeilly was commended for shortening when he did – no-one missed the idea of another upwind leg to Bulloch!

DBSC; Thursday 23rd June.

Flying Fifteens (11 boats).
1. Niall Meagher & Nicky Mathews 3938
2. Adrian Cooper & crew 3896
3. Niall & Susan Coleman 4008
4. Tom Murphy & Keith Poole 4057
5. Ken Dumpleton & Joe O’Reilly 3955.

Overall (with discards)
1. Neil Colin & Margaret Casey 16pts
2. Keith Poole & others 24.5pts
3. David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne 34.5pts
4. Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley 35pts
5. David Gorman & Michael Huang 36pts

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David Gorman's 'Fomo' was the winner of Race eight in the Flying Fifteen race of tonight's AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Thursday night series.

Neil Colin, who leads the Tuesday night DBSC Fireball series, was second in Ffuzzy with DMYC clubmate Ben Mulligan third in Enfant de Marie.

Unusually, the Flying Fifteen Thursday night fleet was small in size but for those who did get out, there was some very close racing…….at least for the majority of the participants. Conditions on site in Johnstown, some 40 minutes inland from Dun Laoghaire suggested that a sea-breeze might be in play as we baked in 20° + heat under blue skies, but the racing in Dun Laoghaire took place under grey skies and an initially brisk South-Easterly that started to fade shortly after the start.

Race Officer, John McNeally, set a course with long beats and downwind legs, using Battery and Bullock as the upwind extremities of the course and Harbour as the downwind extremity. Battery was a passing mark to be left to port en route to Bullough.

With an incoming tide the fleet was able to start close to the line and at the pin end were Dave Gorman & Michael Huang (4099), Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (4028), Tom Murphy & Frank Miller (4057) and Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley (4081). Taking an initial shoreside hike were Jill Fleming & Joe Coughlan (3913), Niall Coleman & daughter (4008) and Mick Quinn & Mary-Jane Mulligan (3960). Of the quartet at the pin end, Gorman and Mulligan vied for the best start with Gorman marginally ahead but to leeward of Mulligan. Colin was astern of Mulligan and slightly to leeward. Gorman pulled out on Mulligan and Mulligan took his medicine and tacked off to go inshore. Gorman and Colin persisted a bit longer with the offshore course before they too headed shorewards. At this stage it was difficult to say which side was the better, because when the fleet congregated at Battery, only Gorman had a margin of distance on the fleet. An over-sized blanket would have covered Colin, Mulligan, Murphy, Coleman and Fleming.

Gorman stretched his lead on the leg to Bulloch and was able to get around clear ahead. The others managed the tide at the mark in different ways with the sequence of rounding being – Colin, Coleman, Murphy, Fleming and Mulligan.

These five spread themselves across the downwind leg with Mulligan sailing an inshore route down the left-hand side and Colin sailing an offshore route. At various stages some of the others flirted with Mulligan on the left but none stayed the pace and Mulligan dragged himself back into the reckoning at the rounding of Harbour. From Harbour, everyone took an inshore hike and used this as the basis for the attack on the remainder of the long haul to Bulloch. Colin, Coleman, Murphy and Mulligan were playing various forms of cat & mouse with each other, before Mulligan bailed and went off to sea. At this stage Gorman could watch the chasing pack from a very safe distance.

The wind was easing at this stage and while Mulligan was getting lifted on starboard tack towards Bulloch, the boats inside him were still in the ascendency – Colin, Coleman and Murphy. Again, managing the tidal race around Bulloch was challenging and at least one boat underestimated the tide and lost ground to the others.

For the second run to harbour, Mulligan persisted in playing the left-hand side and for the second time it worked. The others were to his seaward side and in the final run-in to the mark, the quartet of boats could be covered by that same oversized blanket – Colin, Murphy, Mulligan and Coleman. The latter had a spinnaker that wouldn’t come down so we were left with a trio of boats heading inshore on port with Colin watching two boats and Murphy watching one!

Murphy & Miller worked very hard to make sure Mulligan didn’t sail through their weather, so Mulligan bailed. A few hitches later, the three boats came together again with Mulligan in the weather slot. At this stage it was reasonable to set a final course for the finish situated on the Scotsman’s Bay side of the harbour entrance. With a final throw of the dice producing a six, fresh breeze arrived from Dalkey island which allowed Mulligan to pinch 3rd place on the line behind Colin and only just ahead of Murphy. Gorman, of course, was long gone!

DBSC Flying Fifteens, Thursday 16th June

1. David Gorman & Michael Huang (4099)
2. Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (4028)
3. Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley (4081)
4. Tom Murphy & Frank Miller (4057).

Overall: (Eight races, two discards): Colin (13), Keith Poole (16.5), Gorman (22), Mulvin (26.5), Mulligan (29)

See full DBSC individual and overall results in all classes below. 

Three live Dublin Bay webcams featuring some DBSC race course areas are here

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Royal St. George's Sean and Heather Craig were first race winners in Wednesday's Dublin Bay Sailing Club Water Wag Race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, a result that also put them in the frame for overall NYC Water Wag Regatta honours. 

Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly gave the Water Wags two races in a light southeasterly breeze (SE 5-7kts) at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

The first race was three rounds, and the second race was two rounds.

Results were:

Race 1:
1. 19 Shindilla - Seán Craig
2. 42 Tortoise - William Prentice
3. 1 Ethne - David Sommerville

Race 2:
1. 38 Swift - Guy Kilroy
2. 1 Ethne - David Sommerville
3. 45 Mariposa - Cathy MacAleavey

Water Wags had two races in a light southeasterly breeze (SE 5-7kts) at Dun Laoghaire HarbourWater Wags had two races in a light southeasterly breeze (SE 5-7kts) at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Tonight’s racing also counted as the Wag’s National YC regatta.

Results for the NYC Water Wag 2022 Regatta:

  1. Shindilla, Sean and Heather Craig,
  2. Ethne, Dave Sommerville and Emer Kelly,
  3. Swift, Guy and Jackie Kilroy.

First Div 1B, Sara Paul and Ailvhee Smith

First Div 2 Coquette, Seymour Cresswell and Beno Mc Cormack

The main NYC Regatta is sponsored by Davy Stockbrokers and will be held this Saturday as Afloat reports here.

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14 races have now been sailed in the 2022 AIB DBSC Dinghy series on Dublin Bay as the dinghy season approaches next Tuesday's midsummer's day race.

Last night's racing in the Scotsman's Bay race area, attracted a good DBSC fleet across the PY, RS Aero, Fireball, Radial, Laser Standard and IDRA 14 classes for races 13 and 14.

Winds were under ten knots and from the southeast. 

In the nine boat Fireball class, despite discarding a fourth place last night Neil Colin's Elevation continues to lead overall on 12 points. Clubmate Frank Miller is in second and Pink Fire skippered by Royal St. George's Louise McKenna is third. 

In the Radial class, a win in last night's race 14 keeps Wicklow's Michael Norman leads on 18 from Alison Pigot on 21 and Judy O'Beirne of the RStGYC on 22 points.

After a string of wins for RS aero sailor Noel Butler in the PY division, the NYC solo ace did not compete last night but still has a handsome margin of 18 points overall. Another Aero sailor, Roy Van Maanen won both of last night's PY races to be second overall.

See full DBSC individual and overall results in all classes below. 

Three live Dublin Bay webcams featuring some DBSC race course areas are here

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Tim Goodbody's J109 White Mischief from the RIYC took his third win in the eight boat Cruisers One IRC race of tonight's AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Thursday night series.

Overall, after seven races sailed and with five to count, Goodbody leads clubmate Andrew Craig in the sistership Chimaera by three points. 

Third overall is the A35 Gringo sailed by Tony Fox of the National Yacht Club.

A medium westerly breeze saw a strong DBSC fleet turnout for the second June cruiser races on the Bay.

See full DBSC individual and overall results in all classes below. 

Three live Dublin Bay webcams featuring some DBSC race course areas are here

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This evening’s Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Water Wag dinghy racing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is cancelled due to the forecast of winds gusting up to 30 knots until 9 pm.

Live Dublin Bay webcams on this link here

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Strong Northeast winds and big seas on Dublin Bay forced the cancellation of all DBSC racing on Saturday. 

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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 showers dark clouds and light northwesterly breeze did nothing to dampen a fine DBSC fleet turnout for the first June cruiser races on Dublin Bay.

See full DBSC individual and overall results in all classes below. 

Three live Dublin Bay webcams featuring some DBSC race course areas are here

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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.

Vincent Delany in No.3 Pansy won the first race with William Prentice in No. 42 Tortoise, the winner of the second.

The Dublin Bay Water Wag fleet under spinnaker in a gentle south-easterly breeze at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ann KirwanThe Dublin Bay Water Wag fleet under spinnaker in a gentle south-easterly breeze at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ann Kirwan

Race 1, 27 started & finished. The top 3 were:

  1. No. 3 Pansy - Vincent Delany
  2. No. 8 Barbara - Ian Malcolm
  3. No. 38 Swift - Guy Kilroy

Close finish - No. 40 Swallow, David Sommerville  just pips  No. 1 Eithne Seán Craig to take second place in the second Water Wag race of the evening at Dun LaoghaireClose finish - No. 40 Swallow, David Sommerville just pips No. 1 Eithne Seán Craig to take second place in the second Water Wag race of the evening at Dun Laoghaire Photo: Ann Kirwan

Race 2, 22 started & finished. The top 3 were:

  1. No. 42 Tortoise - William Prentice
  2. No. 40 Swallow - David Sommerville
  3. No. 1 Eithne - Seán Craig

Full results in all DBSC classes are below. Three live Dublin Bay webcams featuring some DBSC race course areas are here

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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 Summer dinghy series Tuesday evening Laser Radial Race. 

Second was Alison Pigot of the National Yacht Club. Third was Royal St. George's, Hugh Cahill. Four competed. 

In the PY fleet, the National Yacht Club's Noel Butler sailing his RS Aero 'Orion' was on top again with another win in his RS Aero dinghy to bring his strike rate to eight wins from nine races sailed.

Full results in all DBSC classes are below. Three live Dublin Bay webcams featuring some DBSC race course areas are here

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