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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Turkey Shoot Racing and Results
A crowded mark rounding in the final race of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
The white-sailed Elan 333 White Lotus was the overall winner of the 21st DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay on Sunday. A final light air seventh race for the 75-boat fleet saw a change in the overall results, with…
Overall leader J109 Dear Prudence (Green White and Orange kite) and the Sunfast 3600 Yoyo reach past the East Pier Light at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in the 2021 Turkey Shoot Series
The 21st anniversary AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series concludes this Sunday with a final race for the 75-boat mixed cruiser-racer fleet on Dublin Bay. Race organisers say there will be no change to the starting order but there are handicap…
Onboard the Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 Yoyo in race five of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
The overall leader J/109 Dear Prudence retains the overall lead of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series going into the final race to be sailed on Dublin Bay this Sunday. Six races have been sailed so far, and one discard…
A 1720 sportsboat round the Muglins Rock in race five of the 2021 DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
As the J109 Dear Prudence leads the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot into the final two races, handicaps and starts sequences for Sunday's penultimate race are downloadable below. The Dublin Bay J/109 regained the lead after an epic race five saw the…
Second overall J/109 Ruth (pink gennaker) races downwind in the fifth race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot
The J/109 Dear Prudence has regained the overall lead of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series with two races left to sail on Dublin Bay. Results for last Sunday's handicap 75-boat cruiser-racing league, the fifth of seven, have been published…
John O'Gorman's Sunfast 3600, Hot Cookie (left) leads the 2021 DBSC Turkey Shoot into race five this Sunday
With just three races left to the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted prizegiving at the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Sunday, December 19th, the starts and handicaps for race five this Sunday morning have been published. With four races sailed…
Mixed Cruiser racing in race four of the DBSC AIB Sponsored Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
John O'Gorman's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie from the National Yacht Club (on board footage from Prof O'Connell of North Sails below) is the overall leader of the mixed cruiser DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay after four of seven races sailed.  Another…
A J/109 Turkey Shoot leader is being chased by former series double winner Mermaid V, a First 50, (above) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
Storm Arwen's strong north westerlies are due to abate in time for Sunday's fourth race of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay. As the winter yacht racing series passes its halfway stage, the J109 Dear Prudence leads…
A file photo of the 2017 Turkey Shoot regular Dear Prudence. The J/109 is leading overall in the 2021 DBSC Series
The J/109 Dear Prudence is the overall leader of the mixed cruiser DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay after three of seven races sailed.  The 1720 sportsboat 'What did you Break?' that led until race two is now in…
The second race of the 2021 AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
After a great turnout for the second race last Sunday, the 75-boat AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series looks set for more breeze on Dublin Bay for race three this weekend. The combined fleet of 75 will again have a five start lineup this weekend.…
A file photo of the 2017 Turkey Shoot regular 1720 competitor Optique (right). The sportsboat is currently lying third overall in the 2021 DBSC Series
The 1720 sportsboat 'What did you Break?' is the overall leader of the mixed cruiser DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay after two of seven races sailed.  Download results below as a pdf file. Second is the former GBR…
Special presentation: RS Aero winner Noel Butler is presented with his DBSC trophy  
National Yacht Club sailor Noel Butler could not attend the AIB DBSC prizegiving in Dun Laoghaire's National Maritime Museum on Friday evening last to collect his trophy. Still, his winter Turkey Shoot shipmates made sure the Windmill Leisure and Marine Perpetual…
The Sigma 33 Elandra will start in the second of five starts in Sunday's second race of the DBSC AIB Turkey Shoot Series
After a great turnout for the first race last Sunday, the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series has been boosted by another five cruiser-racer entries for this Sunday's second of seven races on Dublin Bay. The combined Dun Laoghaire Harbour fleet of…
Race one winner J/109 Joker II leading the 70-boat DBSC Turkey Shoot on Sunday
It was J/109s all the way on Sunday in the first round the cans race of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot with John Maybury's Joker II taking the first gun on modified ECHO. The sistership Dear Prudence was second and the 1720 sportsboat…
A spinnaker caught up in the Dun Laoghaire Outfall Buoy.
The large 70-boat turnout in perfect conditions for the first race of the AIB sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series was a tonic for Dublin Bay sailors yesterday even though it didn't all go to plan for some crews. The fleet sailed…
The Beneteau 211 BIlly Whizz from the Royal Irish is in the first of five starts in Sunday's first race of the AIB DBSC 2021 Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
The second start of DBSC's AIB Turkey Shoot Series on Sunday will be the biggest, with 20 boats lining up for the first race of seven on Dublin Bay. This year organisers are running five different starts for the 69-boat…

Dublin Bay Sailing Club Turkey Shoot Winter Series

Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Turkey Shoot Series reached its 20th year in 2020.

The popular yacht series racing provides winter-racing for all the sailing clubs on the southside of Dublin Bay in the run-up to Christmas.

It regularly attracts a fleet of up to 70 boats of different shapes and sizes from all four yachts clubs at Dun Laoghaire: The National Yacht Club, The Royal St. George Yacht Club, The Royal Irish Yacht Club and the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club as well as other clubs such as Sailing in Dublin. Typically the event is hosted by each club in rotation.

The series has a short, sharp format for racing that starts at approximately 10 am and concludes around noon. The event was the brainchild of former DBSC Commodore Fintan Cairns to give the club year-round racing on the Bay thanks to the arrival of the marina at Dun Laoghaire in 2001. Cairns, an IRC racer himself, continues to run the series each winter.

Typically, racing features separate starts for different cruiser-racers but in fact, any type of boat is allowed to participate, even those yachts that do not normally race are encouraged to do so.

Turkey Shoot results are calculated under a modified ECHO handicap system and there can be a fun aspect to some of the scoring in keeping with the Christmas spirit of the occasion.

As a result, the Turkey Shoot often receives entries from boats as large as Beneteau 50 footers and one designs as small as 20-foot flying Fifteens, all competing over the same course.

It also has legendary weekly prizegivings in the host waterfront yacht clubs immediately after racing. There are fun prizes and overall prizes based on series results.

Regular updates and DBSC Turkey Shoot Results are published on Afloat each week as the series progresses.

FAQs

Cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not normally race are very welcome. Boats range in size from ocean-going cruisers at 60 and 60 feet right down to small one-design keelboats such as 20-foot Flying Fifteens. A listing of boats for different starts is announced on Channel 74 before racing each week.

Each winter from the first Sunday in November until the last week before Christmas.

Usually no more than two hours. The racecourse time limit is 12.30 hours.

Between six and eight with one or two discards applied.

Racing is organised by Dublin Bay Sailing Club and the Series is rotated across different waterfront yacht clubs for the popular after race party and prizegiving. The waterfront clubs are National Yacht Club (NYC), Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC), Royal St George Yacht Club (RSGYC) and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC).

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