Allianz and Afloat - Supporting Irish Boating

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Turkey Shoot Racing and Results
Tight racing in the fourth race of the 2022 AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series with from left the First 34.7 Black Velvet, Kenny Rumball's new RS21, the Trapper 300 Eleint, a past series winner, and one of the Royal St George's J70s
The J70 crew Jambiya who recently won this summer's DBSC Saturday Sportsboat Trophy have moved into the overall lead of the club's bumper Turkey Shoot Series. After four races sailed and one discard, Jambiya is on 19 nett points, some…
The Cape 31 'Blast' races past Dun Laoghaire Harbour on a course to Dalkey Island in the third race of the 2022 AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Racing on Dublin Bay
After some unstable offshore wind conditions for last Sunday's race three round Dalkey Island, the forecast for Sunday's fourth race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Racing on Dublin Bay indicates more medium to strong westerly winds. Handicaps and Starts for the fourth race of the…
Royal St. George's Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia is lying second overall at the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
The Sun Odyssey 349 Little Rascal won Sunday's third race of the AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Racing on Dublin Bay.  Second was the Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie, with third place in the 47-boat race round Dalkey Island in a gusty southwesterly…
DBSC organisers are gearing up for a breezy third race in this Sunday's annual Turkey Shoot Series at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Forecasted Westerly winds gusting to 30 mph on Dublin Bay may yet see the bumper fleet race…
The Royal Irish Yacht Club Cape 31 Blast, skippered by Barry Cunningham
The Royal Irish Yacht Club Cape 31 Blast, skippered by Barry Cunningham, leads overall in the AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series from J109 club mates Tim and Richard Goodbody in White Mischief. The 1720 sportsboat Spurs is lying third overall…
The winner of the 2021 DBSC Turkey Shoot, White Lotus, an Elan 333, is also competing in this year's edition
Race organisers have appealed to boats in the third start of the DBSC Turkey Shoot to 'cool down' following issues on the start line in last Sunday's first race of the popular series. Fintan Cairns told competitors this week by…
One of five Royal St. George Yacht Club J80s competing in the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay
One of five Royal St. George Yacht Club J80s, 'George 8', was the first race winner of last Sunday's DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay. Download the first race results below. The results show different J designs occupying the…
The large 73-boat entry got a gentle start for the first race of the AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay on Sunday morning. In ten-knot conditions with stronger gusts, the cruiser-racer and one design keelboat fleet started in…
An additional four 1720 Sportsboats brings the 2022 Turkey Shoot fleet to 73 for Sunday's first race on Dublin Bay
A last-minute flurry of entries gives the 2022 AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series a massive 73 entries to match last year's bumper turnout for the first race off Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Sunday. As Afloat reported earlier this week, the…
J109 Champion Joker II (John Maybury) is one of 66 boats racing this Sunday in the first race of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
 Dublin Bay Sailing Club has published its Turkey Shoot Series Sailing Instructions, Handicaps and Start times for Sunday's first race of the seven-race series (downloadable below). Further to Afloat's earlier report, the mixed cruiser and one-design keelboat fleet have increased today from…
Barry Cunningham's high-speed Cape 31 makes it Turkey Shoot debut on Sunday in the first race of the 2022 series from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
Dublin Bay Sailing Club 2022 Turkey Shoot Series has reached a fleet of sixty and now includes the Royal Irish-based Cape 31 'Blast', ahead of Sunday's (November 6th) first of seven pre-Christmas races off Dun Laoghaire Harbour. As entries for the popular…
Chris Power-Smith's offshore J122 Aurelia from the Royal St. George Yacht Club is among the strong entry of big boats contesting the 2022 AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay Sailing Club organisers expect its 2022 Turkey Shoot Series fleet to match last year's bumper fleet of 75 boats when racing begins next week. DBSC has received 45 entries to date, with several new designs and boats to…
Another big entry is expected for November's DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued the advance notice of its popular 'Turkey Shoot' winter sailing series that starts on Sunday, 6th November. Now in its 22nd year, the AIB-sponsored seven-race series will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club…
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…

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.


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).

© Afloat 2020

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Associations

isora sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Events 2022

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton
quantum sidebutton
watson sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
wavelengths sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating