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Elan 333 'White Lotus' Wins 21st DBSC Turkey Shoot at Royal Irish Yacht Club

21st December 2021
A crowded mark rounding in the final race of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
A crowded mark rounding in the final raco f the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series Credit: Mairead Ni Cheallachain

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 third-placed White Lotus skippered by Paul Tully replacing the J109 Dear Prudence at the top of the leaderboard and winning by a margin of seven points under the modified (F)ECHO Handicap.

The 1720 sportsboat Conor K skipped by Kenny Rumball was second on 106 points, with Jay Bourke's Dear Prudence – twice a series leader – dropping to third overall on 107 points after a costly mark rounding incident in the final race.

DBSC Turkey Shoot

In accepting the overall prize, Tully, a Turkey Shoot regular, told Race Organiser Fintan Cairns, "We participate most years and eagerly await results and FECHOs every week. This year we had a few sailors coming back from retirement and hopefully will grow crew participation for next season. We find [The Turkey Shoot] great for just keeping in contact with the crew and keeping the general interest going - I'm sure you know all this, but it's important to acknowledge how important this event is in keeping the whole show on the road".

The 21st edition, sponsored by AIB, was judged a great success with a whole series of seven races sailed and no race cancellations (for only the second time in Turkey Shoot history).

Competitors were largely Bay-based, but some notable exceptions included the Sigma 38 Wardance crew who drove down from Mullaghmore in Sligo and Ballybofey in Donegal on Sunday mornings to race,  a real testament to the success of the event's short and sharp fun formula.

DBSC Turkey Shoot

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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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