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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) News & Results
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Flying Fifteen fleet competed in 69 races sailed in the 2022 season
The Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet held their AGM last night, chaired by the outgoing Captain, Jill Fleming and attended by seventeen members with representation from the three Dun Laoghaire clubs which have “Fifteens” on their decks, the National Yacht…
DBSC's 2022 Premier Award winners are presented with their trophies at the annual prizegiving at the Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire. From left Hal Sisk, Paul Long, John Power, DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan, Chris Johnston, Richard Goodbody and Michael Kiernan representing the late Ida Kiernan
There was standing room only at the Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Friday night when over 100 trophies were presented at the annual prizegiving of Ireland's biggest yacht racing club.  Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Commodore Ann Kirwan…
Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s trophies
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has announced that the AIB DBSC Prize-Giving will be held on Friday 11 November from 7.30pm at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire. “We hope to see as many members as possible at this special event to…
Exceptionally high and gusting winds on the Pier site prevented the removal of the DBSC hut on Friday
The removal of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) West Pier Starting Hut, in place for summer yacht racing, had to be aborted early this morning due to exceptionally high and gusting winds on the Dun Laoghaire Pier site. The club…
Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast on Dublin Bay
The race-winning moves of the latest Cape 31 into Ireland were captured on video last Saturday in the final AIB DBSC summer series race of the season. As Afloat reported, Barry Cunnigham's Blast from the Royal Irish Yacht Club took…
David Gorman and Michael Huang/Chris Doorly were the Flying Fifteen DBSC Saturdays (All Season) winners
One of the smaller Flying Fifteen fleets of the year, ten boats, turned out for the last DBSC Saturday of 2022. A number of crews were away sailing Fireballs in Killaloe, and some others are away on holidays, and it…
Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast took the IRC gun in DBSC Cruisers Zero on Dublin Bay
Westerly winds of up to 24 knots made for a thrilling final race of the 2022 AIB DBSC Summer Series on Dublin Bay on Saturday.  In a 1,2,3 for the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast took…
The overall DBSC Saturday series leader Timothy Goodbody in the RIYC-based White Mischief took another race win
Patrick Burke's Prima Forte from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the winner by three seconds on corrected time in Saturday's AIB DBSC Saturday league on Dublin Bay.  Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast finished in a corrected time of one hour 57…
The start of the final Water Wag race of the 2022 season for the Candelight Trophy at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The DBSC Water Wag dinghy fleet raced their last race of the season on Wednesday for the Candlelight Trophy at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay. Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly set a course of three rounds, four beats in winds of eight-ten knots…
Fintan Cairns Mills 31 Raptor - The Royal Irish Yacht Club entry finished on top of a six-boat IRC Division One fleet
Fintan Cairns's Mills 31 Raptor was the winner of a light air race seven of the AIB DBSC summer Series on Dublin Bay on Saturday.  The Royal Irish Yacht Club entry finished on top of a six-boat IRC Division One fleet…
Philip Jacob was one of the early members of the IDRA 14 dinghy class (above)
It is with sad regrets that we heard of the passing of Philip Jacob – one of the early members of the IDRA 14 class – who died on 7th Sept - aged 91. Philip was a native of Tramore…
The DBSC West Pier Race Hut displaying a tribute to club race management official, the late Ida Kiernan. A one-minute silence was observed by the DBSC Saturday fleet ahead of racing  in memory of the first Lady Commodore of the National Yacht Club
Barry Cunningham's Blast was the winner of a five-boat IRC Zero DBSC Saturday race on Dublin Bay. The new Cape 31 beat Royal Irish clubmate Patrick Burke's First 40 Prima Forte. Third was the First 40 Tsunami from the National…
The late Ida Kiernan - her trailblazing in sailing started long before the Millennium year. She is pictured above at the 2017 National Yacht Club Commodore's Dinner
Ida Kiernan's election as Commodore of the National Yacht Club on the 25 March 2000 marked a firm shattering of the glass ceiling that limited the role of women in sailing. Only in the late 1970s were women admitted to…
Tom Shanahan's J109 Ruth was the IRC One winner
20-knot south-easterlies and low visibility led to the cancellation of some classes and a much reduced Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) fleet for Saturday racing on September 3rd. Recently crowned national champion Chris Johnston won the Beneteau 31.7 race, a…
Vincent Delany in Water Wag Number 3 Pansy takes the gun for the Captain's Prize Race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
There was a bumper turnout of 32 Water Wags for Wednesday night's DBSC Captain’s Prize race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay. After a general recall, Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly lengthened the start line for one of the biggest…
The National Yacht Club's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie (John O'Gorman)
The National Yacht Club's John O'Gorman's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie won the final Thursday night's IRC Race 18 in the 2022 AIB DBSC Summer Series for Cruisers Zero. The regular ISORA offshore campaigner took the inshore win from a fleet of…

Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is one of Europe's biggest yacht racing clubs. It has almost sixteen hundred elected members. It presents more than 100 perpetual trophies each season some dating back to 1884. It provides weekly racing for upwards of 360 yachts, ranging from ocean-going forty footers to small dinghies for juniors.

Undaunted by austerity and encircling gloom, Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC), supported by an institutional memory of one hundred and twenty-nine years of racing and having survived two world wars, a civil war and not to mention the nineteen-thirties depression, it continues to present its racing programme year after year as a cherished Dublin sporting institution.

The DBSC formula that, over the years, has worked very well for Dun Laoghaire sailors. As ever DBSC start racing at the end of April and finish at the end of September. The current commodore is Jonathan Nicholson of the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

The character of racing remains broadly the same in recent times, with starts and finishes at Club's two committee boats, one of them DBSC's new flagship, the Freebird. The latter will also service dinghy racing on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Having more in the way of creature comfort than the John T. Biggs, it has enabled the dinghy sub-committee to attract a regular team to manage its races, very much as happened in the case of MacLir and more recently with the Spirit of the Irish. The expectation is that this will raise the quality of dinghy race management, which, operating as it did on a class quota system, had tended to suffer from a lack of continuity.

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