AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s 2022 summer season begins this Saturday with 270 entries

We are delighted to start our AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club 2022 summer sailing season tomorrow Saturday 23rd April writes DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan

After the past two years the start of our racing season has been delayed due to Covid, so it’s great to start on time this year.

Race program

The DBSC Racing Officers, Committee and Sub-Committee have been working over the winter months to produce an enhanced racing program which will run from April 23rd to October 1st and will include new classes on Saturdays. Our sailing sub-committee led by PRO Ed Totterdell has spent the winter months redesigning some of our courses, as well as compiling new ones. Thanks to Tim Goodbody and Paul Barrington for their collaborative efforts with Ed on this.

The DBSC Hut on the West Pier

Our 2022 AIB DBSC summer racing program consists of 9 fleet races each week:

Saturday – 4 fleet lessons
• Blue or Red fleet racing from a committee boat (including Cruisers 0 and 1) on courses with fixed marks
• Blue or red fleet races from the West Pier Hut (including DB21s) on fixed mark courses
• Races in green fleet on windward / leeward or triangular courses
• Dinghy races on marked routes

Tuesdays – 2 fleet lessons
• Keelboat racing from the West Pier Hut on fixed mark courses
• Dinghy racing from a committee boat on courses with marked marks

Wednesdays – 1 fleet lesson
• Water Wag races from a committee boat on windward/leeward courses

Thursdays – 2 fleet lessons
• Blue fleet keelboats (the largest) racing from a committee boat on fixed mark courses
• Red fleet keelboats racing from a committee boat with a combination of fixed mark and windward/leeward courses

Preparations for the season

The DBSC cabin was repaired and painted over the winter. Chris Moore coordinated the maintenance program for the hut and its transfer to its position on the West Pier at 07:30 on 9 April assisted by Brendan Dalton and Denis Nolan. It will be used for Tuesday and Saturday keelboat races this season.

Cruisers Zero yachts at DBSC Battery Mark on Dublin Bay near DalkeyCruisers Zero yachts at DBSC Battery Mark on Dublin Bay near Dalkey

Our beacons are all in place and ready for tomorrow’s race thanks to Philip Ferguson organizing their winter storage, maintenance and chain replacement, painting and getting them into position over the Easter period. Our ribs came back from Rush where they were cared for and stored during the winter months organized by Declan Traynor. Our committee boats are ready to go and our team of volunteers are ready for tomorrow’s race.

Starters

We have over 270 boats registered to date. We expect a drop in the number of dinghies this season as our Laser registrations in particular are well down from the last two seasons. However, we have a growing fleet of RS Eros (10 registered so far), as well as 9 Fireballs, 5 IDRA 14s, 3 Finns and 17 Lasers.

The DBSC Laser fleet Photo: AfloatThe DBSC Laser fleet Photo: Afloat

Some of our keelboat classes have increased entries over last year with some impressive new boats among them. We have 10 Cruisers 0 registered and 14 Cruisers 1.

The largest class of keelboats in DBSC is the Flying FifteenDBSC’s largest class of keelboats is the Flying Fifteen Photo: Afloat

We have good entries from other cruiser classes, and the Flying Fifteens are our largest keelboat class with 28 boats entered.

The Water Wags are our largest overall fleet with 37 entries at present.

The DBSC RS Aero class has ten entries Photo: Afloat

Results

DBSC Results will move from its current system, YR3, to HalSail and we are delighted to announce that Therese Tyrrell is taking on the role of Results Secretary.

Dublin Bay 21s

Géraldine will join Naneen, Estelle and Garavogue in June and the 4 DB21s will leave the refuge on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dublin Bay 21 - GaravogueGaravogue Dublin Bay 21 Photo: Afloat

Congratulations to DBSC member Hal Sisk on receiving the International Classic Boater of the Year award at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London last week for his decades of service to the history of craftsmanship and classic sailing, as well as his colleagues Fionan deBarra and DBSC member Steve Morris. of Kilrush Boatyard, they have been awarded for their outstanding work in their joint project, the restoration of the Dublin Bay 21 class.

Dublin Bay 21 - Naneen Photo: AfloatDublin Bay 21 – Naneen Photo: Afloat

DBSC start/end dates

First race on Saturday: Saturday April 23
Race last Tuesday: Tuesday August 30
Race last Thursday: Thursday August 25
Race last Wednesday: Wednesday, September 21
Last Saturday’s race: Saturday October 1

We wish all our members a safe and enjoyable boating season and look forward to a great summer on the water.

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