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Notice of Race for 2022 DBSC Spring Chicken Series

Dublin Bay Sailing Club has published the Notice of Race for its 2022 Spring Chicken series.

Six races will be held on Sunday mornings from 6 February to 13 March (first gun 1010 hrs), using a progressive handicap on a time-to-time basis.

Cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not normally race are “very welcome”, DBSC adds. And after the sailing, prize draws, food and more will be kindly hosted by the National Yacht Club.

The entry fee is €60 which includes temporary membership of DBSC and the NYC. Entries can be made online here

Anyone experiencing issues with their entries is invited to contact Chris Moore, Hon Sec at 087 7626976 or Fintan Cairns at 087 2439208.

Sailing instructions will be available on Sunday 6 February and will be emailed to entrants beforehand.

DBSC advises that the last date for entries is Wednesday 2 February, and warns that handicaps of late entries will be adjusted accordingly.

National Yacht Club Spring Match Racing Series 2021 – Expression of Interest

If you are interested in sailing in the NYC Spring Match Racing series on the Club fleet of Elliott 6ms, please see details below and fill out this expression of interest formThis does not confirm you an entry as entries will be managed based on demand.

The National Yacht Club Spring Match Racing Series 2021 will run for 6 weekends from the 19th Feb. We have space for 12 teams (6 Sat, 6 Sun) and each day will consist of one round robin of races in the clubs Elliot 6’s. Each day will run from 0930-1330.

The cost for the series will remain the same as the last series at €315 per team (€105pp if not a full team) + Damage Deposit. This includes the use of all equipment needed as well as a free training weekend before the series starts.

Dáil Bill Proposes New ‘Dublin Bay Authority’

A new bill proposes establishing a dedicated statutory authority for the conservation of Dublin Bay, as the Dublin People reports.

The bill has been introduced to the Dáil by Dublin Bay South TD Ivana Bacik, who said: “We need to act now to ensure that the environmental protection of Dublin Bay is a priority, not an afterthought.”

It’s intended that the Dublin Bay Authority would draw its membership “from elected members of the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly and others with a special expertise or interest in the future protection of Dublin Bay”.

Read more here

Historic Kingstown to Queenstown Race Will Return in 2022

The historic Kingstown to Queenstown Race, jointly hosted by the National Yacht Club, the Royal Cork Yacht Club and the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA), will return in 2022 in a modern-day format — reviving the tradition of a race first run in 1860.

The 270-mile offshore race will start in Dun Laoghaire (formerly Kingstown) and finish in Cork Harbour at Cobh (formerly Queenstown) — via Fastnet Rock.

Scheduled to run on the weekend of 1 July 2022, the participating fleet will have plenty of time to arrive in Cork ahead of the racing and festivities of Volvo Cork Week 2022.

In 1860 the first ever ocean yacht race in the United Kingdom was held from Kingstown (Now Dun Laoghaire) to Queenstown (Now Cobh). It is reported that the winner of the race was paid a prize of £15 at the time and all competing boat got a bursary of 10/6 each. The winner of the first race was a Schooner Kingfisher owned by Cooper Penrose Esq. The race was held on the 14th of July 1860 and had sixteen boats racing.

This year, the winning boat will be awarded a first prize of a cheque for €15 mounted and framed, made out by the Royal Cork Yacht Club the oldest yacht club in the world to the winner of the oldest ocean yacht race in United Kingdom.

Mark Hassett Wins Inaugural National Yacht Club Match Racing Invitational – full event report & gallery

Mark Hassett came out on top to win the inaugural National Yacht Club Match Racing Invitational on Sunday 5 December.

With his team of Adam Hyland and Robbie English, Hassett beat an impressive field of national champions and Olympic sailors to come out victorious.

After a postponement on Day 1 due to unfavourable conditions, the fleet of seven teams finally got out in the NYC’s fleet of purpose-built Elliott 6M match-racing boats. After multiple attempts and gusts upwards of 35 knots, it was decided to cancel racing for the day and have an early start the next day instead.

As Sunday rolled around, teams pitched up at 8am to a fantastic sunrise and ideal match racing conditions. Race officer Will Byrne cracked off 21 races to complete the round robin in impressive time. The top four teams — Mark Hassett, Brendan Lyden, Tom Fitzpatrick and Seafra Guilfoyle — proceeded to finals.

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Tom Dolan Reflects On His Return to Ireland With Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan

Ireland’s leading active solo offshore racer Tom Dolan has returned to his sailing base in Concarneau, France after a successful visit to his native country with his Beneteau Figaro 3 Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan.

Finally able to return to Dublin Bay and take dozens of guests sailing over the last month in conditions which were ideal. Among the groups he took out on Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan were invitees from the two principal sponsors and long time supporters Dubarry as well as young offshore sailors from all around Dublin Bay.
Among the most enjoyable trips was returning to the dock at the National YC with Sailing Into Wellness guests wearing big smiles.

Tom, a member of the National Yacht Club, extends his thanks to Commodore Conor O’Regan of the National YC for their hospitality and berthing.

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