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Dublin Bay Sailing Club Postpone Start of Summer Season

The opening of Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s summer season scheduled for the last week in April has been postponed due to Government Covid-19 measures. The revised start date is so far unknown.
The first races for a combined fleet of up to 250 boats were scheduled to get underway on Tuesday, April 25.

It was inevitable, however, when waterfront clubs lift-ins were postponed at the weekend that it would impact on DBSC arrangements.

“Even before the latest measures were introduced it was almost inconceivable that our sailing season would start on time. As such DBSC is following the waterfront clubs and postponing the start of the season until the current situation improves, ” DBSC Commodore Jonathan Nicholson said in a statement on the club website.

Significantly, however, Nicholson, also added: “DBSC is still working on the premise that there will be racing this year and are preparing accordingly”.

Jack & Rosemary Roy are Afloat “Sailors of the Month” for March

When Jack retired from the Presidency of Irish Sailing on March 21st, it marked the conclusion of a hugely successful three years in the top post in Irish sailing. They were three remarkable if extremely busy years in which the active and enthusiastic President was always quietly but very effectively supported by his wife Rosemary as they involved themselves in all aspects of the sport in every part of the country.

The commitment of “Team Roy” ranged from Race Officering up to Olympic level at one end, all the way to hospitable cruising with their ubiquitous Hallberg Rassy 48 Tangaroa at the other, with just about everything possible – including continuing as regular Race Officer and Timekeeper for Dublin Bay SC on the big-fixture Thursday evening programme – frequently and competently dealt with in between.

Since his election as President in 2017, Jack and Rosemary Roy have become the very personification of all that is best in Irish sailing, and we are delighted that Afloat made them Sailors of the Month for March 2020.

Daniel Raymond of NYC is Afloat Sailor of the Month (Team Racing) for March

It may seem like another world now, but the energetically-organised Irish Inter-varsities team racers managed to get in their 2020 Championship early in March before the Covid-19 clampdown closed in.
The venue was University of Limerick’s watersports facility at Killaloe on Lough Derg, and in three decidedly hectic days of Firefly racing, University College Dublin Firsts emerged as overall winners.

Their Sailing Captain is Daniel Raymond (far right on the picture), of the National Yacht Club, so he got the nod as Afloat’s Team Racer of the Month, but it’s all about team effort, and the complete lineup was Jack Higgins, Daniel Raymond and Patrick Cahill as helms, while crews were Alanna Lyttle, Kathy Kelly and Lucy McCutcheon, with Lucy McCutcheon (winner in 2019) taking the Irish Universities Sailing Association “Crew of the Year” title

Irish Sailing Lockdown Sailing Rules Quiz – Challenge 1

Keep your racing skills sharp during lockdown by taking part in the Irish Sailing Lockdown Sailing Rules Quiz!

Take part as an individual, as a class team or a club team. Scenarios will be sent every two weeks, Irish Sailing will keep a leader board and there will be a prize for the best individual and team (Club or class). Please feel free to share with your club or class or team and just submit one answer per team.

Download the first challenge and find out how to take part here

NYC wins Irish Sailing Sustainability Award 2019

Our Club won the accolade of Irish Sailing last Saturday in recognition of its efforts in promoting sustainability and clean seas throughout its activities and events.

For memory:

  • The National Yacht Club was Ireland’s first Club with a Sea Bin – thanks to Twelve-year-old environmental campaigner Flossie Donnelly (see here and here)
  • In July, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (and all its stakeholder Clubs) was awarded Gold Level Clean Regatta Certification
  • In August, the inaugural Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta hosted by the NYC was, as a first for any Club in Ireland, award Platinum level
  • In September, the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships Regatta was also award Gold Certification

We would like to thank all involved in achieving these milestones, and especially Grainne Ryan for spearheading the Sustainability efforts in the Club.

NYC contenders for tomorrow night’s Sailing Ireland Awards ceremony

Sailing Ireland have had to cancel their Annual Conference scheduled for tomorrow         (March 21st) due to Covid 19, but by innovative use of new technology they will proceed with their Annual Awards ceremony – the last to be hosted by outgoing Sailing Ireland President, our own Jack Roy.

It will be a wholly on line event, accessible on the Sailing Ireland Facebook Page at 18.30 (

The National YC has three nominees for the Sailor of the Year and the Club itself is a contender for the 2019 Sustainability Awards and the 2019 Inclusion Award. Read More Here