As the AIB DBSC 2021 season is now well underway, we are delighted to see sailors and race management personnel back to a more normal routine and enjoying some lovely summer weather. Our season got off to a great start, initially with 3 weeks of training racing during May, and the welcome return to competitive racing from early June.
Thank you for all the positive feedback that we have received about the standard of racing and our revised courses. During the long winter months our Director of Racing Jack Roy redesigned the Thursday Red Fleet courses to allow for Windward/Leeward courses using the DBSC fixed marks, as well as the normal ‘round the cans’ courses. The SBs, Sportsboats and Flying Fifteens have been enjoying these W/L courses since the season started. The other Red Fleet classes have had the normal ‘round the cans’ courses and we have received very positive feedback on the revised format. PRO Ed Totterdell worked with Tim Goodbody and Brian Mathews to revise some of the Blue Fleet courses where longer legs are enjoyed on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Green Fleet has had great racing with 2 races each Saturday with Ruffians, B211s, Mermaids and Squibs joining the SBs, Sportsboats and Flying Fifteens on W/L courses.
The dinghies have had close racing inside the harbour on Tuesdays and more recently have had some Saturday racing outside the harbour. We will try to provide more outside harbour racing depending on weather conditions and logistics (ribs, patrol crews etc).
The Water Wags have enjoyed up to 28 boats turning out for competitive racing in the harbour on Wednesday evenings.
We are delighted that the DBSC Hut returned to its rightful position on the West Pier on July 10th in time to run the remaining eight Tuesday races of the season.
AIB DBSC Prizegiving for 2020 took place in three separate outdoor sessions. RIYC members were presented with their prizes on the RIYC platform on July 9th, the NYC members were presented with their prizes on the NYC balcony on July 12th, and the RStGYC members received theirs on July 16th. A special thanks to Pat Shannon who stores and engraves our beautiful trophies, and to Chris Moore who set up these prizegiving events. Thanks also to photographers Frank Burgess and James Woods. See the report of the three events in Afloat here. Congratulations to all our AIB DBSC prize winners.
We hope the ‘champagne sailing’ days like the last few Saturdays with warm sunny weather and a nice breeze continues. A special thanks to our 50-strong volunteer team, our committee boat drivers, our team of Race Officers, and our patrol crews who turn out week after week on our eight separate courses to provide your with great racing.
Finally, we wish Annalise, Robert, Sean and all of Team Ireland the very best of luck in the Olympics, and we look forward to welcoming the Dublin Bay 21 Footers back to their Dun Laoghaire home on Friday July 30th. We hope to see them racing on Tuesdays during August.