AIB DBSC 2021 Summer Sailing Season – racing wrap-up

AIB DBSC Season wrap-up from Ann Kirwan, Commodore

Firstly, I would like to thank our title sponsor AIB Private Banking.   Having AIB Private Banking support puts us in a better position to run good racing and carry out our plans and strategy for the future to provide first class racing.  I would also like to express our gratitude to our supporters Gunpowder Gin, Facet Jewellers, MGM Boats, Viking Marine and Killen Marine, their help is also invaluable.

We had a great start to our season with a 3-week race training programme during May and early June with great participation.  The full racing programme started on June 8th which was six weeks earlier than last season,  a bonus considering the difficult and uncertain circumstances.   We enjoyed great weather with only one day lost to strong winds – Saturday 7th August and only two Thursdays and one Wednesday lost to very light airs.

We held 639 races over the season with 138 dinghy races on Tuesday and Saturdays, 17 Water Wag Races on Wednesdays and 445 keelboat races on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Fortunately, we were able to hold the last 8 Tuesday keelboat races from the Hut which returned to its rightful position on the west pier on July 10th.  Pier walkers and members were delighted to see it back after a year long absence.

Although entries were roughly the same as 2020 but down in 2019, turnout was great with many of you commenting on how great it was to be back on the water after a long and difficult winter.  On average 120 boats raced on Thursdays and Saturdays while the Wags did themselves proud with 31 Wags competing for the Captain’s prize on September 1st.

We were delighted that AIB was able to join us aboard MacLir to watch Water Wag Racing on September 15th and both AIB and DBSC are keen to hold more events such as these in 2022 as COVID restrictions ease.  

To see the provisional results on our website, please click here

Photo on the left, Colin Hunt, CEO/Executive Director, AIB Group and Ann Kirwan, Commodore. Middle photo, John Philips, Head of Private Clients, AIB Private Banking and Ann Kirwan. Last photo, John Philips, Ann Kirwan, Colin Hunt and Philip Kearney, Head of Private Banking AIB.

Return of the Dublin Bay 21 Footers

We were delighted to welcome back 3 of the magnificently restored Dublin Bay 21 Footers, Naneen, Estelle, and Garavogue. The 21s raced on Tuesdays towards the end of the season, and we expect to see more of them joining the fleet for a full 2022 season.

Volunteers who make DBSC racing possible in all weathers

We are extremely fortunate to have experienced and skilled race personnel.  A team of 50+ volunteers including race officers, committee boat drivers, race management teams, as well as patrol crews and mark layers, all worked hard together to ensure you received the great standard of racing you expect.  Sometimes Dublin Bay was extremely busy when the 3 Saturdays DBSC fleets shared the racing area with other events which takes increased logistics to ensure everything goes smoothly.  Our 639 races would not have been possible without their efforts, and many volunteered multiple times each week. 

This AIB DBSC summer season was run with 18 race officers, 8 committee boat drivers, 30 race management personnel (timers, sounds, flags and recorders), 50 patrol crew members (drivers and mark layers) and many others who worked behind the scenes to deliver our racing programme.   My sincere thanks to all our volunteers, to my fellow flag officers, and to our DBSC committee members for all their help and support.

Annual Prize-Giving

Although we were unable to hold our annual prize-giving last November, 3 separate events were held in the waterfront clubs in June/July this year.    There was great attendance at these events and the AIB DBSC 2020 season winners were delighted to receive their prizes.   Some of our 2020 winners pictured below.

We are very pleased to announce that we will hold the prize-giving for the AIB DBSC 2021 Summer Sailing Season in the National Maritime Museum, Haig Terrace, Dun Laoghaire on Friday November 12th at 19.00hrs.  So please put the date in your diary!

Ann Kirwan