Update and Reminder of Dates from Commodore Ann Kirwan

AIB DBSC Summer Season

Update and Reminder of Dates from Commodore Ann Kirwan

Dear DBSC member,

We hope you’ve all enjoyed some champagne sailing during the past few weeks and what better place to be than out on the water on the warm days and balmy evenings that we’ve had recently.

Just a reminder of some of important future dates:

August 25ThursdayLast DBSC Thursday race
August 27/28Saturday/SundayWomen at the Helm Regatta (no DBSC)
August 30TuesdayLast DBSC Tuesday Race
September 21WednesdayLast DBSC Water Wag Race
October 1SaturdayLast DBSC Saturday Race
October 8SaturdayDBSC End of Season Dinner – NYC
November 11FridayDBSC Prize Giving – Maritime Museum
December 6TuesdayDBSC Annual General Meeting – RIYC

There will be no DBSC racing on Saturday August 27th to encourage participation in the Women at the Helm Regatta, hosted by Irish Sailing and the National Yacht Club. We hope to see lots of DBSC women members and DBSC boats taking part and it promises to be a great weekend both on and off the water. For event information and to enter see https://www.sailing.ie/Events/Irish-Sailing-Women-at-the-Helm#2005

Since my last update on www.dbsc.ie a month ago we have had some great sailing conditions and the bay has been very busy with lots of events hosted by all the Dun Laoghaire yacht clubs.

More events are scheduled in the coming weeks with the 29er Championships Aug 19-21, Women at the Helm Regatta and the SB20 East Coast Championships August 27/28, the Flying Fifteen National Championships and the Dragon National Championships September 2/3, and the SB20 World Championships September 5-9. 

SAVE THE DATE for the AIB DBSC End of Season Dinner on Saturday October 8 which will take place in the National Yacht Club – booking details to follow soon.

DBSC Committee Boats and Ribs

DBSC is exploring options to replace MacLir, the older of our 2 committee boats. MacLir is over 40 years old and has been experiencing an increasing number of issues in recent years. In contrast Freebird is approx. 12 years old. DBSC must replace MacLir with a reliable committee boat to ensure the smooth running of our extensive sailing programme where she is used 3 times a week during our 5-month sailing season. Replacing MacLir will be the largest investment that DBSC has had to make in our 138-year history, and it is required within a reasonably short timescale. 

We are due to receive delivery of 2 new ribs in October to replace 2 of our older ribs. Each week over 4 race days, 11 rib duties and 22 patrol crews lay the marks and start lines. The committee boats and ribs have to be meticulously maintained during our sailing season to ensure we keep the show on the road.  

You will have spotted some of our DBSC volunteers proudly sporting our new DBSC logo polo shirts recently. We hope to make them available for our members to purchase shortly should they wish to do so. They would make nice crew gear with your boat name added.

We are extremely grateful to our title sponsor AIB Private Banking for their continued support. Thanks also to our supporters Viking Marine, Killen Marine, MGM boats, and Facet Jewellers.

A very special word of thanks to the DBSC Flag Officers and Committee members for their efforts in the many aspects of running DBSC during the busy summer season, and to our esteemed team of over 50 volunteers who turn out 4 days a week over our five-month season to ensure we provide you with great racing.

Enjoy the last few weeks of midweek evening sailing, and the remaining number of Saturday races before the AIB DBSC Summer Sailing season comes to a close on Saturday October 1.

Fair winds,

Ann Kirwan

Commodore DBSC