RIYC Sailing News 2020


24 November - Update

DBSC Prize Giving

A strange DBSC season drew to a strange conclusion recently when, for the first time in that anyone can remember there was no end of season prize giving.  The annual prize giving ceremony is a chance for boats and their sailors to be recognised for their achievements and to celebrate the considerable effort that goes into being successful in this very competitive arena. 

Our racing sailors have represented our Club with honour and distinction again this year with many notable achievements.
We pride ourselves on being the home of ‘big boat’ racing Dublin Bay. In Cruisers Zero Paul O'Higgins Rockabill V1 took the Martin Cup for Thursday IRC. George Sisk’s WOW won the Knox-Gore Cup for Saturday IRC and Patsy Burke’s Prima Forte received the Centenary Trophy for Saturday Echo. 
This was Prima Forte’s first Season in Dublin Bay and she received the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Trophy for best new boat. 
Moving to Cruisers One. I could be corrected on this, but it seems that a season does not go by without Tim Goodbody’s name being engraved on at least one DBSC trophy! This year it was two! White Mischief, skippered by Tim, and his son Richard, received both the West Pier Officer’s Cup for Thursday IRC and the Tiamat Trophy for Thursday Echo. Raptor entered by Paul Bradley and Fintan Cairns won the Osterburg Trophy for Saturday Echo.

Jim Mc Cann continued his winning ways in Cruisers two by winning the Centenary Cup for Thursday Echo in Peridot. 

It would be a strange year indeed that did not see Paget Mc Cormack’s Saki appear on the list of trophy winners and he did not disappoint, winning Cruisers 3 Thursday Echo and receiving the Annette Cup. Frank Guilfoyle’s Papytoo took both Saturday and Tuesday Echo and accepting the Mercia Cup and the Sanderling Trophy.
Cruisers 5 also provided our sailors with rich pickings. Grainne O Shea’s Gung Ho received the Trevor Wood Trophy for Thursday Echo Division B and the White Sails Class Trophy for Saturday Divisions A and B IRC. Also, in Crusers 5 Patrick and Denise Rigney’s The Great Escape won the Galileo Cup. 

Our Wag sailors continue a tradition of achievement in this class that goes back many, many decades. Guy Kilroy’s Swift won the series overall, and with it the Goldsmith Cup. The Prentices Tortoise proved anything but slow in taking third place and being awarded the G Pugin Meldon Trophy. 

The Beneteau 21 class was pioneered by members of our Club and has grown to be a strong and competitive one design class in the bay. The fleet now numbers around 15 boats. All of the DBSC trophies for this class went to boast from our Club. 

The Waterhouse Rose Bowl for combined Thursday and Saturday Echo was presented tour Commodore Pat Shannon (Beeswing). Rowan Fogarty’s Ventuno took the Optec Trophy for Tuesdays Echo and the Jimmy Fisher Trophy for Saturday Echo. Yikes! owned by Peter Carroll took Tuesday scratch and Jimmy Fisher’s Billy Whizz received the Facet Jewellers Cup, The Beneteau 21 Tray and the Beneteau 21 Cup for Thursday scratch, Thursday Echo and Saturday scratch. On doing so Billy Whizz also received the George Arthur Newsome Cup for best one design boat. 

In Dragons the Oxford and Cambridge cup was won by Adrian Masterson and Tim Carpenter’s Zin Zan. 
Our SB20 sailors had a successful season with Carpe Diem (Richard Hayes/Colin Galavan) taking the Bealtaine Trophy for Saturday Series A and Venues World (Ger Dempsey/Chris Nolan) receiving the Lunasa Trophy for Saturday Series B. 

Continuing in the sports vein Jambiya (Martin Ryan) took the Saturdays Sports Boat cup for Saturday overall. 
Before finishing I would like to thank all of the DBSC volunteers who, in a very difficult season, managed to provide the facilities and infrastructure to allow us to get out on the water and enjoy our sport. Without all these people we simply could not race. 

Congratulations to all our prize-winners. 

12 October - Update

National Watersports Campus Project
The National Watersports Campus is a project being promoted by Dun Laoire County Council, Irish Sailing and the Irish Underwater Council, and endorsed by the national governing bodies for Triathlon,  Canoeing and Rowing. 

The National Sports Policy, published in 2018, established the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) to provide Exchequer support for sports facility projects. In some cases, these may be projects where the primary objective will be to increase active participation in sport. In other cases, these may be venues where the focus is more related to high performance sport. 

The Government has allocated at least €100m over the term to 2027 to successful applicant projects.

The project was one of seven successful applicants for Stream 1 Grants to fund to bringing project to full design and tender stage. Stream 1 funding of €442k is approved. 
The feasibility study by ARUP estimated total Stream 1 cost at €842k and full cost of project to completion at €8.6m which will require further Stream 2 funding. 

The Project 
The project will provide for a municipally owned public access facility to include a small craft slipway accessible at all stages of the tide (currently none in public ownership in the greater Dublin area), storage and lock-up resources, flexible space for hosting national and international events, a high-performance centre and National Governing Bodies accommodation.

The next steps 
There is some additional due diligence being carried out by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on all of the successful applicant projects. In addition a consultation process will begin in October/November 2020 with all the harbour stakeholders and public to plan for the future development of the harbour. It is envisaged that progressing this LSSF project will be a recommendation of this process.

We will be taking part in the consultation process. 

Volvo Dun Laoire Regatta 2021
The VDLR committee has been working at ensuring the Regatta takes place next year. As you can imagine this is very challenging given the uncertainty surrounding Covid 19 and the potential restrictions that may be in place at the time. 

Independently of Covid 19 the committee had been coming to the conclusion that the regatta was stretching the resources of the waterfront clubs and that any growth in participant numbers would be very difficult to accommodate. 

As a result it has been decided that in future the regatta will be divided into two consecutive weekends. In 2021 the first weekend, July 2nd to 4th, will be the One Design Championship, with racing for a wide variety of one design classes. The following weekend, running from July 8th to 11th will be the Open Cruiser Championship, catering for handicap classes. 

This will ensure that the clubs will be able to provide high quality shoreside activities, and hopefully cope with any Covid 19 restrictions that may be in place.

Dublin Array Windfarm
A planning application to build a windfarm with up to 61 turbines on th Kish and Bray banks is being prepared at present. This will have a major visual impact from Howth Head to South of Greystones. 

Covid 19 Restrictions has meant that an exhibition that was planned cannot go ahead, however you can visit a virtual exhibition on this link.   https://www.innovision.ie/dublinarray

The website for the development can be visited here. https://dublinarray.com/

Turkey Shoot 2020
DBSC has issued the Notice of Race for the Turkey Shoot 2020.  It is available here https://www.dbsc.ie/2020/10/10/aib-dbsc-turkey-shoot/

24 August - Update
Powerboat Level 2 courses

We have had great demand for our Powerboat Level 2 courses and those who have completed the courses have given us very positive feedback. 
Our current courses are fully booked, if you wish to acquire this qualification please leave your expression of interest HERE 

Our Boats in DBSC Racing
Although we would normally be winding down the DBSC Thursday series by now in a ‘normal’ year, we are, in effect, just over mid-way through the season so it is useful to take a look at how our Club boats have been performing.

Cruisers 0 
In both the Thursday and Saturday IRC series, RIYC boats fill the top two places. On Thursdays Paul O'Higgins Rockabill VI leads from Prime Forte, whilst on Saturday’s George Sisk’s Wow leads, with Prima Forte again in second place.  Prima Forte is in its first season with its owners, so this is a very creditable performance for the First 40.
Cruisers 1 
On Thursdays Tim Goodbody’s White Mischief leads on IRC, with Andrew Algeo’s Juggerknot 2 second. In the separate J/109 results White Mischief and Chimaera fill the top two places. On Saturdays White Mischief lies in second place in both IRC and J/109. 

Cruisers 2
We have two representatives racing in Cruisers 2 with Peridot lying third and Leeuwin fourth on IRC. Leeuwin is currently second in the Sigma 33 class. 

On Saturday, the J/80 Jambiya currently lies in second place, but on equal points with the series leader.
The B21 class, is being lead on Thursday by Jimmy Fisher’s Billy Whizz and on Saturday’s by Peter Carroll’s Yikes! On Saturday the following three boats are also from our Club: Billy Whizz, Ventuno and our Commodore’s Beeswing. 

The Dragon Class Thursday series is being led by Tim Carpenter’s Zin Zan. 
Because of the late start to the season Thursday racing will continue to September 8th and Saturdays until October 10th. 

See all results from DBSC here

17th August - Update

Dun Laoghaire’s Newest Wag 

Denis Bergin, a long time Dragon sailor has just launched Dun Laoghaire’s newest Water Wag. 

The boat, named Gretta after his mother, was built in Ballydehob by fellow Dragon sailor and boat builder Rui Ferreira. One look at Rui’s website will show you the quality of the workmanship he brings to his boat building. https://www.westcorkboats.com/

The boat is a real family affair, being named after Denis’s mother Gretta, with the sail number chosen, 51, celebrating the 51 years of his parents, Gretta and Denis, marriage. Denis senior sailed from our Club for over 50 years. 

Denis plans on racing the boat with his son, also Denis. Another family tradition is carried on by Denis junior, being the third generation to bear the name Denis Joseph. 

We wish Denis many years of enjoyment and success with his new boat. The Bergin family pictured below. 


More ISORA Success for Rockabill VI

The sixth race of the ISORA series was a 40-mile night race. The race started in light winds at 20.00 on last Friday. Winds proved elusive and variable and it was 0730hrs on Saturday before Paul O’Higgins’s Rockabill VI slipped over the finish line to take line honours and overall victory on IRC. 75 minutes later Andrew Algeo’s Juggerknot 2 followed Rockabill VI over the line to complete a one-two for boats from our Club.

After six races Rockabill VI leads the series, with Juggerknot 2 in second place.


4th August - Update

Rockabill VI takes second win in ISORA this year. 
Early on Saturday morning last Rockabill VI (Paul Higgins) took his second win of this year’s ISORA series.  23 boats came to the start line at 20:00 on Friday for the Night Coastal Race with a course of Muglins (S), Breaches Buoy (P), Muglins(P) finish between the pier heads. 

In very tricky wind condition and with a flooding tide for the first six hours. Aurelia (R.ST.G YC) took line honours after 5 hours 24 minutes of racing, followed six minutes later by Rockabill VI. On corrected time Rockabill VI won by 105 seconds. Royal Irish Boats filled four of the top ten places with Juggerknot 2 (Andrew Algeo) fourth, Wow (George Sisk) sixth and Black Velvet (Leslie Parnell) tenth.
Rockabill VI has taken up where she left off last season, leading the series with two wins and a third place so far.
Next up for ISORA is the first Offshore race of the season with an early 08:00 start for the Dun Laoghaire to Dun Laoghaire race on Saturday morning 1st August. See ISORA Race 4 news letter here.

Cruising Association of Ireland 
44 Members of the Cruising Association of Ireland  joined us for lunch in the Sail Loft on Saturday after their annual Round the Kish cruise. Five of the boats overnighted alongside before dispersing on Sunday for Howth, Malahide and Carlingford.