The Royal St George Laser SB3 fleet of 18 boats has enjoyed a hectic season on Dublin Bay. We had 33 boats entered for DBSC racing and a great variety of events to augment the weekly stuff. This was the second season of Sunday racing under the burgee of DBSC (after the George provided the racing in the pioneering year of 2007) and the format of two windward-leeward races once again proved very popular. This year, we went for three series rather than two to keep things on the boil. The Sunday turnout averaged around 20 boats, with a season’s best of 25. Thursdays were good too with an average of about 15 boats out each week. The George boats were well to the fore throughout, especially “SinBin” (Barry O’Neill) and “Mephisto” (Tim Bourke). Another new development on the Bay this year was an extra few weeks racing in October, courtesy of the NYC Autumn series…more bang for your hard-earned € !!
The social element is always a bit tricky with Sunday as our main race-day but this was helped by monthly “Super Sundays”, with big BBQs after sailing and class-provided race day prizes. We also had the first ever SB3 Ladies Race in June, a well-supported race using normal DBSC Tuesday night racing. Fortunately we had a superb evening of glorious sunshine for a testing course set by Carmel and co. in the hut. George ladies Steph Bourke and Judy O’Beirne took 2nd and 3rd places. On the Friday of the same week, eight Dun Laoghaire SB3s went up the River Liffey straight after the Thursday night race for an extremely enjoyable Royal Alfred Liffey Challenge, sponsored by Dublin Port Co. George boats took 1st and 3rd with Sean Craig’s “Squalo Bianco” just about sneaking a win and Graham Elmes/Aidan O’Connell 3rd in “Trade Credit Brokers”.
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