PostHeaderIcon Cruisers At Home

Cruiser MBSC/ INSYS White sail at 11:55 (the Sirius Bell Trophy),
Cruisers Race off the Gassy on the Crosshaven side at 12:55.

PostHeaderIcon Notice of Race July 4th

Notice of Race At Home

Notice of Race
4th July 2015

The event shall consist of a mixed dinghy race for Class 1, Class 2 and Optimist Class.

The organising authority is the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club.

3.1 The event will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016.
3.2 The Sailing Instructions will apply. These may change some rules in the RRS; they will be available at registration.
3.3 In accordance with rule 70.4(a) the right of appeal will be denied.

4.1 Entry to racing is free. However competitors must register with the race committee on the day of racing.

5.1 The Race will consist of a single mixed dinghy race within Monkstown Bay. The race committee may use pre-existing laid marks or inflatable orange buoys depending on wind conditions and direction.
5.2 Registration will take place on the Sand Quay from 1230 on the 4th of July.
5.3 There will be a briefing on the morning of the race day on the Sand Quay at 1300
5.4 The first warning signal will be at 1355 for Class 1.
Followed by a rolling start for Class 2 1400
Followed by another rolling start for the Optimist class at 1405

Personal buoyancy shall be worn by all competitors at all times when afloat; competitors shall be afloat for a long period of time and should wear either a full length Wetsuit or Dry suit for the duration of the days race.

7.1 A skipper is entirely responsible for the boat being sailed, their own safety together with the safety of their crew, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility.
7.2 It is for the Skipper to decide whether their vessel & crew are fit to sail in the conditions in which she will find themselves. By launching or going afloat, the crew confirms that they are fit for those conditions and that they are competent to sail and compete in them.
7.3 Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the skipper nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the racing. The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the race and the event, and include the organising authority, host club, the race committee, the race officer, umpires, patrol boats and beach masters.
7.5 The provision of patrol boats does not relieve the skipper of her responsibilities.

8.1 There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all classes.

Competitors Name(s) ………………………………………………………………………………..
Vessel Type ………………………………………………………………………………………..
Sail Number ………………………………………………………………………………………..
Address ……………………………………………………………………………………………
Phone Number………………………………………………………………………………………..

I agree to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing and all other rules that govern this event. In particular I have read paragraph 7 of the notice of race and confirm that I agree to its provisions and that my team will conform to its requirements throughout the event.
Skippers Signature ……………………………………………………
Date ………………………………
NOTES All helms will be required to sign a copy of this declaration at registration. An additional disclaimer may be required at registration from a parent or guardian of any competitor that is under 18 years of age. This is available in advance on request.

PostHeaderIcon MBSC At Home Regatta


Saturday the 4th of July 2015

The Monkstown Bay Sailing Club At Home Regatta will take place this coming Saturday.

There will be racing for, Class 1, Class 2, and optimists with boat starts. (Low water is 2pm).

All classes will have boat starts as follows,

Cruiser MBSC/ INSYS White sail at 11:55 (the Sirius Bell Trophy),
Cruisers Race off the Gassy on the Crosshaven side at 12:55.

Class 1 at 13.55

Class 2 at 14.00

Optimists at 14.05.

Prizes; there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each class and there will also be novelty prizes.

The clubhouse will be open from 3.30pm and prize giving will take place at

approximately 6.30pm.

BBQ – there will be a free BBQ in the clubhouse after racing and all are welcome.

PostHeaderIcon Seafest, Cork Harbour 11th July

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 11.35.32We have received an open invitation to partake in Seafest on the 11th of July, below is the invite and the a link to the brochure for the event is also attached, it promises to be a great day out for all!

On behalf of Mr Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Chairman of the Government’s Marine Coordination Group, I would like to invite you to join us for SeaFest, Ireland’s maritime festival.

Taking place in Cork Harbour on Saturday 11th July 2015, this maritime festival is a celebration of Ireland’s incredible ocean wealth showcasing our abundant maritime resources and all they have to offer.

The SeaFest programme of events is extensive and all are welcome to enjoy a great day out at Ringaskiddy, Haulbowline and Port of Cork. This line-up includes a seafood fair and market, seafood cookery demonstrations with celebrity chefs and seafaring family fun, tours of Irish Navy ships, a Parade of Sail ending in Cork City, leisure craft and boats, the Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim, exhibits on marine life and all manner of festival entertainment for every age group.

Please find attached a copy of the brochure. Further details are available on .

The Minister would be grateful if you could promote the event within your organisation and members and encourage everyone to join him and an Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at SeaFest. If you would like hard copies of the brochure to distribute or display, then please let us know and we will post them to you.





PostHeaderIcon RS Northerns Report – 2 MBSC Boats Travel to Carlingford

The RS Northerns took place last weekend in Carlingford, with two MBSC boats competing in a very strong fleet of 31 boats. Both boats had a great weekend, with Dave Rose and Ian Heffernan finishing in 4 and Alex Barry and Andrew Lane in sixth. Official RS report below!


Written By David Cheyne (Official RS Report)

Carlingford the scene of epic battles all weekend

Class RS400, Entries: 31

Hastings pulls off first ever perfect 360 at Carlingford RS400 Northerns. It was a case of perpetual disorientation, but also a high point for Hastings, one of the fleets main movers and supporters, as he judged the spiralling wind, or Carlingford Kettle, to perfection. As those around him thrashed around helplessly, Hastings bore off in a smooth arc, with crew Neil Calvin maintaining perfect kite trim, and scribed a perfect circle, with no adjustments to sheeting angle, truly an incredible sight for all to witness. As the mini tornados spun their way across the lough, availing of the unique local topography, many others did the more traditional 360 rotation, with the rig passing under the boat, and so it came to pass that we had a very odd days racing on Saturday. With a similar South Westerly breeze forecast for the Sunday, many went to bed worried about another day of randomness.

The writing was on the wall for Saturday, as we started the briefing in 20 knots of South Easterly, and finished in 20 knots of South Westerly 10 minutes later. Most relevant question was probably “how deep is it out there?”

Other relevant questions were, “is it safe to pitch a tent here, or should we sleep under the car?”, and “are you trying to take my helm out?” (This seemed to be the general plan for many on Saturday night, which was a long and noisy evening, with some top quality Guinness, or Buckfast depending on how old you are). Another question was “what comes after 2, is it 3, or 4?”. This was obviously a difficult question for many, as in race two, several boats stopped after three laps, and were accused of doing only two, whilst the majority did three, but were accused of doing four…..confusing indeed, and probably a reflection of a long day spent chasing numbers around the compass rose.

The weekend saw the welcome return to battle of 2013 Circuit kings, Dr Bob “Bucky” Espey, and newly engaged Michael Gunning, finally making it back out after a few forays in the SB20 fleet. It was to be fascinating to see how they would fare against all conquering 2014 RS400 champion, Alex Barry of Monkstown, fresh from his win the 1720 Irish Nationals. As seems to be the case from event to event, the calibre of the RS400 fleet becomes ever more stellar, and there cannot have been many more talent loaded one design fleet racing in Ireland, with most of the top 10 being National Champions in many classes, along with resident World top ten 49er and Irish Olympian, Ryan Seaton helming Pretty Boy’s boat in the absence of Chunky Ferguson. Figaro competitor and 2013 Irish Sailor of the Year Dave Kenefick, kicked off proceedings with an impressive bullet and looked like he had got himself dialled in quickly in his new boat, but the standard of those around him was quickly evident and he was to have a tough time thereafter, eventually finishing 10th overall.

Diane Kissane from Howth was another new face to the fleet, borrowing the RNIYC try-it-out boat #510. Typically for the forward thinking RS400 fleet, these RNIYC enthusiasts bought this old boat for about £1500, on EBay I believe, and it has been given the Uncle Liam tender loving care refurb. Diana with crew Finbar Bradley gave the fleet the big thumbs up, and after finishing 13th out of the 31 boat fleet, plan to hit the circuit next year in their own boat, adding yet another National Champion to the list, Diana having been double Irish Optimist Champion in 2005 and 2006.

After a lot of difficult and competitive sailing, going into the final race, there were just three points separating the top 3 of Bob Espey and Micheal Gunning in first from Chris Penny and Simon Martin in second and third placed David Rose and Ian Heffernan, who had won the first race on day two. Just seven points separated first to sixth. This is a clear indication of the quality that we now have throughout the 400 fleet.

Last year the Southern teams were starting to quickly overhaul the established Northern dominance of Espey and Gareth Flannigan, and whilst Flannigan had a mixed event and was to succumb to gear failure after a 2nd place in the Sunday morning opener, the top two slots were to go to the brilliant Espey followed by Olympian Ryan Seaton and Philip Adams, with Ex 400 Irish Champs Emmet and James Ryan two points clear of Rose and Heffernan in third and fourth. Chris and Simon had to settle for fifth.

Other notable performances were from Paul McLaughlin and Mick McKinley in 9th, and a strong showing from George Kingston and Ian McNamee in 7th, taking a split decision over the highly talented, but well past sell by date pairing of DrC and Stevie Kane, who shocked themselves by posting the best total over three races on Sunday (only getting this mention as I am writing the report obviously). Alex Barry, sailing this time with Andrew Lane finished an unaccustomed 6th after being joint leaders overnight.

Other big improvers were Brian Holmes sailing with a completely new crew, progressing nicely and representing the Scorpion fleet of yore, and Peter Bayley getting well in the mix. Sadly, our eldest statesman Liam Donnelly, succumbed to a Mountain Biking injury, and a punctured lung, and wasn’t able to race on Sunday, but will no doubt be back to full fighting form for the next one.

So things go from strength to strength in the 400s, with an amazing 31 boats for a regional, and one can only imagine a record turnout for the Irish Nationals 18-20 September at Ballyholme, with about 10 extra teams expected from the UK fleet in what should be the hardest fought of any Irish Championships in 2015.

RS200 and Feva :

In the RS200 fleet, Greystones SC pairing of Aaron Jones and Conor Cleary dominated from the off scoring five straight race wins which allowed them to sit out the final race and be first boat ashore. Ensuring that Jones and Cleary were kept on their toes for the weekend was Meg Tyrell and Katie Noonan from the Royal Irish/Greystones. They scored five 2nd places and a well-deserved win in the final race. In third place was Ciaran & Siobhan Keogh with a great showing representing the newly emerging Cullaun Sailing Club RS fleet.

The RS Feva fleet enjoyed a competitive event with three different race winners all hailing from Dun Laoghaire. The top three boats showed great consistency in spite of the shifty conditions, with none of them scoring worse than a 3rd placing. Coming out on top was Toby Hudson Fowler and Greg Arrowsmith who grew in confidence as the weekend progressed winning the final four races. In second was a very impressive display by Triona Hinkson and Kathy Kelly who managed to hold off the challenge of Clare Gorman and Sarah Fogarty in third.

Results here








PostHeaderIcon Optimist Coaching

As we approach the last coaching sessions of our current series for the Optimist Fleet this Sunday, it’s a good time to briefly reflect on the considerable progress made by all MBSC Optimist sailors over the last number of months.

Since March, over 50 children have participated in structured coaching programmes, many of whom had their first sailing/boating experience. The hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to the coaching programme has seen all sailors broaden their sailing skills & knowledge and enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of sailing.

We wish all the sailors an enjoyable summer, and every success in their sailing activities – MBSC sailing courses, club leagues, Regional Events – and look forward to welcoming everyone back to the coaching programme, which will recommence in September.

Sincere thanks to all the coaches involved and to the parents who kindly assisted with duties on Sundays.

Optimist Committee

PostHeaderIcon MBSC pair aboard winning boat at 1720 Nationals in Baltimore 


Two MBSC sailors Alex Barry (left) and Sandy Rimmington (2nd on right) were aboard Tom Durcans (centre) winning 1720 at their Nationals in Baltimore last weekend.

PostHeaderIcon Club Picnic

The Club Picnic took place today in magnificent sunshine, and included a race from the Club line to East Ferry Pier.  Class I were sailing for the Will O’Brien Cup, and Class II for the Daithí McCarthy Cup. With the wind behind them for most of the way it was very quick and enjoyable sail to East Ferry.

The results are below:

The Daithí McCarthy Cup, Class II was won by David Coakley and Ken in a Laser Pico.

The Will O’Brien Cup, Class I was won by Emmett O’Sullivan in a RS 100.

2nd Place went to Ronan O’Driscoll and Petie O’Brien in a RS 200.

In 3rd Place was Michael and Sandy O’Brien in 5o5.

With the racing over all competitors and a large support team convened on the quay in East Ferry for a BBQ and a few refreshing beverages in the beautiful sunshine.


Class 1 Winner Emmett O'Sullivan

Class 1 Winner Emmett O’Sullivan









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