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2015 09 08

Davy DBSC Cruiser Challenge 2015 Review

What a finish to the 2015 season ! Five races run in glorious sunshine, testing winds, seven fleets, plenty of drama, a single protest and race officers who know what sailors want …. to just race. The DAVY DBSC CC2015 had it all

Congratulations to all the class winners and especially to Harmony from HYC who was awarded the overall Championship prize, the Peggy Bawn, four straight bullets plus a discard. The event was the host for the Beneteau 31.7 National Championships and congratulations to Levana who was crowned National Champion repeating her success from last year and to Attitude who coasted to victory on ECHO.

Saturdays conditions were testing for boats and crew as DBSC threw up winds gusting to 23knts and a moderate swell to keep things lively on the race course. There was a number of incidents with ropes around props, spinnaker flags, main sheet cars exploding and crews just not used to the conditions which resulted in a number of retirees. However, for those who raced on the day,,it proved very worthwhile and notched up the points towards final positions.
Sunday was the more kindly Dublin Bay, with flat seas. However, the wind gods decided that it was not enough to test crews and race officers on Saturday. Instead, they threw in major wind shifts and some fluky wind patches to ensure that all on the water were kept on their toes. The race officers, using all their skill and judgement,provided two great races which were testing and very enjoyable in equal measure.

The Cruiser Challenge event is a fantastic way to wind down the season.

Many thanks to the host club – The National Yacht Club. Alan, Tim, Olivier and the team there did a great job in making everyone feel welcome

And lastly and most importantly, a huge thanks to DAVY. Without generous sponsorship from DAVY Private Clients, events such as the Cruiser Challenge would be difficult to host in the professional way achieved over the weekend. We are most grateful for their support.

Photo:Johnny Swan, of the Humphries Half Tonner, Harmony, which won the Peggy Bawn Trophy