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Autumn Update

'IUSA Easterns,' took place on the weekend of the 14th of October in Wexford. DUSC won the trio achieving the winning title in all three fleets- gold, silver and bronze. 

'IUSA Northerns,' took place on the weekend of the 11th of November in Enniskillen. DUSC Freshers team won the winning title at this event, despite poor wind conditions which hindered racing. 

The annual ITRA's competition took place in Baltimore, West Cork, on the weekend of the 18th of November. Two DUSC teams competed, with one making it into the final. Congratulations to reigning champs from UCC who have won the title for the fourth year in a row. 

The Alumni Event took place on Saturday the 25th of November. This was a great event with a huge participation by both current students and alumni. 

As we head into the Christmas period, our main focus is securing funding to invest in a brand new set of boats. We have many upcoming events in the New Year including our own event in Blessington, Varsities, Colours, as well as International events such as the BUSA Ladies Championships. 

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DUSC Win IUSA Varsities for the First Time in Eleven Years

DUSC competed in the IUSA intervarsities from 10th to 12th March, hosted by UCDSC out of Clifden Boat Club. Varsities is the penultimate team racing event for DUSC, ahead of the Colours event on April 1, to be held in Grand Canal Dock. This year’s varsities was attended by over 160 sailors representing 26 teams from Trinity, UCD, DIT, DCU, UCC, CIT, NUI Galway, Queens, Loughborough, Edinburgh and SUSA.

Photo: Meg Tyrrell

Photo: Meg Tyrrell

The event began well for Trinity, with the firsts winning all seven of their races to carry a one hundred percent record into the second day of racing. The seconds won 75 percent of their races and in total we had five of our six teams ranked in the top half of the round robin. After finishing day two with eleven wins from twelve races, the firsts were drawn against UCC 1 for the Gold Fleet semi-final, to be sailed on Saturday. The other Gold Fleet semi-final was contested by UCC 2 and UCC 3.

Photo: Guy Boggan

Photo: Guy Boggan

The third and final day of sailing saw the conclusion of the round robin and the division of teams into the Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets for the knock out stages. In addition to the firsts making it to the Gold Fleet final, the thirds reached the Silver Fleet final where they were ultimately beaten by UCC 5. In the best-of-five Gold Fleet final the firsts took a 2-1 lead before a black flag offence by a UCC boat on the finish line of the fourth race meant Trinity finished as 2017 Varsities Champions, winning the final 3-1, the first time Trinity has won varsities in 11 years. Congratulations to the team of Scott Flanigan and Cara McDowell, Dan Gill and Kate O’Reilly, and Rich Roberts and Laragh Lee. This victory follows last year’s second place final in varsities held in Kilrush.

Phot: Guy Boggan

Phot: Guy Boggan

Congratulations is also due to Trinity fresher Cara McDowell who was awarded Crew of the Year at the awards ball, and to Chris Phelan who has been elected the incoming IUSA President for next year.

A special thanks must go to our sponsors, Dubarry of Ireland and BMW Martin Reilly, for their continued support of the club.

Colours will take place on April 1 in Grand Canal Dock before the Student Yachting Nationals and SYWoC qualifiers take place in Howth Yacht Club on the last weekend of April.

Trinity Sailors Compete in International Regattas

USA Etchell Nationals, Miami

March 16th – 20th 2016

DUSC member and DUCAC Club Rep Jenny Andreasson received a last minute opportunity to be flown out to Miami and compete in the 2016 U.S. Etchell Nationals last month. The team was composed of 4 sailors, Jenny being the youngest and only girl replacing their usual 4th, an Argentinian Olympic Medallist who could not attend the event.

Day 1 began with an average first race while everyone found their feet. As the day went on the following two results were in the top 10, seeing them finish the first day in 9th place.

Day 2 saw tricky conditions with high wind speeds, but the team continued to climb the overall rankings to sit in 7th place going into the final day.

The final day had only one race, in significantly lighter and shiftier winds. The team played the shifts well, leading around the windward mark. Despite moments of nerves with 15 degree shifts, they led the race the whole way to the finish line, ending the series with a convincing win. They hoped that result would pull them up to 4th overall, however the points remained tight with the other leaders posting strong results to finish close behind them. Those other results meant they team ended the regatta 6th overall.

The team will go on to compete in the Etchell Worlds at the end of the summer and Jenny will continue to slot in as their 4th when needed.

 

Words: Jenny Andreasson

 

GP 14 World Championships, Barbados

March 26th - April 4th 2016

Strong Showing From Trinity Sailors

Barbados' Carlisle Bay, the venue for the 2016 GP14 World Championships, saw 106 boats representing 9 different nations in 6 days of near-perfect sailing conditions of blue skies and 20 knot winds.

The quality of the fleet was displayed throughout the regatta, with 10 closely fought races resulting in Irish sailor Shane McCarthy, a past student of Trinity College, being crowned eventual winner on the final day.

Current DUSC member Kevin Martyn was among the Irish competing at the event. Crewing for Norman Lee, the pair started the competition well, taking 10th in race 1 and following this up with a 6th in race 2 and a 30th in race 3. This left them in 9th overall going into the first layday on Wednesday.

 

Race 4 saw them return to form, picking up a 14th and helping them maintain their impressive position and move up to 2nd in the Silver Fleet. Rig trouble for Friday's racing left the pair in the 30s for the two races of the day, dropping them to 20th overall and 2nd in the silver fleet by Saturday's layday. Sunday saw another two disappointing finished in the 30s. Extremely shifty winds caught the majority of the fleet out, meaning the lake sailors thrived, while others were left stumped as their boats seemed to tack by themselves on the beats.

Going into the final day, Kevin and Norman sat in 24th overall and 3rd in the silver. A 26th and a 47th wasn't enough to hold onto a prize in the silver fleet unfortunately, getting pipped at the post and finishing up the event 26th overall, 5th out of the Irish and 4th in the Silver. It was a bitter finish to what was an exceptional start to the event, but having had the original goal of finishing in the top 30 and considering the relative lack of experience the pair had sailing together, and the quality of sailors they were competing with, the crew couldn't help but be more than content.

 

Words: Kevin Martyn

 

Irish Match Racing Nationals

Following on from their successful Team Racing varsities, Dublin University Sailing Club recently competed at the Irish Match Racing National Championships, taking place on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of March. The event, the rescheduled 2015 nationals, was run in Dun Laoghaire harbour, with the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosting.

Trinity’s team of Gleb Romantchik, Conor Totterdell, Jack Kennedy, Charlotte Bowen and Chris Phelan, joined CIT and UCD in representing college sailing, racing against some long-established match racing crews. The newly formed team, unfamiliar with the boats, trained intensely for the week preceding the event. Lacking competitive match racing experience, the team went into the event with a ‘nothing to lose’ attitude facing international racers such as Diana Kissane and Philip Bendon. The team gave Kissane and eventual winner Ryan Scott’s team a run for their money in their first two races. With confidence growing throughout the day the team faced Ireland’s #1 ranked match racer, Philip Bendon. Winning the pre-start, the team fell behind but made Bendon fight hard to protect his marginal lead.

Trinity then faced their Dublin rivals UCD, skippered by Philip Doran. Overcoming a technical difficulty in the pre-start the team established a commanding lead over UCD, eventually being overtaken at 50m to the finish line in a neck-on-neck downwind battle. Due to very light wind the next day the event went straight to semi-finals, with Howth’s Ryan Scott and his K25 team coming out on top to win the overall event.

At a competitors’ meeting after the event, the future of match racing in Ireland was discussed with plans drawn up for regional events in Dun Laoghaire, Cork, Sligo and Howth as well as the introduction of match racing clinics. An IUSA event is planned to take place in September/October, around the same time when the 2016 Nationals will be held.

This event was the first of DUSC’s recently relaunched keelboat section, something that the club will look to build on and improve for the coming season, with plans for regular keelboat training and events well underway.

 

Words: Gleb Romantchik

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IUSA Intervarsities 2016

The IUSA Intervasities 2016, organised by Trinity sailing and DIT sailing club took place in Kilrush, Co Clare from the 25th-27thof February. The sheltered Kilrush Creek provided an ideal racing area for both competitors and spectators. 

 

The event kicked off on Thursday with 27  teams from 11 different universities from Ireland and the UK competing in 4 different round robin flights. UCC1, Loughborough University, CIT and UCD1 came out on top of each flight after the first day. The teams were split into Gold, Silver and Bronze for a second round robin on Friday before entering the knockout stages on Saturday. The quarter finals saw some intense racing with Trinity winning over the undefeated reigning champions, UCC1. UCD1 raced UCD2 in the semi finals and Trinity came up against Loughborough University. 

 

The best of 5 final came down to colours rivals, UCD and Trinity in light, challenging conditions. While Trinity won the first race, UCD came back with 3 consecutive wins, taking the varsities title. UCD2 were the third placed team. 

 

Full Results: 

Gold Fleet

1.    UCD1

2.    TCD1

3.    UCD2

4.    Loughborough University 

 

Silver Fleet 

1.    UCD3

2.    CIT

3.    TCD6/DIT 

 

Bronze Fleet

1.    Queens University Belfast 

2.    UCD4

 

IUSA Awards 

•    Sailor of the year: Scott Flanigan, TCD

•    Crew of the year: Cliodhna Connolly, UCD

•    Fresher of the year: Mark Bolger, TCD

•    Club of the year: CIT

•    Event of the Year: IUSA intervarsities hosted by TCD & DIT 

 

This excellent event could not have gone ahead without all of the people who helped facilitate the large group of sailors; the staff at Kilrush marina, Adrian O’Connell of the Royal Western Yacht club, Relax Ireland for organising the accomodation and all the jury and race committee who kindly gave up their time over the 3 days. We would also like to thank our sponsors Hunky Dory, Jump Juice bars,  Dubarry and Red Bull.


Words: Lucy Bolger 

Photos: Eoin Cambay & Michael Dunne 

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DUSC holds Third Annual Alumni Regatta

At 8am on Saturday the 12th of December, a bunch of DUSC’s finest showed up in the Royal St George Yacht Club to kick off the Third Annual Alumni Regatta. Boats were rigged, registration was taken and after a few minutes with a non-compliant printer the flight sheets were handed out. The weather was described by some as “treacherous”, while this may be a slight over-exaggeration it was typical of an Alumni Event. It was raining heavily all day and lots of encouragement was need to get the sailors out from the safety of indoors. Despite the awful rainy conditions, the wind in the morning was perfect. The two flights of boats were launched and the other teams were brought out to the Spirit of the Irish which was acting as mother ship for the day. We had eight teams competing on the day: four DUSC alumni teams, including the reigning champions of the Alumni Event, the DUCATIS. Two current DUSC teams tried their hand at showing the Alumni how the new kids do it, but unfortunately their youth and eagerness to impress could not quite match the experience of the Alumni. Two UCD Alumni teams decided to join in the fun, but a mishap with one of their alarm clocks resulted in a last minute shake up of the helms. 

Sailing started off well, despite the rain. Shifty wind conditions meant that the course had to keep being adjusted slightly, but the races kept going. The teams were all closely matched making for exciting races. From 12 o’clock the wind kept building, but was still manageable. There were a few close shaves and boats almost capsizing. At half past 1 the wind shifted again, now coming directly in through the harbour mouth. This caused the waves to become quite big inside the harbour and coupled with the increase in wind it was decided that sailing would be cancelled before boats started to break. Much to everyone’s relief they were able to go in and enjoy their lunch and post sailing pints in peace from the rain and the wind.

With the afternoon off people had time to go home and get ready to look their best for the dinner that was taking place in the George at 8pm that evening. Suits were dusted off and shoes were polished. A drinks reception took place at 7pm and all the teams gathered together to congratulate each other on not getting lost at sea. The George kindly organised for the dinner to be downstairs so the event had the whole area to themselves. After the main course “prize giving” took place. Unfortunately, as racing had to be cancelled there could be no winner, but our ever modest Captain, Richard Roberts, figured that his team won the first flight and DUCATI took the second flight. The curse of the Alumni Event continues as the trophy has not been awarded since 2012, when DUCATI took the trophy. To soften the blow of another year without a winner, DUSC were able to unveil the new Colours trophy: “The Graham Elmes Memorial Trophy” which the club commissioned jointly with UCDSC in honour of our old coach Graham Elmes. 

After the “prize giving” the microphone was passed along and people were encouraged to reminisce about their days in DUSC. Stories were shared, mostly about the biggest event in the IUSA calendar, the Varsities Ball. Glasses were raised to DUSC, as for many it was the biggest part of people’s college life. The big turn out of Alumni is a testament to the club and its committee and the success of the event has set precedent for the event getting even bigger in the future. 

DUSC would like to say a special thanks to everyone that took part in the event, the Royal St George Yacht Club for accommodating us and supplying a flight of boats, the Royal Irish Yacht Club for supplying our mother ship and most importantly the Umpires, without whom we could not have held the event. 

 

Words: Alva McDermott                                                                           

Photos: Eoin Cambay

 

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DUSC compete for Loughborough Lemming 2015 - Dan O'Beirne

It was an early start for the 12 Trinity sailors who travelled across the Irish Sea via an 8am flight on Friday morning. Two teams of six athletes from the Dublin University Sailing Club travelled to East Midlands UK for a two-day team-racing regatta hosted by Loughborough University. Expectations were high following excellent results in previous years and the teams were excited to get their hands dirty (and their feet stuck in to the muddy shores of Loughborough reservoir).

 

Things got off to a slow start on Saturday morning when sailing was abandoned for the day due to stormy weather. Unfortunately there is not much anyone can do when 60 KPH winds begin blowing other than deem conditions unsafe for sailing and keep the tension building until Sunday. 

 

Eager to get as much racing in as possible organisers set the first gun for 9 am on Sunday morning with Trinity 2 sailing in the 3rd race of the day. Things got off to a promising in Trinity’s first race when TCD 2 took a commanding 1st 2nd 3rd lead, and went on to win the race. Next it was TCD 1’s turn in the driver’s seat, they too won their first race of the day. A positive morning was rounded off by another victory for TCD 2 who won their 2nd race as well, albeit by a much closer margin than the first. Good boat speed and smart tactics by Trinity meant both teams they were looking forward to the afternoon’s racing. 

 

The afternoon proved to be more challenging for DUSC. The wind died down consistently throughout the day and got shiftier as the afternoon went on. Miscommunication off the start line combined with poor use of the tricky wind conditions hampered TCD 2’s efforts, they lost their final 3 races. TCD 1 had more success, savvy boat handling and a brilliantly executed leeward mark trap allowed them to see off Durham with a satisfying 1st 2nd across the finish line in their final race of the day. Both teams finished in the Silver Fleet.

 

A slightly disappointing result for Trinity means all sailors have come home with plenty to work on. The event was a fantastic learning experience and great fun all around, you would have been hard pressed to find a sailor without a smile on their face as they made there way back to Dublin. A huge thanks to Loughborough University Sailing Team for organising the event, DUCAC and DUSC’s sponsor, Hunky Dory. Looking forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s Loughborough-Lemming.

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