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Cormac Bradley

Cormac Bradley

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Dublin Bay Fireballer Cormac Bradley was appointed Rear Commodore of the International Fireball Class in 2017. He is a regular dinghy and one design correspondent on Afloat.ie

Laser racing at Dun Laoghaire
Last week’s DMYC Dinghy Frostbite report opened with a few lines from Keats’ “Ode to Autumn” so the weather gods may have been amused by that because yesterday, after racing was completed it started snowing writes Cormac Bradley. We know…
Fireballers Noel Butler and Stephen Oram
Sunday, February 24th was more akin to the opening lines of John Keats’ “Ode to Autumn” “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom friend of the maturing sun, Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit, the…
Lasers reach a weather mark in yesterday's in-harbour DMYC Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire
From the previous Friday morning, the XCWeather website had been consistent in its forecast for Sunday afternoon at 14:00, winds of the order of 17/18 knots with gusts to 28/30 knots from a direction of south or south of south-west.…
Phil Lawton (right) and Owen Laverty competing in a Fireball dinghy in the DMYC Frostbite Series
With the Dublin Bay Buoy recording 23 knots gusting to 34 knots seconds ago, the decision to cancel today's DMYC Dinghy Frostbites was vindicated.  The forecast for the afternoon was for winds in the high teens/low twenties but with gusts…
Two Kona windsurfers are part of the DMYC PY Frostbite fleet
After yet another Sunday lost to adverse weather last week, the DMYC Dun Laoghaire Frostbite fleet got another two races in today, Sunday 3rd February writes Cormac Bradley. Initially, the wind looked to be nicely consistent with a bearing of…
Monica Schaeffer (L) and Miriam McCarthy – 3rd Overall, Series 1, PY Fleet
With howling gales on Saturday, courtesy of Storm Deirdre, the weather forecast for today was a lot more benign with a base wind of 9 knots with gusts up to 15 knots from a WSW direction. Or at least that’s…
Noel Butler and Stephen Oram (FB 15061) gybe and engage with the Laser just ahead of them. Phil Lawton and Owen Laverty (FB 14990) approach the gybe mark
Monitoring the forecast from the Thursday beforehand the weather prognosis for the Frostbites of Sunday 9th December wasn’t good, with the base wind strength in the low twenties but gusts going above 30 knots. Indeed, had the Frostbites been scheduled…
Irish Fireballers Mark the Close of the Season with Prizegiving Dinner
The Irish Fireball Class Association marked the close of the summer season with their annual prize-giving dinner at the National Yacht Club on Friday 30th November. There was a good turnout for the dinner with a combination of young and…
PY Race three winner, Frank Miller
With the Irish Universities having a 70th team racing event in Dun Laoghaire Harbour over the weekend, with 71 races completed on Saturday and various training initiatives taking place inside (and outside) the harbour, Race Officer Neil Colin (Fireball) was…
48th DMYC Frostbite Series Gets Underway in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The 48th hosting of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club’s Frostbite Series got underway yesterday, Sunday 4th November with an entry of 93 boats confirmed during the morning of the first Sunday. This represents a huge increase from last year…
A big gust hits Andy McCleery and Colin Dougan in the last race of the Flying Fifteen Nationals on Dublin Bay
The Deloitte sponsored Championship of Ireland for the Flying Fifteen class ended on Sunday with a sinew- stretching, gut busting race in the strongest wind of the weekend with thrills and spills on the top reach of the triangle! However,…
David Gorman (left) & Chris Doorly take the lead at the FF Nationals by a margin of eight points
Day 2 of the Flying Fifteen Championships of Ireland at the National Yacht Club saw Race Officer Jack Roy having to deal with westerly winds that were a lot stronger than the forecast for the day. With this being the…
Flying Fifteens launch for the first races of the NYC-hosted national championships
33-boats registered fleet of Flying Fifteens enjoyed balmy conditions for September on the opening day of their Deloitte sponsored Championship of Ireland writes Cormac Bradley. Two windward-leeward courses were set by International Race Officer Jack Roy and the fleet enjoyed…
The Flying Fifteens, one of Ireland's strongest one design fleets, are racing for national honours on Dublin Bay later this month
With the Deloitte sponsored Irish Flying Fifteen National Championships only ten days away Cormac Bradley speculates on the runners and riders in what will double up as the third leg of a selection process for the host fleet of the…
From Left to right: Conall Holohan, Sailing Secretary LDYC, Niall McGrotty, Neil Cramer (Winners) and John Leech, Race Officer & Commodore LDYC
The renamed or rescheduled Fireball Munsters, cancelled earlier in the year at Killaloe Sailing Club, were reconvened this past weekend at one of the Irish fleet’s favourite locations, Lough Derg Yacht Club. This was our second visit in as many…
Fireball sailing at Carnac, France
An Irish team of four boats departs these shores today for the French Fireball Nationals and Fireball Worlds in Carnac, north-west France writes Cormac Bradley. The combined regatta, with the French Nationals acting as a warm-up for those who want…
Skerries Sailing Club Niall McGrotty (right) & Neil Cramer were the Fireball Open winners
The Irish Fireball fleet raced their Open Championships by joining Greystones Sailing Club for their 50th Dinghy Regatta with a schedule of four races for the Saturday. The Irish East Coast has been enjoying glorious sunshine over the past couple…
Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella, back in the Fireball after an absence of a year but already showing great form
Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella are the newly crowned Fireball National Champions after nine races at Skerries Sailing Club over three days. The pair had an almost perfect score winning every race bar the first when a technical issue delayed…
Fireball coaching session  at Killaloe Sailing Club on Lough Derg
The second Fireball coaching session of the season took place in the stunning surroundings of Killaloe Sailing Club at Lough Derg on last Thursday and Friday evenings. Aimed primarily at the enthusiastic and growing silver fleet at KSC Frank Miller…
On the water, Fireball sailors were put under pressure in an intense series of bear aways, hoists, reaches, runs, drops and round-ups and beats
Fireballs enjoyed champagne sailing in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday for a pre-season coaching session with Ger Owens, thanks to the support of Irish Sailing. Ger's wry and funny delivery once again reduced the most complex of questions to the key…
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