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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

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…
Noel Butler (pictured above) & Marie Barry  in Fireball 15061 lead the fast PY fleet at the DMYC Frostbites
It was most probably a combination of the weather forecast, the actual weather or the time of year (two Sundays before Christmas), but yesterday’s Frostbite fleet was considerably reduced and only two Fireballs answered the starter’s call writes Cormac Bradley.…
Frostbite Mug winners, Fast PY Fleet, Race 2 – Neil Colin & Margaret Casey
The fifth round of the 2017/18 Frostbites, hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, saw two races held inside the harbour, a four lap trapezoid course to start proceedings followed by a three lap windward-leeward course which I am reliably…
The India Trophy for the Most Improved Fireball combination in the season was awarded to Frank Miller & his crews Ed Butler & Grattan Donnelly, 14713; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club
On the Friday evening, preceding Sunday’s Dun Laoghaire Frostbites, the Fireball Class convened for their prize-giving dinner in the National Yacht Club. The NYC put together an excellent meal for the Fireball attendees and in addition to recognising success on…
Munster Fireball Champions – Stephen Oram and Noel Butler
The Irish Fireball regatta season came to an end with a four-race Munster Championships in Dun Laoghaire yesterday (Saturday 14th). The irony of course is that Dun Laoghaire isn’t in Munster at all, of course, but the Association is cutting…
Simon Revill (L), Noel Butler (C) and Ann Atkinson, Rear Commodore LDYC. (National Champions). Scroll down for more prizewinners
Noel Butler and Simon Revill are the 2017 Irish Fireball National Champions winning seven of the nine races that concluded with two light air affairs on Sunday 17th September writes Cormac Bradley. Indeed, I think the mathematics meant that the pair…
Noel Bultler has commanding lead at the Fireball Nationals on Lough Derg
Yesterday's disruption to normal service at the Fireball National Championships, when Neil Coiln & Margaret Casey won the last race of the day, was eradicated by an authoritarian performance by Noel Butler and Simon Revill when they took all four…
Noel Butler (pictured here with Stephen Oram on the wire) leads at Lough Derg
Three races at the Fireball National Championships have been completed at Lough Derg Yacht Club yesterday in a breeze that peaked at 15 knots and bottomed out at 6 knots from 330° for most of the day writes Cormac Bradley.…
Double Boost for Last Evening of Fireball Summer Racing!
After a Fireball Europeans where the weather was inconsistent but the hospitality was excellent, two of the three Irish Fireballs in Lyme Regis, UK, returned to do battle in the last Tuesday night race of the 2017 DBSC season writes…
As they were the only Fireball racing, strictly speaking Stephen Oram and Noel Butler (15061) didn’t have a race
In contrast to the 85 Fireballs gathered in Lyme Regis, UK for the European Championships, where for the second day in a row no racing has been possible, the single Fireball out last night, in the penultimate Tuesday night race…
Fireballs on Dublin Bay
As the midweek racing in Dublin Bay Sailing Club gets to its close we had one of the more pleasant evenings of weather this summer with a gentle breeze and sunshine for two races outside the harbour in Scotsman’s Bay.…
Fireball dinghy sailing on Dublin Bay – Lawton & Oram (15061) chasing Clancy & Byrne (to windward & partially hidden)
In a break from the growing trend of setting windward-leeward courses on a Tuesday night for dinghy racing on Dublin Bay, OOD Ben Mulligan (Flying Fifteens) & the DBSC Race Management Team set Olympic courses for the August 1st DBSC Fleet…
Winning helm – Noel Butler (centre) with Neil Cramer (Fireball Class Chairman & Skerries SC Treasurer) and Skerries SC Commodore Kieran Brannagan
A variety of headlines could be given to this regatta report: “A regatta of two halves”, “Consistency pays”, “Minimal mistakes pays dividends”, Fireballs survive Mother Nature”, “Happy return to Skerries” “17 tired bodies enjoy Fireball sailing at its best”. The…
Lough Ree’s inshore lifeboat approaches the upturned Fireball and its two sailors
#RNLI - Lough Ree RNLI was called to assist two sailors when their 17ft Fireball dinghy was holed and began to sink on Lough Ree on Saturday evening (15 July). The crew of Lough Ree lifeboat The Eric Rowse were…
DBSC Fireballs
As Hermine O’Keeffe took up line duty on behalf of one boat and others were away on holidays just three Fireballs made the DBSC start line on Tuesday night. Happily it was yet another very balmy and pleasant Tuesday evening’s…
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy on duty as Race Officer at June's ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club
This summer I’ll be wearing two hats – one as President of Irish Sailing, and the other as a Race Official at several events, and a very busy summer it is proving to be writes Jack Roy It’s been a…
Noel Butler/Stephen Oram – DBSC 'America's Cup' winners in the Fireball class
Tuesday saw another DBSC outing for Fireballs in the Dun Laoghaire summer series. The wind was a blustery warm southerly with gusts reaching high teens at times. This may have prompted the race committee to set the conservative W-L course…
Stephen Oram left and Noel Butler were winners at the Greystones Sailing Club Fireball Open event
For their 2017 Open Championship, the Irish Fireball Class Association departed from their normal two-day, six-race format for provincial championships and held a single day Championship with a target of four races. Additionally, they negotiated a new venue, Greystones Sailing…
The regatta scene returns for the Fireballs with an event at Greystones this weekend
It didn’t really look like Fireball racing would be possible yesterday evening! Having enjoyed another sunny day in Dun Laoghaire, though it was not as “blue sky” as the previous three days, the expectation of a reasonable sea breeze was…
Despite some frustrations for the Fireballers this was a very pleasant evening’s racing in warm pleasant conditions
While Tuesday was a warm blustery day by the time Fireballers descended on the waterfront clubs the breeze was fading. Early birds Frank Miller and Ed Butler sailed to the harbour mouth to be greeted by 180 degree shifts and…
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