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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 informed is a first for the Frostbites, so kudos to Race Officer Brian Mulkeen writes Cormac Bradley. It also saw the best turnout of Fireballs, six and a healthy fleet of Lasers, fourteen. In addition to the six Fireballs the Fast PY Class included the 470 and Tom Murphy’s K1. In the Slow PY the fleet was made up of a Wayfarer, a Solo, a solitary KONA (Windsurfer), a Feva, 2 IDRAs, 2 Enterprises, 4 Laser Vago XDs and a Hartley 12.2.

The weather station in the harbour was recording 15.9knots with a gust of 21.8knots from 284˚ with an air temperature of 9˚. This meant that the “on-the-water” situation was pretty consistent with the XCWeather prediction for the afternoon. The afternoon started under partial blue skies but the skyline greyed as the afternoon progressed and there was a lit bit of drizzle later one. For the trapezoid course the weather mark had been set under the West Pier of the harbour at the location of the first “elbow” in the wall – where it changes direction. No.2 seemed to be a long way downwind of the first mark, almost disproportionately so, but during the race mark 1 – 2 was invariably tight. Mark 2 – 3 was an easier sail with some boats electing to gybe before reaching No.3 so as to set themselves up for a very tight 3 – 4 leg. Mark 3 was located off the HSS gantry and Mark 4 was of the order of 120m east of the mouth of the harbour.

In all three starts the fleet went left initially. In the slow PY, the Wayfarer was the weather-most boat and that set Monica Schaeffer and Miriam McCarthy up for the lead and the privilege of leading the Slow PY fleet around the first weather mark. However, they were kept in close company for the first lap by the Solo of Shane McCarthy before he was able to pull away from them. Both would fall victim on the water to the Kona Windsurfer of Robbie Walker who led for the majority of the race.

The Fireballs were stacked windward to leeward on a port tack coming out of the start towards the middle of the harbour. Using headgear and clothing combinations to identify boats it looked as though Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keeffe (14691) were the furthest boat to windward with Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (14775) furthest to leeward. In between were Noel Butler & Marie Barry (15061), Alistair Court & Gordon Syme (14706), Frank Miller & Grattan Donnelly (14713) and David and Michael Keegan (14676).

While the boats which came furthest left seemed to have got in to better wind, Butler & Barry, having tacked earlier were able to get around the weather mark first but it was close with Miller & Donnelly and Court & Syme. Colin & Casey were a short distance behind them while McKenna & O’Keeffe and Keegan & Keegan were a little off the pace.

Court & Syme powered over Miller & Donnelly on the tight reach between 1 and 2 and spent the rest of the race chasing Butler & Barry. On the subsequent beats, the addiction to going left was diluted somewhat with a preference to staying on the right-hand side as far as the harbour mouth, before tacking across to the middle of the harbour. The exception to that rule was Colin & Casey who tacked early every time to work the middle and left of the beat. On the third lap, Butler pulled away from Court and both boats put distance between themselves and the remainder of the fleet. By Mark 3 of the penultimate lap, Butler & Barry were the third boat on the water behind the Kona and the Solo and by the penultimate rounding of Mark 4 Court & Syme were ahead of everyone bar the Kona and the Solo. The tightness of the leg from 3 to 4 meant that in Round 3 Butler & Barry went for an Aussie drop two-thirds of the way down the leg while the all male combinations behind them, Court and Miller were able to hold the spinnaker all the way into the mark.

While Butler was comfortably ahead at the last windward mark, he nearly got caught by Court who was able to close in better wind with Syme on full trapeze between 1 and 2 while Barry was sitting inboard with a limp spinnaker. However, a late change in leader did not materialise and Butler & Barry won by 50 seconds with only he Kona ahead of them on the water. Court finished third on the water, getting ahead of the Solo just before the last weather mark. Colin & Casey put together a fast last lap, closing dramatically on Miller & Donnelly in the approach to Mark 4 for the last time, but Miller held on to finish third. In the slow PY fleet, the order on the water was Kona, Solo, Wayfarer, Feva, and Enterprise.

The ice was broken (figuratively) when a second race was set for the afternoon. Marks 2 and 3 were lifted and a windward-leeward was set with Marks 1 and 4 staying “as is”. Again, the majority view in all starts was to go left – there were no dissenters in the Slow PY start, 4 Lasers went right and while all the Fireballs started on port tack, two went right quite early on – McKenna and Keegan. Colin was furthest away from the committee boat at the start. At the top mark, Miller led the fleet around followed by Butler, Court and Colin. While the first three stayed on starboard tack, Colin gybed and sailed towards the harbour mouth. Behind these four, McKenna and Keegan had their own race. Miller held the lead down to 4 and stayed ahead up the next beat. In this regard he was helped by being on starboard with a Laser also being on starboard to force Butler to take evading action relative to both boats two-thirds of the way up the second beat. At the windward mark for the second time, Colin was still in fourth, but took a line that brought him down the right hand side of the run relative to the others who were all to his port-hand side. In this position he managed to sail through Court and close the gap on the first two, but Court nipped in again at the leeward mark to relegate him back to fourth again. McKenna and Keegan were also having a “ding-dong” battle on the downwind leg.

Up the final beat and Court stays right whereas the others come left. Butler gets through Miller and Colin is promoted to third as he, Miller and Butler come in on the starboard lay-line. Court’s race come to an early end when he gets caught up in a melee at the weather mark and decides that discretion is the better part of valour and retires home early. Butler and Miller dice again on the last downwind leg but Butler secures the inside berth on the approach to the leeward mark and has enough room to squeeze Miller out and to enough of a degree to make the short hitch to the finish a “safe bet”.

In the Fast PY fleets, the Fireballs all saved their time on the water in both races which means that the Frostbite Mugs for the day go to Alistair Court and Gordon Syme for the first race of the day and to Neil Colin and Margaret Casey for the second race.

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#DublinBay - Litter in the water is a longstanding issue in Dun Laoghaire and Sandycove — but one local schoolgirl has taken it upon herself to do something about it.

Ten-year-old Flossie Donnelly started this past summer calling for volunteers to help clean up the sea shore at Sandycove every Friday evening, even designing her own poster to spread the word on social media and around the neighbourhood.

On her blog, Flossie writes that she was “really sad” that no one came to her first clean-up.

But a meeting at the Forty Foot the next day with county councillor Cormac Devlin led to the word spreading further in the local press.

“It’s very unusual that a child of her age approached an adult and a politician at that. That she is so environmentally aware is wonderful,” Cllr Devlin told the Dublin People in August.

By the end of the summer, Flossie was in charge of her own crew of volunteers helping to remove plastic debris that is dangerous to Dublin Bay’s marine life and local boaters alike.

Despite the shorter days and colder weather of late autumn and winter, Flossie is still leading regular coastal clean-ups and making friends along the way — including an Australian girl whose message she found in a bottle.

rubbish marine dun laoghaireMarine debris in Dun Laoghaire

More recently, Flossie was out on a RIB in Dun Laoghaire Harbour to clean up the breakwaters — filling three boats with rubbish and doing “a week’s work in a day”, according to Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard, who praised the “inspirational” girl for her efforts.

But the ambitious youngster isn’t stopping there, with plans to raise money for the installation of a Seabin automated cleaning system for the harbour, in what would be a first for Ireland.

Previously highlighted during’s Rio Olympics coverage last year, the Seabin device has the potential to collect as many as 83,000 plastic bags or 20,000 plastic bottles each year.

That amounts to half a tonne of plastic annually, from visible debris to micro-plastics that threaten our protected species.

Britain’s first Seabin was recently installed at the pontoon of America’s Cup team Land Rover BAR in Portsmouth as part of a project to restore populations of oysters in the Solent.

Flossie and her beach cleaning squad will be hosting a table quiz at Fitzgerald’s Pub in Sandycove next Thursday 30 November to raise funds towards Dublin Bay’s first Seabin. For details see Flossie’s website HERE.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club Commodore Chris Moore, reviews the 2017 sailing season on the capital's waters that will be celebrated tonight (Friday, 17th November) at the annual DBSC prizegiving at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. A full list of the 90 DBSC prizewinners are at the end of this story.

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia provided an appropriate footnote to the 2017 Dublin Bay sailing season. It was, in everyone’s recollection, an uncommonly windy year, with numerous races abandoned–or, for smaller boats, severely curtailed. Yet analysis of fleet turnouts, particularly of Saturdays, presents an oddly conflicting picture.

Chris mooreDBSC Commodore Chris Moore

For years we have been noting that on Saturdays, in contrast to Thursdays, turnouts rarely exceeded 36% of the boats entered. This year, despite what we remember as an exceptional abundance of wind and rain, the turnout remained exactly true to form – at 36%.

So, windy, yes, but on Saturdays during, the robust conditions did not deter the usual Saturday enthusiasts from venturing out as usual.

J97 Windjammer DBSC 3975The J97 Windjammer (Lindsay J. Casey & Denis Power) are the winners of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Trophy for Best New Boat on Dublin Bay. Photo:

For Thursdays, on the other hand, the turnout figure, which in 2016 was 54% of the fleet, this year fell to 48%. Four Thursday days racing had to be abandoned, quite unlike 2016 when there were none at all. Average turnout of boats on Thursdays in 2017 was 110, (though there were days when it exceeded 130 and sometimes reached 140).

In 2016, by contrast, average turnouts on Thursday evenings was 125. Quite a notable fall-off in 2017, we must agree.

To be sure, Saturdays in the early part of the 2017 season were exceptionally cold and blustery. To no one’s regret, racing for the first two Saturdays had to be cancelled. And the first coastal race on the 27th May took place in wet, miserable conditions, only two boats reaching the finishing line.

Sigma 33 DBSC 0464A large fleet of Sigma 33s – including DBSC's own fleet – competed in July's Dun Laoghaire Regatta Photo:

Thereafter, the weather settled down a bit, particularly after the second coastal race on the 17th June which took place in a minor heat wave. Many boats, in fact, struggled to get beyond Killiney Bay, like Ruffians, Shipmans and Cruisers 5. A few weeks later, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, with sunshine and benign winds, was a most agreeable occasion. As indeed was our own end of Season race day - a kind of mini-regatta, if you like, with beautiful weather and some new courses which seem to have pleased nearly everyone.

Mention of the end of season race on the 30th September reminds me that for some time we have been trying to arrest the decline in Saturday turnouts by introducing more interesting and more varied courses. First, we have had the coastal races which now include, for some classes, an annual trip down southwards to the Greystones regatta.

Then, this year, on the final day of racing, we had keelboats boats racing on windward-leeward courses, finishing the first race on one starboard side of the committee boat while boats were starting the second race on its port-hand side. It made conditions aboard the committee boat very interesting, to say the least, but sailors seem to have loved it. Particularly as it cut out the interminable waiting and hanging about which up to this seems inevitable with back-to-back racing.

SB20 Venues world DBSC 1266The SB20 Venues World (Ger Dempsey) won the Lunasa Trophy for Saturday Series 2 Photo:

There’s undoubtedly an appetite for this particular format, but, unfortunately, there’s a problem. It’s extraordinarily demanding of resources. Not only does it require two exceptionally good race officers on the two committee boat (or else one very, very experienced totally alert race officer with the proverbial eyes in the back of his/her head) but also a doubling up of the time-keeping and recording teams.

Reflecting on it, what we might consider next year is to sign-off each of the two Saturday series with similar such courses. As we will be having a Bloomsday regatta on the 16th June, we could use this format on that occasion and finish the first series at the same time.

Beneteau 31.7 bluefin 2069Bluefin II (Michael & Bernie Bryson) was the winner of the Beneteau 31.7's Long John Silver Cup for Saturday Overall (Echo) DBSC racing Photo:

Entries and Subscriptions
Subscriptions and boat entries held up well and indeed income was about 1% above what we budgeted for. For the record, boat entries came to 317 and membership subscriptions to 1217.

Within those generally satisfactory boat entry figures, there are some less positive trends. Whereas cruiser-racers continue to thrive in Dublin Bay the decline in one-designs continues. In 2016, there were 8 Dragons racing under the DBSC burgee. This year there were only 5. Squibs in 2016 numbered 14. This year they had fallen to 11, with turnouts averaging just three boats.

Flying fifteen cuttingThe DBSC Flying Fifteen fleet make the headlines in the Irish Times. The buoyant fleet is bucking the trend in one design numbers on the bay. The 25–boat class, largely based at the NYC, will stage the FF world championships in Dun Laoghaire in 2019

In 1963, Howard Knee a well-known artist of the day, painted a picture showing a DBSC start at the inside of the West Pier. The total race management effort at the time consisted of the race officer, an assistant, a megaphone and an open shed to protect them from the elements. We’ve moved forward a lot since then and on some Saturdays nowadays DBSC fleets sail in four separate race areas, served by two state–of–the art committee boats, the West Pier Starters Hut and- servicing the dinghies in the Harbour – Declan Traynor’s large rib.

All this requires the services of a considerable number of volunteers (now numbering close to forty, by a recent count). Managing even the rota for this group requires considerable personal effort on the part of the team coordinators, to whom we must be infinitely grateful, Ida Kiernan, Rosemary Roy and Barbara Conway - who is now, regretfully, leaving us to go back to racing.

Members murmuring about the accuracy of their results should be aware that life on board a committee vessel at anchor in seaway is not invariably the comfortable berth they might imagine. One Saturday last season, visiting the Freebird on a day with a very lumpy sea, someone noticed that three of the women members of the team were undoubtedly seasick. Yet they were able to pick out sail numbers from what seemed to be a flurry of white sail storming across the finishing line.

That said, we must recognise that there can be new or occasional members the team sometimes have an imperfect grasp of what is going on. Indeed, there is always the need for all us to update and share our knowledge of the mechanics of running club racing. It’s subject we intend to give some attention to during the winter with some training and briefing sessions.

We should not forget, either, the young– and, sometimes, not so young –people who man the Club’s RIB patrol boats. We depend a lot on them to lay accurately starting and finishing lines. Not to mention laying leeward gates and putting a windward mark exactly where it should be and not letting it float away with the tide. In this area, too, we will consider some upskilling, either in-house or by some specialist agency.

The DBSC starter’s Hut has been going onto its summer location on the seaward side of the West Pier since 1968.

In that year, according to the Club’s minutes, the first courses from this particular location were designed by Tim Goodbody. It’s clearly a life-time vocation, designing courses, for it was Tim, nearly half a century later, who this summer, produced a set of new and interesting designs for our coastal races. Our thanks once again to Tim for all the time and effort he continues to put into this very essential exercise.

The Hut has always been important asset for the Club even though its centrality in the scheme of things has declined a bit with the acquisition of committee boats. There is no intention to abandon it. It’s important for Tuesday racing and even though we could run Saturday races without it as we have done on Thursdays, it’s still a very useful, comfortable, not very expensive and totally dependable place to run races to run races from. Which, hand on heart, we can’t always say about committee vessels.

We’re grateful to Brendan Finucane for looking after it this year. It’s always a stressful exercise overseeing putting the Hut on station on the West Pier. Likewise, the return to the MGM yard on the crane/low-loader, along the narrow causeway from the Pier to the bridge, ever so carefully avoiding getting entangled in fences and road signs along the way. We never cease to marvel at the skill of the various drivers who so successfully carry it all off so professionally over the years.

Beneteau 31.7 DBSC 0903DBSC Pier mark at the East Pier stayed on station but others disappeared Photo:
Not unexpectedly, the bad weather seems to have taken its toll on the Club’s buoyage. Zebra Mark went adrift and ended up in Douglas in the Isle of Man. New Ross simply disappeared and has not been seen since. Marks are subjected to all sorts of conditions and many of them are beyond useful life. We have been considering a budget to fund a replacement programme. Expensive but necessary. My thanks to Philip Ferguson for his work on this activity.

DBSC Freebird committee boat 0469DBSC committee boat Freebird at work laying courses in breezy conditions at this year's Turkey Shoot. Photo:

Committee Boats
Always a significant item in the Club finances, the committee boats require unceasing and meticulous attention. Maclir is in constant use since we acquired her seventeen years ago and some time in the not too distant future we’ll have to see about replacing her. Freebird, which first came into full service in 2013, still requires some looking after. This autumn, for instance, anodes to protect the very valuable jet drives cost €1,500. Expensive, yes but not as expensive as replacing the jet drives.

I should here express our thanks to the drivers of the committee boats. (Skippers, I think, would be more appropriate designation). Not only do they drive the craft, they’re also part of the team - looking after the race sound signalling, for instance. Brendan Dalton take a particular interest in the maintenance of the Freebird, and spends long hours helping her get ready for service. My special thanks to them for all this.


Looking back on the Club’s activities for this review, I cannot but think that in many ways DBSC is something very similar to what is now called a medium-sized enterprise. There is the same concerns about raising income, providing services, paying bills regularly, maintenance programmes, budgets, administration and enlisting the right people to do the work

With the addition, of course, that the workers are all volunteers, which are far, far too many to list here. But I must single out our hard-working flag-officers and committee. Not forgetting Not our hard-working Hon. Secretary, Donal O’Sullivan and our Hon.Protest Secretary, Ray Duggan who looks after protests with his usual tact and efficiency.

Ray will be leaving us at the end of next season when the then-incoming committee will be faced with the unenviable task of finding a worthy successor.

I thank also our sponsors and supporters – firstly our title sponsor Sherry Fitzgerald and also Viking Marine, MGM Boats, SagePay and Killen Marine. A special word of thanks to Rathfarnham Ford who have been generously supporting our winter racing for some years now.

white mischief J109 goodbody 4151Tim Goodbody's J109 White Mischief leads at the DBSC Turkey Shoot gybe mark. White Mischief was the winner of Cruisers One Saturday IRC overall racing; Photo:

Which reminds me I must not forget either former commodore Fintan Cairns, who continues to run the Turkey Shoot and Spring Chicken series so successfully. This winter racing is great fun, as is the apres-sail jollifications, over which Fintan and Brian Mathews preside with much wit and aplomb.

Brian, who is our Technical Director - and also a very, very effective race officer - will be absent from Dublin Bay for about a year, having joined another former DBSC member, Eamonn Crosbie, in a world cruise aboard the latter’s boat, Pamela, a Discovery 55. We wish them both fair winds and happy voyaging.

Pamela discovery 55 0552DBSC Technical Director Brian Mathews is sailing round–the–world with Dun Laoghaire sailor Eamon Crosbie in Pamela, a Discovery 55 Photo:

I must thank, too, the two Leonard brothers, Kevin and Ralph, who, after fifteen years on the job, are retiring at the end of this year. It’s not always sufficiently recognised, but producing regular results for the web within half an hour of receiving the record sheets of what is the equivalent of a full-scale regatta , is an achievement not easily matched elsewhere in the sailing world.

In recent years, in response to class requests, we have been adding complication after complication into the Club’s results system. It dates from 1983 when our then-Commodore, Michael O’Rahilly, talked to Colin McMullen about computerising the task. DBSC were very much ahead of the curve at the time and over a hundred clubs world-wide used it in its heyday. But it’s dated, the complications were slowing it down. The web adjunct added to it about 2006 was only a compromise – providing snapshots, so to speak, of print files produced by the underlying computing system.

As members are now doubt aware, Colin McMullen has been working on a full upgrade, bringing it into line with the new server-based technology. We all look forward keenly to seeing it on stream next season.

Outside DBSC I must remember at this time the management and staffs of the waterfront clubs who support DBSC members in so many ways. Also the boards of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Port as well as the Harbour Masters, Captains Simon Coate and Michael McKenna. Not forgetting the national authority which regulates our sport, the Irish Sailing Association, which in recent times became Irish Sailing. To all our grateful thanks.

DBSC 2017 Prizewinners

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Rockabill VI Paul O'Higgins glasses Saturdays Echo Series 1
WOW George Sisk Esq Knox-Gore Cup (2) Saturday IRC overall
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      Knox-Gore Bowl (1) Thursday ECHO Overall
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      Martin Cup (3) Thursday IRC overall
      glasses Saturday IRC Series 1
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      John Rennie Trophy Coastal Races
      Centenary Trophy (4) Saturday Echo overall
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Bon Exemple Colin Byrne West Pier Officers cup (7) Thursday IRC overall
Chimaera Andrew & Deidi Craig glasses Thursday Echo Series 1
Dear Prudence Pierce Tynan & others Osterberg Cup (5) Saturday Echo overall
Gringo Tony Fox Tiamat Trophy (6) Thursday ECHO Overall
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White Mischief Timothy & Richard Goodbody Esq Weir Cup (8) Saturday IRC overall
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      Cr.1 Royal Alfred Cup Coastal Races
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Enchantress K Bonner, L Nicholl & M Larkin Silver Foam Trophy (77) Most improved boat
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Leeuwin Henry Leonard & Bobbie Kerr glasses Thursday Series 1 Echo
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Peridot J.McCann. P.Cadden. Y.Charrier & H.O'Donnell Silver Salver (12) Saturday IRC overall
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Rupert Richard & Philip Lovegrove Esq Lady Shamrock Trophy (13) Thursday IRC overall
      Fireseal Sigma 33 Trophy (24) Thursdays overall
      Rupert Bowl (26) 1st Saturday Series-Trophy
      Bective Lights Crystal Trophy (27) Saturdays overall
      J.B. Stephens Trophy (25) Thursday Saturday Combined
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      Centenary Cup (10) Thursday ECHO overall
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      Briscoe Trophy (9) Tuesday Echo overall
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Cartoon Sybil McCormack & Ken Lawless Mercia Cup (16) Saturday Echo overall
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      Mini- Sam Maguire Cup Coastal Races
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      Jack Kennedy Memorial Cup (15) Saturday IRC overall
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Marlena Grzegorz Kalinecki Annette Cup (90) Tuesday overall
Running Wild Brendan Foley Esq Viking clock Trophy Thursday Echo overall
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      Smalldridge Cup Thursday IRC overall (3a)
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Asterix Frazer Meredith & John Counihan Sanderling Trophy (14) Thursday IRC overall (3b)
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Saki Paget Mc Cormack Ml. & Ben Ryan Whimbrel Rose Bowl (19) Thursday Echo overall
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Billy Whizz Pat Shannon Old Baily Bowl Coastal Races
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Ventuno Rowan Fogarty Esq Facet Jewellers Cup (95) Thursday Scratch Overall
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      Beneteau 21 Cup (94) Saturday Scratch Overall
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Persistence Chas. Broadhead Ian Stuart & Jerry Collins Gerry Henry Salver (20) Thursday Echo overall
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White Lotus Paul Tully Esq Burford Trophy (23) Thursday IRC overall
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Calypso Howard Knott Anna Livia Trophy (22) Saturday Echo overall
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Cevantes Paul Conway Royal Alfred Howth Trophy Coastal Races
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The Great Escape Patrick & Denise Rigney Trevor Wood Trophy (92) Thursday Echo overall
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Levante Michael Leahy & John Power Horrigan Cup (28) Thursday Overall -Echo
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Prospect Chris. Johnston Feanor Trophy (31) Thursday overall One-Design
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Dcision Joey Mason & Greg Purcell Old Time Cup (87) Combined Saturday & Thursday
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Glenluce Richard & Donal O'Connor Esq Royal Alfred Glen Trophy Coastal Races
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      Harry Maguire Memorial Cup (36) Saturday overall
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Alias David Meeke & Martin McCarthy Dr. O'Leary Memorial Cup Coastal races
      John Donnelly Perpetual Cup (41) Best Tuesday Boat
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Barossa Brian Geraghty, Stuart Trotter & Neill McSherry The Malindi Cup (46) Saturdays overall
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Viking Brian Glynn, \Monica McWeeney Fergus Mason The Midweek Trophy (45) Thursdays overall
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Bango James Gorman Bealtaine Trophy (49) Special Conditions
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Sacre Bleu Colin Galavan Richard Hayes & Equinox Trophy (50) Special Conditions- 3rd series)
Sin Bin Michael O'Connor Saturday SB3 Cup (51) Saturday overall
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Jester Declan Curtin glasses Thursday Series 2
      Sporstboat Thursday Cup Thursday overall
Jester Declan Curtin glasses Thursday Series 1
Water Wags        
Mariposa Cathy MacAleavey G.Pugin Melden Trophy (53) Wags Series 2
Mariposa Cathy MacAleavey glasses Wednesday Series 2
Moosmie McFarlane Esq RIYC Goldsmith Cup (54) Wednesday Overall
Moosmie David McFarlane Esq Blue Bird Trophy (55) Wags Series 1
Moosmie David McFarlane Esq glasses Wedneday Series 1
Flying 15s        
As Good as it Gets Ben Mulligan Esq Brian S.Ryan Trophy (57) Saturday overall
Deranged Neil Colin Flying Fifteen Gun (56) Thursday overall
Deranged Neil Colin Fifty Something Cup 1st Thursday Series
Deranged Neil Colin glasses Thursday Series 2
Deranged Neil Colin glasses Thursday Series 1
Elena Ross Doyle Blake Cup (89) Special Conditions
Ignis Caput David Mulvin glasses Saturday Series 2
The Gruffolo Keith Poole glasses Saturday Series 1
Aideen Brendan Martin & Dan Brennan Stella Cup (60) Thursdays: special conditions
Aideen Brendan Martin & Dan Brennan J.B.Kearney Shield (61) Saturday-special conditions
Jill Paul Smith & Pat Mangan Iolar Cup (59) Saturday overall
Jill Paul Smith & Pat Mangan glasses Saturday Series 1
Jill Paul Smith & Pat Mangan glasses Tuesday Series 1
Jill Paul Smith & Pat Mangan glasses Tuesday Series 3
Jill Paul Smith & Pat Mangan glasses Tuesday Series 2
Jill Paul Smith & Pat Mangan glasses Saturday Series 2
Jill Paul Smith & Pat Mangan Amy Cup (58) Tuesday Overall
Little Demon Sheila Power glasses Thursday Series 1
Perfection Jill Fleming glasses Saturday Series 1
Periguin Noel Colclough Shannon Cup (62) Saturday Overall
Why Not Derek & Jean Jago Minx Trophy (63) Thursday Overall
Why Not Derek & Jean Jago glasses Saturday Series 2
Why Not Derek & Jean Jago glasses

Thursday Series 2




Cariosa Power & Marie Barry The Saturday Cup Saturday Overall
Incubus Cariosa Power & Marie Barry glasses Saturdays Series 2
No. 15061 Stephen Oram Esq Nuits St.George Trophy (64) Tuesday overall
No. 15061 Stephen Oram & Noel Butler glasses Tuesday Series 1
No. 15061 Stephen Oram Esq glasses Tuesday Series 2
No.15061 Stephen Oram Esq glasses Tuesday Series 3
Dart Pierre Long Melampus Cup (78) Special conditions
Doody Jennifer Byrne & John Fitzgerald Half-Way Trophy (80) Special Conditions
Dunmoanin' Frank Hamilton Esq Bay Cup (67) Tuesday overall
Dunmoanin Frank Hamilton Esq glasses Saturday Series 3
Dunmoanin' Frank Hamilton Esq The Kennedy Cup (66) Saturday Overall
Dunmoanin' Frank Hamilton Esq glasses Tuesday Series 3
Dunmoanin' Frank Hamilton Esq glasses Tuesday Series 2
Dunmoanin' Frank Hamilton Esq glasses Saturday Series 2
Dunmoanin' Frank Hamilton Esq glasses Saturday Series 1 Series 1
Slipstream Julie Ascoop glasses Tuesday Series 1
Spray Shane McNamara Crews Challenge Cup (79) Special Conditions
Portsmouth YS        
No.59 Tom Murphy The Windmill Cup (68) Tuesday overall
No. 59 Tom Murphy glasses Tuesday Series 3
No.6 Richard Tate Early Bird Trophy 1st series Tues, & Sat.combined
No. 6 Richard Tate glasses Saturday Series 3
No.6 Richard Tate glasses Tuesday Series 2
No.6 Richard Tate glasses Saturday Series 1
Sail No. 2 Des Fortune Esq glasses Tuesday Series 1
816 Patrick McGoldrick glasses Saturday Series 2
No. 155068 Ross O'Leary glasses Tuesday Series 2
No.173111 Darach Dinneen The Lanaverre Trophy Tuesday overall
No.173111 Darach Dinneen glasses Tuesday Series 3
No.173133 D. Maloney Sailcraft Tray (69) Tuesday overall-2nd place
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No. 190754 Oisin Cullen Jimmy Mooney Goblet (86) Laser Radial September Series
No 47493 Hugh O'Connor Lawson Cup (84) Topper September Series
No. 1475 Conor Gorman Seapoint Cup (82) Optimist September Series
No. 1649 Tim Norwood & Finn Cleary Mitchell Cup (83) RS Fever September Series
No. 190754 Kate Fahy Pioneer Trophy (85) Laser September Series
No. 601 Patrick Hassett PY Junior Trophy PY September Series
Premium prizes        
As Good As It Gets Ben Mulligan Newsom Cup (74) Best one -design boat
Declan Traynor Declan Traynor Viking Trophy (76) Notable contribution to sailing
Dunmoanin' Frank Hamilton Dr Alf Delaney Cup (73) Best Boat on dinghy course
Ruffians Michael Cutliffe Esq Brendan Ebrill Memorial Cup (81) Special conditions
White Mischief Timothy & Richard Goodbody Waterhouse Shield (75) Best Cruiser on handicap
Windjammer Lindsay J. Casey & Denis Power Dun Laoghaire Harbour Trophy (72) Best New Boat
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The 47th running of Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club’s Frostbite Series got underway yesterday in blue sky, sunny conditions and a brisk N-Westerly that reduced in strength as the afternoon wore on writes our special correspondent. Stalwart of the event, Olivier Prouveur, who announced at the conclusion of the 2016/17 Series that he would be taking a less prominent role in the managing of the event was in attendance, but in an observer role!

The Race Officer duty was undertaken by Frostbite RO debutant Cormac Bradley of the Fireball Class and for his first foray into the Frostbite Race Management the first decision was to decide if racing would take place. An early departure from DMYC with a suggestion that a postponement would be advised, if necessary, was vindicated when the assessment was that racing could proceed.

In a departure from previous formats, three starts were provided – Slow PY, (PY1), Lasers and Fast PY (PY2). And in a significant development, two windsurfers of the KONA Class joined in the racing.

Given the conditions and the “first day back” nature of the day, a single race was proposed and sailed with 5 laps of a trapezoid course used to wash away the cobwebs. Given that the keelboats, sailing their Turkey Shoot Series earlier in the morning, did not seem to be excessively hard pressed and taking into account the physical condition of the waters inside the harbour, the postponement wasn’t required and racing got underway on schedule, at 14:00.

shane mccarthySolo sailor Shane McCarthy (left), the Slow PY Class winner with DMYC's Neil Colin Photo: Frank Miller

As an experiment the two windsurfers were put in PY1, the argument being that if they were as fast as we thought they might be they would get away from the rest of the fleet and have less traffic to deal with on the race course. Their contemporaries on the first start were a Solo, an IDRA 14 and four Laser Vagos. One of the Konas led at the first weather mark, sitting about 60m inside the harbour mouth and closer to the end of the West Pier, but the Solo was not far behind. By the time they got to the end of the five laps, the windsurfer had a good lead on the Solo on the water, but was unable to save his time in handicap terms. In third place on the water was the IDRA of Pierre Long & John Parker. Marks 2 and 3 were in the vicinity of the approach to the marina and just east of the ferry terminal respectively and while spinnakers were a rarity on the top leg of the trapezoid, they were flown on the leg from 2 to 3. Again, only the asymmetrics had any real joy with spinnakers on the bottom leg of the course. Mark 4 was in the approximate location of the memorial on the East Pier.

The finishing order on the water was Kona, Solo, IDRA, but after handicap correction the win went to the Solo of Shane McCarthy with the windsurfer second and the IDRA third.
Ten Lasers answered the starter’s call, with three Radials in the bunch. And it was one of the Radials, helmed by Clare Gorman who set the pace for the first half of the course. Eventually she was reeled in by Gary O’Hare who went on to win on the water by 24 seconds, but after handicap correction, Gorman took the first Laser Frostbite Mug by a margin of 1:09. In third place was Richard Tate.

marie barry noel butlerFireballers Marie Barry and Noel Butler (right) the fast PY Class winners with DMYC's Neil Colin Photo: Frank Miller


Six Fast PYs populated the last start of the day, four Fireballs, a K1 and an RS400. Noel Butler with new crew, Marie Barry (15061) led the fleet from start to finish and won with a 1:24 margin. They weren’t seriously troubled at any stage of the race and even tired spinnaker on the top reach but the blustery nature of the wind coming over the wall suggested that discretion was the better part of valour. Behind them, the battle was for second and third and was populated by Frank Miller & Ed Butler (14713) and Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (14775). While the former pair had the better start and led during the early part of the race, they were undone by an incident with a Laser at one of the leeward mark roundings. The Laser went the wrong side of the mark and got his mainsheet snagged on the mark. This cause him to go into a slow painful capsize with his mast and main snagging the trapeze wire of crew Ed Butler who subsequently went swimming. However, Miller & Butler recovered to take second place back from Colin & Casey. They cut it very fine though, only six seconds separating the two boats. The Fireballs, Butler & Barry, Miller & Butler, Colin & Casey and son and father combination, David & Michael Keegan (14676), were the first four boats home and on handicap. Tom Murphy (K1) only just beat the RS400, helmed by Stuart Harris, on the water, but beat them more comfortably on corrected time.

During the hour’s racing the wind eased as forecast and the blue sky conditions made for a good day out. Frostbites 2017/18 is up and running.

DMYC’s Frostbites 2017/18 – Day 1.
PY1 – Slow Handicap
1 Solo Shane McCarthy Coal Harbour 5302
2 Kona TBA 1969
3 IDRA Pierre Long & John Parker DMYC 161
4 Kona Des Gibney 2677
1 Radial Claire Gorman NYC 207800
2 Full Gary O’Hare RStGYC 201364
3 Full Richard Tate 186300
4 Full Gavan Murphy 173062
PY2 – Fast Handicap
1 Fireball Noel Butler & Marie Barry NYC 15061
2 Fireball Frank Miller & Ed Butler DMYC 14713
3 Fireball Neil Colin & Margaret casey DMYC 14775
4 Fireball David & Michael Keegan RStGYC 14676
5 K1 Tom Murphy NYC 59

For a first day of the series, the entries were down on previous years, this was assumed to be a combination of the forecast, the preceding week’s mid-term break for schools and the usual need to get momentum developed. The organisers would welcome more entries in the forthcoming Sundays.

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Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC) starts its 47th Season of dinghy frostbite racing in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Sunday with a warning signal at 01.57 hrs.

The series is open to monohull centre board dinghies and attracts entries from clubs in the greater Leinster area.

The Winter 2016 series saw 19 races over the period November to the end of March. Organiser Neil Colin of the DMYC says the popular series 'offers great value for money, and with the discard system in the results, eases the pressure to turn up every week'.

In response to the changing dynamic of the entrants, with exception of the Lasers, the balance of the fleet will race in two PY fleets with the cut off set at 1068 between fleet 1 & 2, as further detailed in the Sailing Instructions.

Daily “Mug” prizes will be presented after racing in the DMYC, with soup and refreshments available along with the post race chatter.

The DMYC have limited dinghy parking for visiting entries on a “first come” basis. Full details are available here. Download the poster below.

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‘The Final Fling is Flung’ commented one competitor as he painfully dragged his boat up the slipway in Dun Laoghaire. Strong north-easterly’s greeted the fleet on Sunday afternoon.

With a healthy entry of 22 boats, from four different dinghy fleets – the effects of the 'weather bom'b that was Storm Brian caused the postponement of racing by 24 hours. Three races with no discard were held in the Harbour.

In the Feva fleet – Elysia O’Leary and Lilly Dwyer took top spot in the testing conditions.

Laser Standard – Conor O’Leary sailed solidly to take first overall – with the rest of the fleet decimated by gear and body failure!

Toby hudson fowlerRoyal St. George's Toby Hudson Fowler, sporting the overall Final Fling prize!
Laser Radial first overall was decided on the last mark rounding of the last race with young gun Toby Hudson-Fowler getting the better of Dinghy Master Sean ‘Recently Radialised’ Craig. First Female was Shirley Gilmore.

Lsser sailing dun laoghaire

The Waspz fleet wisely stayed at home!

Final Fling 2017 showcased the competitive Dinghy racing is provided by DBSC each Tuesday evening during the summer – Overall regatta winner Toby commented that he will ‘definitely joining in next year and will be dragging along some of his young radial sailor mates’…

If any other Dinghy fleets want to get involved or make Tuesday evening dinghy racing part of their training plans for 2018 please let us know now!

Thanks to RO Michael Tyrell & Crew, DBSC for providing committee and patrol boats and host club Royal St George.

Final Fling 2018 – 29/9/18 – one for the diary!

Results here

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Dublin City is extremely vulnerable to coastal flooding which could cost at least €340 million in insurance claims alone, according to a new book, Dublin Bay – Nature and History (The Collins Press, price €24.99). Richard Nairn, one of three authors of the book, said, ‘Rising sea levels, increasingly severe storms and poor flood defences will combine to cause frequent flooding of property in the coastal areas of Sandymount and Clontarf.’ He added that there needs to be a high level of cooperation between all state and local authorities to ensure that the capital city is protected from the worst effects of climate change. 

Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company, said, ‘The challenge to simultaneously manage, develop and conserve Dublin Bay is formidable and requires an appreciation of both the bay’s natural environment and its built environment.’

Weaving the kindred strands of history and nature, the authors tell the fascinating story of the bay. The development of the port city has been mirrored by major changes in the coastal environment. Geographer and planner Rob Goodbody, said, ‘The human and natural components of the bay have learned to coexist and, in some cases, even to depend on each other. We wanted to show people things like how the creation of Dublin Port caused the formation of Bull Island, or how the cockles and mussels immortalised in “Molly Malone” caused typhoid fever throughout the city.’ Co-author David Jeffrey, added, ‘The bay has stretched its arms widely to embrace countless generations of Dubliners: it is a life support system, an economic asset and an invaluable recreational resource.’ This new look at a familiar seascape authoritatively explains its importance to the past, present and future of our city and country.

Richard Nairn is a writer and ecologist from Dublin. He studied Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin and was the first Director of BirdWatch Ireland. He provides ecological advice to local authorities, and supported the UNESCO Biosphere designation of Dublin Bay. An active sailor, he has also walked all the shores of the bay.

David Jeffrey, Emeritus Professor of Biology at Trinity College Dublin, lives in Howth. He was a key researcher on the Dublin Bay Water Quality Management Plan and is a tireless advocate for science-based nature conservation.

Rob Goodbody from Dublin is a geographer and planner. He has written several local histories and regularly leads historic walking tours in Dublin.

Did you know that the River Liffey was much wider and shallower in earlier millennia, before it was confined between the quay walls. At low tide, the mud would have been too soft to support a person’s weight and the only crossing was a wide shallow section of the river, with wicker mats staked to the riverbed, which came to be known by the Irish name of Átha Cliath, or ‘ford of the hurdles’. The name Dubhlinn means ‘black pool’, referring to deeper water where the River Poddle enters the Liffey estuary. Thus, the names of the city itself related to the bay.

Dublin Port, which occupies the mouth of the Liffey, is the gateway for three quarters of the trade entering and leaving Ireland. Six ferry companies operate up to seventeen sailings a day to the UK and over a hundred cruise ships visit each year.

Dublin Bay had the first designated bird sanctuary in Ireland and it now has more designations than any other place in the country. The latest of these is its recognition by UNESCO as a biosphere.

The initiative of Dublin City Council in 2015 to extend the UNESCO designation of Biosphere to the entire area of Dublin Bay and its hinterland was innovative, forward-thinking and a model for good international practice in coastal zone management. The Biosphere is managed through a partnership between three coastal local authorities, Dublin Port Company, Fáilte Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. This promising start should be the first building block in a development that could cast Ireland as a world leader. In ecological terms, the biosphere is the global ecological system integrating all living beings and their relationships, including their interaction with the physical environment.

Launched in 1971, the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) is an Intergovernmental Scientific Programme that aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments. Still in place over four decades later, MAB combines the natural and social sciences, economics and education to improve human livelihoods and the equitable sharing of benefits, and to safeguard natural and managed ecosystems, thus promoting innovative approaches to economic development that are socially and culturally appropriate, and environmentally sustainable.

Price €24.99 / £21.99 • Hardback • 312 pages and available to buy online from Afloat's Marketplace here

  • The book will be Launched on Thursday, 2 November in Dublin Port Company. The guest speaker will be Senator David Norris. More launch details here.
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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 its cloth according to its numbers and an offer from the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club to host the event was readily accepted. With an expectation of low numbers, the regatta organisation structure was minimised to two ribs and 3 people and the course configuration was reduced to a windward-leeward option.

Race Officer, Cormac Bradley, ably assisted by Alistair Court and Charles Dunn, was tasked with getting four races in and watching the weather forecast during the week before, the challenge would be to get them in before the weather closed in. While XCWeather was suggesting that the base wind strength would be of the order of 12 – 15 knots, the gusts were projected to start off at 20 knots and grow to 27 knots as the day wore on. At the briefing the six-boat fleet were made aware of the forecast , the impending gustiness of the day and the programme to get 4 races in and to get off the water before the weather got “hooligan”…………and this was not due to the impending blast of Ophelia!

The saving grace on the day was that the wind direction was SSW meaning that the sailing area was in flat water. The sailing area was to the west of Dun Laoghaire harbour and with the slimmed down organisation the start, finish and gate of the windward-leeward course were coincident. This meant that the windward mark could be moved relative to the other two fixed points of the course.

Contrary to the weather forecast, only the first race was a blustery affair that generated a few capsizes, but none of the capsizes I witnessed were due to wind strength, so maybe only one was due to wind strength and that happened before the start. As the day wore on the wind eased, the sun came out and “full-on trapezing” upwind gave way to sitting on the windward deck. Race lengths were of the order of 30 – 40 minutes and 3 or 4 laps, with race times and laps increasing as it became apparent that the projected wind conditions were not going to materialise.

Proceedings on the water were dominated by the usual suspects – Messrs Butler and Oram (15061, NYC) – but they didn’t have everything their own way. Class Chairman Neil Cramer, crewing for Niall McGrotty (14938, Skerries Sailing Club) led Race 2 until the last leeward mark before they were passed before the last weather mark. Indeed, at one stage they had dropped back to third on the water, with Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (14775, DMYC) getting into second. However, the ultimate measure of success is the sequence across the finish line and in this regard Butler and Oram reigned supreme with four wins.

The competition for second and third was a tighter affair between McGrotty/Cramer and Colin/Casey and went the way of the former combination by way of a more favourable ratio of second places on the water, 3:1. It might even have been a bigger margin if the Skerries combination hadn’t capsized in Race 3 when they were in a strong second place – they finished sixth.

For the balance of the fleet – Frank Miller & Peter Doherty (14713, DMYC), Mick Creighton & Marie Barry (14854, NYC) and Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keeffe (14691, RStGYC), the “pink ladies”, it was a case of sharing the lesser places and two of the three had race capsizes that cost each of them.

2017 Fireball Munsters, Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club

October 14th








Noel Butler & Stephen Oram


National Yacht Club








Niall McGrotty & Neil Cramer


Skerries Sailing Club








Neil Colin & Margaret Casey


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Frank Miller & Peter Doherty


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Mick Creighton & Marie Barry


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Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keeffe


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For 15061 this completes a season “Grand Slam” of all the Provincial titles, the Nationals and the Dublin Bay Sailing Club Series. While Stephen was absent for the Nationals, Noel helmed the boats to each of these titles.

After the racing, prize-giving and post-mortems the Class held its AGM in the DMYC clubhouse.

In his Chairman’s address Neil Cramer highlighted the fact that although Noel & Stephen had dominated the top spot on the podium there had been a wide spread of combinations filling the lowers steps of the podium.  His report also reflected the various formats the regattas of the season had taken – a three-day, nine race Nationals at Lough Derg with SODs, Mirrors and Squibs as part of their Harvest Regatta, a two-day six race Leinsters co-sailed with the Skerries Club Regatta, a one-day four race Open at Greystones, a two-day six race Ulsters in Ballyholme with the 420s and today’s one-day four race Munsters. The Mirrors in particular have expressed an interest in teaming up again with a view to getting their members a taste of Fireballing and a provisional arrangement to do that in Mullingar is on the agenda.

The turnout for the DBSC Tuesday Series was less than last year but was still healthy and the competition ran for the entire season.  A number of the dinghy classes are anxious to get some weekend racing organised under the burgee of DBSC in 2018 and it appears the best way to achieve this objective is to nominate specific Saturdays on which this will happen. 

In terms of the committee structure, there was a resignation and a slight shuffling of the seats around the table – Neil Cramer remains as Class Chairman, Frank Miller takes on the Secretary portfolio and Marie Barry that of Treasurer. Other committee members are staying on. Neil thanked all those who had served in 2017 and thanked them for their continued support.  

An update on the affairs of Fireball International as discussed at the Europeans in Lyme Regis in August was tabled and the meeting was advised that we are in election mode. Current FI Commodore Steve Chesney is not seeking re-election and his successor is likely to be a lady Fireballer from Switzerland. Further discussions revolved around a motion by the UK Association that the class be able to use twin spinnaker poles and it prompted a lively discussion in the DMYC as well.

Given the numbers we have had on the water this season, the meeting closed out with a soul-searching discussion on how we get our numbers back to a respectable level. Some of the issues to be discussed were;

  •        The need to get younger people interested in the class.
  •        Diluting the perception that the Fireball can only be competitive if it is brand new.
  •        Undoing the perception that it is an overly expensive class to get in to.
  •        Marketing the flexibility of the crew combinations that can sail the boat competitively.
  •        Sharing venues with other classes to showcase the class
  •        Putting energy and training into club fleets that aren’t travelling to get them onto their own water.

The meeting was particularly encouraged that a couple had come up from Killaloe for the meeting and were able to report that two Spanish guys had joined their fleet and were keen to get a Fireball presence going again.

The day closed with a gathering of the fleet in the Purty Kitchen, a hostelry around the corner from the DMYC for dinner.

The Frostbite Series starts on the first Sunday of November and this year we will be part of the fast PY Fleet. The expectation is that we will have 6-7 boats contesting the event.

The Class Dinner takes place on November 25th in the National Yacht Club.

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BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 2. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster), 3. Attitude (Milner Sugars Owens) 

BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster), 3. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. Lively Lady (Derek Martin), 2. Wow (George Sisk)

CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (George Sisk), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. Indecision (Declan Hayes et al), 2. Prima Luce (O'Flynn, Burke, Lemass), 3. Jalapeno (P Barrington et al)

CRUISERS 1 - 1. White Mischief (Tim Goodbody), 2. Something Else (J.Hall et al), 3. Jalapeno (P Barrington et al)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. ECLIPSE (D BELL), 2. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 3. GWILI TWO (D CLARKE & P MAGUIRE)

CRUISERS 2 - 1. Peridot (Jim McCann et al), 2. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 3. SPRINGER (I BOWRING)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Cartoon (McCormack/Brady/Lawless), 2. Dubious (P Richardson), 3. Asterix (Boushel/Meredith/Counihan)

CRUISERS 3 - 1. Pamafe (M Costello), 2. Dubious (P Richardson), 3. Cartoon (McCormack/Brady/Lawless)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. FFantastic Mr Fox (N Meagher & N Matthews), 2. Elena (Ross Doyle), 3. Ignis Caput (David Mulvin)

FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. Ignis Caput (David Mulvin), 2. Frequent Flyer (C Doorley), 3. As Good As It Gets (Ben Mulligan 

GLEN - 1. Pterodactyl (R & D McCaffrey), 2. Glendun (B.Denham et al), 3. Glenariff (Adrian Lee)

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Diane (B Murphy), 2. Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne), 3. Dart (Pierre Long)

IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Diane (B Murphy), 2. Dart (Pierre Long), 3. Sapphire (Lorcan O'Sullivan)

RUFFIAN 23 - 1. Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy), 2. Ruff Nuff (D & C Mitchell), 3. Bandit (Kirwan/Cullen/Brown)

SHIPMAN - 1. Barrosa (Geraghty/Trotter), 2. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 3. Invader (Gerard Glynn)

SHIPMAN - 1. Barrosa (Geraghty/Trotter), 2. Jo Slim (J.Clarke et al), 3. Invader (Gerard Glynn)

SQUIB - 1. Periguin (N Colcough), 2. Tais (Michael O'Connell), 3. Little Demon (Sheila Power)

SQUIB - 1. Tears in Heaven (M Halpenny & G Ferguson), 2. Little Demon (Sheila Power), 3. Periguin (N Colcough)

Sportsboat - 1. Jambiya (M Ryan & V Lattimore), 2. Jawesome III (M Dyke & B Darcy), 3. JOYRIDE (P BOURKE)

Sportsboat - 1. Jambiya (M Ryan & V Lattimore), 2. Jawesome III (M Dyke & B Darcy), 3. JOYRIDE (P BOURKE) 

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. The Great Escape (P Rigney), 2. Lucyo (P Aonghus OhEocha), 3. Sweet Martini (B Carswell)

WHITE SAIL CRUISERS - 1. Persistence (C Broadhead et al), 2. Act Two (M O'Leary), 3. Cevantes (P Conway)

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#MarineWildlife - This weekend Dublin Port is deploying data buoys in Dublin Bay to monitor marine wildlife activity during the controversial dredging works at Alexandra Basin.

According to The Irish Times, the four boys will provide live data on any whales, dolphins or porpoises in the vicinity of the Burford Bank near Howth, where up to a million tonnes of dredge spoil will be dumped over the next few weeks.

As previously reported on, campaigners have raised concerns about the safety of Dublin Bay’s harbour porpoises, protected by an SAC since 2013, during the dredging operation.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

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