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There is no doubt that weather forecasting has come a long way in that we can enjoy much earlier forecasts of what the wind is going to be doing – most typically seven days before the key date. This correspondent has often quoted a forecast from XCWeather in his reports and for the 2021 season, he has added the “Windy” App to his toolkit.

For Sunday 28th November, the early forecasting showed that while it would be blowing “hooligans” on the Saturday, by Frostbite time on the Sunday the wind would be down to 5/6 knots. And XCWeather and Windy were in agreement! From Thursday evening through Friday and Saturday this appeared to be the picture for Sunday afternoon. Then, on Sunday morning, XCWeather suggested 15 knots with gusts in the high teens. This was on the limit of wind strengths for the pre-Series briefing that we had agreed due to the ongoing Covid situation. On arrival at DMYC there was some “whistling in the rigging” but a handheld over the West Pier wall was suggesting 13 – 16 knots. Air temperatures were low in accordance with the forecast.

A final consultation with DMYC’s Neil Colin suggested that we would race one race and then review the situation. As the committee boat, “Goose” made her way out to the main part of the harbour it was obvious that there were more than the 13 -16 knots and on taking up station, just inside the harbour mouth, the handheld was showing gusts in excess of 20 knots of westerly blowing across the harbour. The base wind strength was 15/16 knots and so a radio consultation took place with rib crews and Neil Colin still on shore. By 13:40 a decision had been taken to proceed with racing but a Windward-Leeward of 3 laps was declared in view of the conditions. That was vindicated when the GP14 of David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne seemed to get upwind reasonably comfortably in the blustery conditions.

A weather mark was set well outside the wind-shadow of the western breakwater and a leeward gate was set up by attaching the marks to hand-buoys of the now vacated summer moorings. This gave a reasonable length of course for the 56 boats that answered the starter’s call. In the lead up to the first start countdown, the Fireballs were sporting spinnakers on the offwind leg and looking comfortable upwind. By this stage the high knot guts were less frequent, and the base wind was steady around the 15-knot mark.
A 22-boat PY fleet opened the proceedings with a healthy fleet of RS Aeros, a slightly reduced fleet of Fireballs, two Kona Windsurfers, the solitary K1, a solitary GP14, a couple of RS 200s and a couple of the double-handed Lasers. The Fireballs led on the water but were unable to do enough to save their time on handicap.

The ILCA 7s (full rig) had their regular seven starters, the ILCA 4s (4.7s) had nine boats to make up a single class of 16 boats and the ILCA 6s (Radials) had a start of 18 boats.

Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites 28th November 2021 (Round 4)

(Round 3 was cancelled due to high winds)

PY Class
1st Roy van Maanen (Aero 5)
2nd Noel Butler (Aero 7)
3rd Mark Gavin (Aero 7)
4th Stephen Oram (Aero 7)
5th Des Gibney (Kona Windsurfer)
6th Frank Miller & Neil Cramer (Fireball 14713)
7th Robert Walker (Kona Windsurfer)
8th Sarah Dwyer (Aero 5)
9th David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne (GP14)
10th Jemima Owens & Henry Start (RS200)

1st Gavan Murphy
2nd Chris Arrowsmith
3rd Conor O’Leary

1st Jessica Riordan
2nd Zoe Hall
3rd Donal Walsh

As the first race progressed, the blustery conditions subsided but the base wind stayed at the 15-knot mark. On that basis, a decision was taken to have a second race and the first triangular course of the Series made its debut. The wind direction had stayed fairly stable, so the windward mark was pushed further towards the western breakwater and a gybe mark was set about 100m downwind from the entrance to the marina. The remaining half of the leeward gate, after the removal of one mark to set the gybe mark, stayed as was.

In order to avail of the conditions a 3-lap course was set and a straw poll of boats sailing past the committee boat confirmed satisfaction with the first race and the decision to have a second.

For the PY Fleet, the Fireballs were to the fore again, on the water, but handicap-wise the results went to the Aeros. First-time starts were achieved by the PY fleet and the combined fleet of ILCA 7s and 4s but the ILCA 6s “blew” their first start and got away at the second time of asking under a “U” Flag.

PY Class
1st Noel Butler
2nd Robert Walker
3rd Roy van Maanen
4th Brendan Foley (Aero 7)
5th Stephen Oram
6th Paul Phelan (Aero 7)
7th Frank Miller & Neil Cramer
8th Kieran Harken & Michael Keegan (Fireball 14676)
9th Des Gibney
10th Jemima Owens & Henry Start

1st Gary O’Hare
2nd Gavan Murphy
3rd Chris Arrowsmith

1st Jessica Riordan
2nd Donal Walsh
3rd Brian Carroll

1st Archie Daly
2nd Brendan Hughes
3rd Mark Henry

While two boats had retired between the races, there was no on the water questioning of the decision to run a second race. So, on that basis, the decision to proceed seemed to have been vindicated. Always easier to go ashore under that assumption!

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Five Fireballs took part in a lively outing during the Viking Marine Frostbites DMYC Frostbites series yesterday (Sunday). For a time there was a doubt about whether racing would go ahead with winds gusting around 25 knots in the harbour at lunchtime but when the race team led by Cormac Bradley went out to take readings there were signs that the gusts were easing and racing got underway shortly after 2 pm.

For race one a windward/leeward course was set across the width of the harbour to suit the westerly winds. Frank Miller sailing with Neil Cramer got off the start line cleanly and led to the windward with Louise McKenna/Joe O'Reilly and Kieran Harkin/Michael Keegan close behind. The leading pair held their position for the three rounds to the finish but the opposition were never far behind. On PY handicap Roy Van Maanen took the gun in his Aero 5 with mostly Aeros dominating the top positions on handicap.

For race two a triangular course was set and again Miller/Cramer got away cleanly but this time were chased down by Harkin/Keegan who remained a threat right to the finish. With the gusts still in play clean gybing was crucial as was staying upright.

The leading pair almost crashed out near the finish when their spinnaker sheet caught a mooring buoy during the drop but they managed to clear it in time and retain their position. McKenna/O'Reilly had a capsize at the leeward during a tricky gybe to keep clear of a thicket of Lasers on starboard. The swim took them out of the game and Harkin/Keegan were second Fireball across the line.

On PY handicap, Noel Butler in an Aero 7 took the gun and again a sprinkling of Aeros dominated on handicap. Special mention should go to young Morris ter Horst who persuaded his father Paul to launch despite the gusty conditions and the pair had two good races getting around the course cleanly and upright. Also seen afloat for the first time was newcomer Jack McMahon finding his feet in his newly acquired boat and top sailor and coach Barry McCartin getting some practice in.The first series continues through until Christmas when sailors get a two week break.

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The internal debate about whether to have a light wind race or no race at all surfaced for the second round of the Viking Marine sponsored Frostbites yesterday. Both “Windy” and XCWeather were forecasting winds of 6 – 8knots from just East of South from Saturday morning, but on arrival at the DMYC just after midday on Sunday, there was little evidence of that on the water.

The Race Management Team went afloat and found that there was some wind, though not what was forecast; and it was a little further east than the forecast as well. A decision to proceed was taken and a Windward-Leeward course was set up with the windward mark and spreader mark set about 60m off the “ferry dolphins” and the leeward gate set in just south of the INSC’s green raft. At this stage the wind was fluctuating between 4 and 5.5knots but holding reasonably steady in terms of direction. And as the fleet came out there was a sense that there was enough to have a race. Certainly, at the top end of the course, the Fireballs had healthy-looking spinnaker sets.

Last Sunday’s 62-boat fleet was exceeded by a further 7 boats, with the makeup of fleets being PY Class 29 boats, ILCA 7s (Full Rig) 8 boats, Laser 4.7s 9 boats and Laser Radials 23 boats.

The first two starts, the PY Fleet and the ILCA 7s and Laser 4.7s both got away cleanly, and most boats seemed to favour going left. One OCS in the PY start took advantage of an empty start line, having gone round the committee boat to restart, to go right and to this observer’s view never got headed thereafter. (The mainsail had a large red ball on it!!)

The Radials were a different matter needing two aborted starts and a “Black Flag Start” to eventually get away – the price paid being a 2-lap race rather than the three laps the other two starts got. This was not vindictiveness on the part of the RO, but rather an attempt to get more time to start a second race, should the wind hold out.

In the PY Class, there was good representation from the Fireballs and the Aeros and one of the three registered GP14s was out (Mulvey & Murphy). A second RS400 and an RS200 joined the fleet, and the Long family (DMYC) had the sole IDRA (Pierre & son) and the sole Mirror (brothers Paul & Yves) on the water. Gerry Ryan and John McAree got the covers off the 470 and Tom Murphy sailed the solitary (double pun) K1.

In the PY fleet, Fireballs were to the fore on the water, with Neil Colin/Marjo, Louise McKenna/crew, Alistair Court & Gordon Syme and Frank Miller and Class Chairman Neil Cramer well to the fore. The Aeros too, kept close company with Noel Butler unusually late for the start but recovering throughout the race.

The wind eased below 4knots for most of the race, but as advised by competitors afterwards, what breeze there was extended across the course – there were no obvious holes. So, while it was light, a race was completed!

DMYC Frostbites Round 2

PY Class
1st Jemima Owens & Henry Start, RS200
2nd Neil Colin & Marjo, FB 14775
3rd Pierre Long & son, IDRA 161
4th Louise McKenna & crew, FB 15106
5th Monica Schaefer & crew, Wayfarer 11299
6th – 9th, Aero 7s, led home by Noel Butler 3289
10th – Paul & Yves Long, Mirror
13th Tom Murphy, K1
15th Gerry Ryan & John McAree, 470 777
17th Brian O’Hare & Lucy O’Donoghue, RS400
18th Ciara Mulvey & Peter Murphy, GP14, 11111

On corrected time, 5 minutes separated the top five boats.

1st Gavan Murphy
2nd Owen Laverty
3rd Chris Arrowsmith

Laser 4.7s
1st Zoe Hall
2nd Daniel O’Connor
3rd Donal Walsh

Laser Radials
1st Conor Clancy
2nd Luke Turvey
3rd Brendan Hughes

The Race Officer hung on for a short while to see if the wind which had dropped during the course of the race might come back again, but it became apparent that we were out of luck on that score, so the fleet were sent homewards.

The race results are accessible on the DMYC website and a number of boats will find that they haven’t got a score. This is due to either a) boats missing the spreader mark at the windward mark or b) boats coming through the finish line when the Committee Boat is flying a blue flag to indicate that it is on station for a finish. Neither action is permissible a) is shown on the course card and b) is covered in the sailing instructions. Please read both!!

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DMYC at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is reporting 19 registered entries for its traditional Dinghy Frostbite Series that this year sets sail under the Viking Marine burgee.

The Notice of Race has been published on the club website, and the online entry system is now live.

Racing commences on Sunday, 7th of November.

After the loss of the series for winter 2020/21 due to the Covid restrictions, DMYC is looking to host a jam-packed series.

The West Pier club plans to build on the surge of interest in ILCA (Laser) training and racing, growth of the RS Aero class and revival of the Fireball Class ahead of its World Championships to be sailed on Lough Derg in 2022.

"We anticipate racing format will be as before with starts for the PY Fleet, ICLA 6's (Radial fleet), and ILCA 7's (full rigs) and 5's (4.7's) starting together, all racing for separate class honours," says DMYC's Neil Colin.

The race management will be in the capable hands of Cormac Bradley, supplemented by a team of guest PRO's throughout the series.

The series is open to youth and senior sailors alike with discounted entry fees for the under 18's.

Entry can be made online here

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A fleet in the mid-fifties braved a chilly Dun Laoghaire harbour today for the third race of Series 2 of the 2019/20 DMYC Frostbites. Wind strength during the morning in advance of racing wasn’t as brisk as forecast but the direction was right – westerly. The team racers were enjoying good conditions to confirm that the stronger winds forecast for the day hadn’t arrived.

However, the dominant weather feature was the chill factor and some preliminary soundings in the DMYC dinghy park suggested that the idea of a single long race to keep everyone active wasn’t a bad call. And so, the dye was cast! A five-lap Olympic course was signalled by Race Officer Cormac Bradley.

The committee boat set up just off the weather station on the East Pier and the 270° wind direction allowed a weather mark to be set just off the leading starboard leading light into the marina. The first reach took the fleet eastwards beyond the HSS gantry to a position off the Carlisle Pier, leaving the leeward mark between the weather station and the Boyd Memorial.

The PY fleet numbered 23 boats and included Wayfarers (2), GP 14s (2), Kona Windsurfers (3), RS Aeros (3), RS 200s (3), RS 400s (2), the Paralympic 2.4 (1), a Solo, and Fireballs (6). They had a General recall to start, one of the Aeros and one of the Fireballs leading an early charge over the line, causing the limit mark to disappear. That relegated them to the back of the queue! When they did get away, the trend seemed to be to go left into the middle of the harbour before picking a port-hand tack to get upwind towards the weather mark. The first rounding of the weather mark by the PY fleet looked busy and it wasn’t a red spinnaker that was first to break. Instead it was the blue of Alistair Court and Gordon Syme (14706) and another couple of reds were seen before Butler & Oram (15061) showed! Following what looked like two good reaches under spinnaker, the pecking order was Court, Frank Miller & Grattan Donnelly (14990), Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keeffe (15016) and Ciaran Harken and Michael Keegan (14676) may have been ahead of the aforementioned Butler & Oram. Court/Syme lost their lead with a subsequent capsize on a beat and McKenna/O’Keeffe took on the mantle of leaders though they were hard-pressed by Miller/Donnelly. This latter combination also led the race for a period. However, it seemed that everyone in this race within a race was waiting for the “fat lady to sing”. Rounding the weather mark for the last time, two red spinnakers were well ahead of the fleet, followed by a third red spinnaker. It seems (in the post- race banter) that the first two reds were McKenna and Miller, who it was claimed had a double-digit lead of boat-lengths over Butler. For reasons that weren’t forthcoming, a severe luffing match ensued and there may have been turns taken, which opened a huge door of opportunity for Butler & Oram – which they availed of with both hands to take a win on the finish line. A “squeaky-bum” performance by the pair!!

However, the result on the water wasn’t good enough for them to occupy the podium places on handicap – those places went to the GP14 of Peter & Stephen Boyle (1st), followed by the Solo of Shane McCarthy and the Wayfarer of Dave Mulvin and Ronan O’Beirne. The three RS Aeros (7s) were led home by Kenny Rumball in 5th, followed by Brendan Foley in 6th and Mark Gavin in 7th respectively. Sarah Byrne led the two-person RS contingent home in 4th place while the Fireball of Butler & Oram had to be satisfied with 8th. There was some consternation at the handicap results with the GP 14 finishing 6:25 down on the Fireball but winning by 2:14 on handicap. The Solo was 55 seconds down on the GP14 but 42 seconds ahead of the Wayfarer. The “delta” between the Wayfarers on the water was 1:02, but on handicap, seven boats got in between them.

The three-boat Laser Standard fleet had three starters but only two finishers with Alan Hodgins taking the honours over David Field.

Four 4.7s raced with Kitty Flanagan taking the wing over siblings Luke and Hugh Turvey and Eimear Farrell closed the account in 4th place.
Twenty-six Radials assembled at the start line for racing with a transfer from the 4.7s in the form of Rian Geraghty-McDonnell. This young man has dominated the 4.7s thus far so clearly has decided to up his game for the balance of the series. He started off where he left off with another win on the water, but it was a very close race at the front with the lead boats overlapped every time they cam down past the committee boat on the sausage leg. There were no raised voices throughout any of the manoeuvres to get around the leeward mark and if there had been “fun and games” the senior fleet in this fleet, one Sean Craig would be quick to restore proper order. As it was, he finished in third behind the Geraghty-McDonnell and Kate Fahy. Behind him, in turn, were Judy O’Beirne and Alanna Coakley, leaving the males in the minority of the top five places.
Only one Laser seemed to be disappointed that there wasn’t a second race – everyone else seemed to be happy to go home.

DMYC Frostbites: Series 2; Round 3

PY Fleet:
1st Peter & Stephen Boyle (GP14), 2nd Shane McCarthy (Solo), 3rd David Mulvin & Ronan O’Beirne (Wayfarer).
Standard Lasers:
1st Alan Hodgins, 2nd David Field.
1st Kitty Flanagan, 2nd Luke Turvey, 3rd Hugh Turvey, 4th Eimear Farrell.
Laser Radials:
1st Rian Geraghty-McDonnell, 2nd Kate Fahy, 3rd Sean Craig, 4th Judy O’Beirne, 5th Alanna Coakley.

A quieter than usual DMYC clubhouse saw Peter & Stephen Boyle pick up a Frostbite Mug for their endeavours. There were other Mugs available for collection, but the rule is that you have to be there to get it!

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Fifty-eight boats took to the water for the first Frostbite Sunday of December, which for a lot of people is the trigger for the countdown to Christmas, writes Cormac Bradley.

From Friday afternoon this column’s favoured web-based weather forecasting site was predicting northerly winds up to 10 knots for the afternoon but at 9.30 on the morning the direction wasn’t correct, although the grey skies were as predicted.

The larger keelboats left the harbour with breeze outside but by the time I returned to the waterfront area at noon, the omens for vigorous racing in the afternoon weren’t good. A walk of the east pier to just beyond the bandstand revealed a very flat outer area of the harbour wind-wise and outside, the latter half of the Turkey Shoot fleet were struggling to get their morning race finished.

On repairing to the DMYC clubhouse, the wind conditions there were not healthy, either, and the final nail in the scene was the upward movement of the steam from the incinerator. All in all, not a good projection for racing.

But, by 12.30 there was a distinct movement of air around the DMYC clubhouse; the smoke from the incinerator was being blown from the top of the chimneys at an angle and in the distance, over the inner walls of the harbour, the tops of Laser sails could be seen moving quite healthily. Racing was on!

Noel Butler & Stephen Oram execute a gybe en route to the leeward mark in Race 2 | Photo: Cormac BradleyNoel Butler & Stephen Oram execute a gybe en route to the leeward mark in Race 2 | Photo: Cormac Bradley

The PY fleet had a healthy turnout of 27 boats with a full complement of 11 Fireballs, excuse the bias! On the Frostbite director’s orders, a long line had been set and the fleet availed of the increased length to generate a fairly even distribution of boats. They all headed to the left-hand side before breaking off to take a hitch to the right.

However, by the upper end of the beat to the weather mark on a two-lap triangular course, the fleet was spread across the width of the course – always a good sign for any race officer.

While there was a cluster of Fireballs at the first weather mark, the first boat to break out a third sail was the RS 400 of Phelan & Leddy. This would trigger a race within a race as the Fireballs chased the RS down but ultimately the Greystones boat with the asymmetric spinnaker would hold out to record an eight-second winning margin, which was overturned on handicap to give the Fireball of Butler & Oram (15061) an eight-second win on handicap.

The RS reps were enjoying a good day as Sarah Byrne and crew, in an RS 200, finished third on handicap, only 51 seconds behind the RS400. Another Fireball took fourth on corrected time, Daniel Thompson & Cara McDowell, sailing Josh Porter’s 14695, while fifth went to the Wayfarer of Monica Schaeffer & Miriam McCarthy.

And speaking of McCarthys, the Solo of Shane McCarthy made its seasonal debut. Special mention should be made of a seventh-place finish of Sailing in Dublin’s Laser Vago, helmed by Rose-Marie Daly and crewed by Pat McGrath. The Fireballs also enjoyed good racing within the fleet.

The subsequent starts for Lasers and 4.7s and the Radials saw a similar approach to the start, an even distribution of boats along the line, an initial hitch out to the left and then varying degrees of bail-out to go right towards the weather mark that was situated close to the outer elbow of the West Pier.

The westerly winds gave a gybe mark position downwind of the entrance to the marina, while the leeward mark was situated off the East Pier between the weather station and the Boyd Memorial.

Five standard Lasers were led home by Vasily Shramkov, Alan Hodgins and John Marmelstein, while the four 4.7s had a finishing order of Rian Geraghty-McDonnell, Jacques Murphy and Evan Dorgan-Hayes. In the 22-boat Laser Radial fleet, the youth sailors led the way with a first and second for Conor Gorman and Alana Coakley respectively, before the more seasoned campaigner of Sean Craig closed out the podium places, with Adam Walsh putting himself between Craig and the next adult member of the fleet, Shirley Gilmore in fifth.

While the wind was fluctuating between 280 and 300º and had built to just under 10 knots, there was no real reason to ‘tweak’ the course, so course X3 was signalled for the second race. This three-lap Olympic configuration was sailed in better sunshine until later on the sun dipped behind a bank of cloud, making the single-digit temperature that bit cooler.

Frank Miller and Grattan Donnelly (14713) stole a march on the whole PY fleet with a port-tacked start at the pin end and led all the way round until the last weather mark when they lost out to Butler & Oram. This latter pair could not save their time on handicap, losing out to the RS Aero 7 of Brendan Foley by 18 seconds. Sarah Byrne and crew had a good second race, grabbing another third-place finish on handicap.

But while the Fireballs also enjoyed good racing by way of their numbers, the best race of the day was between the two Wayfarers of David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne and Monica Schaeffer & Miriam McCarthy. The latter pair had a healthy lead on the water by the first leeward mark but the former pair worked their way closer and closer to their prey, eventually finishing behind the Greystones pair by seven seconds on the finish line. In their race within a race, their efforts were rewarded with fourth and fifth on handicap.

Conor O’Leary in his Laser | Photo: Cormac BradleyConor O’Leary in his Laser | Photo: Cormac Bradley

Having complained of the cold at the conclusion of the first race, just succeeded ex-captain of the Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet and Laser sailor, Conor O’Leary, upped his body heat and the competition in the second race by taking second place behind Shramkov, with Hodgins in third. In the 4.7s, Geraghty won again while Dargan-Hayes and Murphy swopped places from the first race.

In the Radials, Craig again had to be satisfied with third place behind Coakley and Gorman respectively, while Walsh and Jack Fahy took the next two places. And from a Flying Fifteen perspective, as the day’s race officer has been campaigning these boats for the past three seasons, there is a growing participation level in the Frostbites with David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne sailing a Wayfarer, Ciara Mulvey & Peter Murphy sailing a GP 14, Conor O’Leary sailing a Standard Laser and Hugh Cahill (Flying Fifteen 3606) making a Frostbite debut in the Laser Radial.

With ten races completed and a second discard kicking in, the overall situation(s) are as follows:

PY Fleet Overall (Total entries 29 boats)

  1. Noel Butler & Stephen Oram, Fireball, 13pts
  2. Brendan Foley, RS Aero 7, 33pts
  3. Sarah Byrne & crew(s), RS 200, 38pts
  4. Monica Schaeffer & Miriam McCarthy, Wayfarer, 44pts
  5. Jemima Owen & Henry Start, RS200, 48pts

Laser Standard (Total entries 13 boats)

  1. Chris Arrowsmith, 21pts
  2. Alan Hodgins, 23pts
  3. John Marmelstein, 24pts
  4. Marc Coakley, 29pts
  5. David Field, 42pts

Laser 4.7s (Total entries 11 boats)

  1. Rian Geraghty – McDonnell, 9pts.
  2. Jacques Murphy, 23pts
  3. Kitty Flanagan, 26pts
  4. Evan Dargan-Hayes, 32pts

Laser Radials (Total entries 33 boats)

  1. Conor Gorman, 12pts
  2. Sean Craig, 27pts
  3. Adam Walsh, 29pts
  4. Alana Coakley, 56pts
  5. Adam Leddy, 56pts.

And in a blatant case of bias, the pecking order in the Fireballs is;

Fireballs (Total entries 11 boats)

  1. Noel Butler & Stephen Oram, 10pts
  2. Alistair Court & Gordon Syme, 31pts
  3. Frank Miller & Ed Butler, 32pts
  4. Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keeffe, 35pts
  5. Neil Colin & Margaret Casey, 38pts
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For the third weekend of the DMYC Frostbites series, an early call was made that the fleet would race outside the harbour. The move was warmly welcomed by competitors as the wind inside the harbour was quite fragmented. Outside the wind was a fairly steady WNW rather than the anticipated NNW wind forecast. For race one an Olympic Triangle was set and the PY fleet got away cleanly though the pressure was uneven over the first part of the beat and there were a couple of fairly big shifts before the weather mark was reached. Leading the pack were new entrants Andy Boyle sailing with Tedz Byrne in their Fireball. They were pursued by the rest of the seven-boat fireball fleet and various PY boats with a more favourable handicap in the semi-trapezing conditions. Ultimately the pair took line honours by a few seconds over series leaders Noel Butler and Stephen Oram, with Louise McKenna and crew Joe O’Reilly about 30 seconds behind.

"David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne in a Wayfarer who showed great speed over the course"

The winners though on handicap were David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne in a Wayfarer who showed great speed over the course. In the three Laser class divisions, the races were won respectively by Marc Coakley, Conor Gorman and Katie Flanagan.

For race two the course was rejigged slightly to allow for a shifting wind and once again the PY fleet crossed the line to the welcome call of “all clear”. Louise McKenna and Joe O’Reilly led to the weather mark with Cariosa Power/Marie Barry, Kieran Harkin/Michael Keegan and Frank Miller/Ciaran Hickey all in close pursuit. This time the course was triangles and the wind had improved enough to allow full trapezing for many on the beat. Due to the shifting wind, the first reach was extremely broad and, unsurprisingly, the second extremely tight forcing competitors to drop the kite about two-thirds the way along the leg. At the leeward mark for round two McKenna rounded just ahead of Harkin/Keegan with Miller/Hickey immediately behind that pair.

While McKenna/O’Reilly tacked away quickly Harkin/Keegan and Miller/Hickey kept going on port hoping to get into stronger breeze visible to the right. How wrong they were – the shifting breeze meant that any boat which tacked immediately could more or less lay the weather mark. Thus when Miller/Hickey spotted their error they found the chasing boats including Butler/Oram and Power/Barry under them and happily laying the weather mark. To add insult to injury Boyle/Byrne were also back in the game.

On the next broad reach, Miller/Hickey managed to overtake Power/Barry but on the subsequent reach, now tighter than ever, the women pairing were right on their heels, with Boyle/Byrne not far behind. Two-thirds down that reach increased pressure forced everyone to drop their kites though no place-changing occurred. However, at the leeward mark Power/Barry remained on port too long and Boyle/Byrne tacked immediately and managed to catch the women pair on the finish line. The race was well won by McKenna/O’Reilly both in the eleven boat Fireball fleet and in PY, followed home by Fireballers Butler/Oram, Miller/Hickey, Boyle/Byrne, Power/Barry.

On handicap, Brendan Foley took second in the RS Aero and Mulvin/Beirne took third in their Wayfarer. In the Laser divisions, winners were again Marc Coakley, Conor Gorman and Katie Flanagan. The series continues next Sunday with every sign of more boats pitching into this very popular winter series.

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XCWeather was promising 8/9 knots of breeze for the critical part of Sunday afternoon and at 09:00 the breeze looked good as the keelboats went out for their DBSC Turkey Shoot! Three hours later as I came back down to Dun Laoghaire for the DMYC Frostbites the latter finishers from the morning's racing were struggling to get over the finish line in very light conditions. Inside the harbour, it had gone very flat and in the inner harbour, there was mirror-like conditions. Sailing Manager of the National Yacht Club, Olivier Prouveur, however, assured me that there would be wind for the Frostbites, coming out of the south! By 13:15 when a decision to go afloat was necessary, the die was cast, we could see the weather-mark laying boat in a probable location from the slipway at the National Yacht Club. It turned out to be another pleasant afternoon of racing albeit without the sunshine of the previous Sunday.

Rather than doing Race Officer, today I had a Fireball berth with Louise McKenna,15016, and there was a good turnout from the class with seven boats on the water. The PY fleet had another good turn-out of 22 boats with the Kona Windsurfers making their seasonal debut and all the other players from the previous Sunday were in attendance. The first start got away under an individual recall and one Fireball went back. By the time the finish came around, it became obvious others should have gone back with them. And, having called out people who were OCS/black-flagged last Sunday, in this column, I have to admit that I was on one of the boats that should have gone back. The other "errant starter" was another Fireball, Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (14775). This decision caused consternation on the water, and even more discussion in the DMYC post-mortem after racing. However, given that it is difficult to dissuade a Race Officer that he is wrong on these calls, due to his relatively fixed position at the start, we just had to swallow our medicine. Race Officer, Ben Mulligan (Flying Fifteens) was clear on the water - we had transgressed!!

"This decision caused consternation on the water, and even more discussion in the DMYC post-mortem after racing"

For the first start there was cluster of boats at the committee boat end - Frank Miller & Grattan Donnelly (14713) in the Fireball and the RS clan of 200s and 400s. In "our view" we were hidden by this cluster of boats and ultimately Miller & Donnelly answered the call of the individual recall. Noel Butler & Stephen Oram, meantime, were at the outer end of the line and they led the charge to the left-hand side of the course taking the majority of the Fireballs with them. It proved to be a good call as the leading boats around the first weather mark of the 2-lap Windward-Leeward course came in from that side. The Fireballs dominated the lead bunch but the RSs were mixing it with them! Butler/Oram led the fleet around the weather mark but were closely followed by Colin/Casey, Alistair Court & Gordon Syme (14706), Josh Porter, down from N. Ireland and crewed by Cara McDowell (14695), Cariosa Power & Marie Barry (14854), Team Keegan, Michael crewing with his daughter helming (14676) and your correspondent. On the downwind leg, the Aero 7 of Brendan Foley was also keeping company with the Fireballs as was the RS 400 of Phelan & Leddy. McKenna/Bradley sailed a straighter line to the leeward gate and caught up some of the Fireball places ahead of them to round in fourth. They then went left and found themselves up to second place and within a respectable distance of Butler/Oram going up the port lay-line. They held onto this position ahead of Court/Syme only to cross the finish line in silence. This short race may have been influenced by the progressive pre-race shift of the wind in a southerly direction leaving the Race Officer with a beat across the shorter dimension of the harbour with a weather mark close to the ferry dolphins and the gate in the vicinity of the harbour mouth. In handicap terms, the RS200 of Jemima Owens & Henry Start came second, a mere 9 seconds behind the Fireball and 34 seconds ahead of Patrick Hassett in the 2.4. The Owens/Start result gave them the Frostbite Mug.

In the standard Lasers, in an eight-boat fleet, Chris Arrowsmith took the honours with Mark Coakley and David Field taking the other podium finishes. That gave the day's Frostbite Mug to Coakley. In the 4.7s (5 boats) Jacques Murphy ramped up his game to finish first, after his third last week, and was followed home by Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and Kitty Flanagan. While in the Radials, Alana Coakley carried on where she left off last Sunday with another first, chased by Conor Gorman and Adam Walsh.

For Race 2 an "X" course was signalled - Olympic configuration with three laps. Having "blown" the first race there was some conservatism applied to the second start by the correspondent's helm and the trick was to sail along the line and tack on the starting signal. A hail of "All Clear" generated some relief!! The committee boat end was "cluttered" while Butler/Oram were to tell everyone afterwards that the pin-end was like a deserted town - there was nobody there!! These two walked away with this race, beating the next Fireball, Porter/McDowell, by two minutes. Behind them the balance of the Fireball fleet fought it out with the two RS 400s and the two RS 200s. Team Keegan fell away with a broken jib car while Power/Barry had a spinnaker problem on the last lap of the course. The top reach of this course was "touch and go" for flying spinnakers. On the first lap the early part of the reach was tight but it eased a bit towards the gybe mark. Butler/Oram flew it, the 2nd placed Colin/Casey held back until the latter part of the leg. By the time the second triangle came around, it was even tighter and fewer Fireballs flew bags.

In handicap terms the 1-2 was unchanged from Race 1, the RS 200 of Owens/Start taking second place but nearly a minute behind the Butler/Oram Fireball. Brendan Foley in the Aero 7 took third, 37 seconds behind the RS 200, a Frostbite Mug-winning performance. Patrick Hassett in the 2.4 finished fourth on handicap. This represents a considerable improvement in Patrick's Frostbite record this season. In the four races he has sailed he has scored two fourth places and a third. This is surely evidence of the benefits of practice and regatta sailing! One place down the pecking order we find Monica Schaeffer & Miriam McCarthy in their Wayfarer and making his seasonal debut with a new crew, Brian O'Hare finished 10th in his RS 400.

In the standard Lasers, the win went to Mark Coakley which resulted in second-placed David Field taking the Frostbite Mug, with John Marmelstein third. In the 4.7s, Geraghty-McDonnell took the win, upping his game from Week 1, with Kitty Flanagan and Evan Dargan-Hayes third. In the Radials, Sean Craig got to grips with the lighter conditions to take his first race win of the series and the Frostbite Mug. Behind him came the younger generation in Conor Gorman and Hugh O'Connor.

Entries to the Frostbites stand at 87 boats as of this second weekend so there are still places available to enter. On the water, there were 58 boats.

Race 1 PY Class:
Noel Butler & Stephen Oram (FB),
Jemima Owen & Henry Start (RS 200)
Patrick Hassett (2.4)

Race 1 Standard Lasers
Chris Arrowsmith
Mark Coakley
David Field

Race 1 Laser 4.7s
Jacques Murphy
Rian Geraghty-McDonnell
Kitty Flanagan

Race 1 Laser Radials
Alana Coakley
Conor Gorman
Adam Walsh

Race 2 PY Class
Noel Butler & Stephen Oram (FB)
Jemima Owens & Henry Start (RS 200)
Brendan Foley (Aero 7)

Race 2 Standard Lasers
Mark Coakley
David Field
John Marmelstein

Race 2 Laser 4.7s
Rian Geraghty-McDonnell
Kitty Flanagan
Evan Dargan-Hayes

Race 2 Laser Radials
Sean Craig
Conor Gorman
Hugh O'Connor

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Is it still the Annalise effect, now morphing perhaps into the Finn Lynch effect? Is it the Laser Master Worlds effect from last September on Dublin Bay writes Sean Craig? Is it the emergence of the Radial rig as what "Afloat" recently described as the "boat for all ages"? Is it just the latest chapter in the local rebirth of a great dinghy, driven on by an inclusive community of enthusiasts? Or is it the realisation, finally, that young and old dinghy sailors CAN and maybe must race together to share resources and give our youth sailors real race practice, rather than just endless hours of drills and theory sessions?

The answer might just be all of the above. Regardless, the end result was a great turnout of 75 Lasers with up to 60 on the water, each Sunday from November to March, comprising 37 Radials (the largest ever locally assembled fleet of the mid-sized rig in Ireland), 19 Full rigs and 18 4.7s. How great it was to also see an equally healthy entry of 40+ PY dinghies, with lots of Fireballs and good pods of RSs and Wayfarers amongst others. Getting the entries in is all well and good but the host club still has to deliver and, as you would expect after 40 odd editions, the famous old DMYC delivered in spades. This is due to superb race management (thank you rising Race Officer star Cormac Bradley) and fantastic organisation (including comprehensive market research on format) spearheaded by Organiser Neil Colin and backed up by dozens of DMYC volunteers. Nor can we forget Bob Hobby who, in between pulling marks up and down for the meticulous RO Bradley, took some fairly exquisite photos for the DMYC Frostbite Facebook page

Plenty of plaudits there already but what really warmed the cockles this winter was seeing the youthful participation of eighteen 4.7s, about a dozen Radials and even a couple of young up and coming Full rig sailors like Peter Fagan and Hugo Kennedy. Dun Laoghaire is a dinghy sailing and racing centre par excellence but for too long the generations have been kept apart on the race course, causing wasteful duplication of efforts and resources. Perhaps this was part stigma, often the dreaded Health and Safety was trotted out as an excuse but it never really made sense and great kudos is due to both DMYC and DBSC for helping local Laser organisers in this area. A real powerhouse in making this happen this winter was Rob Walker of the Royal St George, in concert with Laser class captain Gavan Murphy. Rob put together a very comprehensive youth winter training programme for the combined clubs with top coaches but, crucially, the youths knew the idea was to stop training around midday and join in the Frostbites for some great sport with the, erm, somewhat older guys and gals ! Their coach would also observe the racing for debrief later. It is to the immense credit of these sailors and their parents that they embraced all this so great thanks go to some of the most active DL sailing families like the Gormans, Fahys, Walkers, Flanagans, Coakleys, Simingtons and many others too. Some clans had 3 or 4 family members out there! Kind of amusing - watching Kitty Flanagan carving up her Dad Sean at the leeward mark! Nice also to see something similar in PY with Morgan Lyttle in his 420 and the Thompson lads up from Wexford and storming around in a Fireball.

Results somehow don't seem very important when one has the gut feeling something rather special just took place in terms of the tribe on the water each Sunday. But for those of a statistical inclination, follow this link here What is perhaps noteworthy here is that the famous old Laser Frostbite trophy went to Conor Gorman who held off a strong field in the 4.7 division. By the way, older Laser heads learnt a hell of a lot by watching those guys start! No lining up from 3 lengths out with these racers. Anyway, the point is that this great old trophy (won by Olympians for example) has always been awarded to the Full rigs since the smaller sails simply didn't exist 40 years ago! But the senior sailors were unanimous this year that it should go the 4.7s to recognise their arrival in such good numbers and here's hoping we see 30 or 40 of them next winter! Indeed, the aforementioned DBSC welcome all ages and Laser rigs for their DBSC series (Tuesday nights) starting April 23rd here

Thanks again to the DMYC and all the competitors for turning up. What a fantastic bounceback from a couple of years ago when we were hearing a cruise-liner pier carving the harbour in two was no big deal since dinghy sailing was dying out anyway! Nothing could be further from the truth these days. Frostbiters are joined each Winter weekend by team racing students in Fireflies, Oppie training, Topper training, INSS and SID dinghy fleets and plenty of brand new 29-ers and Waszps, tearing around the harbour. With the brand new IS High-Performance centre on the Irish Lights site as well, you'd be tempted to ask if there's a more vibrant dinghy hub anywhere in the world? And that’s even before thirty Water Wags hit the water for Summertime!

Conor GormanConor Gorman (left) with the famous Laser Frostbite Trophy. Photo; Bob Hobby

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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 what XCWeather was saying during the morning. Arriving at the office to get a piece of work done before racing, the view from the 3rd Floor of my office location suggested that the Tukey Shoot participants were having a good race but there was nothing excessive about the wind. They had a fleet in excess of 50 boats.

With a solitary double points scoring race on the Agenda for today, there was a debate as to whether we should go outside, but with hindsight, staying in was the better call. Race Officer Cormac Bradley and Frostbites co-ordinator Neil Colin decided that a long race would fit the bill and we would stick with triangles. Thus a five-lap course was set with the weather mark initially set about two hundred metres west of the former HSS berth. By 13:40 the full course was set and while there was some fluctuation in the breeze, the location of the weather mark held true for quite a while. A well-known Laser Radial sailor advised me that he could almost fetch the mark on port tack and no sooner had that been acknowledged that a substantial shift to the left happened. This, in turn, prompted a call to the mark layer to drag the weather mark eastwards.

Three clean starts were managed today but there were OCSs in the PY fleet, with one of the Kona Windsurfers called back and at least one Fireball going back with him. Somehow or other the K1 (Tom Murphy, NYC) sneaked a star that neither the recorders nor the RO saw and he was not amused to find himself recorded as an OCS at the clubhouse afterwards.

While the race sequences had started in about 9 knots of breeze, it became apparent that the wind was fading rather than strengthening and there was certainly no sign of the 15 knots that had been promised. The RS Aero was well up the pecking order at the first weather mark in the company of two Fireballs – Noel Butler and Stephen Oram (15061) and the ladies, Cariosa Power & Marie Barry (14854), who after the racing told me of their position at the first weather mark. The tendency to flick left made the first reach tighter than originally intended and Messrs Butler & Oram didn’t gybe at Mark 2 but sailed on for quite some distance before adjusting course to get to Mark 3. Behind these two the remaining Fireballs were in close proximity to each other. Power & Barry had a systems failure with putting up and taking down their spinnaker and while it cost them places and distance on the water, and one imagine huge frustration, it was not the sort of day where it could have been much more catastrophic! The Aero stuck with the Fireballs for the first lap but then more of them caught and passed him. Butler and Oram were racing against the clock, with Shane McCarthy being their principal opposition on the water for the overall Series 1 lead. They “streaked away”, figuratively, not physically, from their own fleet and took a 16:14 winning margin over McCarthy into the results machinations, which converted into a 7:25 win. The next three Fireballs were overlapped on the finish line and in a very tight call the Thompson brothers, Daniel & Harry (1500) got the nod ahead of Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keeffe (14691) who sneaked in ahead of Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (14775).

frostbite 2Noel Butler (L) and Stephen Oram – 2nd Overall, Series 1, PY Fleet Photo Frank Miller.

By this stage, the wind was down to a measly 3 knots so with Butler & Oram having such a big lead on the water a belated decision was taken to relocate the finish boat at the weather mark. We made it just before the Fireball pair!! At least it meant that the fleet had a much shorter sail home in wind that was rapidly disappearing.

Chris arrowsmithChris Arrowsmith – Winner Standard Lasers, Series 1 Photo Frank Miller

I am not sufficiently familiar with enough of the Laser fleets to know “Who’s who” so a blow by blow account is not as forthcoming. However, Adam Walsh did lead the 4.7 fleet from start to finish as did Chris Arrowsmith in the Standard Rig. While in the Radials, I can confirm that the leading three boats throughout the race were Conrad Vandlik, Conor Clancy (ex-Fireball) and Sean Craig.

Given that this was the last Sunday of Series 1 the prize-giving for the Series was held in the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club after racing with snacks and soup provided for our sustenance. Thus the tables that follow will detail the day’s winners, followed by the Series results of the same Class.

Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Frostbites: 16 December 2018

PY Fleet*


Noel Butler & Stephen Oram

National Yacht Club

FB 15061


Shane McCarthy

Coal Harbour/Greystones Sailing Club

Solo 5-0-


Daniel & Harry Thompson

Wicklow Boating & Tennis Club

FB 1500-


Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keeffe

Royal St. George Yacht Club

FB 14691


Neil Colin & Margaret Casey

Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club

FB 14775


*Provisional – subject to the K1 being reinstated.

Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Frostbites: 16 December 2018;

PY Fleet, Series 1 Overall


Sail No.




Shane McCarthy



Coal Harbour & Greystones Sailing Club



Noel Butler & Stephen Oram



National Yacht Club



Monica Schaeffer & Miriam McCarthy



Greystones Sailing Club



Daniel & Harry Thompson



Wicklow Boating & Tennis Club



Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keefe



Royal St George Yacht Club


Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Frostbites: 16 December 2018

Standard Lasers


Chris Arrowsmith


Conor O’Leary


Garvan Murphy


(Only three entries today.)

Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Frostbites: 16 December 2018;

Laser Standard Rig, Series 1 Overall


Chris Arrowsmith



Gary O’Hare



Niall Cowman



Garvan Murphy



Alan Hodgins


Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Frostbites: 16 December 2018



Adam Walsh


Conor Gorman


Kitty Flanagan

Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Frostbites: 16 December 2018;

Laser 4.7s, Series 1 Overall


Alana Coakley



Adam Walsh



Conor Gorman



Hugh O’Connor



Haemish Munro


Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Frostbites: 16 December 2018



Conrad Vandlik


Conor Clancy (Mug winner)


Sean Craig

Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Frostbites: 16 December 2018;

Laser Radials, Series 1 Overall


Marco Sorgassi



Conrad Vandlik



Sean Craig



Jack Hall



Shirley Gilmore



Frostbites Co-ordinator Neil Colin MC-ed the prize-giving and in addition to the 1-2-3 overall prizes in each fleet, there was recognition for the Laser Radials and 4.7s who have managed to swell the numbers of entrants to the Frostbites to over 100 boats this year. The “junior” Laser sailors were invited to take a small token prize from the “top table” to acknowledge their participation.

frostbites 3Marco Sorgassi – Winner Laser Radials, Series 1 Photo Frank Miller

Given the onset on the festive season, there was also a prize today for “Best-dressed boat”. Two of the Junior Lasers were given special mention by way of using festive bows and suitably coloured tinsel, but the easy winner of the “concours d’elegance” in a festive theme was the Wayfarer of Monica Schaeffer & Miriam McCarthy.

dMYC volunteerLiam O’Brien, Volunteer winner of the Tyrconnell Whiskey Photo Frank Miller

The Fireball Worlds in 2020 are coming to Howth Yacht Club and part of the sponsorship package for the event involves Tyrconnell Whiskey. A donation of three bottles of this gold elixir was made by Judith Malcolm and her husband for a draw with all Fireball crews eligible and a draw for all the volunteers. Marie Barry and Cariosa Power picked up the competitor prize, while the volunteer prize went to Liam O’Brien.

This concludes the Frostbites for 2018. Racing resumes in January, so from this correspondent, “Happy Christmas and a Peaceful & Prosperous New Year”!

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The vision of Dublin Port Company is to have the required capacity to service the needs of its customers and the wider economy safely, efficiently and sustainably. Dublin Port will integrate with the City by enhancing the natural and built environments. The Port is being developed in line with Masterplan 2040.

Dublin Port Company is currently investing about €277 million on its Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR), which is due to be complete by 2021. The redevelopment will improve the port's capacity for large ships by deepening and lengthening 3km of its 7km of berths. The ABR is part of a €1bn capital programme up to 2028, which will also include initial work on the Dublin Port’s MP2 Project - a major capital development project proposal for works within the existing port lands in the northeastern part of the port.

Dublin Port has also recently secured planning approval for the development of the next phase of its inland port near Dublin Airport. The latest stage of the inland port will include a site with the capacity to store more than 2,000 shipping containers and infrastructures such as an ESB substation, an office building and gantry crane.

Dublin Port Company recently submitted a planning application for a €320 million project that aims to provide significant additional capacity at the facility within the port in order to cope with increases in trade up to 2040. The scheme will see a new roll-on/roll-off jetty built to handle ferries of up to 240 metres in length, as well as the redevelopment of an oil berth into a deep-water container berth.

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Dublin was little more than a monastic settlement until the Norse invasion in the 8th and 9th centuries when they selected the Liffey Estuary as their point of entry to the country as it provided relatively easy access to the central plains of Ireland. Trading with England and Europe followed which required port facilities, so the development of Dublin Port is inextricably linked to the development of Dublin City, so it is fair to say the origins of the Port go back over one thousand years. As a result, the modern organisation Dublin Port has a long and remarkable history, dating back over 300 years from 1707.

The original Port of Dublin was situated upriver, a few miles from its current location near the modern Civic Offices at Wood Quay and close to Christchurch Cathedral. The Port remained close to that area until the new Custom House opened in the 1790s. In medieval times Dublin shipped cattle hides to Britain and the continent, and the returning ships carried wine, pottery and other goods.

510 acres. The modern Dublin Port is located either side of the River Liffey, out to its mouth. On the north side of the river, the central part (205 hectares or 510 acres) of the Port lies at the end of East Wall and North Wall, from Alexandra Quay.

Dublin Port Company is a State-owned commercial company responsible for operating and developing Dublin Port.

Dublin Port Company is a self-financing, and profitable private limited company wholly-owned by the State, whose business is to manage Dublin Port, Ireland's premier Port. Established as a corporate entity in 1997, Dublin Port Company is responsible for the management, control, operation and development of the Port.

Captain William Bligh (of Mutiny of the Bounty fame) was a visitor to Dublin in 1800, and his visit to the capital had a lasting effect on the Port. Bligh's study of the currents in Dublin Bay provided the basis for the construction of the North Wall. This undertaking led to the growth of Bull Island to its present size.

Yes. Dublin Port is the largest freight and passenger port in Ireland. It handles almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland.

All cargo handling activities being carried out by private sector companies operating in intensely competitive markets within the Port. Dublin Port Company provides world-class facilities, services, accommodation and lands in the harbour for ships, goods and passengers.

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In 2019, 1,949,229 people came through the Port.

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In 2019, there was a gross tonnage of 38.1 million.

In 2019, there were 559,506 tourist vehicles.

There were 98,897 lorries in 2019

Boats can navigate the River Liffey into Dublin by using the navigational guidelines. Find the guidelines on this page here.

VHF channel 12. Commercial vessels using Dublin Port or Dun Laoghaire Port typically have a qualified pilot or certified master with proven local knowledge on board. They "listen out" on VHF channel 12 when in Dublin Port's jurisdiction.

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Dublin Port is creating a distributed museum on its lands in Dublin City.
 A Liffey Tolka Project cycle and pedestrian way is the key to link the elements of this distributed museum together.  The distributed museum starts at the Diving Bell and, over the course of 6.3km, will give Dubliners a real sense of the City, the Port and the Bay.  For visitors, it will be a unique eye-opening stroll and vista through and alongside one of Europe’s busiest ports:  Diving Bell along Sir John Rogerson’s Quay over the Samuel Beckett Bridge, past the Scherzer Bridge and down the North Wall Quay campshire to Berth 18 - 1.2 km.   Liffey Tolka Project - Tree-lined pedestrian and cycle route between the River Liffey and the Tolka Estuary - 1.4 km with a 300-metre spur along Alexandra Road to The Pumphouse (to be completed by Q1 2021) and another 200 metres to The Flour Mill.   Tolka Estuary Greenway - Construction of Phase 1 (1.9 km) starts in December 2020 and will be completed by Spring 2022.  Phase 2 (1.3 km) will be delivered within the following five years.  The Pumphouse is a heritage zone being created as part of the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Project.  The first phase of 1.6 acres will be completed in early 2021 and will include historical port equipment and buildings and a large open space for exhibitions and performances.  It will be expanded in a subsequent phase to incorporate the Victorian Graving Dock No. 1 which will be excavated and revealed. 
 The largest component of the distributed museum will be The Flour Mill.  This involves the redevelopment of the former Odlums Flour Mill on Alexandra Road based on a masterplan completed by Grafton Architects to provide a mix of port operational uses, a National Maritime Archive, two 300 seat performance venues, working and studio spaces for artists and exhibition spaces.   The Flour Mill will be developed in stages over the remaining twenty years of Masterplan 2040 alongside major port infrastructure projects.

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