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#riyc – The Royal Irish Yacht Club's (RIYC) Spring Coaching Regatta will again be held on the first weekend of DBSC racing, the 26th and 27th April on Dublin Bay.

Sailmakers Des McWilliam, Kenny Rumball, Philip Watson and Prof O'Connell will again be providing on the water training with video debriefing.

The event's timing is designed to clear the cobwebs from crews and to get them ready for the RIYC Regatta, which is in its 2014 date of Saturday 24th May and the ICRA Nationals of 13th-15th June.

The RIYC Regatta is in the normal position of the DMYC regatta because of the ICRA Nationals this year and will feature a multiple race regatta format to provide an excellent value for money event.

The RIYC Coaching Regatta is only €50 per boat for the weekend which, says organiser Paul Colton, is fantastic value.

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#riyc – The Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) in Dun Laoghaire is staging a tactics & strategy class in advance of the forthcoming season.

The sessions will be spread over four Tuesday nights in March (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th) at the RIYC.

The sessions by sailing coach Maurice O'Connell will start at 7pm and finish at 10pm with a 15 minute coffee break.

The cost is €50.00 and its possible to book online here or by email to [email protected]

Topics will inlcude

1. Pre-race planning
· weather

· current

· expected windshifts

· competition

2. Pre-start analysis
· line bias

· bias vs first leg strategy

· bias / strategy vs. boats types (in mixed fleet)

· rules at start line

3. Upwind
· lane management

· windshifts

· cross or dip?

· laylines

· rules between boats meeting and at windward mar

4. Reaching
· high or low?

· GPS

· rules (clear astern, windward leeward, entering the "zone")

5. Downwind tactics
· gybe set or bear away set?

· who is steering and what wind angle to sail?

· gybe on the lifts but where are they?

· lane management

· rules when boats meet

6. Finishing – which end?

 

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#dlregatta – In the week preceding Ireland's biggest sailing event, Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta, the Royal Irish Yacht Club is staging a coaching event with video de-briefings on sail trim and upwind and downwind techniques.
The day long event on July 6th will use a Beneteau 31.7 for demonstration purposes. The objective is to spend 50% of the day shore-side and 50% afloat, focusing on practical tips and 'go fast' techniques.

The programme is below, and an entry form is attached and downloadable as an MS word file below: 

Sat 8.30am: Briefing RIYC with slides and video on 1,2 & 3 above.

10.00am: Using a B31.7 (or similar) alongside, we will demonstrate practical applications onboard. Full participation and discussion is expected!

1245pm: Finish shore-side session and head on the water

2.00pm: DBSC race start, race will be observed and video recorded

4.30pm: Video de-brief in RIYC

5.30pm: Finish (perhaps later if discussions are in full flow!)

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#riyc – The inaugural Royal Irish Yacht Club RIYC Spring Coaching Regatta made a welcome addition to the early Dublin Bay regatta circuit at the weekend.

Over 30 boats took part in a two day on the water training regatta which integrated the standard DBSC Saturday race into its schedule. With Henry Leonard and Fintan Cairns acting as Race Officers, the expert on the water coaching was provided by sailmakers Prof O'Connell, Des McWilliam, Kenny Rumball and Philip Watson.

There were two video debrief sessions across the two days. Saturday focussed on starts, upwind trim and windward mark roundings and Sunday looked at downwind trim and leeward mark roundings.

Visitors came from as far as Galway to partake in the RIYC event. Over the five races Rockabill won Fleet 1, Maximus just edged King One on countback in Fleet 2 and Quest won Fleet 3.

Three spot prizes of subscriptions to the UK Sailmakers new Racing Rules online site went to Rockabill for the consistently best starts, Tribal from Galway for being the furthest visitor and Quest for the best downwind trim on the Sunday.

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The Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) has berths for members on its 'RIYC marina', adjoining the clubhouse. The club also operates swinging moorings in the West and North Bights of the harbour and on the deck for dry sailing and dinghy parking. Allocation is based on seniority of membership according to RIYC club rules.

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#riyc – Two quarter tonners from the host club were first and second in the inaugural staging of the Royal Irish Yacht Club's September series yesterday on Dublin Bay. (RESULTS BELOW)

The Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) extended the Dublin Sailing season when it ran a new September regatta weekend that incorporated results from the DBSC series as well as the DMYC series that run concurrently on the bay.

Jonathan Skerritt's Quest, won from clubmate Ken Lawless's Supernova on IRC Handicap in the Cruisers 3 class.

loosechange

Loose Change, the winner of Class O IRC & Echo at the RIYC September Series. Photo: Aidan Tarbett

In the bigger cruisers I division Howth visitor  – and ICRA's Boat of the year – Storm (The Kelly family) topped Cruisers IRC One with Paul O'Higgin's Rockabill V second. 

Full results are available to download as an excel file below in each of the 11 racing divisions.

The event was supported by DBSC and the DMYC. Sponsors were Medico, The Flying Spanners and Bacchus Vinos.

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#beneteau31.7 – Manx Entry Eauvation sailed by Jason & Debbie Corlett were winners of the Irish Beneteau 31.7 Irish National Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) at the weekend. The overall results on Dublin Bay were as follows:

Scratch

1st Eauvation - Jason & Drbbie Corlett

2nd Levana - Jean Mitton

3rd Extreme Reality - Brendan Farrell

Echo

1st Dies Irae - Patrick Rowan

2nd Prima Nocte - Burk/Kennedy

3rd Kernach - Eoin O'Driscoll

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#riyc – The Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) is extending the Dublin sailing season with the addition of a new September regatta weekend that incorporates results from the DBSC series as well as the DMYC series that run concurrently on the bay.

The Cruisers 0, 1, 2, 3, Whitesails, Sigma 33 and 31.7's series takes place next weekend (8th-9th September 2012). The Notice of Race (NOR), entry form and schedule are available to download below as word docs. 

The schedule for the RIYC series is :

Race 1. 8th September 1030 hrs. Windward/Leeward or Fixed Mark Course.

Race 2. 8th September ASAP after Race 1. Windward/Leeward or Fixed Mark Course.

Race 3. 8th September. As per normal DBSC Schedule.

Race 4. 9th September 1025 hrs. As per DMYC September Series NOR

Race 5. 9th September. ASAP after Race 4. Windward/Leeward or Fixed mark course.

In a busy autumn RIYC will also host DBSC's Turkey Shoot series that runs until Christmas.

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#fireball – The 2012 Fireball National Champions are Noel Butler and Stephen Oram from Dun Laoire Motor Yacht Club. The pair sailed an excellent series to claim the title ahead of Simon McGrotty & Darrach Dineen (Skerries SC) and Kenny Rumball/David Moran (Irish National SS) reports Gareth Craig. Photos below by Gareth Craig.

The Irish Fireball Nationals, sailed this past Friday, Saturday, Sunday were certainly not short-changed in terms of available wind. Friday saw heavy conditions for the three races of the day with the fleet being taken off the water between races 1 and 2. Saturday saw a tired fleet come ashore after four races in challenging conditions but by Sunday the breeze had eased to produce what were described as “champagne conditions” for the last day.

Friday' results were a key element to the overall situation and being able to finish all three races was a significant building block in getting to a podium finish. Simon McGrotty & Darragh Dineen produced the best performance of the day to take two race wins, either side of a race win by Noel Butler and Stephen Oram. This left the Skerries combination with a 1pt lead on the Friday evening over Butler/Oram. Third place overall saw Ed Butler (Jnr) teamed up with recently selected Irish 470 Olympian crew, Scott Flannagan, three points adrift of 2nd place.

Saturday saw four races sailed and Butler/Oram put together a solid performance relative to their close rivals to effectively tie up the regatta with a day to spare. Counting a 2, 1, 3, 1 suite of finishes they opened up a huge gap on their rivals, most of whom carried at least one bad result on the day. The next best result for the day was that of Kenneth Rumball and David Moran who put together a 4, 3, 1 5 followed by Neil Spain and Francis Rowan who scored a 3, 4, 4, 10. However, in terms of total points this left them 20 points adrift of the leaders.

With the first discard coming into play on Saturday evening, the actual situation was as follows;

Irish Fireball Nationals (Sat evening)

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

Tot

1

Noel Butler & Stephen Oram

3

1

2

2

1

3

1

10pts

2

Kenneth Rumball & David Moran

21

5

3

4

3

1

5

21pts

3

Neil Spain & Francis Rowan

4

4

4

3

4

4

10

23pts

 

Wind conditions eased for Sunday's proceedings and the final three races of the series were completed. Butler & Oram sailed the last day even though they effectively had the regatta sewn up.

McGrotty/Dineen came back from a dreadful Saturday (2 x 21pts) to post a 1, 4. Rumball/Moran scored a 4, 2 while Spain/Rowan's regatta came unstuck with a 21 in the last race, which undid all the good work of a 3rd in Race 8. Butler/Oram had a 9 and another first to close out the event with some authority. The nine was to become one of their discards, the other being a third.

Irish Fireball Nationals; Final Overall

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Tot

1

Noel Butler & Stephen Oram

3

1

2

2

1

3

1

9

1

11pts

2

Simon McGrotty & Darragh Dineen

1

3

1

21

21

5

4

1

4

19pts

3

Kenneth Rumball & David Moran

21

5

3

4

3

1

5

4

2

22pts

4

Neil Spain & Francis Rowan

4

4

4

3

4

4

10

3

21

26pts

5

Ed Butler (Jnr) & Scott Flannagan

2

2

5

1

21

6

21

5

6

27pts

 

The Silver fleet was won by Dave Coleman and Glen Fisher in 17th, followed by Mary Chambers and Brenda McGuire. The ladies applied discretion rather than valour to Friday's racing but finished all the remaining races of the weekend. Dave and Glen had a difficult day on Saturday but had other results just off the top tem. The Classic Trophy was not awarded.

Noel Butler offered the following additional oversight of the regatta;

Quite a few combinations flirted with the front end of the fleet and led races at different times. Frank Miller and Grattan Donnelly sailed a very consistent Friday to lie in 5th overall and their "counted" results showed a consistency that saw them finish in 8th overall. Michael Ennis and Marie Barry also led a race, lost the lead and regained it. Niall McGrotty & Neil Creamer, scored a 2nd to Butler/Oram in Race 7 and Noel admitted they only just caught the former combination in time. In some of the heavier conditions Michael Murphy and Alex Voye got their chance at the front and they secured two 2nd places in their set of results. In Race 8 an OCS was signalled and Butler/Oram and Butler/Flannagan went back. It afforded the former combination an opportunity to see how an Olympic-qualified crew works the boat around the course. Butler/Flannagan eventually got back to 5th in this particular race. From a rare trip through the fleet, as a consequence of going back at the start, Noel also confirmed that there was competition all around the course with individual battles going on right through the fleet.

The testing conditions over the three days put a premium on keeping boats together and among the casualties of the regatta were Luke Malcolm who suffered an exploding rudder stock and Louis Smyth who broke a jib halyard. Butler/Oram suffered no such trauma and were lending equipment to other competitors to keep them on the water. Meticulous maintenance does have its place in Fireball racing!

Race management by Harry Gallagher and Scorie Walls was of a very high standard, as their reputation dictates! Races were started promptly after the last finisher of the previous race and while the fleet was brought ashore on Friday for a period, when the wind eased they were sent back out again to race. All starts were under Blue Peter conditions and the start lines were set up with a laser-spotter for accuracy of length and at the request of the Class, a variable weather mark was used. This is a set up that was encountered at the European Championships in the Czech Republic in 2010. A second weather mark is available to the RO if the wind changes so that a true beat can be set for each windward leg. The RO has the independence to reset the weather mark without having to wait for the last boat to go around the old weather mark before it can be lifted. The irony of this weekend is that the breeze was reasonably steady so the benefit of this mechanism was not as significant as might be the case.

While the turnout of only 20 boats is of concern, there were some mitigating circumstances. Barry Hurley, who has been crewing with Andy Boyle, was racing double-handed around Rockall as part of Galway's festivities for the Volvo Ocean race. Andy Boyle himself was racing in the Round Ireland Race which had started the previous weekend and Brian Flahive was also in double-handed mode, finishing 2nd in the Round Ireland.

Howth have been very anxious to host another Fireball event after the very successful hosting of our Leinsters in 2010. They have excellent facilities and easy access to a very clean racing area, free of any significant commercial traffic.

 

 

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