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Rumball and Moran Romp Home in Dun Laoghaire

20th February 2012
Rumball and Moran Romp Home in Dun Laoghaire

#FIREBALL – Bright sunshine greeted the Fireball Frostbite fleet in Dun Laoghaire yesterday and combined with 8-12 knots of breeze, it allowed the fleet to race outside the harbour for the first time this year.

Thirteen boats took to the water and Kenny Rumball & Dave Moran led from start to finish in a five-lap race that incorporated a separate weather mark for the Fireball fleet.

A “deep” first reach that kept the chasing bunch high allowed the wily fox that is Neil Colin, sailing with Margaret Casey, to outsmart everyone bar Rumball/Moran and get to the first gybe mark in 2nd place. Colin/Casey conceded another place to John Chambers to occupy third and this order remained for 2 laps before Noel Butler got wound up to stage a recovery, overtaking Colin/Casey on the third beat.

Late on Alaistair Court & Gordon Syme and Mick Creighton & Paul McDermott also got through with Court/Syme getting fourth on the last leeward mark, followed by Creighton/McDermott.

It was a day of snakes and ladders on a course that had holes of no-wind, à la Puma in the Volvo Ocean race in China, and big shifts resulting in a lot of place changing.

The all-girl team of Cariosa Power & Marie Barry had an excellent last beat to get into 7th, followed by Frank Cassidy & John Hudson.

DMYC Frostbites, Series 2, 19th February 2012


Kenny Rumball & David Moran




Noel Butler & Stephen Oram




John Chambers & A.N.Other




Alaistair Court & Gordon Syme




Mick Creighton & Paul McDermott



With seven races completed and a single discard in play, the overall standings show that there is competition to be had between 1st and 2nd, separated by a point and 3rd, 4th and 5th, separated by four points, with a single point between 3rd and 4th.

DMYC Frostbites, Series 2: Seven races sailed, single discard.


Noel Butler & Stephen Oram




Kenny Rumball & David Moran




Neil Colin & Margaret Casey




Alaistair Court & Gordon Syme




John Chambers & Hugh Butler/Connor Kinsella



The Frostbite Mugs were won by Mick Creighton and Paul McDermott who finished in 5th place.

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At A Glance – Fireball Dinghy Specs

Crew 2 (single trapeze)
LOA 16 ft 2 in (4.93 m)
Beam 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Hull weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Mast height 22.3 ft (6.8 m)
Mainsail area 108 sq ft (10.0 m2).
Jib / Genoa area 35 sq ft (3.3 m2).
Spinnaker area 140 sq ft (13 m2).

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