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Butler Takes Early Lead on Lough Derg at Fireball Nationals

16th September 2017
Noel Butler (pictured here with Stephen Oram on the wire) leads at Lough Derg Noel Butler (pictured here with Stephen Oram on the wire) leads at Lough Derg Photo: Afloat.ie

Three races at the Fireball National Championships have been completed at Lough Derg Yacht Club yesterday in a breeze that peaked at 15 knots and bottomed out at 6 knots from 330° for most of the day writes Cormac Bradley. The Race Officer tweaked his course continuously to keep the course correct and races were of the 40 minute duration.

Noel Butler & Simon Reveille (15061) took the first two races, the first by a comfortable distance. However, in Race 3 they came unstuck and finished behind Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (14775). Indeed at one stage they could have dropped bsck to third......but they didn't. Colin & Casey added a 4, 2 to their race win which may be enough to see them into second overall ahead of Jon Evans & Aidan Caulfield (14748) who were second in the second race.

Racing starts again at 10:30 Saturday.

Overall after three races sailed: 

1st Noel Butler & Simon Reville 4pts

2nd Neil Colin & Margaret Casey 7pts

3rd Niall McGrotty & Neil Cramer 9pts

4th Jon Evans & Aidan Caulfield 13pts

5th Frank Miller & Ed Butler 14pts.

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Dublin Bay Fireballer Cormac Bradley was appointed Rear Commodore of the International Fireball Class in 2017. He is a regular dinghy and one design correspondent on Afloat.ie

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