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To use footballing parlance, yesterday’s Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC Frostbite session was “a game of two halves.” In the first half, we had a blustery race with winds building in the lead-up to the first warning signal, up to 17/18 knots, with a further blast, above 20 knots, coming through just as that signal sounded. These stiffer breezes lasted for the duration of the starting sequence for all three fleets before easing slightly as the race progressed. For the second race, we started at 10 knots and the start sequence was a lot more controlled.

At the conclusion of the day’s proceedings, Brian Sweeney, sailing Finn 1620, had joined an elite group of only three boats that had managed to wrest away a handicap win from the all-conquering Aero fleet. He now joins the two Fireballs who have managed that feat, Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (x 2) and Alastair Court & Gordon Syme. In twenty Frostbite races to date, across Series 1, (6) and Series 2, (14), the Class has only dropped four races.

Sweeney had a good day! In R1 he finished 7th on handicap behind four Aeros, the IDRA of father and son Pierre & Remy Long and the Fireball of Frank Miller & Ed Butler. Given the conditions, this was a good performance, with the Finn not being a particularly easy boat to sail in heavy conditions. Pierre & Remy also sailed well when on considers that Remy is of a modest size. He gives his all when he is out on trapeze but in yesterday’s early conditions, their spinnaker wasn’t quite as prominent. Indeed, even the seasoned Fireballs weren’t able to fly spinnaker along the top reach, one assumes, because of a combination of wind strength and gustiness in the westerly breeze coming off the Dun Laoghaire shore. It was only on the second reach that the coloured sails came out of their bags.

Frank Cassidy has been rolling back the years in the Fireball in this second series, initially sailing with his son and last week sailing with Pat “Cas” Kiersey. This Sunday past, he delved further back into his history by bringing back a regular crew of his own, John Hudson. In the strong stuff of the first race, they were the third Fireball (14934) home, behind Miller & Butler (14915) who won by a comfortable margin on the water, with a recent newcomer to the class, Jack McNaughton, sailing with Michael Keegan in 14676, second home. The Aeros were led home by Noel Butler with Roy Van Maanen second and Stephen Oram third.

An Olympic course was the first course of the day, with a weather mark west of the marina entrance and a gybe mark just short of the HySpeed ferry dolphins. The leeward mark and committee boat were just inside the end of the East Pier. The wind direction wasn’t quite as expected but settled in a westerly direction. From the committee boat the weather mark looked good, but competitors would later report it was very shifty in the final approach to the mark. The blast of breeze saw everyone lining up for an early tack onto port – only Miller &

Butler actually committed to that cause in advance of the start signal. That left the fleet going hard right first, but there was a good spread of boats across the course halfway up the beat.

Having hit a season high of nine boats last week, the ILCA 7s only mustered five boats this week but they enjoyed a “tight bunch” start and for the early part of the 3-lap Olympic course they were in close company. As the race progressed there was a bit of stretch in the fleet, before Conor Byrne led them home followed by Theo Lyttle, Conor O’Leary, Sean Bowden and Gary O’Hare.

After losing a race due to over-enthusiasm in their starting, the ILCA 6s were much more co-operative this week and that saw them rewarded with two races. Again, the “hairy” conditions right at the start saw some “fun and games” but in the immediate aftermath, as things settled down a bit, the regulars appeared at the front of the fleet. Barry McCartin has joined in for Series 2 and he and Sean Craig invariably find themselves in each other’s company on the water. In the first race they were separated by maybe three boat lengths as they came to the attention of the RO on each of the approaches to the leeward mark. Craig held the advantage at the critical stage to take the race win with McCartin second, Darren Griffin third, Stephen Farrell fourth and late Series 2 joiner, Owen Laverty, fifth. Shirley Gilmore finished 6th in the breeze!

No ILCA 4s were in attendance but there were fourteen ILCAs outside the harbour, so maybe that’s where they were.

A number of people suggested that the weather mark could be “tweaked” for the second race, a thought already registered by the RO himself. It was pulled about 100m southwards to sit off the mouth of the marina entrance with the other two marks staying as is. Another three-lap Olympic course was signalled and all three fleets got away first time. By this stage, the wind had dropped to just less that 10knots at start time which meant that the starts were much more controlled. However, while the base wind strength was down, there were still gusts on the water.

In the PY fleet, the race was led from start to finish by “the pink ladies,” Louise McKenna and Hermine O’Keeffe in Fireball 15016, sporting a blue spinnaker – the “pink” reference is in recognition of their pink woollen hats. Miller & Butler (14915) chased them all the way round and looked to have an advantage at the 2nd gybe mark, but the best laid plans of the chasers were partially undone by an ILCA between them and ultimately, the ladies held on to the lead and won by a margin of 13 seconds on the water. The “silent assassin” in this race though was not one of these new light singlehanded skiffs, but rather a stalwart of the Olympic sailing regatta, a class that brought the likes of Paul Elvstrom and Sir Ben Ainslie to the fore – the Finn. Designated as the “heavyweight dinghy class” at the Olympic level to accommodate those too big for what is now known as the ILCA, this boat was sailed best by men who were broad of chest and tall of height. And in yesterday’s second race, in the lightest winds of the day, Brian Sweeney brought his boat home 1 minute and 22 seconds behind the Fireball and 1:41 ahead of the Aero of Noel Butler. That translated into a 26 second advantage over the Aero and 1:20 over the Fireball to claim the handicap win. And the Fireballs were able to fly the spinnaker on all reaches!
Sweeney was followed in handicap terms by a quartet of Aeros; Butler, Sarah Dwyer, Roy Van Maanen and Stuart Harris, with McKenna claiming sixth.

The ILCA 7s kept their racing tight over the first half of the second race before Series 2 leader Conor Byrne brought them home. Gary O’Hare finished second in this race with Theo Lyttle third, Sean Bowden fourth and Conor O’Leary fifth. Conor was enjoying himself so much he was ready to do another lap rather than finish!!

In the ILCA 6s, the first two from the first race again set the pace and watched each other closely. Aside from sail numbers being different, McCartin was wearing red which made it easier to distinguish who was leading – McCartin – but not by much, it was another “cat and mouse” game for these two! Behind them, the order was Darren Griffin, and the two Davids, Cahill and Williams, followed by Hugh Delap.

The total fleet size was forty-seven boats.

Frostbite Mugs would have gone to the PY Fleet and the ILCA 6 fleet yesterday but none of the recipients were there to receive them! Unfortunate guys, you only get two chances to claim your Mugs.

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The weather forecasts during the week leading up to Round two of the post-Christmas DMYC Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire, sponsored by Viking Marine, might have led one to believe that racing would not be possible. Indeed, on Thursday and Friday, one would not have contemplated an on-the-water session at all and even by Saturday night, some might have considered it “touch and go”. However, despite those pessimistic numbers, Race Director, Neil Colin, held on to a glimmer of hope that racing would be possible, and his optimism was rewarded when two races were completed.

This correspondent wasn’t on the water, having been given the weekend off to allow others to have a turn at the Race Officer duties. That mantle was taken on by Gerry Glynn from the Shipman Class, and he set the fleet triangular courses of three laps for both races.

Fireball gybe mark action at the Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour; Miller & Cramer (inside boat), McKenna & O’Keeffe (outside boat)Fireball gybe mark action at the Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour; Miller & Cramer (inside boat), McKenna & O’Keeffe (outside boat) Photo: Ian Cutliffe

The results sheet has the wind recorded at 8 – 20knots SW and talking to some of the competitors afterwards; the common theme was that the conditions were challenging. Indeed the “birthday girl” from the Aero fleet told me that she had tacked without moving the tiller such were the vagaries of the wind. And Stephen Oram took the first race on handicap when, on the water, he was able to plane away from his immediate competitors who didn’t get the wind he had.

With the wind in this direction, the beat was across the shortest dimension of the harbour, with a weather mark off the marina entrance, a gybe mark out towards the East Pier and the leeward mark in the mouth of the harbour.

ILCA 6s gybe mark at the Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ian CutliffeILCA 6s gybe mark at the Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ian Cutliffe

Viking Marine Frostbites; Series 2, Round 2, 8th January 2023

PY Fleet (18 boats, 1 x DNF, 2 x RET).

Race 1:
1. Stephen Oram (Aero 7)
2. Stuart Harris (Aero 6)
3. Roy Van Maanen (Aero 6)
4. Noel Butler (Aero 6)
5. Alastair Court & Gordon Syme (FB 15167).

Race 2: (16 boats, 1 x OCS, 1 x RET).

1. Noel Butler
2. Roy Van Maanen
3. Stephen Oram
4. Frank Miller & Neil Cramer (FB 14915)
5. Stuart Harris
Overall (after 4 races): Butler (8), Van Maanen (14), Miller & Cramer (19), Harris (20), Sarah Dwyer (Aero 6) (29).

ILCA 7s (6 boats)

Race 1:
1. Niall Cowman
2. Conor Byrne
3. Chris Arrowsmith
Race 2:
1. Conor Byrne
2. Gavan Murphy
3. Roy McKay
Overall: Byrne (5), Chris Arrowsmith (12), Cowman (17).

ILCA 6s (21 boats, 3 x DNF, 2 x RET)

Race 1:
1. Judy O’Beirne
2. Barry McCartin
3. Darren Griffin
4. Pascal Boret
5. Sean Craig.

Race 2:
1. Barry McCartin
2. Judy O’Beirne
3. Conor Clancy
4. Sean Craig
5. Darren Griffin

Overall: Craig (12), John O’Driscoll (19), David Cahill (22), McCartin (25), O’Beirne (25).

No boats on the water!

Overall: Patrick Foley (2), Zeta Tempany (4), Sam Legge (6).


(Overall): Miller & Cramer (7), Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keeffe (12), Alastair Court & Gordon Syme (14). There is a protest pending in this fleet!


(Overall): Butler (7), Van Maanen (9), Stuart Harris (13).

Not all of the day’s Frostbite Mug winners were present to collect their Mugs which means they forego the Mug unless they win later in the Series. Among those to miss out were father and son, Pierre & Remy Long (IDRA 14) for Race 1 in the PY fleet (7th place), Niall Cowman and Roy McKay in the ILCA 7s and possibly Stuart Harris for the second race in the PY fleet.

There was also a reminder that when the blue flag is flying to indicate the committee boat is on station for a finish, competitors ae not allowed to sail through the finish line………..and the finish line is dramatically shortened in length to accommodate such avoidance.

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Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club will still accept entries from any dinghy sailors for its post-Christmas Viking Marine-sponsored Frostbites Series, which runs until the end of March. 

The second part of the PY and ILCA series, which began on New Year's Day, (report here), has an entry list of over 100 dinghies for the in-harbour races.

"We can still accept entries from any dinghy sailors who may not have been available for the pre-Christmas series and who wish to join in now and avail of the great racing on offer", organiser Neil Colin told Afloat.

Discounted entries can be arranged with the race office on Sunday mornings or by email to [email protected]

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DMYCFor the first time this season, the Viking Marine-sponsored Frostbites, hosted by the DMYC, lived up to their name as yesterday’s racing was held in very low temperatures, only a couple of degrees above zero. And, accordingly, the speculation from mid-week wasn’t exclusively about wind but rather about temperature. That sense, that it might just be too cold, was heightened by a light falling of snow outside my window on Thursday night, some of which was still lying on Sunday morning.

An earlier morning appointment to “bend the knee” suggested that it wasn’t quite as cold as I expected, but that was a false dawn in terms of the temperature on the water, on board the committee boat. And any sense of temperature-related discomfort for everyone was heightened when the L.E James Joyce was delayed in getting out of her berth alongside the Carlisle Pier before racing. Initially advised that she was leaving at 13:30, racing had to be postponed until the vessel departed around 14:20.

The actual wind direction on the day was further west that both XCWeather and the Windy App had been suggesting, flicking 10° either side of due west for most of the afternoon. Wind strength was as predicted, in the range of 8 – 13knots. That allowed for a reasonable length of course to be laid with only one race on the agenda for the day – the logic being to get a good length race in and everyone ashore before the afternoon got too cold. Thus, a five-lap Olympic was set, an easy start line in terms of length and bias and a marker buoy was floated off the transom of the committee boat to dissuade boats from hiding behind the port quarter of the committee boat and jumping the gun. All the competitors must have read my mental script as all three starts got away cleanly at the first time of asking!

The weather did impact on the numbers with 17 PYs claiming the biggest start honours, followed by the ILCA 6s (13), the ILCA 7s (5) and the ILCA 4s (2). The weather mark was set about 60m north of the end of the western breakwater, out of its wind-shadow, the gybe mark about 100m west of the Hy-speed ferry gantry and the leeward mark off the monument on the upper level of the East Pier. Early tracking of the top reach showed that the Fireballs were getting a nice three-sail reach to the gybe.

Stephen Oram (3288) and Roy Van Mannen (3288) – at the head of the Aero fleet. Photo: Ian CutliffeStephen Oram (3288) and Roy Van Mannen (3288) – at the head of the Aero fleet. Photo: Ian Cutliffe

On the water, the Fireballs of Frank Miller and Alastair Court dominated proceedings with less than thirty seconds separating them at the finish and each of them of the order of five minutes ahead of the Aeros of Stephen Oram, Roy Van Maanen and Noel Butler in that order. These three were separated by five seconds but the finishing order was turned on its head in the very last seconds on the finish line when Butler capsized while trying to clear the committee boat, allowing the other two to finish ahead of him. These two sets of boats, the two Fireballs and the three Aeros enjoyed close racing throughout the five laps and this was one of the reasons for letting the race run its full length, despite the delayed start. On corrected time Oram’s bigger Aero sail (7) saw him demoted on handicap to fourth place against the 6s of Van Maanen, Butler and Stuart Harris who would have won the Race Mug had he been at the day prizegiving. Meanwhile on time, the two Fireballs lost out again, finishing 5th and 6th respectively, their five-minute advantage on the water translating to a 1:13 deficit between Van Maanen in 1st Overall and Miller & Butler (FB 14915) in 5th. Court & Syme (FB15167) were 6th ahead of the first PY Lady, Sarah Dwyer (Aero 6). Paul & Morris ter Horst (FB14790) had a very good day on the water finishing third amongst the Fireballs.

Gavan Murphy (R) and Conor O’Leary (L) from the ILCA 7s close in on the weather mark at the Viking Marine Frostbites at the DMYC. Photo: Ian CutliffeGavan Murphy (R) and Conor O’Leary (L) from the ILCA 7s close in on the weather mark at the Viking Marine Frostbites at the DMYC. Photo: Ian Cutliffe

In the ILCA 7s, there was an ongoing tussle throughout the race between Gavan Murphy and Theo Lyttle. As with the PYs, this was a good reason to allow the race to run its full length. Hovering a short distance behind them was Conor O’Leary ready to take an advantage of any mistakes by the front two. At the most important point of the race, the finish, Murphy was in pole position, followed by Lyttle and O’Leary.

Sean Craig leads the ILCA 6s around the weather mark. Photo: Ian CutliffeSean Craig leads the ILCA 6s around the weather mark. Photo: Ian Cutliffe

In contrast to the previous two classes, the ILCA 6s were led from start to finish by Sean Craig who had a comfortable lead at the finish. Behind him, the finishing order was Brendan Hughes, John O’Driscoll, Darren Griffin and David Williams. Brendan Hughes collected his Frostbite Mug for the day’s race win.

And in the two boat ILCA 4s, the initial sense was that Kate Flood and Grace Gavan were quite content to race around the course in each other’s company, because as soon as we saw one, we saw the other. However, in the latter stages of the race that changed and Kate Flood took the honours quite comfortably.

For the early beats the fleet was spread across the N-S width of the harbour, but as the afternoon progressed, it appeared that the left side was more favoured. However, there was no sense that it had turned into a soldier’s course and the feedback from selected finishers is that it had been a good course. The race was completed just after 15:30 as the sun began to disappear behind clouds, at which point the coldness of the air was much more pronounced.

The pre-Christmas, Series 1 Frostbites conclude next Sunday, 18th December and will be followed by the Series 1 prize-giving in the DMYC Clubhouse. Leading contenders for possible prizes (see below) are encouraged to be in attendance to collect their prizes.

Brendan Hughes (ILCA 6) receives his Frostbite Mug for the day, 2nd to Sean Craig. Photo: Frank MillerBrendan Hughes (ILCA 6) receives his Frostbite Mug for the day, 2nd to Sean Craig. Photo: Frank Miller

It should also be noted that there will be a race in aid of the RNLI on Tuesday, 27th December. Frostbiters who have entered the series do not have to pay an entry fee but are requested to make an online donation to the organisation. Anyone who wants to sail on the day can also do so, subject to NoR requirements. A NoR will be published imminently for everyone’s attention, including entry details and online donation details.

DMYC Frostbites results

 Sean Bowden (ILCA 7) sails into a setting sun in the Viking Marine Frostbites at the DMYC. Photo: Ian CutliffeSean Bowden (ILCA 7) sails into a setting sun in the Viking Marine Frostbites at the DMYC. Photo: Ian Cutliffe

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After a single race Sunday two weeks ago and no races a week ago, there was some pressure, possibly self-inflicted, to get racing this past Sunday in the Viking Marine, DMYC hosted Frostbites. As usual, the assessment of what might be possible started early in the week, Wednesday night, with a check on the 7-Day forecast from XCWeather and a further check on the Windy App. Both were giving something similar, 13 – 15 knots with gusts in the low twenties, from a direction slightly west of south, in temperatures of 9 - 10°. As the week worked itself out, there was little change in this forecast and by Friday evening at the Fireball prize-giving, Race Director, Neil Colin, and Race Officer, Cormac Bradley, were agreed that racing was ON!

Conor Clancy (213048), leads Sean Craig (218154), Shirley Gilmore (216238) and Darren Griffin (219867) around the spreader mark in Race 1 Photo: Ian CutlffeConor Clancy (213048), leads Sean Craig (218154), Shirley Gilmore (216238) and Darren Griffin (219867) around the spreader mark in Race 1 Photo: Ian Cutlffe

Sunday was an even better day than the forecast with a blue sky and favourable wind in the racing area of the harbour. Winds at the start of the afternoon’s proceedings were of the order of 13 knots, and by the second race, this had dropped to single figures, getting as low as 8 knots at the end of the afternoon.

Still, competitor temperature is always a factor in frostbite races and the recommended recipe of the day was a quick first race followed by a shorter second one. With the wind at 150 - 160° for most of the afternoon, coming off the East Pier, a short distance inside the bandstand, though we did have a big right-hand shift when the DL Library was the marker, a weather mark was laid between the bandstand and the end of the Carlisle Pier, giving a beat that extended the maximum distance available in the harbour. A leeward gate was set up between INSC’s green platform and the West Pier and a 3-lap Windward-Leeward was set for Race 1.

Sarah Dwyer leads this group around the spreader mark in Race 1 – Stephen Oram (Aero 3288), Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (FB 14775), Andrew Irvin & Aisling O’Grady (RS 400 1044), Glen Fisher & Michael Keegan (FB 14676) and Pierre & Remy Long (IDRA 161). Photo: Ian CutliffeSarah Dwyer leads this group around the spreader mark in Race 1 – Stephen Oram (Aero 3288), Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (FB 14775), Andrew Irvin & Aisling O’Grady (RS 400 1044), Glen Fisher & Michael Keegan (FB 14676) and Pierre & Remy Long (IDRA 161). Photo: Ian Cutliffe

Twenty-seven PY entries, the biggest fleet of the day, started the proceeding with a very healthy turnout of 11 Fireballs making up the bulk of the fleet – all bar one of the Fireballs entered in the Frostbites – with a good turnout of Aeros, Pierre Long’s IDRA, an RS 400, a Wayfarer, a Quest, a Vago and Patrick Hackett’s 2.4. Despite a slightly short line due to the committee boat’s position relative to the West Pier, the fleet got away cleanly at the first time of asking and for the first beat seemed to favour an initial left-hand side approach to the quest to get to the weather mark. However, in a short time the fleet was spread across the full width of the harbour. For subsequent beats, the right-hand side seemed to enjoy more favour, but Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (14775) persisted with a left-hand approach for the second beat and got back into the mix at the head of the fleet as a consequence. Despite excellent spinnaker conditions, the Fireballs though well ahead on the water, couldn’t save their time and Noel Butler led home an Aero 1-2-3 on handicap. Frank Miller & Neil Cramer (14915) led the Fireballs home in 4th place on the water. The IDRA of Pierre & Remy Long finished 8th on time.

Gavan Murphy (212521), ahead of Roy McKay (177845), Sean Bowden (193654) and Robbie Walker (210644). Photo: Ian CutliffeGavan Murphy (212521), ahead of Roy McKay (177845), Sean Bowden (193654) and Robbie Walker (210644). Photo: Ian Cutliffe

The 5-boat ILCA 7s saw some new names at the head of their fleet with Gavan Murphy, a regular podium occupier leading home Niall Cowman and Sean Bowden, the latter a new ILCA name to this correspondent. They enjoyed some good racing on the course.

Two ILCA 4s joined the 7s with Sergei Vasilev taking the honours from Zita Tempany.

Twenty ILCA 6s also had a good thrash in Race 1 with a two-boat on-the-water seminar on starting getting underway in the final countdown to their start and continuing after the race was completed. I think the seminar was extended to “Room at the Mark” after the race! It raised the temperature a little on a brisk November afternoon though it didn’t get out of hand! Sean Craig led the fleet home followed by Pascal Boret and Conor Clancy.

For Race 2 a three-lap Olympic was set with a gybe mark positioned to try and ensure the spinnaker classes were able to fly on both reaches. Again, all three starts were clean, and again, the Fireballs did well on the water. Down the second reach of the first triangle an oversized blanket would have wrapped up four Fireballs as a luffing match developed on the latter stages of the leg. The front group in the Fireballs enjoyed some nip and tuck racing before they were led home by Alastair Court & Gordon Syme (15167). However, yet again, the good work on the water came to naught after the computation of results, Roy Van Mannen leading home five Aeros on handicap before Court & Syme took sixth place.

In the ILCA 7s, the same three boats took the podium paces, with Sean Bowden taking the win and Gavan Murphy slotting between him and Niall Cowman.

In the 4s, Zeta Tempany reversed the result of the previous race.

In the ILCA 6s, Darren Griffin took the gun with Pascal Boret, Peter Williams, Sean Craig and Conor Clancy rowing in behind him. Best of the ladies in the ILCA 6s was Shirley Gilmore who scored an 8th and a 6th in the two races.

Racing concluded just before the sun dipped behind the hills at which point the temperature was more keenly felt. Still, after losing three races over the previous two Sundays, getting two good length races in must have been a bonus.

With four Sundays down, it is time for a reminder to the fleet; when the blue flag is flying to indicate the committee boat is on station for a finish, boat may NOT sail through the finish line. The RO automatically shortens the start line in order to remove as much of the line as possible as an obstacle to racing, but boats are still sailing through. In order to avoid potential DSQs, please remember this rule.

And……..if you are due a Frostbite Mug for a race win, you must be on the premises to collect.

Race 7

27 November

Race 8

27 November


(All races to count)


PY Class 


Noel Butler

Roy Van Mannen

Noel Butler

Aero 6 



Roy Van Mannen

Noel Butler

Roy Van Mannen

Aero 6



Stuart Harris

Stephen Oram

Stephen Oram

Aero 7



Frank Miller & Neil Cramer

Sarah Dwyer

Sarah Dwyer

Aero 6



Sarah Dwyer 

Stuart Harris

Stuart Harris

Aero 6



Alastair Court & Gordon Syme 

Alastair Court & Gordon Syme 

FB 15167




Gavan Murphy

Sean Bowden

Gavan Murphy



Niall Cowman

Gavan Murphy

Gary O’Hare



Sean Bowden 

Niall Cowman 

Sean Bowden 




Sean Craig

Darren Griffin

Sean Craig



Pascal Boret

Pascal Boret

Darren Griffin



Conor Clancy

Peter Williams

Conor Clancy



Brendan Hughes

Sean Craig

Brendan Hughes



David Williams 

Conor Clancy

John O’Driscoll 



Shirley Gilmore




Sergei Vasilev

Zeta Tempany

Zita Tempany



Zeta Tempany 

Sergei Vasilev

Kate Flood



Sergei Vasilev 


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On the Wednesday evening before the start of the 2022/23 Frostbites, sponsored by Viking Marine and hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, a cursory check of the forecast for the weekend suggested that the opening Sunday might not happen. The predicted winds were in the high teens with gust in the high twenties, from a direction just west of south. However, as the week progressed the forecast became more favourable and, on the day, we were greeted by sunshine and, at least at the DMYC clubhouse, genteel winds.

"Fifty-five boats answered the call for the opening round"

Bringing the committee boat to the main harbour there was a distinct change in the wind strength from the clubhouse assessment and by the time we anchored in the chosen start area a lesser version of the forecast manifested itself. My wind readings ranged from 10 to 22 knots from a mean direction of 210°. In real terms this mean that the breeze was coming off the Dun Laoghaire waterfront which meant a beat across the shorter dimension of the harbour. That precluded the use of a windward-leeward course in my view, so an opening course of three triangles was set.

Before the first race at the Viking Marine Dinghy Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, a flag tribute was flown in memory of Ben Mulligan, a Race Officer for the Frostbites in recent seasons who had passed away at the end of October. Photo: Cormac BradleyBefore the first race at the Viking Marine Dinghy Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, a flag tribute was flown in memory of Ben Mulligan, a Race Officer for the Frostbites in recent seasons who had passed away at the end of October. Photo: Cormac Bradley

An early launched Fireball tested the beat for me, thanks Alastair & Gordon, and also flew spinnaker across the top reach with the gybe mark set in the water early. That assessment persuaded me to drop the gybe mark to leeward. The course configuration saw the weather mark set in line with the Royal Irish Yacht Club, the gybe mark set between the bandstand and the obelisk on the upper East Pier and the leeward mark set in the mouth of the harbour.

Theo Lyttle - ILCA 7 Winner Race 1 (R), with race Officer Cormac Bradley (L) at the Viking Marine Dinghy Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Photo: Frank MillerRoyal St. George's Theo Lyttle - ILCA 7 Winner Race 1 (R), with race Officer Cormac Bradley (L) at the Viking Marine Dinghy Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Photo: Frank Miller

Fifty-five boats answered the call for the opening round, split between PYs (24), ILCA 7s (7), ILCA 6s (23) and a solitary ILCA 4. The PY fleet and the combined fleet of ILCA 7s and the solitary ILCA 4 got away cleanly at the first time of asking. However, the ILCA 6s presented the Race Officer (me) with more of a challenge. On the water my first error was that the start line may have been too short – though a 24-boat PY fleet had got away first time. So, the line was lengthened. It took a black flag – far too early in the season – to get them away at the second time of asking. The price they paid was a reduction of the race length from three to two laps!

 Noel Butler – PY Winner Race 2 at the Viking Marine Dinghy Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Photo: Frank Miller The National Yacht Club's Noel Butler – PY Winner Race 2 at the Viking Marine Dinghy Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Photo: Frank Miller

With the breeze blustery and coming off a shoreline filled with buildings, the top reach was deemed to “kamikaze” for the spinnaker boats to fly their bags and the philosophy seemed to apply for the second reach as well. Still, there was some fast planing available to everyone.

Gary O’Hare – ILCA 7 Winner Race 2 at the Viking Marine Dinghy Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Photo: Frank MillerRoyal St. George's Gary O’Hare – ILCA 7 Winner Race 2 at the Viking Marine Dinghy Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Photo: Frank Miller

For the second race, the marks were kept in place but the course type was changed to Triangle-Sausage-Triangle. Again, the PY fleet and first ILCA start got away cleanly and again the ILCA 6s needed two attempts and a third attempt was aborted when the class flag hadn’t been raised. At 30 seconds to go the line is clear and even at fifteen seconds, but by this time milestone there is a “clatter” of boats on the aft quarter of the committee boat. But in the final count-down to the start, the fleet just goes and there is wall-to-wall sail hiding the pin from view. A lengthening of the line and moving the pin end upwind didn’t dilute the concentration of boats at the committee boat end! However, given that it was the last start of the day, the ILCA 6s got the full course.

Sean Craig – ILCA 6 Winner Race 2 at the Viking Marine Dinghy Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Photo: Frank MillerRoyal St. George's Sean Craig – ILCA 6 Winner Race 2 at the Viking Marine Dinghy Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Photo: Frank Miller

Viking Marine Frostbites – Round 1; 6th November 2022

PY Fleet (24 boats)
Race 1
1. Neil Colin & Margaret Casey, FB 14775*
2. Noel Butler, Aero 6
3. Alastair Court & Gordon Syme, FB 15167
Race 2
1. Noel Butler*
2. Roy van Mannen, Aero 6
3. Stephen Oram, Aero 6

After 2 races.
1. Noel Butler (3)
2. Roy van Mannen (6)
3. Stephen Oram (9)
1st Fireball, Alastair Court & Gordon Syme (12), 5th.
1st Lady, Sarah Dwyer, Aero 5, (17), 9th.

ILCA 7s (8 boats)
Race 1
1. Theo Lyttle*
2. Conor O’Leary
3. Gary O’Hare
Race 2
1. Gary O’Hare*
2. Theo Lyttle
3. Sean Bowden
After 2 races.
1. Theo Lyttle (3)
2. Gary O’Hare (4)
3. Conor O’Leary (8)

Only 1 competitor – no race.

Race 1
1. Darren Griffin
2. Sean Craig
3. Pascal Boret

Race 2
1. Sean Craig*
2. Darren Griffin
3. Brendan Hughes

After 2 races
1. Sean Craig (3)
2. Darren Griffin (3)
3. John O’ Driscoll (9)
1st Lady, Shirley Gilmore (19), 7th.

*DMYC Frostbite Mug winners on the day – you have to be at the prize-giving to get your Mug.

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The penultimate Sunday of the 2021/22 Viking Marine sponsored Frostbites, hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club started off with some discussion in the race management group as to whether sailing would take place.

Despite a forecast on Friday, published as part of the Snakes’ Alive report on Afloat, of 12-15 knots, the wind on the day was a few knots higher than this and some of the squalls were generating whistling in the rigging at the DMYC. And yet, when the squalls dissipated, the wind was fine. Given that it was the penultimate Sunday, the sun was shining and we had lost so many Sundays since the New Year, the RO decided we should at least go out and have a look. The forecast was for the wind to drop, so a postponement on the water might be used to get racing underway in more benign conditions.

The PY start Photo: Noel ButlerThe PY start Photo: Noel Butler

And given that a fleet of Optimists were having a coaching session on the water, it seemed that the wind in the corner of the harbour occupied by the DMYC was much more squally due to its direction and maybe a wider view of the race area would be beneficial.

Yes, on going out to the middle of the harbour, the breeze was around the 15 – 18 mark and there were stronger gusts but the gusts were in the high teens very low twenties and a decision was taken to sail windward-leeward for the first race and review the situation on completion.

With the wind from an almost identical direction to Friday’s Snakes’ Alive racing, 140°, the weather mark was laid on the offshore side of the bandstand on the East Pier, about a third of the way between the bandstand and the obelisk on the upper wall. The Leeward gate was laid in the elbow of the western breakwater and the West Pier. A similar fleet size to Friday was on the water, thirty-three boats, split as follows, PY (14), ILCA 7s (4), ICLA 6s (13) and ILCA 4s (2). All three starts got away at the first time of asking with most boats favouring a starboard tack start and a left-hand side of the beat approach for the opening beat. Later there was more progression to the right-hand side of the beat.

In the PY Fleet, Frank Miller & Ed Butler (FB 14713) dominated proceedings on the water and won with 3:12 in hand over the first Aero 7 of Brendan Foley and 5:29 on the Aero 5 of Sarah Dwyer. Yet they lost out on handicap to both these Aeros and the Finn of Des Fortune by 1:43 to Dwyer, 1:17 to Foley and 0:07 to Fortune. Still the smiles on the faces of all these finishers was testament to the racing that had been enjoyed. Dwyer in particular loved the stronger breeze.

In the ILCA 7s, Conor O’Leary stole a march on the regulars of Gavan Murphy and Chris Arrowsmith to take the gun while Zoe Hall put in another sterling performance in the breeze to take the ILCA 4s.
In the ILCA 6s, Marco Sorgassi came home with a tight chasing pack a short distance off his transom as he finished in first place. Behind him the pecking order was Conor Galligan, Conor Clancy, Sean Flanagan and Brendan Hughes.

ILCA racing at the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites Photo: Noel ButlerILCA racing at the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites Photo: Noel Butler

The wind had moderated during the course of the race, though there were still squalls coming through but without the same viciousness as the morning. And given that the sun was out and the first race had been a fast one – four laps of a Windward-Leeward had generated a race time of 38:29 for Miller/Butler, a four-lap Olympic was signalled for the second race.

Photo: Noel ButlerPhoto: Noel Butler

There wasn’t an obvious peep from the high-profile character who had been vexed at the RO’s decision on the second race format and length the previous Sunday and during the week he had confirmed to the RO by WhatsApp that he had relented on his initial reaction to the decision. And in the second race said individual had another great result!

While the wind had eased somewhat for the second race, it seemed that some discretion was being displayed by the spinnaker classes on the top reach of the triangle, even though the gybe mark position, inside the red lighthouse, was in a genteel position.

Miller/Butler again dominated the proceedings on the water, free to go wherever they wanted on the course and the margin of victory was 3:47 to Foley in the Aero 7. Yet again, however, it was not enough to save time and Foley took the win, on paper, by 0:56. Des Fortune compounded a good first race (3rd) with another 3rd in the Finn and David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne (GP14 14069) took fourth, with Dwyer in fifth.

RS Aero upwind Photo: Noel ButlerRS Aero upwind Photo: Noel Butler

Conor O’Leary did the double in the ILCA 7s, with Arrowsmith and Murphy swopping places from the first race, Arrowsmith second to Murphy’s third. Zoe Hall also did the double, but in the ILCA 6s, there was very tight racing at the front before Sorgassi came through with his double in the latter stages of the race.

The second race took just forty minutes which meant everyone was ashore in a reasonable time.

Viking Marine sponsored Frostbites, Sunday 20th March

Race 1

PY Fleet (14 boats)
1. Sarah Dwyer (Aero 5)
2. Brendan Foley (Aero 7)
3. Des Fortune (Finn)
4. Frank Miller & Ed Butler (Fireball)
5. Stephen Oram (Aero 7)

ILCA 7s (4 boats)
1. Conor O’Leary
2. Gavan Murphy
3. Chris Arrowsmith

ILCA 6s (13 boats)
1. Marco Sorgassi
2. Conor Galligan
3. Conor Clancy
4. Sean Flanagan
5. Brendan Hughes
1. Zoe Hall
2. Dylan de Vreeze

Race 2

PY Fleet
1. Brendan Foley
2. Frank Miller & Ed Butler
3. Des Fortune
4. David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne (GP14 14069)
5. Sarah Dwyer

1. Conor O’Leary
2. Chris Arrowsmith
3. Gavan Murphy

1. Marco Sorgassi
2. Conor Galligan
3. Conor Clancy
4. Brendan Hughes
5. Sean Flanagan

1. Zoe Hall
2. Dylan de Vreeze

With this being the penultimate day of racing, it is pertinent to publish the current overall results: 

DMYC Frostbite current overall results

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From as early as Thursday evening, the wind forecast for Sunday afternoon and the Viking Marine sponsored DMYC Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour was dodgy, 3 knots gusting four was the prediction! By Saturday that had improved slightly to 6knots gusting to 8, but on Sunday afternoon a preliminary trip to the outer harbour to check the scene was required before a decision was made to try and get a race in. At that stage a group of ILCAs, in session in front of the National Yacht Club were moving sufficiently to suggest a race might be possible. And so, we went out!

While these Frostbite reports are inclined to focus on the competitive aspect of the racing, given the day that evolved, it is only right to acknowledge the volunteers that give their time to running the racing. On board the committee boat, “Goose” there is a team of six people, five of whom keep track of where the competitors are and yesterday that wasn’t easy. In order to lay marks for the races, a further nine people were enlisted, that makes 15 people trying to give 65 boats a race or races as the case may be. To all those volunteers, our thanks.

The Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy fleet spread across Dun Laoghaire Harbour in the search for windThe Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy fleet spread across Dun Laoghaire Harbour in the search for wind

When “Goose” came out to the race area, a bit more breeze had filled in and the wind was coming out of the southern sector of the compass. The word sector is used advisedly as there was quite a bit of variation in where it was coming from. With the committee boat sitting inside the end of the West Pier, the variation in wind direction, at its worst, would have had a weather mark to the east of the Carlisle Pier or, alternatively, a weather mark at the entrance to the marina. That huge variance eventually gave way to a much more modest swing, but even so the weather mark ended up being in a compromised position, about 175m west of the Ferry dolphins. The leeward gate was just off the end of the West Pier.

Four laps of a Windward-Leeward course were signalled, the premise being that if it went light or silly, the course could be shortened. And the prospect of a second race wasn’t really being contemplated at that early stage of the afternoon.

In the build-up to the start, it seemed Mother Nature might be willing to give the Race Officer a reprieve as we started recording up to 9knots of breeze……..maybe this would work! The 9knots didn’t hang around!
The 28-boat PY fleet, with 10 Fireballs, 7 Aeros, 3 GP14s, 2 RS400s, the IDRA, the K1, 2 Laser Vagos, a Laser Pico and a Wayfarer struggled with their first start, prompting a General Recall and relegation to the back of the queue. The pin was adjusted and the ILCA 7s and 4s, in a 15-boat fleet got away first time with the majority of the fleet heading to the left hand-side of the beat, which was still a beat at this stage.

Next up were the ILCA 6s, of which there were 22 and they too had problems with the line as the wind and my setting of the pin end came in to play. That demoted them to a second attempt at starting behind the PY fleet who again couldn’t get away. After the ILCA 6s, the PY fleet started under a black flag and while there was an even distribution of boats along the line, Neil Colin & Marjo Moneen (FB14775) came in marginally late around the port quarter of the committee boat and seemed to have stolen a march of the rest of the boats further down the line. However, post-race they admitted that they then sailed into a hole and the guys that went left initially stormed in from that side of the course. Another post-race comment was that a particular Aero had been able to lay the weather mark on one tack almost from the start. I must admit I didn’t spot that myself, but there were other signs that things were going awry!

First the breeze had faded and while the ILCA 7s and 4s were running back from the weather mark as I expected, the boats going upwind weren’t all beating. Another tell-tale sign was that the committee boat was now sitting upwind of the leeward gate, but orientated to a S-Westerly bearing, out to the right-hand side of the course. The committee boat moved in an attempt to get a beat in to the finish, even at an early stage in the race but no sooner had the anchor been dropped than it became apparent that the new position wouldn’t work either. A decision was then taken to finish at what had been the weather mark, though what it was now was open to debate. The problem is that with the size of the course and the overall fleet size, there is no time gap in which to shift the weather mark. And abandonment would undo the efforts of all the competitors who had stayed out on the course. Next task was to identify where the leaders in each of the fleets were. The recording team had their work cut out for them today!

A shortened course was signalled at the committee boat together with a flag declaration that there would be no more racing, because at this stage the wind was at zephyr strength and very, very fickle.

To give all the competitors their dues, nobody made a grumble at the finish, and everyone seemed to appreciate that a race had been completed. It wouldn’t have stood scrutiny as a club championship race, but it did allow people to be out on the water on what was a nice afternoon temperature wise.

Viking Marine Frostbites Day 4

PY Class 28 boats
1. Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella FB 15093
2. Cariosa Power & Marie Barry FB14854
3. Stephen Oram Aero 7 3288
4. David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne GP14 14069
5. Roy Van Maneen Aero 7 3822
6. Paul Phelan Aero 7 2523
7. Frank Miller & Neil Cramer FB14713
8. Ronan Wallace & Crew FB 14840
9. Brendan Foley Aero 7 1321
10. Andrew Irvin & Aisling O’Grady RS400 1044

ILCA 7s 8 boats

1. Conrad Vandlik
2. Gary O’Hare
3. Chris Arrowsmith
ILCA 6s 22 boats
1. Brain Carroll
2. Sean Craig
3. Shirley Gilmore
4. Adam Irvin
5. Conor Clancy
ILCA 4s 7 boats
1. Daniel O’Connor
2. Emma Lynch
3. Ava Ennis

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In his RS Aero, Brendan Foley made a clean sweep of the first PY races of the Viking Marine Frostbite Series 2021-22 at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday afternoon. 

After a break in 2020, the country's longest-running winter dinghy racing resumed on Sunday, with sponsorship from Viking Marine and a sell-out 110-boat fleet.

The Royal St. George solo sailor took wins in both races that were dominated by the Aero class. 

In the first race, another boat type broke into the top three in the 21-boat PY division when Frank Miller in a Fireball took a second.

RStGYC Lasers on form

In the Laser divisions, Royal St George's domination was evident with their sailors taking all the podium positions (except two) in both races in all three divisions.

Both counting a one and a two, DMYC/HYC's Luke Turvey and RStGYC's Brendan Hughes share the top points in the Radial's 21-boat turnout, the most significant Laser division.

The George's Gavan Murphy won the first race of the six-boat full rigs, and clubmate Chris Arrowsmith won the second. 

Royal St. George's Daniel O'Connor took the gun in Race One in the ten boat 4.7 class and Sam Legge, also of the RStGYC, second.

Due to Covid restrictions, there was no prizegiving in the DMYC after sailing,

Results are here.

Additional report from Cormac Bradley, Frostbite Race Officer below

Viking Marine Frostbites 2021/22: Race Day One

After an enforced break due to Covid regulations in 2020/2021, the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club-hosted Frostbites returned to the waters of Dun Laoghaire Harbour with a new sponsor in the form of local chandler, Viking Marine, also based in Dun Laoghaire.

The organisers of the event decided that an entry cap of 120 boats would be put in place so that an awareness of the ongoing Covid situation could be signalled to all potential competitors and that number was reached in advance of the first weekend of racing.

The breakdown of numbers gave us a potential 38-boat entry in the PY Class consisting of Fireballs, Aeros, GP14s, RS400, IDRA and a variety of Lasers – Vago, etc. Laser Radials mustered a 40-boat entry and there were healthy numbers for the Laser 4.7s and Full Rigs.

In the build-up to the first weekend of racing, November 7th, the wind forecast started off as being quite heavy with even heavier gusts, but as we got to the tail-end of the week, a more genteel forecast was evolving. Sunday morning arrived with a forecast that put the wind in the mid-teens with gusts in the low to middle twenties (knots). However, with the wind projected to come out of the West, that would mean a slightly protected harbour and race-course area.

Onshore discussion between Frostbites Director, Neil Colin and Race Officer, Cormac Bradley, in advance of going on the water, resolved that with the forecast and the fact that we had done no Frostbiting for over a year, it would be prudent to run with Windward-Leeward races for the first day of the new series and that would give everyone a chance to re-acquaint themselves with the Frostbites regime.

Mother Nature played her part as well by giving us as close to a steady breeze as she permits which allowed a weather mark to be set just north of the entrance to the marina and that stayed in place for both races. With a Westerly (270°), we are able to use the biggest dimension of the harbour, and a leeward gate was set up using the hand-buoys of summer moorings to fix the marks inside the Boyd Memorial on the East Pier.

A PY Fleet of 20 boats opened the proceedings of the 2021/22 Series with the make up being 6 Fireballs, 6 Aeros (7s and 5s), 2 GP14s, an RS400, an IDRA, a Mirror and an assortment of double-handed Lasers.

The Full Lasers and 4.7s, sailing as one fleet, mustered nineteen-boats, eight full rigs and eleven of the smaller rigs, respectively.

The Laser Radials won the attendance prize with 23 boats on the water.

With a 62-boat fleet to watch and a good breeze to get all the boats around the course, this correspondence is unable to give an account of the racing. Suffice to say that there was no definitive way to sail the beats, which is what a Race Officer wants, but there was some close on the water sailing witnessed across all three fleets.

In the early part of the first series of races, the breeze got up to about 15/16 knots, but it was evident that the base breeze was falling though there were enough gusts coming through to see windward rolls from the Lasers and a few flogging spinnakers from the Fireballs.

By the second race, the wind had dropped to around the 10-knot mark and faded a little more as the afternoon wore on. However, there was enough around for everyone to have enjoyed this "first day back at the office".

Viking Marine Frostbites – hosted by DMYC

Race 1.

PY Class:
1st Brendan Foley (Aero 7),
2nd Frank Miller and Ed Butler (FB 14713),
3rd Stephen Oram (Aero 7).
4th Alistair Court & Gordon Syme (FB 14706).
5th Owen Sinnott & Grattan Donnelly (FB 14865).
1st GP 14 – David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne (7th).
IDRA – Pierre Long & Son (9th).
RS400 – Brian O'Hare & Lucy O'Donoghue (14th).

Full Rig Lasers:
1st Gavan Murphy.
2nd Conrad Vandlik.
3rd Gary O'Hare.

Laser 4.7s:
1st Daniel O'Connor.
2nd Sam Legge.
3rd Donal Walsh.

Laser 4.7s:
1st Brendan Hughes.
2nd Luke Tierney.
3rd Mark Henry.

Race 2.
PY Class:
1st Brendan Foley.
2nd Mark Gavin.
3rd Sarah Dwyer (Aero 5).
4th Neil Colin and Marjo (FB 14775).
5th Tom Murphy (K1).
1st GP 14 – David Mulvin & Ronan Beirne.
Mirror – Paul & Yves Long (19th).

Full Rig Lasers:
1st Chris Arrowsmith.
2nd Conrad Vandlik.
3rd Gary O'Hare.

Laser 4.7s:
1st Sam Legge.
2nd Emily Cantwell.
3rd Daniel O'Connor.

Laser Radials:
1st Luke Tierney.
2nd Brendan Hughes.
3rd Sophie Kilmartin.

In terms of club affiliation, five of the six-race finishes were taken by Royal St George Yacht Club members, with Luke Tierney the only race winner from the host club (DMYC).

In compliance with Covid best practice, there was no daily prize-giving and the proposal is that there may only be a single prize-giving event

Each Sunday's race results will be posted to the DMYC website after racing rather than being posted immediately inside the DMYC clubhouse. This is a Covid prompted safety measure. at the end of each series, subject to the regulations in place at that time.

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After three Sundays of no racing due to the ongoing storms of winter, the Dun Laoghaire DMYC Frostbite fleet was able to take to the water yesterday in what were still quite brisk winds but nothing like what we had seen over the past three weekends. During the week before, the forecast had been for quite light winds but late on Friday, XCWeather was showing a change and by late Saturday afternoon, the predictions were up to the high teens in terms of base wind strength. A positive sign for the afternoon was the bigger boats going out in the morning for their DBSC Spring Chicken Series and not being blown over.

The race start was brought forward by an hour to accommodate those armchair fans of a particular rugby match………of which there will be no further reference in this article/report. A brisk westerly greeted the competitors to the DMYC dinghy park and there were plenty of “cats’ paws” on the water. Air temperature was on the cool side, but it was bright.

With the wind out of the west, the longer dimensions of the harbour were available to set a two-lap triangular course with the weather mark set halfway along the inner pier off the West Pier and the gybe mark in the proximity of the HSS gantry. The leeward mark was set off the Boyd Memorial on the East Pier. From the committee boat perspective, the wind was reasonably steady in direction at 270° but my “samplers” of the course told me that the upper end of the beat was gusty and variable and the same could be said for the top reach. However, my Fireball “guinea-pig” was able to report that the angles of the reachs were good.

All the starts were clean and the only complication on the PY fleet was the Fireball of Frank Miller and Neil Cramer (14990) capsizing immediately after crossing the start line. Most of the fleet went left and worked the port hand side of the beat. First to show from a spinnaker perspective was Noel Butler and Stephen Oram (15061) with the Thompsons, Daniel & Harry (15156) not far behind them. Also, conspicuously, the Solo of Shane McCarthy wasn’t far off the lead bunch. This was a quick-fire race as there was plenty of breeze for the top reach and as the leaders sailed down the quieter second reach of the first lap, they had to take a slightly altered course to the leeward mark because of the third start of the day. In the end, less than thirty seconds covered the first three Fireballs at the finish. However, in handicap terms McCarthy turned a 2:30 deficit on the water to a 00:45 win on handicap. That left the first three Fireballs, Butler & Oram, Daniel & Harry Thompson and Alistair Court & Gordon Syme (14706) sandwiched between McCarthy and the Aero 7 of Alexander Rumball. On corrected time, 1:36 covered the top five boats.

The Laser Standard fleet has become a dedicated fleet of three – Messrs Arrowsmith, Murphy and O’Leary and in Race 1 this was the finishing order. The 4.7 numbers are also under pressure, but Rian Geraghty-McDonnell continued his winning ways in the first race of the day, followed by Luke Turvey and Evan Dargan Hayes. The Radials won the bragging rights for the biggest start of the day with 22 boats (to PY’s 21) and they enjoyed close racing with a finishing order of Adam Walsh, Conor Gorman, Sean Craig, Owen Laverty and first lady, Shirley Gilmore.

Given the short duration of the first race and the fact that the wind was still healthy but starting to drop, a longer four-lap Olympic course was set with time to rugby still not a problem. The weather mark needed slight tweaking, going slightly further south, or to port.

Again, three clean starts were completed and in the PY fleet, the blue and white spinnaker of the Thompsons was first to show. They had a scorching top reach to pull out a comfortable distance from Butler & Oram. Yet again the trend was to go left initially, before working the port side of the beat. The Thompsons held the lead for the first triangle but by the start of the sausage their lead had been cut dramatically by the chasing Butler & Oram. By the next windward mark, the order had changed and Butler & Oram won ultimately by 1:05 over the younger brothers. Frank Miller & Neil Cramer were third over the line, 1:29 down on the brothers. Yet again the handicap finishing order top five was populated by Fireballs and single-handers – Shane McCarthy’s Solo was 6:33 behind the first Fireball but closed to 16 seconds on handicap. And Alexander Rumball brought the Aero 7 home in fourth, 5:20 behind the Fireball but only 1:27 down on handicap.

In the Standard Lasers, Garvan Murphy took the honours with Chris Arrowsmith second and Conor O’Leary third. In the 4.7s, there was a family affair as Luke Turvey won from his brother Hugh, with Rian Geraghty-McDonnell third. And in the Laser Radials, Sean Craig took the win from Adam Walsh, Marco Sorgassi, Conor Gorman and Brendan Hughes.

An amendment to the sailing Instructions had advised competitors of the addition of a separate finishing mark, situated much closer to the committee boat. In the first race the outer limit mark for the start, a candy-striped mark was still in place at the finish and at least one boat used this as the outer limit for the finish. The errant act of sailing through the finish line when the blue flag is flying, indicating the committee boat is “On Station” for a finish, was prevalent again yesterday and in one of the Laser fleets the art of counting to four appeared to be a problem.

I think most people got ashore in time for THAT event on TV, but I would argue that the sailing was more enjoyable on the day!!

As this report is being written, there is a very wild Dublin Bay in evidence, and the last readout from the Dublin Bay buoy is: Wind Direction 267°, Gust Direction 315°, Avg. Wind 32 knots, Gust 46 knots. Just as well we were racing yesterday!

Frostbites: 23 February 2020.

PY Fleet; Race 1.

  1. Shane McCarthy, Solo
  2. Noel Butler & Stephen Oram, Fireball 15061
  3. Daniel & Harry Thompson, Fireball 15156
  4. Alistair Court & Gordon Syme, Fireball 14706
  5. Alexander Rumball, Aero 7.

Standard Lasers; Race 1

  1. Chris Arrowsmith
  2. Garvan Murphy
  3. Conor O’Leary.

Laser 4.7s

  1. Rian Geraghty-McDonnell
  2. Luke Turvey
  3. Evan Dargan-Hayes.

Laser Radials

  1. Adam Walsh
  2. Conor Gorman
  3. Sean Craig
  4. Owen Laverty
  5. Shirley Gilmore

PY Fleet; Race 2

  1. Noel Butler & Stephen Oram, Fireball 15061
  2. Shane McCarthy, Solo
  3. Alistair Court & Gordon Syme, Fireball 14706
  4. Frank Miller & Neil Cramer, Fireball 14990.
  5. Alexander Rumball, Aero 7

Standard Lasers

  1. Garvan Murphy
  2. Chris Arrowsmith
  3. Conor O’Leary.

Laser 4.7s

  1. Luke Turvey
  2. Hugh Turvey
  3. Rian Geraghty-McDonnell.

Laser Radials

  1. Sean Craig
  2. Adam Walsh
  3. Marco Sorgassi
  4. Conor Gorman
  5. Brendan Hughes.
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