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Royal St. George Yacht Club Pair Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella counted five straight race wins
Royal St. George Yacht Club Pair Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella counted five straight race wins to be winners of the 11-boat Fireball Leinster Championships at the National Yacht Club today. The host club's Noel Butler and Stephen Oram were…
Shane McCarthy and Noel Butler are Fireball Munster winners. Scroll down for more prizegiving photos
Noel Butler and Shane McCarthy have won the Fireball Munsters at Killaloe after racing was abandoned for day two of the event. On Sunday morning the forecast strong southerly winds kept building and while initially it looked sailable a series…
Irish champions Noel Butler & Stephen Oram (pictured here at the Howth Yacht Club based national championships) were DBSC series 3 winners
In Dublin Bay yacht racing terms the sign that the summer is over is the advent of the last Tuesday night race of the year. Seven Fireballs embraced the last of the Tuesday night races by their presence on the…
Fireballs racing at Dun Laoghaire
After the excitement of seeing Dun Laoghaire’s Annalise Murphy win her Silver Medal at the Rio Olympics in the Laser Radial Class, the five boat Fireball fleet on the DBSC Tuesday night course had lots of their own excitement writes…
Irish Fireball National Champions Noel Butler and Stephen Oram lift the trophy at Howth Yacht Club
Sunday’s forecast for the Irish Fireball Nationals was always less than encouraging and so it proved when the complete absence of wind brought the curtain down on the 2016 edition of the regatta writes Cormac Bradley. Race Officer Richard Kissane…
Fireballs get rigged at Howth Yacht Club
Day 2 of the Irish Fireball Nationals was in stark contrast to Day 1 at Howth Yacht Club writes Cormac Bradley. The breeze that saw the fleet afloat gradually faded as the day wore on and the last race of the…
Dun Laoghaire Fireballers Frank Miller and Grattan Donnelly are third overall at the Fireball Nationals in Howth
At 15:46 a well–worked Irish Fireball fleet is ashore at Howth Yacht Club after three very hard races where the Race Officer advised that the wind was consistently "on average" 20 knots writes Cormac Bradley. Three Olympic courses were sailed…
Stephen Oram (left) and Noel Butler are DBSC Fireball fleet leaders
It was difficult to believe that this is the second Tuesday of August considering the weather for this evening’s Fireball race in Dublin Bay writes Cormac Bradley. What started out as a bright day and was still in reasonable shape…
Conor and James Clancy lead the Fireball's DBSC series three (after two races)
On the third day of the Irish summer, DBSC Fireballs had their first seasonal race of the Tuesday night series and the warm weather enticed a fleet of eight boats onto the water writes Cormac Bradley. The projected forecast, using…
Fireball dinghies
A smaller than usual fleet of Fireballs travelled from Dun Laoghaire and Skerries to that part of Ireland which makes the claim to being the “sunny South –East”, Wexford writes Cormac Bradley. As the Race Officer for the weekend, Michael…
Fireballs competing on Dublin Bay
A sextet of Fireballs enjoyed an evening of close racing in sunshine last night and had the additional attraction of two course configurations in the two races writes Cormac Bradley. By mid-afternoon the XCWeather website was suggesting that winds of…
The Clancy brothers, Conor & James were Fireball winners in last night's DBSC race
Last night’s edition of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s Fireball racing was, to use the football parlance, a game of two halves. In the first half a reasonable breeze out of the SE (approximately) gave the 8-boat Fireball fleet an…
Fireball Blind Squirrel (Frank Miller) was the winner of Saturday's Royal Irish YC regatta
Four Fireballs contested the RIYC regatta on Saturday. While the number was low the competition was excellent and no other dinghy class had more boats, surely an indication of the extent to which all dinghy classes are struggling to compete…
Fireballs Get Breeze At Last For DBSC Tuesday Series Races
At last a breeze! Although not quite up to the forecasted gusts of 25 knots plus last night's DBSC racing was held in fantastic conditions with peaks of 20 knots in Scotsmans Bay while further out the Dublin Bay Buoy recorded…
Seven Fireballs headed out last night for the ongoing Tuesday DBSC series
Seven Fireballs headed out last night for the ongoing Tuesday DBSC series. The meagre wind faded as the boats reached the start area, wisely set inside the harbour by the race committee. A triangular course was set and in due…
Conor and James Clancy were last night's light air DBSC Fireball first race winners
What looked like a hopeless case all day morphed into a decent night's Fireball racing. All day Dun Laoghaire was enveloped in a mild airless haze but when Fireballers arrived to hope against hope that there might be racing flags…