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#FIREBALL – The Committee Boat for the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Frostbites was located at the end of the east pier yesterday  to set a course with a wind bearing of 260º. However, local vagaries in the wind reduced the first leg to more of a fetch than a beat. Wind strength was initially at Force 3 but quickly built to in excess of Force 6 before dropping off again to F2/3. The Fireball start became the subject of a General Recall due to the significant bias on the start line and it appears that the fleet was victim to lots of capsizes in the blustery conditions.

Twelve Fireballs made the start, of which one became a retiree. The results are as follows:

1. Kenneth Rumball & David Moran

15058

Irish National Sailing School

2. Noel Butler & Stephen Oram

15061

Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club

3. Andrew Boyle & Barry Hurley

14934

Royal Irish Yacht Club

4. Luke Malcolm & Shane Diviney

14790

Howth Yacht Club

5. John Chambers & Hugh Butler

14706

Royal St. George Yacht Club

Luke Malcolm and Shane Diviney collect the day’s mugs for 4th place and in overall terms the status is as follows.

1.

Noel Butler & Stephen Oram

8pts

2.

Kenneth Rumball & Dave Moran

14pts

3.

Andy Boyle & Barry Hurley

26pts

4.

John Chambers & Hugh Butler

33pts

Alaistair Court & Gordon Syme

6

Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keefe

34pts.

Sunday 18th will see the conclusion of Series 1 with a prize-giving after the racing in the DMYC.

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#FIREBALL– In contrast to the blue skies and sunshine of the previous Sundays, in November, the first December Sunday of the Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire was typified by more seasonal weather, cold, grey skies and blustery conditions. Yet again the wind moderated from the forecast and the previous night’s conditions to allow sailing to take place – the forecast had been for Force 7 – 8 in the Irish Sea, but on Sunday morning XC Weather was predicting 12 – 14 knots with gusts in the twenties.

Twelve Fireballs took to the water this weekend and were rewarded for their perseverance with fast three sails reaches and challenging beats. Some of the fleet took a bath, under spinnaker, and described the water temperature as bracing.

The wind peaked before the start in terms of continuous breeze but throughout the race the westerly wind was gusty. One combination retired after a lengthy capsize, another due to a broken spreader, but the remaining boats enjoyed a five lap race.

The pecking order was established early on with Butler/Oram (15061) being chased by Kenny Rumball, crewed this weekend by Connor Kinsella (15058), and Andy Boyle sailing with Barry Hurley (14934). In fourth place, for the first lap at least were Frank Cassidy & Cormac Bradley (14719) before they went the wrong way up the second beat to lose places to Alistair Court & Gordon Syme (14706), Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (14775) and Louis Smyth & Joe O’Reilly (15007). Smyth/O’Reilly took a bath on the first reach of the next lap to allow Cassidy/Bradley back into 6th.

The blustery conditions and stronger breeze saw Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keefe (14691) at a disadvantage relative to their male competitors and the lighter combination of Luke Malcolm and Shane Diviney , in their first frostbite series were further back than they might have preferred.

Dave Coleman & Glenn Fisher (14407) formed the rearguard of this fleet. On the coldest day of the series so far, everyone retired to the hospitality of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, where soup and rolls restored bodies to a more comfortable condition.

Finishing third, Andy Boyle and Barry Hurley picked up the day’s mugs.

Sunday 4th December 2011.

1

Noel Butler & Stephen Oram

15061

2

Kenny Rumball & Connor Kinsella

15058

3

Andy Boyle & Barry Hurley

14934

4

Alistair Court & Gordon Syme

14706

5

Neil Colin & Margaret Casey

14775

Noel Butler & Stephen continue to lead the series with Kenny Rumball & Dave Moran/Connor Kinsella 2nd and Andy Boyle/Barry Hurley/Brian Flahive third. There are two races left in Series 1, 11th and 18th December, before the Christmas break.

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#FIREBALL – New Irish Fireball Class Chairman, Neil Colin (14775), was Master of Ceremonies when the Irish Fireball fleet celebrated the (regatta) season just concluded with its prize-giving dinner hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Friday evening 25th November.

In addition to awarding medals for the season long Travellers' Trophy, the occasion sees the Class award its own prizes to recognize excellence and contribution to the class.

An attendance of approximately 50 people was bolstered when some of the past members of the class joined us. Martin and Matt Treadwell had an extended period of success in the Irish Fireball fleet but terminated their participation in the fleet around 2002. Frank Cassidy, with wife Gemma doesn't get to sail his Fireball regularly these days, as sailing other boats gets in the way, but both were there. Another past Fireballer, whose nickname is Shergar – suggesting he was fast on the water – added to the numbers of ex-Fireballers who joined the current fleet for the celebration.

The prizes were awarded after dinner;

Travellers' Trophy

Silver Fleet.
3rd: Cariosa Power & Marie Barry, DMYC, IRL 14854.
2nd: Ben Malone & Matthew Bennion, Skerries Sailing Club, IRL 14939.
1st: Mary Chambers & Brenda McGuire, DMYC, IRL 14865.

Gold Fleet

3rd: Kenny Rumball & Seamus Moore, Irish National Sailing School, IRL 15058.
2nd: Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella, Cushendall SBC & UCDSC, IRL 14820.
1st: Noel Butler & Stephen Oram, National Yacht Club, IRL 15061.

Class Awards

Ladies Helm.
1st placed Lady Helm in Travellers' Trophy.
Diane Kissane, Howth Yacht Club, IRL 14939, 11th Overall.

Asterix Trophy

(For a significant/outstanding contribution to the Class.)
Louis Smyth:- for his contribution to the Sligo Worlds, including; liaison with Fireball International, the Irish Class Association and Sligo Yacht Club, collecting, hosting and transporting visitors to Ireland for the planning and regatta phases of the event and collecting boats from the UK for international competitors.

India Trophy

(Most Improved)
Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella, IRL 14820:- For finishing 2nd overall in the season-long Travellers' Trophy.
Captain's Prize.
(Awarded at the discretion of the Dun Laoghaire Class Captain.)
This year's award was made by Owen Laverty who has just stood down as DL Class Captain.
Cormac Bradley:- Owen made the award in recognition of Cormac's contribution to the Irish Fireball Class, highlighting his efforts to organize events over the years, his reporting of Fireball events and the manner in which he carried out these activities – without complaint!

The Liam Bradley Trophy

(This is a new trophy, donated by Immediate Past Chairman, Cormac Bradley, in honour of his late father.)
Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella:- Awarded in recognition of the fact that they are a new combination in Fireballs who have enjoyed spectacular success in a very short period (finishing 2nd overall in the Travellers' Trophy). Cormac alluded to the fact that they sailed four of the five regattas, sailed consistently (finished in the top 3 in the four events), in an accomplished manner without protests and in a style that made it entertaining and challenging to race against them. Cormac emphasized the need to recognize new talent coming into the fleet as this would be the future life-blood of the class.

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Noel Butler & Stephen Oram - Travellers' Trophy winners

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Conor Kinsella receives The Liam Bradley Trophy on behalf of himself and Barry McCartin

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Neil Colin (Class Chairman) presents the Lady Helm Trophy to Diane Kissane


Photos by Patrick Kiersey

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#FIREBALL – Rounds 3 & 4 of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club's Frostbite Series were sailed in frost-free conditions yesterday, Sunday 20th November, with a distinctly mild aspect to the start of the afternoon before it started to get grey and dark. Indeed, the weather was so benign that the fleet was able to sail outside Dun Laoghaire's harbour and had two back-to-back races.

A new innovation for this year's races, the setting of a separate weather mark for the Fireballs, was put into place for the fourteen Fireballs that contested the first race of the day and the thirteen boats who sailed the second race.

Both races were sailed in light winds which made for challenging conditions and some boats found windless "holes" from which they struggled to escape – makes one empathise with the Volvo Ocean competitors who have an ocean wide windless zone to negotiate en route to Cape Town. Observing from shore, this correspondent noted that the weather station on the east pier had recorded a maximum gust of 5kts up to the start of the second race. Exciting stuff!!

Messrs Butler and Oram (15061) won both races on the water, the first giving them their 2011/12 Frostbite Mug. They spent the afternoon exchanging places with Graeme Grant & Hugh Butler with Kenneth Rumball and David Moran never too far away.

Rumball/Moran took 2nd place on the water in the day's first race and followed it up with a 3rd in the 2nd race of the day. However, as Butler/Oram and Grant/Butler who finished 1st and 2nd respectively already had Frostbite Mugs, Rumball/Moran took the prize for the fourth race of the series.

In overall terms however, Andrew Boyle/Barry Hurley/Brian Flahive lead the series with a 20pt total. Yesterday they scored a 4th and a 6th to add to the 2 x 5th of Rounds 1 & 2. Butler/Oram and Louise McKenna/Hermine O'Keefe are tied for 2nd overall, 3pts adrift of the leaders, while Grant/Butler and Rumball/Moran close out the top five.

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#FIREBALL – The Irish Fireball frostbite season got underway in unseasonable blue skies and sunshine conditions on Sunday 6th November, when 11 Fireballs in a 40+ fleet got the series underway writes our Fireball Correspondent.  Arriving at Dun Laoghaire harbour, conditions were not conducive to racing, the waters of the harbour and beyond being mirror-like. Race Officer Stuart Kinnear persevered with the idea that a race was possible and was rewarded when enough breeze came through to get a race of two laps of a triangle away.

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Hugh Butler crewing for Graeme Grant on their way to winning the Fireball Class in last Sunday's DMYC Frostbite race in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Bob Hobby

As the new Class Chairman, Neil Colin, with crew Margaret Casey, adopted the same style that will be required onshore – leading from the front. They started about midway down the line and found themselves in the middle of the course as a consequence. On the right-hand side Louis Smyth and Cormac Bradley found stronger breeze but weren’t able to quite close on Colin/Casey and were additionally distracted by Louise McKenna and Hermine O’Keefe who had gone right as well and then went back to the middle.

Colin/Casey rounded first followed by McKenna/O’Keefe, Smyth/Bradley and the established combination of Kenneth Rumball & Dave Moran.  The downwind legs were quite genteel but competitive all the same. Smyth/Bradley got through McKenna/O’Keefe despite the close presence of Rumball/Moran.

2nd beat and Colin/Casey went more middle than left while Smyth/Bradley again hit the right. This closed the gap but not quite enough to see a change of lead. However, it was enough to stay ahead of McKenna/O’Keefe at the weather mark but a split of downwind courses saw the girls get ahead until gybes onto the opposite tacks saw Smyth/Bradley get back into second. This close attention to what was going on behind them left Colin/Casey to extend their lead to the leeward mark and a safe win.

With a DMYC Frostbite mug up for grabs every Sunday of the series, Colin/Casey were able to relax with their hands on the 2011/12 edition.

The Frostbite is a popular series with a single race on a Sunday afternoon meaning that the day isn’t completely taken up. Husband and wife, Frank and Gemma Cassidy made their Frostbite debut, while Alastair Court and Gordon Syme, whom we haven’t seen all season, though their boat was in Sligo, also made their first appearance of the season. Mick Creighton blooded a new crew, while two other crews, Dave Coleman and Grattan Donnelly, teamed up to sail Blind Squirrel, 14713.

Welcome visitors were Luke Malcolm and Shane Diviney from Howth and Peter Armstrong and Matt Mayron, sailing under the burgee of Sligo Yacht Club.

Round 2 saw a complete contrast in the pre-race weather from the previous Sunday. At 11:30 it was blowing 25 knots, by 12:45 the wind was down to a Force 2. The race eventually was sailed in a F3 which moved around a bit but was mostly in the northern sector of the compass card. Graeme Grant and Hugh Butler led the fleet this week around five laps of another triangular course, doing enough to stay ahead of the bunch. They were chased by Noel Butler and Stephen Oram and Louis Smyth, sailing with Joe O’Reilly for Round 2. These two spent the race exchanging places while some of the others to feature at different stages were Alastair Court and Gordon Syme and Mick Creighton & Paul McDermott. The trio of Barry Hurley, Andy Boyle and Brian Flahive has shown the greatest consistency with two 5th places! These three also count double-handed Fastnet races in their list of activities for the 2011 sailing season.

Thus, with two rounds down the overall standings are as follows;

Overall

Sail No

Race 1

Race 2

Total Pts

1. Louis Smyth/Cormac Bradley/Joe O’Reilly

15007

2

3

5

2. Louise Mc Kenna & Hermine O’Keefe

14691

3

7

10

2. Andy Boyle/Barry Hurley/Brian Flahive

14934

5

5

10

4. Alastair Court & Gordon Syme

14706

7

4

11

5. Luke Malcolm & Shane Diviney

14790

6

6

12

Series 1 of the Frostbites runs through to the Sunday before Christmas (18th Dec), with series 2 starting Sunday 8th January 2012.

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#FIREBALL – Experienced Dun Laoghaire helmsman Neil Colin from the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club has succeeded Cormac Bradley as Irish Fireball dinghy Class Chairman. Bradley stays on as Irish liaison with Fireball International and Press Officer.

 

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The domestic regatta season of the Irish Fireball Class closed in Dunmore East as it had opened in Carlingford in May, with a single day of racing. Race Officer Harry Gallagher had indicated as early as Friday morning that there was a distinct possibility that sailing would not be possible on Sunday and consequently took the decision to sail four races on Saturday.

Arriving at the club in time for the Class AGM, the consensus was that an excellent day’s racing had been had by the 18-boat fleet, with four good races completed in excellent conditions and very tight racings.

This is manifested by the overall results which show that the winners had a 1pt margin over second place and second place had a similar 1pt margin over third.

Race wins were shared by Kenny Rumball & Teddy Byrne and Noel Butler & Stephen Oram, but Messrs McCartin & Kinsella, the 2011 National Champions, were obviously snapping at everyone’s heels with a 3, 2,2,2 series of results.

Rumball & Butler took alternate race wins with Butler getting the first one. A 1,3,1,3 scorecard at the close of Saturday saw Butler/Oram at the top of the standings with McCartin/Kinsella and Rumball/Byrne tied second overall a point astern. The pecking order thereafter was Clancy/Rowan, Boyle/Flahive, Smyth/O’Reilly, Murphy/Voye. But with a seven point gap between tied second and fourth, in reality the regatta would come down to the tope three on Sunday.

My information is that RO Harry Gallagher’s initial assessment of conditions on Sunday morning, observed from a rib on the race course, was that racing could proceed. However, by the time the committee boat got onto station the conditions had deteriorated and the few combinations who had gone out were happy to retire to the shore where boats were packed up early in driving rain and cold conditions.

With the single discard coming into play the order at the top of the fleet was changed in that Rumball/Byrne were able to get rid of a 5th, whereas Butler/Oram were only able to shed a 3rd, giving the former the title by a single point margin.

Thus the five regattas of the year have each been won by a different combination.

Butler/Oram took 2nd overall, with McCartin/Kinsella 3rd overall.

In the Silver Fleet, Luke Malcolm & Shane Diviney saw a four point margin over the next Silver Fleet boat on Saturday night shrink to a 1pt margin in the overall standings, but this was enough to win this division and claim 10th overall. Second in the Silver Fleet was Cariosa Power & Marie Barry, followed by Ben Malone & Matthew Bennion.

This regatta also concludes the season-long Travellers’ Trophy which sees Noel Butler & Stephen Oram double their margin over Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella to two points at the tope of the log. Kenny Rumball & Seamus Moore/Teddy Byrne go into third overall, followed by Clancy/Rowan, Boyle/Flahive, Smyth/O’Reilly/Bradley, Bracken/O’Hara, Miller/Donnelly, McGrotty/Grimes & Colin/Casey. Mary Chambers & Brenda McGuire win the Silver Fleet, evidence of even further progress after attending the training sessions last season. Second and third in the Silver Fleet go to Ben Malone & Matthew Bennion and Cariosa Power & Marie Barry respectively.  

The Dunmore East regatta had an international flavour with participation from Hannah Showell, from the UK sailing with Martina Michels, who flew in from Germany for the regatta, having relocated there from Ireland earlier this summer.

Regrettably, the regatta was conspicuous by the absence of representatives of the Skerries and Clontarf fleets and there was a sole representative from Killaloe.

At the AGM, the need to rebuild these fleets was identified as a challenge for the Class Association by incoming Chairman Neil Colin. The AGM also discussed the operation of the Silver Fleet where numbers have been falling in recent events despite the fact that we have seen new combinations coming into the fleet.

With the regatta season concluded the focus will now turn to the Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. These will get underway in November and run through to March.



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The Irish Fireball sailing regatta season, which has seen the hosting of the World Championships in June, in Sligo, draws to a close with the Munster Championships being sailed this weekend, 24/25th, in Dunmore East in the SE corner of the country.

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club are well used to hosting our final regatta of the season as this is the third year in a row in which we have closed off the regatta season there. Consequently, it has also hosted our Class AGM which is now held on the last Saturday evening of the regatta season.

The Irish fleet have had a good season in that each of the four preceding regattas have had a different winner:- Graeme Grant & Francis Rowan in the shortened Leinsters in Carlingford Lough, Noel Butler & Stephen Oram the Open Championships as part of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, Simon McGrotty & Ruairi Grimes the Ulsters in Belfast Lough and Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella the Nationals in Dun Laoghaire, hosted by DMYC.

The consequence of this spread of winners is that the Travellers' Trophy, the season long competition for the fleet, sees first second and third separated by a single point between them. Butler/Oram are atop the pile with 6pts, McCartin/Kinsella have 7pts and McGrotty/Grimes 8pts. There is then a comfortable gap of five points to fourth overall, occupied by Conor Clancy & Francis Rowan, tied with Kenny Rumball & Seamus Moore. This gave Butler/Oram the "nod" for the ISA's sailing Championship regatta!

Positions 6 – 10 sees a spread of 14pts with combinations such as Andy Boyle & Brian Flahive, Diana Kissane & Matthew Bennion separated by 3pts, Damien Bracken & Brian O'Hara tied with Kissane/Bennion in 8th, 6pts ahead of Louis Smyth & Cormac Bradley who have a 5pt cushion on Frank Miller & Grattan Donnelly who scored a race win in the Ulsters to strike a blow for the more senior campaigners in the fleet.

In the overall standings in the Silver fleet, Cearbhall Daly & Martina Michels are four points ahead of Mary Chambers & Brenda McGuire in 13th and 14th overall respectively.

This season has also seen an influx of new young talent with Diana Kissane, in particular, giving the stalwarts a wake-up call in her debut season in the class. There are whispers that this is only a stepping stone to a 470 campaign but she has shown a significant turn of speed and was prominent in the Open Championships and the Nationals and had a good Worlds. In winning the Nationals, McCartin/Kinsella confirmed what we suspected - that they were no flash in the pan. McCartin has been successful in Toppers and also featured well in Sligo. Between these two and the Skerries combination of McGrotty/Grimes, Messrs Butler/Oram, Clancy/Rowan and Rumball/Moore have had their work cut out for them. Boyle/Flahive and Bracken/O'Hara will also want to finish out the season with a low scoring regatta.

Assuming these combinations are in Dunmore East, this is where the winners will come from.

Last year's regatta in Dunmore East saw strong winds and big seas which took its toll on the fleet with two very unfortunate accidents and boat damage. XC Weather is already suggesting that wind will be in good supply for the weekend.

The excellent news for the fleet is that Harry Gallagher will be the Race Officer for the weekend and combined with the hospitality of WHSC, this bodes well for the weekend. Harry was Race Officer for the Westport Nationals of 2008 & 9 and is the incumbent RO for the Dinghy course in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, an event that Fireball has participated in since its inception. His will be a popular appointment!

A comprehensive agenda for the AGM has been published on the website and circulated to class members. In addition to the regular features of reports and elections, there are two discussion items for the fleet to consider:- the number of regattas on the domestic circuit and the future operation of the Silver Fleet. There is a suggestion that in terms of time, travelling and cost, five regattas might not be in the best interests of the Class in the current economic climate. The suggestion of "piggy-backing" with other fleets or club events, to create two regattas for the cost of one, has been mooted. This might make hosting events more attractive to clubs where volunteers are also under increasing time constraints! With respect to the operation of the Silver fleet, we need to review how it is working with smaller numbers being allocated to the fleet on a regatta by regatta basis. Again there is a suggestion that a new model for our two-fleet regatta may be required.

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Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella, representing Cushendall Sailing Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club and UCD Sailing Club are the 2011 Irish National Fireball Champions after another commanding performance on the water. However, this time their talent wasn’t directed at getting small numbers on their score card but rather making sure that having gone into the overall lead that they didn’t lose it.

At the end of Day 2 McCartin & Kinsella were tied on 11pts with Simon McGrotty & Ruairi Grimes of Skerries Sailing Club, with the latter combination on top of the pile and they had a twelve point cushion on the next two boats who were both tied on 23pts – Mike Murphy & Alex Voye & Noel Butler & Stephen Oram.

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A keen start in the Fireballs. Photo Gareth Craig. More from Gareth on the Afloat Gallery here.

The forecast, which has been the subject of much debate at this regatta (and many others no doubt) was mixed. XC Weather had been predicting 9knots with gusts of 12 – 14. The Sea Area forecast from Met Eireann had talked about Force 4 to 5, but at least they were agreed on direction – WNW! While both had the direction right, the Race Management Team of Neil Murphy, Richard Kissane, Stuart Kinnear and others had enough material to work with to set two exceptionally good Olympic courses to exploit the breeze and relatively flat waters in the inner reaches of Dublin Bay. While there was more than 9knots of the water, there wasn’t the Force 4 to 5 either, though some of the breeze brought in with the rain squalls were providing a handful and the top reach of the last triangle of the 2nd Olympic was sailed two-sailed by most.

In Race 7 of the series, McCartin/Kinsella scored a 3 to McGrotty/Grimes’s 5th – fifteen – love to McCartin/Kinsella. The race was won by Kenny Rumball & Seamus Moore who were not having their best regatta, followed by Clancy/Rowan. In 4th was Butler/Oram, with Creighton/Bradley in 6th – the stronger breeze being to the latter’s advantage.

In Race 8, McGrotty/Grimes fell back to 6th, a position that most combinations would envy, but not helpful in the penultimate race of a series that was getting very tight at the top. McCartin/Kinsella scored a 4th – thirty –love to the series’ leaders! Rumball/Moore won again, but their charge to the front of the fleet was going to be a case of too little, too late. Butler/Oram took 2nd, Kissane/Bradley 3rd, Creighton/Bradley 5th.

The leading pack at the front of the third race, a windward/leeward was made up of the usual suspects with two notable absentees – McCartin/Kinsella & McGrotty/Grimes. The former decided that they were going to be ultraconservative and sail their opposition down the fleet to make doubly sure of their win – a bit like Nadal serving an ace on Championship Point – just to put a final “classy” nail in the coffin.

While the Championship leaders played around at the back of the fleet, scoring an 18th and 13th respectively, Butler/Oram, Kissane/Bradley, Clancy/Rowan, Rumball/Moore and Creighton/Bradley hared around the course. All of these got a finish, except for Rumball/Moore who were ruled OCS, thus finishing off their event in much the same way as it had started – in disappointment.

The consequence of Butler/Oram’s late charge on Day 3 is that they closed the overnight gap to a single point. Rumball/Moore’s two wins propelled them from 10th to 7th, Clancy/Rowan’s 2, 8, 3, saw them jump from 6th to 4th, while Creighton/Bradley, with a 6, 5, 4 went from 12th to 9th at the expense of Miller/Donnelly, Bracken/O’Hara & McGrotty/Cramer.

The Silver fleet, of course has a competition within the competition and on Saturday evening Ben Malone & Matthew Bennion held a 10pt advantage over Ian O’Gorman & Glen Fisher. While both had been timed out of Friday’s third race, Malone/Bennion produced a “tight” set of results of 13, 14, 16 and two 17ths to O’Gorman/Fisher’s 15, two 16ths, 17 and 23rd.  In third was Peter Armstrong and Peter Collins of Sligo Yacht Club sailed the wooden Fireball that made its debut at the Sligo Worlds (15060).

Malone/Bennion more than doubled their lead over O’Gorman/Fisher in Sunday’s racing to score a comfortable win. Armstrong/Collins were comfortably third.

Pos

Crew

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Pts

1

Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella

1

3

3

3

1

3

3

4

18

17

2

Simon McGrotty & Ruairi Grimes

3

2

4

1

5

1

5

6

13

21

3

Noel Butler & Stephen Oram

5

8

27

4

4

2

4

2

1

22

4

Conor Clancy & Francis Rowan

27

10

1

10

8

5

2

8

3

37

5

Diana Kissane & Finbarr Bradley

8

1

27

7

9

8

9

3

2

38

6

Mike Murphy & Alex Voye

2

5

27

2

2

12

8

7

14

38

7

Kenneth Rumball & Seamus Moore

27

6

27

5

6

7

1

1

22

48

8

Andy Boyle & Brian Flahive

13

4

27

12

3

4

7

9

10

49

9

Michael Creighton & Cormac Bradley

27

9

27

6

14

6

6

5

4

50

10

Niall McGrotty & Neil Cramer

9

11

2

9

11

11

13

14

8

61

11

Frank Miller & Grattan Donnelly

7

16

27

11

12

10

15

10

6

71

12

Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keefe

6

13

27

27

10

14

17

16

11

87

13

Gavin Doyle & Richard Franck

15

14

27

13

13

9

16

15

9

88

14

Damien Bracken & Brian O’Hara

27

7

5

8

7

18

27

27

27

99

15

Ben Malone & Matthew Bennion

17

17

27

14

16

13

10

18

15

102

16

Louis Smyth & Joe O’Reilly

4

15

27

27

27

27

14

12

5

104

17

Jon & Una Evans/Aidan Caulfield

11

19

27

15

14

16

11

19

17

104

18

Neil Colin & Margaret Casey

14

18

27

27

27

27

12

17

7

122

19

Ian O’Gorman/Dave Coleman & Glen Fisher

16

23

27

16

17

15

20

21

19

124

20

Emmet Dalton/Ciaran Hickey & Marie Barry

10

12

27

27

27

27

27

13

16

132

21

Garrett Connelly/Ciaran Harkin & Hugh Johnson

19

21

27

27

27

27

18

11

12

135

22

Cearbhall Daly & Mark Browne

20

25

27

17

19

27

21

24

27

153

23

Peter Armstrong & Peter Collins

27

26

27

27

27

27

19

20

20

166

24

Mary Chambers & Brenda McGuire

12

20

27

27

27

27

27

27

27

167

25

Catherine Hilliard & Michael Dowd

27

22

27

27

27

27

22

24

27

176

26

Freddie Stevens & Huw Rees.

18

24

27

27

27

27

27

27

27

177

At the closing prize-giving, thanks were offered to Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club for hosting the event and in particular to Neil Colin and Margaret Casey who in addition to being members of the Fireball Class committee are members of DMYC and were principally involved in organizing the event. They also sacrificed their Saturday sailing to provide rescue cover when there was a problem with resources. Thanks were also afforded to the Race Management Team of Neil Murphy, Stuart Kinnear and Richard Kissane and to Valerie Kinnear who processed the results.

Prizes in the form of “part-vouchers” from P&B, towards a jib, and from North, towards a spinnaker, were awarded to the mid-fleet boat in the Gold and Silver fleets respectively and won by Niall McGrotty & Neil Cramer (jib) and Cearbhall Daly & Mark Browne (spinnaker).

Glass prizes from Dublin Crystal were awarded to the 1-2-3 in both the Gold and Silver fleets.

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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