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#ROWING: Philip Doyle of Queen’s University set the fastest time – six minutes 1.3 seconds – at the Ulster indoor rowing tournament. Doyle and second-placed Sam Keown, who won the under-23 section in 6:08.5, were using the event to record times in the Rowing Ireland assessment process. The event was part of the BUCS (British University) indoor rowing series.

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W U15     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P
  Rebecca JONES - 1000m MCB - 03:45.3 W U15 N
  Kayla MCCANN - 1000m P'DOWN - 03:56.9 W U15 N
  Laura JEFFERS - 1000m MCB - 03:58.3 W U15 N
  Hannah WILSON - 1000m MCB - 04:00.9 W U15 N
  Caitlin WOODS - 1000m MCB - DNS W U15 N
  Emily HOBSON - 1000m BRC - DNS W U15 N
               
               
M U15     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P
  Xeno YOUNG - 1000m MCB - 03:25.3 M U15 N
  Alexander WILSON - 1000m MCB - 03:32.4 M U15 N
  Aaron ROURKE - 1000m MCB - 03:34.1 M U15 N
  Olly RYDER MOORE - 1000m MCB - 03:42.6 M U15 N
  Jackson CORDNER - 1000m MCB - 03:51.1 M U15 N
  James KELLY - 1000m MCB - 03:54.2 M U15 N  
  Peter GILMORE - 1000m MCB - 04:00.4 M U15 N  
  Callum MCEVOY - 1000m MCB - 04:00.5 M U15 N  
  Callum MARTIN - 1000m P'DOWN - 04:05.5 M U15 N  
                 
                 
W U16     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P  
  Hannah SCOTT - 2000m BANN - 07:38.7 W U16 YES  
  Rachel MCBRINN - 2000m MCB - 07:42.8 W U16 YES  
  Lucy MCINTYRE - 2000m MCB - 07:47.5 W U16 YES  
  Lucy TAYLOR - 2000m BRC - 07:56.7 W U16 N  
  Catherine MCGARRY - 2000m MCB - 08:06.6 W U16 N  
  Sophia HART - 2000m MCB - 08:19.7 W U16 N  
  Claudia COULTER - 2000m BRC - 08:23.0 W U16 N  
  Nicky EAMES - 2000m MCB - 08:32.2 W U16 N  
  Rhianna BETTS - 2000m MCB - 08:41.0 W U16 N  
  Fiona CHESTNUTT - 2000m BANN - DNS W U16 YES  
  Rowena WALKER - 2000m P'DOWN BC - DNS W U16 YES  
                 
                 
M U16     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P  
  Aaron CHRISTIE - 2000m BANN - 06:45.9 M U16 YES  
  Callum MACRAE - 2000m MCB - 06:57.4 M U16 YES  
  Rory EAKIN - 2000m MCB - 06:59.7 M U16 YES  
  Connor EVANS - 2000m CAI - 07:19.4 M U16 N  
  Dawson BROWN - 2000m MCB - 07:23.5 M U16 N  
  Matthew LOGUE - 2000m CAI - 07:47.8 M U16 N  
  Fergus CLARKE - 2000m CAI - 08:24.8 M U16 N  
  Rhys FREW - 2000m CAI - 09:02.2 M U16 N  
  Ryan FREW - 2000m CAI - 09:09.1 M U16 N  
  Zach SMITH - 2000m CAI - DNS M U16 N  
  Christopher PARISH - 2000m BANN - DNS M U16 YES  
                 
                 
W U18     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P  
  Erin BARRY - 2000m BANN - 06:57.8 W U18 YES  
  Katie SHIRLOW - 2000m BANN - 07:31.2 W U18 YES  
  Chloe DEYERMOND - 2000m MCB - 07:32.4 W U18 N  
  Rebecca MENAGH - 2000m BANN - 07:45.4 W U18 YES  
  Ochre ANDRESS - 2000m MCB - 08:16.4 W U18 N  
  Amina MARTIN - 2000m P'DOWN - 08:40.3 W U18 N  
  Cassie FLACK - 2000m P'DOWN - 08:56.0 W U18 N  
                 
                 
M U18     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P  
  Aidan MURRAY - 2000m BBC - 06:27.9 M U18 YES  
  Timothy DAVIDSON - 2000m BANN - 06:38.4 M U18 YES  
  Ethan MAGILL - 2000m MCB - 06:48.7 M U18 N  
  Adam KENNEDY - 2000m MCB - 06:58.6 M U18 N  
  Jacob BLEAKLEY - 2000m P'DOWN - 06:59.5 M U18 N  
  Aleksander LAVINS - 2000m P'DOWN - 07:02.2 M U18 N  
  Josh JORDAN - 2000m BRC - 07:05.0 M U18 N  
  Gary ALLEN - 2000m CAI - 07:07.4 M U18 N  
  Jonathan WOODS - 2000m CAI - 07:10.9 M U18 N  
  Aaron MCFARLAND - 2000m CoD - 07:11.6 M U18 N  
  Miles TAYLOR - 2000m MCB - 07:14.8 M U18 N  
  Andrew MCINTYRE- 2000m CAI - 07:15.3 M U18 N  
  Peter STEWART - 2000m CAI - 07:21.9 M U18 N  
  Chris CLARKE - 2000m MCB - 07:23.3 M U18 N  
  Conall GRAY - 2000m MCB - 07:25.4 M U18 N  
  John ANDERSON - 2000m CAI - 07:25.6 M U18 N  
  Jordan GREGG - 2000m CAI - 07:37.7 M U18 N  
  Kyle MILLAR - 2000m CAI - 07:52.7 M U18 N  
  Louis CHAMBERS - 2000m P'DOWN - DNF M U18 N  
  Dylan MITCHELL - 2000m BANN - DNS M U18 YES  
                 
                 
W U23     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P  
  Olivia BLUNDELL - 2000m BBC - 07:28.7 W U23 YES  
                 
                 
M U23     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P  
  Sam MCKEOWN - 2000m P'DOWN - 06:08.5 M U23 YES  
                 
                 
M U23Lwt     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P  
  Joel KELLY - 2000m QUB - 06:32.5 M U23Lwt BUCS + HP  
  Luke MCCANN - 2000m QUB - 06:47.3 M U23Lwt BUCS + HP  
  Michael CURRAN - 2000m CAI - 07:16.9 M U23Lwt N  
  Oliver GAGE - 2000m CAI - DNS M U23Lwt N  
                 
                 
W Olwt     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P  
  Sarah QUINN - 2000m BBC - 07:16.8 W OLwt YES  
  Rachel BROWN - 2000m QUB - 07:54.1 W Olwt BUCS  
  Alicia GREENE - 2000m QUB - 07:57.8 W Olwt BUCS  
  Stephanie MCIVOR - 2000m QUB - 07:59.5 W Olwt BUCS  
  Samantha FISHER - 2000m QUB - 08:17.8 W Olwt BUCS  
  Cathy HINDS - 2000m QUB - 08:35.1 W Olwt BUCS  
  Abi BUCK - 2000m QUBLBC 09:01.2 W Olwt BUCS  
                 
                 
M Olwt     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P  
  Joel KELLY - 2000m QUB - 06:32.5 M Olwt BUCS + HP  
  Liam MORAN - 2000m QUB - 06:41.9 M Olwt BUCS  
  Luke MCCANN - 2000m QUB - 06:47.3 M Olwt BUCS + HP  
  Lloyd WHITE - 2000m QUB - 06:49.6 M Olwt BUCS  
  Ben SMITH - 2000m QUB - 06:59.2 M Olwt BUCS  
  David ROY - 2000m QUB - 07:21.1 M Olwt BUCS  
  Jordan ALLEN - 2000m QUB - 07:21.4 M Olwt BUCS  
  Aaron MEENAGH - 2000m QUB - DNS M Olwt BUCS  
                 
                 
W O     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P  
  Roisin MAGUIRE - 2000m QUB - 07:16.2 W O BUCS  
  Ruth TAYLOR - 2000m QUB - 07:53.4 W O BUCS  
  Lana MULLAN - 2000m QUB - 08:00.6 W O BUCS  
  Ellie HOLMES - 2000m QUB - 08:02.0 W O BUCS  
  Rosanna MCBRIEN - 2000m QUB - 08:03.3 W O BUCS  
  Caroline MCCAMMON 2000m QUB - 08:23.8 W O BUCS  
  Brooke BURNSIDE - 2000m QUB - 08:43.0 W O BUCS  
  Victoria COULTER - 2000m QUB - 08:53.1 W O BUCS  
                 
                 
M O     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P  
  Phillip DOYLE - 2000m QUB - 06:01.3 M O BUCS + HP  
  Tiernan OLIVER - 2000m QUB - 06:09.7 M O BUCS + HP  
  Oliver GRAHAM - 2000m QUB - 06:19.8 M O BUCS  
  Phillip PATTON - 2000m QUB - 06:26.6 M O BUCS  
  Jonny ERSKINE - 2000m QUBBC 06:28.3 M O BUCS  
  John VINCENT - 2000m QUB - 06:40.7 M O BUCS  
  Ross WILLIAMSON - 2000m QUB - 07:02.7 M O BUCS  
  Gareth HERRON - 2000m QUB - DNS M O BUCS  
  Adam BOREHAM - 2000m QUB - DNS M O BUCS + HP  
                 
                 
W Beg     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P  
  Siofra CORR - 1000m QUB - 03:49.4 W Beg BUCS  
  Millie JESSUP - 1000m QUB - 03:51.9 W Beg BUCS
  Sarah MCELROY - 1000m QUB - 03:53.9 W Beg BUCS
  Katherine DAWSON - 1000m QUB - 03:56.0 W Beg BUCS
  Michaela RYDEN - 1000m QUB - 03:58.3 W Beg BUCS
  Rachel MEEK - 1000m QUB - 03:58.4 W Beg BUCS
  Rebecca DAVISON - 1000m QUB - 04:04.3 W Beg BUCS
  Holli BURGON - 1000m QUB - 04:04.5 W Beg BUCS
  Natalie JONES - 1000m QUB - 04:09.7 W Beg BUCS
  Colleen O'SULLIVAN - 1000m QUB - 04:10.6 W Beg BUCS
  Mia JOHNSTON - 1000m QUB - 04:11.7 W Beg BUCS
  Katherine BEATTIE - 1000m QUB - 04:11.8 W Beg BUCS
  Amy FOSTER - 1000m QUB - 04:13.8 W Beg BUCS
  Rebekah CRAIG - 1000m QUB - 04:15.4 W Beg BUCS
  Claire BECKINGHAM - 1000m QUB - 04:17.4 W Beg BUCS
  Emma DONALDSON - 1000m QUB - 04:20.1 W Beg BUCS
  Anna SMYTH - 1000m QUB - 04:22.0 W Beg BUCS
  Heather THOMPSON 1000m QUB - 04:23.0 W Beg BUCS
  Ali GALLAGHER - 1000m QUB - 04:27.6 W Beg BUCS
  Victoria TRUESDALE - 1000m QUB - 04:43.2 W Beg BUCS
  Emma JONES - 1000m QUB - 04:46.2 W Beg BUCS
  Chloe HOGG - 1000m QUB - 04:46.3 W Beg BUCS
  Jenny SALMON - 1000m QUB - DNS W Beg BUCS
  Charlotte MCCAUSLAND - 1000m QUB - DNS W Beg BUCS
  Katie MCCOMB - 1000m QUB - DNS W Beg BUCS
  Emma BOYD - 1000m QUB - DNS W Beg BUCS
               
               
M Beg     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P
  Caolan HARKIN - 1000m QUB - 03:03.2 M Beg BUCS
  Ryan URQUAHART - 1000m QUB - 03:14.4 M Beg BUCS
  Evaldas PARSIUNAS - 1000m QUB - 03:15.7 M Beg BUCS
  Niall STEVENSON - 1000m QUB - 03:17.3 M Beg BUCS
  Alex CROWLEY - 1000m QUB - 03:18.8 M Beg BUCS
  Evan COYLE - 1000m QUB - 03:20.7 M Beg BUCS
  Kem SMOOTH - 1000m QUB - 03:21.7 M Beg BUCS
  Michael YOUNG - 1000m QUB - 03:21.8 M Beg BUCS
  Jordan WILSON - 1000m QUB - 03:23.2 M Beg BUCS
  Scott ADAMS - 1000m QUB - 03:23.9 M Beg BUCS
  Mitchell BARR - 1000m QUB - 03:24.6 M Beg BUCS
  Justin QUERIPEL - 1000m QUB - 03:25.9 M Beg BUCS
  Roger DAWSON - 1000m QUB - 03:26.6 M Beg BUCS
  Mathew LOWE - 1000m QUB - 03:26.8 M Beg BUCS
  Chris ADDIS - 1000m QUB - 03:29.9 M Beg BUCS
  Patrick MARTIN - 1000m QUB - 03:32.3 M Beg BUCS
  David HELGUERA - 1000m QUB - 03:32.9 M Beg BUCS
  Michael QUINN - 1000m QUB - 03:34.0 M Beg BUCS
  Tiernan TRACEY - 1000m QUB - 03:35.4 M Beg BUCS
  Chris HAYES - 1000m QUB - 03:35.4 M Beg BUCS
  Mark HEGAN - 1000m QUB - 03:36.1 M Beg BUCS
  Daniel LAVERY - 1000m QUB - 03:36.4 M Beg BUCS
  Timothy IRVINE - 1000m QUB - 03:36.9 M Beg BUCS
  Jonny BIRCH - 1000m QUB - 03:38.1 M Beg BUCS
  Harry PARKER - 1000m QUB - 03:39.2 M Beg BUCS
  Eoin BARNES - 1000m QUB - 03:39.8 M Beg BUCS
  Harry WRIGHT - 1000m QUB - 03:43.8 M Beg BUCS
  Declan COLEMAN - 1000m QUB - 03:47.0 M Beg BUCS
  Ross TAYLOR - 1000m QUB - 03:47.7 M Beg BUCS
  Philip CONLON - 1000m QUB - 03:49.2 M Beg BUCS
  Ronan CONWAY - 1000m QUB - 03:52.9 M Beg BUCS
  Calum SORDY - 1000m QUB - 03:55.1 M Beg BUCS
  Edward CHESTER - 1000m QUB - DNS M Beg BUCS
  James DURKAN - 1000m QUB - DNS M Beg BUCS
  Jason NICOLETTI - 1000m QUB - DNS M Beg BUCS
  Jamie ROBINSON - 1000m QUB - DNS M Beg BUCS
               
               
M 50+     DISTANCE CLUB TIME CLASS H/P
  Gaetano DURSO - 1000m CoD - 03:12.3 M 50+ N
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
Published in Rowing

#fireball – Despite forecasts of much heavier winds in y'days Sea Area forecast of 6pm the Fireball Ulsters had to wait until the 4th race of the day to use trapezes in anger writes Cormac Bradley. 2 trapezoids (R1 and 2) and 2 Olympic races were sailed. We had 3 different race winners in Niall Mc Grotty and Neil Creaner, Ed Butler (Jnr) and Conor Kinsella, and Neil Spain and Francis Rowan (R3 and 4).

This gives Spain/Rowan the overall lead after Day 1 but only by a 1pt margin over Noel Butler and Stephen Oram. They together with Kenny Rumball and Dave Moran proved to be the most consistent over the four races scoring 7, 3, 2, 3 and 3, 4, 3, 5, respectively. Thus the top 4 boats are separated by a pont between each place with 5th and 6th tied on 12 points and 2 off 4th place overall. Niall and Simon McGrotty dominated R1 with Niall 1st and Simon 2nd. In thid place are Butler/Kinsella who scored a 4, 1, 4 but also had a DNF.

Almost everyone is carrying one bad result. Colin/Casey scored a 15, Smyth/Bradley a 17, Mike Murphy/Alex Voye a 17 and Laverty/Butler a DNF.

Conditions were light with grey skies but breeze came in as the afternoon wore on. There are 20 Fireballs here at EDYC and no doubt there will be many a post mortem over the BBQ this evening.

1 N Spain and Francis Rowan 7pts

2 N. Butler and Stephen Butler 8pts

3 Ed Butler and Conor Kinsella 9pts

4 Kenny Butler and Dave Moran 10pts

5 Niall McGrotty and Neil Creamer 12pts

6 Simon McGrotty and Ruairi Grimes 12pts

Leading Silver Fleet boat is Michael Ennis and Marie Barry in 13th overall from a 20-boat entry.

Published in Fireball
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#WEATHER - Met Éireann is warning that more gale force winds will affect many parts of Ireland and the Irish Sea today (28 December).

According to the forecaster, stormy conditions over Connacht, Ulster and parts of north Leinster will see gale force westerly winds with gusts of between 100 and 130 km/h.

The worst winds are expected in exposed coastal and hilly areas of Ulster and Connacht. There is also an increased risk of flooding as a result of high astronomical tides combined with very high seas.

Published in Weather

#WEATHER - The Irish Coast Guard has warned people to stay away from cliff paths and other coastal areas as near hurricane force winds continue to batter the country, the Irish Examiner reports.

As of this morning, Met Éireann was expecting gusts of up to 140 kilometres an hour in Connacht and Ulster.

All Irish coastal areas are expected to experience strong gales. Winds will occasionally reaching violent storm force 11 on coasts from Rossan Point to Malin Head to Fair Head this afternoon, according to meteorologists.

Published in Weather

Howth's Ben Duncan sailing Sharbait has etched another victory in the SB3 class following a weekend of very up and down conditions with some sizeable shifts and changes in pressure at the SB3 Northern Championships at Royal Ulster Yacht Club.

But the PRO team were well able and a full schedule of racing was completed on the Lough. Three of the top four Irish boats from the Worlds took three of the top four spots and had pace on pretty much every one, a further indication that going to Torbay has definitely given these boats a lift.

The Vaughan brothers continued their upward trajectory with a very solid second place. Andrew Ageo had a win in race 2 and pretty steady results to finish third. Dave Cheyne had an up and down regatta. The local sailors was very fast in patches but got buried a couple too many times to challenge.

Sharbait was lucky enough to not have to make too much of the conditions and sailed the fleet to produce another overall win.

Highlights of the weekend for the winners were winning the first race by 2:30 minutes and getting caught up in a match racine with Dave Cheyne for race 3. Cheyne pipped the Howth boat on the line by about a foot.

The next event in the SB3 calendar is the national champs in four weeks time. Flipper and Mel Collins are expected to be back in the fleet along with plenty of further competition.

1st Sharkbait
2nd Toucan 3
3rd Flutter
4th Team Cheyne

SB3NorthernswinnersBen_DuncanHowth_YC

Royal Ulster presents Sharkbait their winning prize. Photos: Ken Hunter

Published in SB20
Considering there were only two entries in the Inbox of Ballyholme Yacht Club a week before the regatta, the turnout of 19 boats over the weekend of the Fireball Ulster Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club was quite a turnaround writes Cormac Bradley.  In truth the regatta was never really in jeopardy as the Class has a reputation of entering late and with this being the second regatta in a month, there was a glitch in getting the appropriate documentation out.

Representatives from Skerries (2), Clontarf (1), Howth (2), East Down Yacht Club (1), Sligo Yacht Club (1) were joined a composite crew from Cushendal Sailing and Boating Club/Royal St. George Yacht Club and eleven boats from Dun Laoghaire.

In times past the Fireball Class were regular visitors to Ballyholme, particularly when they hosted a week-long dinghy regatta, but in the time of this scribe’s association with the Irish Fireball Class this has been our first visit. Ballyholme has had a solitary Fireballer in recent times, but unfortunately Denis Findlay lost his struggle with cancer and so he was unable to enjoy the return of the class to this venue on Belfast Lough.

Race Officer Robin Gray, RYA N. Ireland’s Race Officer Co-ordinator did the honours over the weekend and enhanced his reputation as an excellent RO with three superb races on Saturday when we enjoyed a sea breeze of 15/16 knots. In addition to good courses we enjoyed sea conditions that gave us excellent surfing conditions and saw a few stories of rogue breaking waves in Saturday’s post-mortems.  Turnaround times for races were good to the extent that after a solitary black flag start in Race 1, after a General Recall, three hour long races were sailed in beautifully sunny conditions that saw the fleet ashore and showered by 16:30.

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 I gather that Sunday was not quite as co-operative from a wind perspective as the wind started light and moved around much more. Due to a family bereavement, I missed the day’s proceedings but was updated on how the day panned out.

Day 1 was claimed by Simon McGrotty & Ruari Grimes who won races 1 and 3 with good upwind speed on the beat and excellent boat handling off wind, particularly in the tight first reaches of the triangles. The blot on their day 1 record was a fourth place which may have been influenced by a wandering gybe mark which had to be substituted by a rib flying an X Flag. There certainly was the unusual sight of Fireballs beating and tacking towards the gybe mark and McGrotty/Grimes may have lost places here. Kenny Rumball & Seamus Moore, Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella and Damien Bracken & Brian O’Hara were able to take advantage by filling the first three places before McGrotty/Grimes finished in fourth.

After three excellent races, the standings were as follows;

1.     Simon McGrotty & Ruari Grimes            6pts      (1,4,1)

2.     Kenny Rumball & Seamus Moore            8pts      (4,1,3)

3.     Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella            10pts      (6,2,2)

4.     Noel Butler & Stephen Oram            13pts      (2,7,4)

5.     Louis Smyth & Cormac Bradley            16pts      (3,8,5)

 

The silver fleet was 5-strong for this regatta and included a visitor from the UK. Hannah Showell teamed up with Margaret Casey to provide the third all-female crew of the event and together with Cariosa Power & Marie Barry, Mary Chambers & Brenda McGuire, they contested the regatta with Kate Grimes (helm), Martina Michels (crew) and Karen Caughey (crew), the latter three being joined by Nick Malone, Cearbhall Daly and John Orr respectively. Diane Kissane was the sole female outside the Silver fleet, sailing 14939.

 

What is encouraging for the Irish fleet at this point in time is the influx of young talented sailors into the class. Yes, it may be coincidental with the hosting of the Worlds, but it seems that they are enjoying themselves and there is a camaraderie that is developing among them and with the more “established” members of the fleet. This weekend we were joined by Luke Malcolm & Shane Diviney who bought a Fireball on the back of the Leinsters sailed in their home club of Howth last year. Howth is also scheduled to host the 2012 Nationals and we hope to have fledgling fleet there by the time we visit next summer.

 

Barry McCartin has joined the fleet from the Topper Class where he has enjoyed significant success. Diane Kissane has proven her pedigree in Optimists and has been showed a great turn of speed and ability to handle the Fireball in a very short time. There are other young recruits to the class who contested the Worlds in Ben Malone and Ben Scallan and the hope must be that we can continue to attract this age of competitor to ensure that we remain at the forefront of domestic sailing in Ireland and beyond.

 

My detail on Sunday’s proceedings is based on word of mouth reports from my helm, but I gather that the day’s wind wasn’t quite as steady as Saturday’s. It doesn’t seem to have upset the McGrotty/Grimes charge to the title as they bagged another two firsts to give themselves two-thirds of the regatta’s race wins. The one that “got away” on Sunday went to Frank Miller and Grattan Donnelly.

 

Counting all races, for the sake of analysis, Conor Clancy & Francis Rowan won by a healthy margin, counting a 2,2,4 for the day. On Saturday they had a complicated capsize in race 1 and retired from Races 2 & 3 due to a broken spreader. Thus while they didn’t feature overall on Saturday evening their success on Sunday saw them finish 7th overall.

 

McGrotty/Grimes had the next best daily score of 12 points (1,10,1), the 10th becoming their discard, with Rumball/Moore next best with 5,6,2. Butler/Oram’s travails continued with a 4,5,5, for the day which is completely inconsistent with their recent form. Damien Bracken and Brian O’Hara also had a better day with a 8,4,3.

 

In the Silver Fleet Hannah & Margaret had a three point lead over Cearbhall & Martina at the close of racing on the Saturday evening, with Cariosa & Marie in third place a further three points adrift. Cariosa & Marie won the second day with two finishes just outside the top ten and an 18th to Hannah/Margaret’s 11,12,DNF to leapfrog Cearbhall/Martina into 2nd place in the Silver fleet.

 

As ever with our northern visits, the hospitality of Ballyholme Yacht Club was excellent with a dinner arranged for the Saturday night at which some unfinished business (a prize-giving) from the Open Championships was concluded. The atmosphere in the Club was welcoming and in particular their provision of race results on both Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon was very fast with multiple score sheets being made available.

 

Robin Gray will definitely be on our wish list for future events, particularly as he ran the regatta exactly as we asked him to. Our thanks also go to Mark Markey, Rear Commodore Sailing who coordinated our visit from a BYC perspective.

 

The Class now enjoys a month’s break until the Nationals which are being hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay over the last Friday/Saturday/Sunday of August, 26 – 28th. Class coordinator for this event, Neil Colin, has secured sponsorship from Pinnell & Bax and the regatta documentation can be found on both the Irish Fireball website and the club website.

 

The decision to go with a Dublin venue was taken in view of the two-week Worlds regatta in Sligo so that we didn’t have to embrace another distance regatta for the Nationals. Additionally, in recent years the Nationals have been hosted outside the capital (Baltimore, Westport (x2), Cork, Fenit, Wicklow) and the feeling was that it was time for them to return.

 

Pos

Sail No

Crew

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Nett

1

14981

Simon McGrotty & Ruari Grimes

1

4

1

1

10

1

8

2

15058

Kenneth Rumball & Seamus Moore

4

1

3

5

6

2

15

3

14820

Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella

6

2

2

6

3

7

19

4

15061

Noel Butler & Stephen Oram

2

7

4

4

5

5

20

5

14904

Damien Bracken & Brian O’Hara

20

3

6

8

4

3

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

14775

Hannah Showell & Margaret Casey

12

13

13

11

12

20

61

15

14854

Cariosa Power & Marie Barry

15

14

15

18

11

11

66

16

14877

Cearbhall Daly & Martina Michels

14

15

12

14

18

13

68

 

Published in Fireball
Monaghan's Elaine 'Shooter' Alexander will soon begin her challenge to be come the first Northern Irish woman to circumnavigate the island of Ireland by kayak, the OutdoorNI Adventure Blog reports.
On 3 May she will set off from the newly refurbished County Antrim Yacht Club at Belfast Lough on a 1,000-mile trek that's expected to take two months to complete.
Alexander will be paddling clockwise around Ireland, taking on tides, cliffs, headlands - and Ireland's unpredicable weather.
The Ulster woman has been training since last year for the challenge, which is intended to raise funds for the Fermanagh-based SHARE, a charity that brings together disabled and non-disabled people in arts and outdoor-based activities.
“Last year I paddled around Ulster which took 26 days and prepared me for some of what to expect for this expedition," says the competitive kayaker, who represented Northern Ireland twice at the Surf Kayak World Championships.
'Shooter' will also be posting regular updates of her trip on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Details on this as well as how to donate are available on her website www.canoearoundireland.com.
The OutdoorNI Adventure Blog has more on the story HERE.

Monaghan's Elaine 'Shooter' Alexander will soon begin her challenge to be come the first Northern Irish woman to circumnavigate the island of Ireland by kayak, the OutdoorNI Adventure Blog reports.

On 3 May she will set off from the newly refurbished County Antrim Yacht Club at Belfast Lough on a 1,000-mile trek that's expected to take two months to complete.

Alexander will be paddling clockwise around Ireland, taking on tides, cliffs, headlands - and Ireland's unpredicable weather.

The Ulster woman has been training since last year for the challenge, which is intended to raise funds for the Fermanagh-based SHARE, a charity that brings together disabled and non-disabled people in arts and outdoor-based activities.

“Last year I paddled around Ulster which took 26 days and prepared me for some of what to expect for this expedition," says the competitive kayaker, who represented Northern Ireland twice at the Surf Kayak World Championships.

'Shooter' will also be posting regular updates of her trip on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Details on this as well as how to donate are available on her website www.canoearoundireland.com.

The OutdoorNI Adventure Blog has more on the story HERE.

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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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