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With “Frostbites Director” Neil Colin off on a sporting holiday, the decision on whether to race yesterday fell squarely on the shoulders of the day’s Race Officer, Cormac Bradley, and while I had been monitoring the weather as early as Wednesday night and at a “black-tie” on Friday night, the decision on whether to race or not was still unresolved by the time Sunday morning came round.

An early departure for the club allowed me to view the flags and activity levels in the harbour – a fleet of Optimists were rigging in the Royal St George, the team racing fraternity were out, under what looked like single-reefed mains in the Fireflies and the flags across the waterfront weren’t flying like “stiff boards”. That all seemed positive until I arrived at the DMYC and had to reason with my RIB and Committee Boat teams as to what I thought we could/should do.

Thankfully, they supported the idea that we should try and get a race in and keep a weather eye on what the wind was doing as the afternoon progressed. And so, the ninth race of Series 2 of the Viking Marine-sponsored Frostbites went ahead.

In hindsight we were lucky to get a race in! On arriving in the race area there was a brisk westerly blowing at around 16/17 knots. However, in the squalls the anemometer was getting into the low twenties and by the time the start sequence was initiated the wind was into the low twenties. The partial saving grace was that the air temperature was a relatively balmy (for January) 9° and the sun was out.

High speed off-wind action from the ILCA 6s at the Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ian CutliffeHigh speed off-wind action from the ILCA 6s at the Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ian Cutliffe

Thirty-seven boats answered the call with the ILCA 6s taking the numbers “honours” with 21 boats. The PY fleet was down to twelve boats with one absentee on holiday and another off the water due to health issues from the Fireballs. However, there was a good collection of Aeros, with all the usual suspects out – Noel Butler, Stephen Oram, Roy van Maanen, Sarah Dwyer, Stuart Harris and Damien Dion. Pierre Long had more “avoir dupois” on board with an adult crew rather than his son, Remy. The RS 400 came out to play as well, and ultimately retired, but the GP14 and the Wayfarer were absent. The ILCA 7s had a four-boat fleet and the 4s drew a complete blank.

Bright sunshine and lots of wind for the Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ian CutliffeBright sunshine and lots of wind for the Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ian Cutliffe

A three-lap Olympic course was set with the weather mark in the entrance to the marina, the gybe mark just to the east of the dolphins of the Hy-speed ferry and the leeward mark off the weather station on the upper wall of the East Pier. Direction-wise the wind fluctuated between 260 and 275° degrees, but early sampling of the beat by one Fireball and an ILCA 6 indicated that the course was fair.

The PYs and the ILCA 7s had clear starts with boats heading towards the left-hand side of the beat before working the middle and left of the beat. In the PY fleet, the Fireball of Alastair Court & Gordon Syme (15167) revelled in the robust conditions and led the fleet all the way round. Behind them, the Aeros were led by Noel Butler with Stephen Oram giving chase.

The ILCA 7s sailed off the start line in a tight formation but ultimately one of the fleet dropped behind and subsequently retired.

The ILCA 6s, by way of having 21 boats had a more hectic start particularly when some of them capsized as they approached the start line from the non-course side. Given the conditions at the time, it did seem odd that some of the capsizes were to windward.

No spinnakers were evident on the top reach of the triangle from the PY fleet, though my Fireball “guinea-pig” had already advised that the top end of the beat and reach were very gusty. In the increasing wind conditions the absence of coloured sails was completely understood.

The ILCA 6s saw a tight race at the front of their fleet between Barry McCartin (Fireballs and RS classes) and Sean Craig. Despite the wind level, or maybe even because of it they had a great duel around the course.

In the PY fleet, the Fireball of Court & Syme (23:25) won on the water by just over two minutes on the Aero 6 of Noel Butler (25:27), but on corrected time, the Aero (23:16) took the honours (again) by a margin of 1:20, with Stephen Oram’s Aero 7 taking third on corrected time (26:51).

In the ILCA 7s, Conor Byrne led home Theo Lyttle and Gavan Murphy, while in the 6s, Barry McCartin took the win by a short distance, with the pecking order behind him being Sean Craig, Stephen Farrell, Owen Laverty and Conor Clancy.

As Court & Syme came through the finish line they advised that they were going home, a decision vindicated by the fact that the “A” flag to signal “no more racing” was already flying from the committee boat. Nobody appeared to be aggrieved or disheartened by that signal.

On the way in as the committee boat motored into the wind a wind strength of 34 knots was recorded.

At a sparsely populated DMYC afterwards, those who had finished indicated that they had enjoyed the race. Those who hadn’t or retired early, for completely understandable reasons, were absent.

Colin Breen (C) and Rory Power Breen (R) (FB 14683) collect their Viking Marine DMYC Frostbite Mugs from Race Officer Cormac Bradley (L)Colin Breen (C) and Rory Power Breen (R) (FB 14683) collect their Viking Marine DMYC Frostbite Mugs from Race Officer Cormac Bradley (L)

A set of Frostbite Mugs was awarded to Colin Breen and Rory Power Breen (FB 14683) from the PY Class. The ILCA 6 Mug winner wasn’t in attendance to collect his Mug.

An extensive gallery of photographs (52 No.) of the proceedings, by Frank Miller (FB 14915), are posted here and in the gallery below

Overall Standings;

PY Class

1. Noel Butler (8pts)
2. Stephen Oram (20pts)
3. Stuart Harris (36pts)
4. Frank Miller & Ed Butler (38pts)
5. Roy Van Maanen (46pts)
First Lady – Sarah Dwyer (7th Overall)

ILCA 7s

1. Conor Byrne (9pts)
2. Chris Arrowsmith (24pts)
3. Niall Cowman (28pts)

ILCA 6s

1. Sean Craig (16pts)
2. Conor Clancy (18pts)
3. Darren Griffin (32pts)
4. John O’Driscoll (38pts)
5. Pascal Boret (46pts)

We offer best wishes to two Aero campaigners who are off to the sunny state of Florida next weekend for a major regatta, possibly the North American Championships.

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The Race Management Team from DMYC and the weather combined to get another two races completed in the Viking Marine-sponsored Series 2 Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday. Winds were in the range 7 – 15 knots from the South-East and Race Officer Ian Cutliffe set the fleet a three-lap Olympic course to get proceedings underway. With the wind in this direction, he was able to set a beat across the longest dimension of the harbour and set the weather mark off the bandstand on the East Pier. The gybe mark was inside the end of the East Pier and the leeward mark was in the elbow of the western breakwater and the West Pier.

A delayed departure by the Marine Institute’s brand-new research vessel, “RV Tom Crean” necessitated the flying of a postponement flag and some of the PY fleet mistook the dropping of this flag for the Warning signal, meaning that they had a one-minute jump on the balance of the fleet who knew their timings.

The DMYC Race Management Team set up a course for the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ian CutliffeThe DMYC Race Management Team set up a course for the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ian Cutliffe

This led to an unusual sight, a Finn mixing it with the Fireballs at the windward mark at the first rounding and a very different leader in the Fireball fleet on the water. Colin Breen (14683) must have really enjoyed the first race because he only relinquished the lead on the water halfway down the first reach of the second triangle. In the pre-race period, ILCA 6-er Sean Craig said it was a very good beat as he hadn’t worked out which side was going to pay.

The 21-boat PY fleet seemed to concur as they spread themselves across the width of the course. Apart from Breen and the Finn, the usual suspects were to be found at the front of this fleet, Messrs Butler, Oram, van Maanen in the Aeros and Colin & Casey, Power & Barry and McKenna & O’Keeffe in the Fireballs.

By the third windward mark, Breen was still leading on the water but the two lady crews were closing in on him, Cariosa Power & Marie Barry (14854) with a slicker spinnaker hoist overtook Breen who then had to watch Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keeffe (15016) close on him as well.
Power & Barry took the win on the water in 34:32 and the leading Aeros were Stephen Oram (7) in 38:21 and Noel Butler (6) in 39:40. However, on corrected time Oram took the win in 36:01 with Butler and Power/Barry tied at 36:16. Two other boats had finishing times within the 36th minute, McKenna & O’Keeffe at 36:43 and Roy van Maanen at 36:53.

ILCAs7 and 4s start a race at the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ian CutliffeILCAs7 and 4s start a race at the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Ian Cutliffe

Seven ILCAs enjoyed reasonably close racing on the water and were led home by Theo Lyttle, with Niall Cowman and Sean Bowden occupying the podium places. The ILCA 4s, sharing the start line with the 7s saw a 1-2-3 of Kate Flood, Patrick Foley and Grace Gavin.

The ILCA 6s however, were subject to a General Recall for their start before their 26-boat fleet got away. Despite having got out to the race area early, Sean Craig hadn’t seemed to work the beat out to his satisfaction, as at the windward mark for the first time he was down in 5th or 6th place. His situation improved as the race went on and he came home in third, behind Darren Griffin and Pascal Boret, but ahead of Conor Clancy and Peter Williams.

For Race 2, a two-lap windward/leeward mark was set with an offset mark at the windward mark and a leeward gate. It seems this simple course configuration bamboozled quite a few people – people who should know better and others who simply played follow my leader. One ILCA passed within touching distance of the spreader mark on both occasions……. on the wrong side. Ditto, a high placed Aero!! Later, I learned that boats were leaving the gate marks to port!

Fireballs and RS Aeros downwind at the at the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Cormac BradleyFireballs and RS Aeros downwind at the at the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Cormac Bradley

In the PY fleet, normal order was restored on the water with Fireballs and Aeros to the fore. While the Fireballs were able to do well on the water, the computation of numbers left them behind the Aeros. However, the theoretical racing was very tight with six boats finishing within a minute – between 20:04 and 20:46 on corrected time; Butler (Aero), Damien Dion (Aero), Sarah Dwyer (Aero), Stephen Oram (Aero), Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (FB 14775) and Stuart Harris (Aero). Louise McKenna led home a trio of lady helms – Louise (9th), Cariosa Power (10th) and Ciara Mulvey (GP 14 11111) with Peter Murphy (11th).

The ILCA 7s and 4s transgressed significantly with respect to the spreader mark so there are lots of NCSs on this fleet’s scorecard, but in terms of finishing positions the 1-2-3 for the full rig was Sean Bowden, Robbie Walker and Roy McKay, while none of the ILCA 4s sailed the correct course.

 Part of the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbite fleet in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Cormac Bradley Part of the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbite fleet in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Cormac Bradley

The ILCA 6s were much better behaved in the second race, both in terms of starting and mark-rounding. They enjoyed some tight racing at the head of the fleet and there were enough wise heads at the front to take them around the spreader mark. This adherence was diluted further down the pecking order. Conor Clancy improved on his score from Race 1 by jumping two places to second, while Sean Craig finished third again. Ahead of Clancy was Brian Carroll, while behind Craig was Hugh Delap and Peter Williams. The tightness of racing between Clancy and Craig is further reflected by the fact that Clancy now leads Craig by a single point in overall terms, the tightest margin across the four fleets.

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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).

ILCA 4s
No boats on the water!

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

Fireballs

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

Aeros

(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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In a week that saw the lowest overnight temperatures in 10 years in most parts of Ireland, the last weekend of the pre-Christmas Series 1 of the Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC Frostbites came to a mild, wet and windy end yesterday, with racing cancelled on the Saturday evening in view of an adverse forecast.

From a schedule of 14 races for Series 1, only six were sailed with some Sundays blown out altogether and two Sundays where only a single race was sailed. Yesterday, the only Frostbite-related activity was a protest hearing, held over a few weeks because of racing being cancelled and both parties having various other commitments.

The Series 1 prize-giving will be held on the first Sunday of Series 2, 1st January, and in between times, the “Christmas Cracker” will have a second outing on December 27th, following the success of last year’s event. The NoR for this event is available on the DMYC website and the SI will be issued imminently. Suffice to say that the course configuration will take in “all corners” of the harbour.

For Series 1 of the Frostbites, the biggest fleets were the PY fleet and the ILCA 6s who each had 31 boats entered.

In the PY fleet, the Fireballs had a very healthy representation of 12 boats followed by the Aeros with 7 boats. The Fireballs are still enjoying the enthusiasm generated by having the Worlds in Lough Derg in August, while the Aeros have maintained the momentum generated by solo sailing during the Covid shutdowns.

On the water, the better Fireballs have enjoyed success in bringing the PY fleet home, but on paper the handicap results in the PY Class are dominated by the Aeros. Even last Sunday when there was good breeze and good spinnaker conditions the Fireballs could not save their time against the leading Aeros; an approximate 5-minute advantage on the water for the first two Fireballs home still turned into a deficit in handicap terms.

Thus, in the Series 1 PY fleet, Aeros have taken the first five places overall and six places in the top ten, with Fireballs occupying sixth, seventh, ninth and tenth overall. Of the six races completed, Aeros took all bar one on handicap, the exception being the first race which went to Neil Colin and Margaret Casey in their Fireball. The handicap wins for the Aero Class were shared 4:2 between the 6s of Noel Butler and Roy Van Maanen. This left Butler and Van Maanen in 1st and 2nd overall with Stephen Oram in the Aero 7 in third place. Sarah Dwyer was 5th overall in an Aero 6 and first lady in the PY fleet.

In the ILCA 6s, Sean Craig took four race wins in Races 2, 3, 7 and 11 (chronologically speaking) versus two race wins to Darren Griffin. In last Sunday’s race Sean was a comfortable winner on the water and his other results were a 2 and a 4 giving him a five-point advantage over Griffin. Conor Clancy took third overall followed by Brendan Hughes and John O’Driscoll. The leading lady in the 6s fleet was Shirley Gilmore.

The all-male fleet of ILCA 7s saw Gavan Murphy win on two scores – race wins and most race starts/finishes. He claimed three wins on the water, whereas the balance of the race wins went to three different individuals, Sean Bowden, Theo Lyttle and Gary O’Hare, who also finished in this order in overall terms behind Murphy.

A very modest entry of seven ILCA 4s represents a downturn in the Frostbite numbers for this class, resulting in a race only being completed on four occasions due to insufficient entries. Here, there was a three-way split of race victories between Kate Flood (2), Zita Tempany (1) and Sergei Vasilev (1), with this also being the overall finishing order.

The Fireballs and Aeros had their own “domestic series within a series” and in the Fireballs Frank Miller and Ed Butler/Neil Cramer took the majority of the race wins, three, to Alastair Court’s two and the solitary win of Neil Colin and Margaret Casey in the first race of the series. This division of race wins and other results leaves Miller and Court tied on 9pts apiece at the end of the Series, with Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keeffe in third on 12pts.

In the Aeros, Noel Butler has a two-point advantage on Roy Van Mannen with Stephen Oram a further two points adrift in third.

This concludes the reporting of Series 1 of the Frostbites. If you’re not on the water on the 27th, Happy Christmas and New Year to you!

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As Afloat reported previously, Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC) intends to run its Viking Marine Christmas Cracker dinghy event on December 27th, building on the success of this unique event, first held on the same date last year, with the kind permission of the Harbour Master.

With the recent demolition of the Ice House, DMYC says it plans to place the marks as far inshore as possible to maximise the spectator value, all made possible without the obstruction of the moored yachts during the summer months.

"This is an “Open” event to all comers, and we welcome dinghy sailors from all clubs to participate, subject to the normal insurance requirements", says DMYC organiser Neil Colin.

"Hopefully, championship-winning Eve McMahon will return to defend her win in the event last year and give the local Aero fleet, who currently dominate the Frostbite PY fleet, some real competition, says Colin.

World ILCA 6 youth champion Eve McMahon won the inaugural DMYC Christmas Cracker in 2021 World ILCA 6 youth champion Eve McMahon won the inaugural DMYC Christmas Cracker in 2021 Photo: Thom Touw

Registration (capped at 85 entries) is available here, there is no entry fee, but DMYC encourages all participants to donate to RNLI using the “JustGiving” link on the DMYC entry page.

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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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Building on the success of the Christmas Cracker last year, Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC) is proposing to repeat the race for 2022 at 1pm on Tuesday 27 December.

Afloat.ie understands that permission has been granted to run the event inside the harbour, while organisers are liaising with the other Dun Laoghaire waterfront clubs for members’ access to their dinghies during the usual Christmas shutdown period.

It’s hoped that an official announcement with Notice of Race will be made shortly.

Last year’s inaugural Christmas Cracker was won by Howth Yacht Club’s Eve McMahon, who’s on the shortlist for RTÉ Sport’s Young Sportsperson of the Year gong for 2022.

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The strong easterly winds that cancelled Sunday morning's AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series have also led to the cancellation of this afternoon's in-harbour racing of the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbite Series at Dun Laoghaire.

 The strong winds produced a big sea state (as seen on the 3 x Afloat webcams) that led to the scrubbing of the 150-boat mixed dinghy fixture.

Racing continues next Sunday. 

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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

Overall 

(All races to count)

Points

PY Class 

1st

Noel Butler

Roy Van Mannen

Noel Butler

Aero 6 

7

2nd

Roy Van Mannen

Noel Butler

Roy Van Mannen

Aero 6

13

3rd

Stuart Harris

Stephen Oram

Stephen Oram

Aero 7

21.5

4th

Frank Miller & Neil Cramer

Sarah Dwyer

Sarah Dwyer

Aero 6

32

5th 

Sarah Dwyer 

Stuart Harris

Stuart Harris

Aero 6

36

6th 

Alastair Court & Gordon Syme 

Alastair Court & Gordon Syme 

FB 15167

41

ILCA 7s

1st

Gavan Murphy

Sean Bowden

Gavan Murphy

12

2nd

Niall Cowman

Gavan Murphy

Gary O’Hare

22

3rd 

Sean Bowden 

Niall Cowman 

Sean Bowden 

22

ILCA 6s

1st

Sean Craig

Darren Griffin

Sean Craig

9

2nd

Pascal Boret

Pascal Boret

Darren Griffin

17

3rd

Conor Clancy

Peter Williams

Conor Clancy

21

4th

Brendan Hughes

Sean Craig

Brendan Hughes

32

5th 

David Williams 

Conor Clancy

John O’Driscoll 

39 

7th 

Shirley Gilmore

42

ILCA 4s

1st 

Sergei Vasilev

Zeta Tempany

Zita Tempany

10

2nd 

Zeta Tempany 

Sergei Vasilev

Kate Flood

11

3rd 

Sergei Vasilev 

12

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