Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Dinghy Wetsuits

Irish Fireball Frostbite Series at Dun Laoghaire Motor YC

by Cormac Bradley on 21 Mar 2012
Fireball fleet action Tom Gruitt/Fotoboat
The Fireball Frostbite Series' penultimate race at Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club was a sustained session of snakes and ladders for most of the fleet who took part in the six lap race.

A reduced fleet, due probably to it being a Bank Holiday weekend with St Patrick’s Day on Saturday and Mother’s Day on Sunday, was set a six-lap course with the weather mark in the wind shadow of one of Dun Laoghaire’s piers.

Noel Butler and Stephen Oram got to the first weather mark in first place and proceeded to do a 'horizon job' on the rest of the fleet, winning by over a leg at the finish. During the course of the race, Kenny Rumball and Dave Moran worked their way into second place by the end of the third beat and they too disappeared generating a one-leg margin on the third-placed boat, Neil Colin and Margaret Casey.

Despite being one of two boats over the line early, Neil and Margaret worked the port-hand side of the course to good effect on the first two beats to get into second place. The other starting miscreants, Frank Cassidy and John Hudson, were also rewarded for doing the right thing and restarting when they picked up the day’s mugs.

The race was sailed in 10-12 knots, a marginal trapezing breeze under sunny conditions but with a chill in the air. Louise McKenna and Hermine O’Keefe got intimate with the weather mark on their first rounding which left them with work to do to catch-up.

Mick Creighton secured fourth place over the line and was followed home by Andy Boyle and Barry Hurley.

After the race the fleet retired to the DMYC lounge to watch Ireland play Korea in the final of the Olympic Men’s Hockey qualifier. Despite Ireland going into the lead twice, Korea won the game 3-2 with the winning goal coming with two seconds to spare. This qualified Korea for the Olympic tournament later in the year and provided Irish supporters with their second disappointment within 24hrs, after the rugby debacle in Twickenham.

DMYC Frostbites; Series 2, Sunday March 18th:

1 Noel Butler and Stephen Oram National Yacht Club and DMYC 15061
2 Kenny Rumball and Dave Moran Irish National Sailing Club 15058
3 Neil Colin and Margaret Casey Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club 14775
4 Mick Creighton and Paul Mc Dermott Irish Sailing Association 14937
5 Andy Boyle and Barry Hurley Royal Irish Yacht Club 14934
Mackay BoatsZhik AkzoNobelb 660x82Naiad

Related Articles

Sailing World Cup Hyères –Day 2– Zegers and van Veen show how its done
Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen were unstoppable on day two, winning both Women's 470 races in convincing style Out of the 534 competitors from 52 nations racing across ten Olympic events, Open Kiteboarding and 2.4 Norlin OD, the Dutch team were the standout performers.
Posted today at 5:55 pm
Cornish and Pic open the scoring in World Cup Series Hyeres
Ramshaw took the left track downwind and passed Cornish, who later admitted he had not seen the Oscar flag flying. Race one got started in a pleasant 9-11 knots with Oscar flag flying for free pumping. After a route up the middle right, Cornish squeezed round the top mark in the lead from Italy’s Filippo Baldassari and Henry Wetherall of Great Britain.
Posted on 25 Apr
Sailing World Cup Hyères – Laying down a marker
Over 500 sailors from 52 nations opened their quest for World Cup honours, personal best performances and bragging right In the 38 strong Women's Windsurfer fleet, Israel's Noga Geller came out flying with superb starts and speed. Feeling comfortable in the conditions, she snapped up the first two race wins.
Posted on 25 Apr
A Few Rays - When you think of sunscreen as a filter....
If a sunscreen is a filter of UV rays, how much is enough? If a sunscreen is a filter of UV rays, how much is enough? Where the skin is exposed and a sunscreen is working for you, it is filtering UV rays. Some of those rays always get through. The percentage of the high energy UVB rays (said to cause sunburn) that get through to cells in the skin can be determined by the claimed SPF of the product you are using.
Posted on 25 Apr
World Cup Series in Hyères – Racing needs to be fast, not the food
Spanish sisters, Carla and Marta Munté Carrasco, sail together in the 49erFX and know they have a problem. Many sailors will be brimming with confidence after browsing the weather forecast and will be striving for gold in Hyères. But it is a team small in stature that know exactly where they stand in terms of performance that intrigues.
Posted on 24 Apr
35th Lake Garda Optimist Meeting – Highlights and short analysis
One week after the world’s largest regatta of a single class, it is time for a short analysis of the event The USA, led by Stephan Baker, stood out in the gold fleet and in the junior top 30 with Peter Foley (16th) and Daven Subbiah (23rd); in the cadet division great fourth place for Freddie Parkin - a long, challenging, but surely unprecedentedly successful sailing trip.
Posted on 24 Apr
Masters Games - Slater off to a flying start on Day 1
Dan Slater, who competed in three Olympic Games, had a perfect start to the 2017 Masters Games Dan Slater, who competed in three Olympic Games, had a perfect start to the 2017 Masters Games with two first-placed finishes in today’s two races in the Laser fleet. It has been more than four years since Slater finished top-level racing following the London Olympics and it’s fair to say he let standards slip.
Posted on 23 Apr
World Cup Series Hyères – Returning to action
There will be a Riou partnering Besson, but this time it will be in the shape of former Laser Radial competitor, Amélie. Besson, along with partner Marie Riou, won all four Nacra 17 World Championship titles in the Rio 2016 quadrennial but failed to capitalise on that dominance as a back injury hampered any Olympic medal ambitions the pair harboured.
Posted on 21 Apr
2017 World Cup Series Hyères - Back to the future
When round two of World Cup Series takes place in Hyères many sailors know what it feels like to stand on top of podium. When round two of the 2017 World Cup Series takes place in Hyères, France from 23 - 30 April, many attending sailors know what it feels like to stand on top of an Olympic podium.
Posted on 20 Apr
A Few Rays - What is Broad Spectrum Protection?
What is Broad Spectrum sunscreen? Ultraviolet rays only make up a small proportion of all of the sun’s rays. What is Broad Spectrum sunscreen? Ultraviolet rays (UVA, UVB and UVC) only make up a small proportion of all of the sun’s rays. UVA and UVB sun-rays are however the biggest contributors to skin damage from sun.
Posted on 19 Apr