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  • Calm between the storms! With wind speeds of 37 knots being recorded off the end of the East Pier at lunchtime on Saturday (on a handheld anemometer) and Storm Brendan blowing hooligans today, the Frostbites of Sunday 12th January could be said to have been sailed in the (relative) calm between the storms! And the wind behaved in accordance with the forecast, starting off quite strong first thing on Sunday morning (09:00) but dropping off in strength as the morning wore on. At about 11:30 it was down to 10/11 knots and during the race it dropped below ten but came back up again. The sun was out as well, but there was a slight coolness in the air. Numbers ...
    Posted 13 Jan 2020, 05:55 by Stephen Oram
  • Series 2 underway in balmy conditions! The second half of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club’s Frostbite Series gut underway yesterday in what were almost balmy conditions for the 5th of January. From the middle of the week, this author’s favourite weather website XCWeather was suggesting that winds would be of the order of 12/13 knots with gusts of 26/27 knots from just west of south, but the flags within the harbour complex didn’t support that theory. Additionally, the readings from the Dublin Bay buoy for the two hours before my arrival at the club suggested that the base wind was correct but the gusts were only one or two knots more. Temperature-wise it was mild, around the 10 ...
    Posted 6 Jan 2020, 05:37 by Stephen Oram
  • Marathon to close out Series 1! Series 1 of the DMYC-hosted Frostbites closed with a marathon race, in relative terms, yesterday with a modest turnout of 44 boats, a wind that fluctuated between 170 and 180º with a high of just over 10 knots and some sunshine, though there was a distinct coolness in the air. Indeed, there was a light covering of white on the hills behind Dun Laoghaire. The PY fleet had the best turnout of the day with nineteen boats - Fireballs, Wayfarers, RS200s, Aero 7s, Laser Vagos, an RS400 and the Solo of Shane McCarthy. This fleet got off to an almost clean start with only one OCS, a Fireball that didn’t come back, though another Fireball DID come back ...
    Posted 18 Dec 2019, 06:09 by Stephen Oram
  • Sunshine for Christmas countdown! Fifty-eight boats took to the water for the first Frostbite Sunday of December, which for a lot of people is the trigger for the countdown to Christmas. From Friday afternoon this column’s favoured web-based weather forecasting site was predicting northerly winds up to 10 knots for the afternoon but at 09:30 on the morning the direction wasn’t correct although the grey skies were as predicted. The larger keelboats left the harbour with breeze outside but by the time I returned to the waterfront area at 12 noon, the omens for vigorous racing in the afternoon weren’t good. A walk of the east pier to just beyond the bandstand revealed a very flat outer area ...
    Posted 3 Dec 2019, 06:51 by Stephen Oram
  • Gamekeeper turned poacher! XCWeather was promising 8/9 knots of breeze for the critical part of Sunday afternoon and at 09:00 the breeze looked good as the keel boats went out for their Turkey Shoot! Three hours later as I came back down to Dun Laoghaire the latter finishers from the morning’s racing were struggling to get over the finish line in very light conditions. Inside the harbour it had gone very flat and in the inner harbour there was mirror-like conditions. Sailing Manager of the National Yacht Club, Olivier Prouveur, however assured me that there would be wind for the Frostbites, coming out of the south! By 13:15 when a decision to go afloat was necessary, the die ...
    Posted 11 Nov 2019, 07:54 by Stephen Oram
  • Munster Championship Report Thirteen Fireballs gathered at Killaloe SC for the Fireball Munster Championships at the weekend. Initial indications were for a very wet and windy weekend but happily the fleet were rewarded with excellent sailing conditions on both days. While extremely wet most of the rain fell during the evenings and local hostel accommodation meant that nobody got too wet over the weekend. There was the small issue of a rugby match on the Saturday morning and commodore Sue Concannon hosted the entire fleet to breakfast at her home to watch the game. Screams and moans permeated the stunning landscape overlooking the lake. Once racing got underway Noel Butler and Stephen Oram dominated proceedings with three race wins from four races. The ...
    Posted 1 Oct 2019, 04:28 by Stephen Oram
  • 2019 FIREBALL IRISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT HOWTH YC Noel Butler and Stephen Oram (NYC) have retained their National Champions title after nine races at Howth Yacht Club. The pair scored seven first places discarding a third and a fourth to take the title in style in a three-day event which featured a good variety of sailing conditions. The event started with light and patchy winds on Friday progressing to decent if shifty breezes on Saturday and to full on wind by Sunday. Second place was won by Niall McGrotty and Neil Cramer (SSC) who sailed consistently well and counted a string of second and third places in their scores to consolidate their second overall. Third were the up and coming youth team brothers Daniel and Harry Thompson ...
    Posted 22 Jul 2019, 04:14 by Stephen Oram
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