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  • A flurry of Fireballs! The renamed or rescheduled Fireball Munsters, cancelled earlier in the year at Killaloe Sailing Club, were reconvened this past weekend at one of the Irish fleet’s favourite locations, Lough Derg Yacht Club. This was our second visit in as many years and as ever the hospitality was at its best with scones and tea/coffee available on the Saturday morning, an excellent meal on the Saturday night, with commensurate bar service and a Race Management Team led by Commodore John Leech that had a relatively easy day on Saturday but a much more stressful one on the Sunday.Held in tandem with the Mirror Southerns, the event attracted an entry of 14 boats made up principally of the fleet ...
    Posted 12 Sep 2018, 06:02 by Stephen Oram
  • Message from Rosemary Smyth I want to thank all those who attended the celebration of Louis's life in the National yacht club.  I can imagine a wry, sort of shy smile of pleasure appearing on his face when he realised  how  many people held him in such high esteem. The afternoon brought great comfort to myself  and my family.   A heartfelt thanks from us all.Rosemary Smyth
    Posted 19 Aug 2018, 05:19 by Stephen Oram
  • Louis Smyth - An Obituary Louis Smyth who has died at the age of 81 was an inspirational figure in dinghy racing in Ireland. Born in Birmingham in 1937 Louis first went to sea with his father at the age of eight in a torpedo ship which his father bought cheaply from the British Navy who were decommissioning and selling off vessels in the immediate aftermath of the war. As fuel rationing was still in force Louis assisted his father who jumped from ship to ship draining the other boats tanks to fill their new purchase before sailing away to Boulonge-sur-Mer for a spin. It was an early lesson in frugality and opportunism which stood Louis well throughout an adventurous life in sailing ...
    Posted 26 Jun 2018, 04:09 by Stephen Oram
  • Fireball World Championships to blaze ahead in Howth in 2020 https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/other-sports/fireball-world-championships-to-blaze-ahead-in-howth-in-2020-1.3530957The 2020 Fireball World Championships have been awarded to Howth Yacht Club in Dublin, Ireland. The club, established in 1895, is one of the largest yacht clubs in both Ireland and the UK offering exceptional facilities for dinghy and keelboat sailors. Howth Yacht Club has the depth of experience required to provide consistently high standards of race management at club, national and international level. The club has a resident national and international race management team along with dedicated committee boats and a professionally maintained racing infrastructure. The race area is exceptional with a large expanse of open water, free from tidal ...
    Posted 15 Jun 2018, 07:52 by Stephen Oram
  • Irish Fireball National Championships Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella are the newly crowned Fireball National Champions after nine races at Skerries Sailing Club over three days. The pair had an almost perfect score winning every race bar the first when a technical issue delayed them getting to the start line on time. The event took place in stunning conditions for those seeking a sun tan but was on the distinctly light side in terms of breeze. Day one saw very light and patchy airs but the two woman race officer team of Micheline Shiels and Helen  Ryan under the direction of PRO Liam Dineen put in a bravura performane. On a day where some race committees would have been very stretched they managed to ...
    Posted 11 Jun 2018, 03:18 by Stephen Oram
  • 2018 Nationals - SSC - NOR Folks it's just 3 weekends till the main event....time to time that boat and the body....looking forward to a great Nationals in the beautiful and friendly setting of Skerries...Irish Fireball Association National Championships 2018Friday 8th June – Sunday 10th June         Hosted by Skerries Sailing Club NOTICE OF RACE 1. Organising AuthorityThe Organising Authority is Skerries Sailing Club in association with the Irish Fireball Association2. RULESThis event will be governed by the ‘Rules’ as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the International Fireball Class Rules in force at the time of the event, this Notice of Race (except as any of these are altered by the Sailing Instructions), and the Sailing Instructions ...
    Posted 25 May 2018, 01:15 by Stephen Oram
  • Fireball Silver Fleet Training in Killaloe The second Fireball coaching session of the season took place in the stunning surroundings of Killaloe Sailing Club on last Thursday and Friday evenings. Aimed primarily at the enthusiastic and growing silver fleet at KSC Frank Miller coached some 12 sailors in 6 boats on the optimum techniques for handling one of the most competitive yet manageable dinghies sailed on this island. The first evening was a bit of a baptism of fire for the local fleet who found winds touching 16 knots somewhat daunting. Despite a few capsizes with shouted advice and careful rescue cover the local fleet grew in confidence and eventually began to believe Miller's assertion that the boat, if properly set up, is capable of ...
    Posted 15 May 2018, 02:56 by Stephen Oram
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