A Very Lively Frostbite RaceToday saw very lively conditions for the third last weekend of the DMYC frostbites series. The forecast was suggesting up to force five but in fact the wind Gods delivered a bit more. By the start of the race, the wind was a very solid 16 knots gusting 22. A diminished bunch of sailors did a few test laps of the trapezoid in a Norwesterly breeze before racing got underway. First Fireball out was Frank Miller with guest star crew Ismail Inan in Dublin on a flying visit, wrapped up a mix and match of spare sailing gear. The pair sped around the course in an attempt to settle back into some kind of groove since the last time the ...
Posted 13 Mar 2017, 07:55 by Stephen Oram
Don’t risk a capsize!For the first Sunday of March it was cold and blustery and
the racing scene in Dun Laoghaire, for the Fireballs at least, was conspicuous
by the absence of Noel Butler, Stephen Oram or their Fireball, 15061. In all
the time I have tried to cover the Frostbite racing I think I can count on one
hand the number of times that there was no presence at all from this particular
It left the race as an easy one for the Clancy Brothers
Conor & James (14807) to win, as by the time I reached the harbour, they
had a comfortable lead which was never challenged. Behind them Frank Miller & Grattan
Donnelly (14713) sailed a conservative race without any spinnaker ...
Posted 7 Mar 2017, 01:04 by Stephen Oram
2017 Gul Fireball Europeans & Nationals – Lyme Regis Sailing Club – 18th-25th AugustIt is with great pleasure that the UKFA in
association with Lyme Regis sailing club can announce that the entries for the
2017 Gul Fireball Europeans & Nationals is now open. The event website is
hosted on the Lyme Regis webpage: http://www.lymeregissailingclub.co.uk/championships/
A facebook event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1125264430919461/The first round of early entry closes on
the 19th March.We are expecting competitors from all over
Europe, and interest is already registered from competitors from Australia,
Kenya, Canada, and South Africa.Lyme is one of the best sailing waters in
the country. It is situated on the South Coast of England and caters for the
whole family. Launching from ...
Posted 15 Feb 2017, 01:02 by Stephen Oram
The fat lady hadn’t sung……….or the sailing equivalent!In truth, the storyline above is only one of a number of
possible headlines that I contemplated before writing this report. Last week I
wrote of the vagaries of weather forecasting and this week was no different and
that too could form a headline. As I had
been “booked” to sail earlier than normal in the preceding week, I was watching
the forecast for Sunday correspondingly early as well. By Wednesday, the seven-day
forecast on XCWeather was suggesting that sailing wouldn’t be possible at all.
But as the week progressed, so the forecast became more favourable, until at 12
noon on Sunday, the forecast for 15:00 was down to 9 – 14 knots from a westerly
Posted 6 Feb 2017, 05:48 by Stephen Oram
The vagaries of forecasting!In the build-up to the weekend’s racing, the forecast from
Thursday on XCWeather suggested it might not be possible to get a race in, but
by early Sunday morning the forecast was down to 12 – 18 knots from the SE. The
Windfinder app and the Met Eireann Sea Area Forecast were showing a similar
story of about 12-15 knots. The one thing they all agreed on was that the
direction would be from a South-Easterly direction.
On arriving at the boat park the situation on the water was
anything but what was forecast and it was damp and chilly to boot! Out on the
race course it was another story again but surprisingly warmer than it ...
Posted 30 Jan 2017, 03:10 by Stephen Oram
Accurate forecast puts off participation?Yesterday’s diminished Fireball fleet in DMYC’s Frostbite
Series may have been a consequence of the actual weather mirroring the
forecast. XCWeather had been predicting winds of 17 knots with gusts up to 28
knots from a WNW direction and that is what the weather station in the harbour
was showing on my arrival – 20.1 knots, a gust of 28.6 knots, a wind direction
of 295˚ and an air temperature of 10.6˚. While the air temperature may have
been a balmy 10.6˚ for January, it still required a hat coat and gloves to
stand and watch proceedings.
Three Fireballs were on the start line at the designated
time, Messrs Butler and Oram (15061), the Clancy ...
Posted 17 Jan 2017, 01:59 by Stephen Oram
New Year, new hopes!Series 2 of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht
Club’s Frostbites started in very hopeful conditions as the first of this
report’s attached photographs attests. However, within 35 seconds of a
self-imposed deadline to call proceedings off, the Race Officer decided that a
race could be started. The forecast on
XCWeather had been promising 6 – 8 knots from the SSW, but the weather station
adjacent to my observation post was recording a wind strength of 3.8knots, a
gust of 4.9knots and a wind direction of 119˚ with an air temperature of 10.8˚
and there was nothing to suggest these statistics were being replicated on the
water. It took the best part of an hour to ...
Posted 8 Jan 2017, 13:51 by Stephen Oram