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  • Coaching Day with Barry McCartin Between sailors and volunteers some 18 Fireballers took part in a coaching day with Barry McCartin at the DMYC on Saturday. The group ranged from class veterans to adult sailors from SID to young sailors taking a break from 420s with an eye to the #Howth2020 World Championships. McCartin is an experienced coach and also the top Irish Fireballer having notched up a top ten place in the most recent 100 boat world championships in Carnac. Participants benefited from an initial briefing by Barry on the finer intricacies of boat tuning to maximise boat speed. In particular subtle adjustments with strut or chocks to optimise pre-bend and sail shape for a range of conditions were explored. Sailors were reminded ...
    Posted by Stephen Oram
  • Single race……before the snow started falling! Last week’s report opened with a few lines from Keats’ “Ode to Autumn” so the weather gods may have been amused by that because yesterday, after racing was completed it started snowing!! We know that Winter follows Autumn, but it is slightly at odds with the time of year – early March! The wind forecast suggested that while the morning would be quiet there would be a healthy wind for the 14:00 start of proceedings and that as the afternoon wore on the wind would build. Rain was also in the forecast, but it was not due to arrive until later. By 12:00 the rain was with us and the wind was building, and Frostbites Co-ordinator Neil ...
    Posted 4 Mar 2019, 04:22 by Stephen Oram
  • “A John Keats type of day” Sunday February 24th was more akin to the opening lines of John Keats’ “Ode to Autumn” “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom friend of the maturing sun, Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit, the vines that round the thatched eaves run” for even though there was a healthy breeze forecast, Dun Laoghaire Harbour was shrouded in mist. Nor was the temperature in compliance with the forecast –  a spring-like 12/13º but there was a distinct autumnal coolness in the air. Despite these atmospheric setbacks, the good news was that the wind was blowing from a direction, 150-160º, that allowed us to use the maximum width (East – West) of the harbour ...
    Posted 25 Feb 2019, 08:28 by Stephen Oram
  • Bright & breezy but two races completed! From the previous Friday morning, the XCWeather website had been consistent in its forecast for Sunday afternoon at 14:00, winds of the order of 17/18 knots with gusts to 28/30 knots from a direction of south or south of south-west. And so, it was! Given the forecast and bearing in mind that very little “frostbiting” has been had this year, there was an awareness that we should try and get at least one race in and that sense was manifested when the Frostbite Co-ordinator, Neil Colin shared the exact same sentiment by What’sApp on Saturday afternoon. An early trip down to the harbour and the East Pier suggested that the water inside the harbour ...
    Posted 18 Feb 2019, 04:20 by Stephen Oram
  • Cold and blustery! After yet another Sunday lost to adverse weather last week, the Dun Laoghaire Frostbite fleet got another two races in today, Sunday 3rd February. Initially the wind looked to be nicely consistent with a bearing of 210⁰ which set up the course with the committee boat inside the end of the West Pier and a weather mark near the entrance to the marina. The gybe mark was off towards the East Pier and the gybe mark was about a third of the way across the mouth of the harbour, but closer to the end of the West Pier. The PY fleet had a healthy turnout of 20 boats with good Fireball numbers, Shane McCarthy’s Solo, Tom Murphy’s ...
    Posted 4 Feb 2019, 00:44 by Stephen Oram
  • Series 2 gets underway in Dun Laoghaire! After two successive Sundays were lost to the vagaries of the weather, with 6th January lost to no wind at all and 13th January abandoned on the Saturday due to a pessimistic forecast of 30 knot gusts for the Sunday, the Dun Laoghaire Frostbites finally got underway yesterday with three races inside the harbour. A XCWeather forecast of 15 – 17 knots with gusts in the low twenties from a direction just west of north suggested that sailing would be possible and so it proved. There was a healthy turnout for all three starts and even though the temperature was only around 6/7⁰ there was no sense of ”shock and horror” when the Race Officer, Cormac Bradley, suggested that a ...
    Posted 21 Jan 2019, 04:04 by Stephen Oram
  • Final Frostbite Sunday 2018 With howling gales on Saturday, courtesy of Storm Deirdre, the weather forecast for today was a lot more benign with a base wind of 9 knots with gusts up to 15 knots from a WSW direction. Or at least that’s what XCWeather was saying during the morning. Arriving at the office to get a piece of work done before racing, the view from the 3rd Floor of my office location suggested that the Tukey Shoot participants were having a good race but there was nothing excessive about the wind. They had a fleet in excess of 50 bots. With a solitary double points scoring race on the Agenda for today, there was a debate as to whether we ...
    Posted 17 Dec 2018, 02:36 by Stephen Oram
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