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  • Butler takes the title again! Noel Butler and Simon Revill are the 2017 Irish Fireball National Champions winning seven of the nine races that concluded with two light air affairs on Sunday 17th September. Indeed, I think the mathematics meant that the pair didn’t have to sail on Sunday, but Noel professes to enjoying sailing so much that there was no question that he wouldn’t complete the series on the water. For Revill, this gives him a 2017 double – he is one half of the IDRA 14 National Champion crew, sailed a few weeks ago in Galway on the west coast. A further testament to his effort this weekend is that he was suffering with flu the entire weekend and at one ...
    Posted 19 Sep 2017, 06:44 by Stephen Oram
  • 2017 National Championship Documents NOR, Entry Form and SIs attached!
    Posted 25 Aug 2017, 05:53 by Stephen Oram
  • Solo Fireball! In contrast to the 85 Fireballs gathered in Lyme Regis, UK for the European Championships, where for the second day in a row no racing has been possible, the single Fireball out last night, in the penultimate Tuesday night race of the 2017 season, had good breeze for their laps of the course. Regrettably, as they were the only Fireball out, strictly speaking Stephen Oram and Noel Butler (15061) didn’t have a race. And that seems to be confirmed by way of no results for the Class on the official DBSC website this morning. However, to give them and the race committee their respective dues, both parties went through the motions of going round the course and giving the ...
    Posted 23 Aug 2017, 07:38 by Stephen Oram
  • Genteel evening’s racing! As the midweek racing in Dublin Bay gets to its close we had one of the more pleasant evenings of weather this summer with a gentle breeze and sunshine for two races outside the harbour in Scotsman’s Bay. Twenty-four boats answers the Race Officer’s call, Ian Mathews from the Flying Fifteen fleet, and of these, three were Fireballs. With Stephen Oram unavailable due to work commitments, Noel Butler teamed up with Grattan Donnelly and with Hermine O’Keefe on hockey support duties in Europe, Louise McKenna engaged the services of Cormac Bradley, leaving David and Michael Keegan (14676) as the only regular team out on the water.  Holidays and unavailability reduced the fleet to three boats. There ...
    Posted 16 Aug 2017, 04:55 by Stephen Oram
  • New month, new courses! In a break from the growing trend of setting windward-leeward courses on a Tuesday night, OOD Ben Mulligan (Flying Fifteens) & the DBSC Race Management Team set Olympic courses for the August 1st DBSC Fleet – in partial response to the request from the IDRA Class that these courses be set in advance of their impending Nationals. It was also a good night for Olympic courses with an offshore breeze of good strength and flat water even if there were large wind shifts. Six Fireballs were on the start line with a few crew changes in the mix. Stephen Oram (15061) engaged the services of Olympian (470) Phil Lawton to helm while Conor Clancy (14807) had Teddy Byrne on board ...
    Posted 2 Aug 2017, 06:08 by Stephen Oram
  • Odd weather and strong tide results in an interesting 3 hander in Tuesday DBSC race With a couple of regulars away on holidays just 3 Fireballs appeared on the start line on Tuesday evening for DBSC racing. The weather in Dublin Bay and that section of the East coast had been odd all day as the forecast for the heavy haze to burn off off never quite materialised. The morning was almost windless but by lunchtime a reasonable easterly had established and by 6pm sailors were looking at a fairly steady force 3 with slight gusts. With the tidal flow turning at 6 30pm sailors were faced with an adverse flow on the beat of the W-L course. However with the windward mark well to seaward of the forty foot the question was whether ...
    Posted 26 Jul 2017, 07:34 by Stephen Oram
  • Winning with the perfect score! A variety of headlines could be given to this regatta report: “A regatta of two halves”, “Consistency pays”, “Minimal mistakes pays dividends”, Fireballs survive Mother Nature”, “Happy return to Skerries” “17 tired bodies enjoy Fireball sailing at its best”. The Irish Fireball Leinster Championships were sailed in Skerries just north of Dublin on the East Coast this past weekend.  As one of the spiritual homes of Fireball sailing in Ireland it is a club that we always enjoy returning to – the welcome is warm, the hospitality is great and it is a club that always acknowledges the Fireball fleet. As befits our current numbers we sailed the Championships as part of the Skerries Sailing Club Regatta that had a very ...
    Posted 18 Jul 2017, 08:06 by Stephen Oram
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