News

  • Irish Fireball National Championships at DMYC Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella are the new Fireball National Championships after 8 races in Dublin Bay over the weekend. Second placed at the event, hosted by the DMYC, were Noel Butler and Stephen Oram while the Thompson brothers Daniel and Harry took third. The event was compressed into two days of racing when Friday was lost to zero breeze. Saturday proved the best day in terms of wind with a solid North-Easterly providing decent pressure and full trapezing conditions. Principal race officer Suzanne McGarry and her team did a brilliant job in getting 4 solid races under the belt by mid-afternoon when the sea breeze showed signs of weakening. Two windward-leeward courses were followed by two ...
    Posted by Stephen Oram
  • Young Teams Triumphant at the Fireball Leinster Championships at Skerries SC – 3rd&4th July  Thirteen Fireballs rocked up to the start line for the Fireball Leinster Championships at Skerries SC at the weekend. Daniel Thompson (Wexford SC) sailing with Barry McCartin (Sat) and Ronan Wallace (Sun) won the event after 6 races over two days in thrilling conditions.  On the Saturday the wind was a solid 10-14 knots and the race team of PRO Liam Dinneen assisted by Helen Ryan and Micheline Shiels managed to get four Olympic Triangle type races under the belt by the day’s end. While team McCartin/Thompson were pre-eminent they did not have things all their own way and had to fight for every inch on the course. Unusually Daniel Thompson took on the crew role ...
    Posted 6 Jul 2021, 02:33 by Stephen Oram
  • Fireball Worlds to return to Ireland in 2022 So, as the sun rises hopefully on a welcome return to international regattas, the Irish Fireball Class, in tandem with Fireball International and the Lough Derg Yacht Club are delighted to announce that the World Championships of the Class with be hosted at the Lough Derg venue in August 2022.  The Covid pandemic has decimated the sailing calendar worldwide for the past 15 months and the Fireball Class has not been immune to the inability to host regattas due to a plethora of reasons including health issues, quarantining and the absence of international travel. Countries around the globe have had to endure different regimes of quarantining and rates of recovery from the initial and subsequent surges of the virus and ...
    Posted 17 Jun 2021, 01:51 by Stephen Oram
  • Helly-Hansen sponsored Fireball Nationals! Repeat winners retain their title……but they had to work for it!! At a time when the Irish Fireball fleet should have been in Howth, welcoming Fireballers from all over the World to the 2020 Fireball World Championships, a 13-boat fleet was contesting what we think is the first National Championship to be hosted in a Covid-ravaged summer calendar. When the Worlds and Nationals in Howth were cancelled due to Covid, Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club offered to host the event and principal regatta organiser, Neil Colin, secured sponsorship from Helly-Hansen.        The headline for this report could have come from any number of sources, “Fireball women to the fore” with reference to the three race wins achieved ...
    Posted 11 Aug 2020, 01:52 by Stephen Oram
  • TUESDAY DBSC RACE 22.7.20 A decent south easterly breeze averaging about 12 knots greeted the three Fireballs competing in last night's racing in Dun Laoghaire harbour. With another giant fleet of Lasers participating the start line was  very long. Miller/Cramer opted for the slightly favoured pin end which took them towards the harbour mouth before tacking back under the layline to the weather mark  Cariosa Power with Marie Barry had taken the exact opposite approach going inshore and their route proved the better one as they rounded the mark a few boat lengths ahead. Owen Sinnott and Grattan Donnelly seemed to take a middle course which left them a close third for the entire race. Power/Barry stayed ahead for the run ...
    Posted 22 Jul 2020, 05:43 by Stephen Oram
  • Fireball coaching sessions with Phil Lawton Nine Fireballs took part in specialist coaching sessions at DMYC this weekend led by former Olympic sailor Phil Lawton. The event, supported by Irish Sailing, was geared towards optimizing crew work in a fast two-hander dinghy. Phil spent a solid year with Ger Owens practicing and perfecting their techniques in the 470 for the Beijing Olympics so it was a real bonus for the Fireball class to pick his brains. Amongst the regular Fireballers were some younger teams relatively new to Fireballs including Harry Thompson with Jack McDowell as helm, Ben Graf and Alexander Farrell from Lough Ree, and young Clodagh Fischer sailing with her father Glen. The opening message to the sailors was simple - there are two crews ...
    Posted 21 Jul 2020, 01:22 by Stephen Oram
  • DBSC Fireballs Tuesday night 14.07.2020 Four Fireballs raced in the third of the Tuesday DBSC series in Dun Laoghaire last night. Once again the harbour was the setting due to Covid19 restrictions on rescue personnel. Any fears that the enclosed waters may have resulted in dull racing were blown away by the weather conditions. What initially looked like a quiet night proved to be anything but with 11 knot westerly winds gusting up to 20 knots and beyond during the two windward-leeward races. For the Fireballs, starting alongside the mixed PY fleet which included a sprinkling of Aeros,  Finns and IDRA 14s it was an effective 5 lap burn around the harbour with a downwind finish. For both races the committee led by Suzanne ...
    Posted 15 Jul 2020, 01:21 by Stephen Oram
Showing posts 1 - 7 of 211. View more »


Subpages (1): Traveller's Trophy Rules