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  • A Very Lively Frostbite Race Today 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 combination. 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 August It 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 direction. Except ...
    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
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