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  • Balmy Tuesday evening proves a sailing delight.. While Tuesday was a warm blustery day by the time Fireballers descended on the waterfront clubs the breeze was fading. Early birds Frank Miller and Ed Butler sailed to the harbour mouth to be greeted by 180 degree shifts and finally zero air. The DBSC committee boat and ribs made a brief foray outside but faced with almost no wind and a strong incoming tide signalled the gathering sailors to remain in the harbour. Miraculously a reasonable breeze returned from the same SW direction as earlier and a W-L course was set up with the X1 board signalling (in the unique language of DBSC Sis) two windward-leeward rounds with a downwind finish. So it was that five Fireballs ...
    Posted by Stephen Oram
  • When Loopies replace Woompatah you know it must be Fireball Training Weekend! With generous sponsorship from the ISA class Training Scheme and hosting by the DMYC, the Fireball Class assembled in Dun Laoghaire yesterday for the 1st day of its annual training camp under the coaching of Ger Owens, the renowned GP14 sailor.Under bright, clear skies with only the odd passing shower to dampen the mood, the weather was perfect for a full-on day of training. The group of 12 sailors started the day in classroom mode where Ger Owens, managed to condense the entire world of race-winning strategy into 5 concise pointers designed to instill a belief in ones ability to hit the front of the fleet without wondering how one got there & how long one could hang ...
    Posted 22 May 2017, 05:37 by Stephen Oram
  • Genteel evening in Dun Laoghaire! Four Fireballs came under the starter’s orders for the third Tuesday night of the DBSC Summer Series. Given the warm conditions during the day and the strong tide outside, the decision was made to keep the dinghy fleets inside – presumably on the basis that the sea breeze would fade as the evening wore on, leaving the fleets exposed to a flooding tide. While it may not have made immediate sense on sailing out to the start area, it was the right thing to do. The four boats were in a close bunch at the pin end of the line when the start signal went and three of the boats stayed on a starboard tack to the extreme left of ...
    Posted 11 May 2017, 01:56 by Stephen Oram
  • Light weather start to regatta season A small group of Fireballs, combined with a slightly larger group of 420s enjoyed a light weather start to the regatta season under the burgee of Ballyholme Yacht Club, on Belfast Lough’s southern shore for the Ulster Championships this past weekend. Ballyholme has always been a popular destination for the Fireballs with a combination of an excellent Race Officer in Robin Gray and traditional northern hospitality the mainstays of that attraction. While our smaller numbers changed the requirement for on-site hospitality, Robin Gray was as excellent as ever, getting six races in in challenging circumstances, particularly on the Saturday. Sunday was easier in terms of the wind direction but for the competitors, the challenge of going the right ...
    Posted 8 May 2017, 08:14 by Stephen Oram
  • Ulsters NOR and Entry Form  http://ballyholme.com/events/fireball-and-420s-ulster-championships-2017/
    Posted 28 Apr 2017, 04:56 by Stephen Oram
  • Louis Smyth's 80th! Fantastic lunch today to honour Louis Smyth for reaching his 80th birthday and still sailing his Fireball.....at the Pearl Brasserie, Merrion Street....with Rosemary Smyth and assorted friends including class chairman Neil Cramer who spoke brilliantly. ..many more years of happy sailing Louis....
    Posted 4 Apr 2017, 01:45 by Stephen Oram
  • An Exciting Fireball Summer Season Beckons - details and dates for your diary Folks, While some of us are just recovering from the Frostbites the Summer Season is almost upon us so here’s an update on some of the exciting Fireball events ahead…  DBSC Racing kicks off on Tuesday 25th April – see you thereDBSC Saturday dinghy racing is expected to go ahead in slightly limited form, details to followOur first away date is in Ballyholme – our Ulsters, along with the 420s, May 6th & 7thTraining event with Ger Owens is now most likely to be May 2021 at DMYC – TBCWe are planning to hold an open day to encourage new Fireballers – probably in May or June -TBCThe Fireball Open event is at Greystones Sailing Club on ...
    Posted 30 Mar 2017, 01:40 by Stephen Oram
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