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    Fireball Worlds – Day 2 (International Week)

    Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

    Found myself again on the gybe mark observer boat for races 3 and 4, a bit windier than yesterday. Here is the first gybe mark of race 4, with the GBR team of Derian and Adam Scott leading AUS and our own Louis Smyth and Cormac Bradley. These two GBR boats are the only blue […]

    Fireball Worlds – Day 1

    Monday, June 13th, 2011

    Actually, first day of “International Week” which is the traditional 8 race forerunner to the Worlds week.  The idea is to make the event a two week sailing holiday.  Twenty boats are entered, with anoither 40 arriving next weekend into sun kissed Rosses Point. Ben Bulben watched oveer the leeward mark. Australians Ben Schulz and […]

    Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race

    Saturday, June 11th, 2011

    It started this morning, down wind, 10 knots, blazing sunshine. First mark of the course:  The Muglins at the southern end of Dublin Bay. Follow the fleet with the race tracker at the National Yacht Club.

    Fireball Worlds and an Iffy Centreboard

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

    The Fireball World Championship and International Week kick off next weekend (June 11-25) at Sligo Yacht Club in Rosses Point.  I am packing up boxes of tools and chemicals and repair materials and will be supporting the Irish boats, Goodness Gracious in particular. The other week, a Dublin Fireballer dropped off his centreboard for repair: […]

    There’s a Bug in the Bay!

    Sunday, March 20th, 2011

    This afternoon was the kind of day in the Bay that wouldn’t go remarked in July…WNW breeze 8 -12 knots, ebbing tide, 15 dec C and bright sunshine.  A fine Frostbite Sunday when an interloper appeared on the race course. It’s Dun Laoghaire sailor John Chambers blasting back from the Baily aboard his Bladerider Moth.  […]

    What are they?

    Friday, March 18th, 2011

    Newly installed flush fit thru hulls on Dinah. We removed all of the old bronze thru hull fittings and replaced them with Forespar Flowtech valves made of carbon fibre reinforced Marelon.  Very cool indeed.  The picture above shows, from left: heads outlet, heads inlet and the (pulled for painting) Airmar triducer which provides depth, speed […]

    Lasers Pinch at the Windward Mark

    Monday, January 31st, 2011

    The windward mark during the DMYC Frostbite is often an entertaining place to be.  With a light wind working with a strong ebb tide, pinching around the mark is a maneuver where risk far outweighs any potential reward. Sunday 23 January 2011, outside the Harbour: Sunday 30 January 2011, inside the Harbour: At least it […]

    Sound Off, 11-1-11

    Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

    The Commissioners of Irish Lights have chosen this auspicious day to formally shut down the last fog signals around our coastline. The last lighthouses to lose their horn are: Fastnet Roche’s Point Old Head of Kinsale Ballycotton Hook Head Tuskar Rock Kish Dundalk St. John’s Point East Pier, Dun Laoghaire CIL says the decision to […]

    Borehole Drilling in Dublin Bay

    Thursday, January 6th, 2011

    This jack-up barge Excalibur has been spending the past month drilling 23 boreholes in the Bay on behalf of the Ringsend Waste Water Treatment programme, and has been quite visible from the shore. Dublin City Council is undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) into expanding the wastewater treatment works at Ringsend to its ultimate capacity, […]

    Spotted at the New Year

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

    We spent a great week in Baltimore, County Cork, leading up to the New Year.  We took time to visit Leo to see how his Sile a Do is getting along.  Leo is working on the boat in Hegarty’s Boat Yard on the River Ilen at Oldcourt, halfway between Skib and Baltimore.  At the entrance […]

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