8th November 2011

It was dubbed Super Sunday as four boats were in contention going into Week 6 of the National Yacht Club's frostbite series for Flying Fifteens and with two races due it was all up for grabs. Green/Doorly (23pts) in their boat Deranged had a one point advantage from Mulvin/Beirne and Poole/Marsden who were both on 24 points with Coleman/Quinn on 25.

Being November, a reasonable breeze was expected but on arrival to the club the sun was shinning and Dublin Bay was flat calm. PRO Ian Mathews, who had done a fantastic job for the event, went out to check the bay and after a short delay decided to abandon sailing for the day, this proved to be the correct decision as the wind never filled in.

Ten races were sailed in what was an excellent series, a feature of the racing was that there was a different winner in nearly every race, Ken & Hugh were the only ones that won two races. At the prize giving the Mermaid class (who organized the event) captain Tony O’Rourke thanked the sponsors, the NYC boathouse, the PRO and his team including the excellent rib drivers and mark layers. Alan Green thanked them also and also thanked his fellow competitors and his crew for the series Chris Doorly.

All the results can be seen on website and

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27th October 2011

Week four of the National Yacht Clubs frostbite series for Mermaids, Flying Fifteens and SB3’s sponsored by Derrycourt Cleaning took place at the weekend in altogether different conditions, winter has arrived. Again about 40 boats turned out as the SB3’s were back from an event they had last weekend, the mermaids had about 10 boats, a great turnout despite the sailing clashing with the rugby world cup final. The forecast was horrific but there seemed a reasonable window in the morning to fit two races in. With light wind from the se and the tide ebbing Larry Power the PRO got started on time, no general recalls or black flags this week.

After six races and one discard Green / Doorly lead the way with Coleman / Quinn second, Poole / Marsden third with Mulvin / Beirne fourth. The results were very mixed with all the contenders up to last week slipping down the fleet, this has opened up the whole competition and when the next discard kicks in it will be very tight. 

In Race 1 the lead boats that went left and right came into the weather mark together, the Meaghers lead from Pool / Marsden, there was the usual madness behind them with some boats causing havoc by still insisting on coming into the weather mark on port, this despite a reminder during the week that rules need to be obeyed. On the second beat those out on the left had a bit more wind with Adrian Cooper / Joe McNamara nipping into second place and Coleman also gaining. The Meagher’s covered well and kept the lead to take the gun with Cooper’s second, Poole third and Coleman fourth.

Race 2, the forecast storm seemed to be looming but the wind was still light, variable and shifty and PRO for the day Larry Power had difficulty setting the course. Those who went right came in at the weather mark first after a nice lift which left those on the left floundering and out of touch very early in the race. Ben and Brian Maguire lead followed by the Meagher’s and Crummy / Burgess. At the weather mark on lap two the wind kicked in and it looked like the storm was on its way, things got hectic but it soon blew out and we were sailing with little or no wind. On the third beat which was now a fetch, the Meagher’s went from second to fifth as they ran out of wind completely with Coleman moving to second. On the last beat Coleman was to lose out in a similar fashion in the slop. Ben & Brian remained first throughout, Mulvin / Beirne sailed well and came in second, Dooley / Hickey third with Crummy / Burgess fourth. It was a very strange frustrating day on the water and as we were packing the boats away the predicted storm kicked in so well done to Larry and his team of Colm, Catherine and Bernard for getting in the two races.

Jonathan O’Rourke comfortably leads the Mermaid fleet and James Gorman leads the SB3, despite Justin Burke have a great day with two race wins.

All the results can be seen on website and

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If one looked out over Dublin Bay the last two weekends one would be forgiven for thinking that there was a major summer regatta on with the number of boats out and the sun shinning, but no it’s the National Yacht Club's frostbite series for Mermaids, Flying Fifteens and SB3’s kindly sponsored by Derrycourt Cleaning. There are over thirty boats entered with over 20 of them Flying Fifteens, quiet an impressive turnout- maybe we should be sailing more in the winter when there are less distractions.

After four races and one discard Green/Doorly lead the way along with McCambridge/Murphy with Poole/Marsden in third place. There have been plenty of thrills and spills and PRO Ian Mathews and his team have had their work cut out to keep things running smoothly but smooth it has been with excellent courses and racing.

The first week was cancelled due to light winds and on week 2 we just got one race in between squalls of 30 plus knots! This became survival and the PRO took the sensible and correct options of cancelling the remaining races.  In Race 1 the lead changed a few times with Crummy Burgess leading at the final weather mark but hit it allowing Green to nip in and take the gun on a shortened course. Dooley/Hickey were second with McCambridge/Murphy third. Some of the crews had plenty of practice bailing out but all survived!

Race 2 took place on Sunday on a sunny day in a nice force 3 in west/south west shifty winds with the tide coming in. The fleet were a bit over eager and eventually after a couple of general recalls the black flag came out, this still didn’t stop a number of boats including Crummy, Dumpleton, Sherry and O’Sullivan been over!
Coleman/Quinn lead from McCambridge/Murphy  followed closely by Green and Poole. McCambridge got the lead on lap two and held it comfortably to take the gun Green had moved into second place but approaching the committee boat got a sudden lift but couldn’t release the main and was heading to weather of the committee boat, the racing was so close that after ducking back down and narrowly missing the committee boat, three boats had nipped in. Coleman was second with Murphy third and Poole fourth.

Race 2, boats got off at first time of asking Crummy lead from from Dumpleton followed closely by Doyle and Poole and McCambridge with Green back in the pack. It was nip tuck all the way with Dumpleton getting the lead at the final mark to take the gun, Crummy was second, Poole third and McCambridge fourth. 

Race 3, again general recalls were the order of the day, the black flag was brought out again. Green lead at the weather mark followed by Gavin Doyle and  there was a mad scramble at the weather mark with some boats totally illegally coming in on port causing havoc and ruining other peoples racing – this needs to stop, rules must be obeyed! Green was sailing with a broken tiller since race one and tacking was difficult, Doyle took advantage of this and took the lead on the last beat, Crummy had his own private wind on the last run over on the right and moved into second place with Green limping over the line in third after an eventful day. There was plenty of incident with great racing including the usual mid fleet battles also new fleet members Robin and Susan got stuck into the racing and completed all races- an achievement in itself! We all look forward to two more races next Sunday.

All the results can be seen on website and
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