Please select your home edition
Edition
GJW 2018 728x90

Irish Fireball Class Prize Giving at the National Yacht Club

by Cormac Bradley 5 Dec 2018 15:59 GMT 30 November 2018
Hermine O'Keeffe collects the Lady Helm Trophy for Louise McKenna at the Irish Fireball Class Prize Giving © Cormac Bradley

The Irish Fireball Class Association marked the close of the summer season with their annual prize-giving dinner at the National Yacht Club on Friday 30th November. There was a good turnout for the dinner with a combination of young and not-so-young, active and retired Fireballers, at least one of whom has been based outside of the country for the recent past.

A party of Fireballers from north of the Liffey got through passport control to spend the evening in Dun Laoghaire and were rewarded by taking away the biggest prize of the evening – the Travellers' Trophy.

Class Chairman Neil Cramer of Skerries Sailing Club opened the proceedings with a review of the season and started that review by noting the passing earlier in the year of the international and domestic stalwart of the class Louis Smyth. Neil noted that Louis had raced his Fireball "Licence to Thrill" into his eightieth year and Neil intimated that this gave the rest of us no excuse not to continue racing into our senior years!

He further noted that Louis' presence in the fleet was being carried on by way of his family's donation of the boat to a Youth combination to campaign over the 2018/19 Frostbites and towards the Worlds in Howth in 2020. Eight combinations had applied to get the use of Louis' boat but it had been allocated to the Thompson brothers - Daniel & Harry - and Neil advised that their commitment to the cause was mirrored by a typical weekend in winter with Saturday and Sunday sailing in Malahide and Dun Laoghaire, from a home base in Wexford.

He provided some report back from the Carnac Worlds (France) where there had been a very positive reaction to the Worlds in Howth in 2020. Possibly influenced by a very generous donation of whiskey from the primary organisers of the event in Howth for the competitors in France, there were lots of undertakings to be in Ireland for this regatta.

Travellers' Trophy

1. Niall McGrotty & Neil Cramer; IRL 14938, Skerries Sailing Club
2. Frank Miller & Ed Butler; IRL 14713, Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club
3. Jon Evans & Aidan Caulfield; IRL 14718, Sligo Yacht Club

Travellers' Trophy Silver Fleet

Daniel & Harry Thompson, Wexford Boat & Tennis Club

India Trophy (Most Improved)

Daniel & Harry Thompson (3rd at Fireball Nationals, Skerries)

Asterix Trophy (Significant Contribution)

Frank Miller – for general promotion of the class and his coaching in Killaloe

Lady Helm

Louise McKenna – for her performance (with crew Hermine O'Keeffe) at the Worlds in Carnac, France

Liam Bradley Trophy

Awarded to Neil Colin for his volunteer efforts on behalf of the Irish Fireball fleet – organising events (Leinsters), hosting training events, organising the Frostbites, enjoying success in the Flying Fifteen fleet (winner Thursday Series overall in 2017) and qualifying for the 2019 Worlds and for recently taking on a fleet role with the Dun Laoghaire FF fleet.

Related Articles

Gul renew their sponsorship of UK Fireball Fleet
Supporting racing in the class for another three seasons The UKFA is delighted to announce that Gul is renewing its sponsorship of the Fireball fleet for another three seasons. Posted on 24 Jan
Gul Fireball Inlands at Draycote Water
The rugby, a massive storm, then a dramatic drop in the wind Draycote Water hosted the Fireball 2019 Gul Inland Championships over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd November. Most of the fleet arrived early to watch the Rugby World Cup final, which didn't quite deliver the result that everyone was hoping for. Posted on 7 Nov 2019
Enter now for the Gul Fireball Inlands 2019
Taking plae at Draycote Water SC on 2-3 November It is just a couple of weeks until the last event of the Fireball 2019 calendar. We return to Draycote Water SC where last year 28 boats competed despite a boat breaking forecast for day one. Early bird registration ends on Friday 25th so enter here. Posted on 21 Oct 2019
Fireballs at Chew Valley Lake
Gul Golden Dolphin Series Final Round Chew Valley SC hosted the final event of the 2019 Golden Dolphin series sponsored by Gul. Despite the gloomy forecast, sailors travelled from Essex, the Midlands and the south coast to join the local fleets from Chew, Portishead and Thornbury. Posted on 15 Oct 2019
019 Gul Fireball Golden Dolphin finale preview
To be held at Chew Valley Lake on 12-13 October You couldn't wish for a more picturesque setting for the final event of the 2019 Gul Golden Dolphin Series which is being held at Chew Valley Lake on 12/13 October. Posted on 2 Oct 2019
Hyde Sails Autumn Offer now live
Discounts available on race-winning One Design sails With the 2019 season nearing an end and people at the Southampton boat show trying to pick up those end of season bargains, you too must also be thinking about winterising the boat ready for your assault on the title of your favoured class next year. Posted on 21 Sep 2019
Fireball Under 26 Championship at Blackwater
Four bullets is enough for Georgia Booth and Tom Kyne The Fireball Under 26 Championship was held at the Blackwater Sailing Club over the weekend of the 14 & 15th September. Amongst the competitors were Rebecca & Giacomo who flew in from Italy, and Daniel & Harry from Ireland. Posted on 18 Sep 2019
Fireball Youth Championships preview
Blackwater SC to host event last held in 2008 This weekend sees the revival of the Fireball Youth Championships, last held in 2008. The resurgence of this event has been sparked by increased interest from teams under the age of 26 in racing Fireballs at Championships across the World. Posted on 12 Sep 2019
Fireball Worlds at Point Claire overall
A final day forecast for sunshine and wind that did not disappoint What a day and what a night! The fleet awoke to pouring rain but with a forecast for sunshine and wind that did not disappoint. Posted on 31 Aug 2019
Fireball Worlds at Point Claire day 4
Breeze builds to a perfect 15 to 18 knots in race 8 Race 7 started in around 8-10 knots of breeze, building throughout the race. The first beat was hard to call with boats getting into different shifts and pressures on both sides of the course. Posted on 30 Aug 2019