Monday, 14 April 2014

The Wineport Lodge Inlands, Lough Ree

The Irish Moth fleet planned a weekend away in Lough Ree for our third ever event! Ronan Wallace (moth newbie) and myself (Annalise) arrived down to Quigley’s Marina in Killinure early on Friday afternoon which gave us time to set up our boats before easily launching off the pontoon (staying nice and dry!) and heading out into the main lake for a great sail up and down to Hudson Bay 2 or 3 times! By the time we got in Ryan Seaton had arrived guided by his tomtom on the scenic route from Belfast to Athlone and John Chambers arrived not to soon after! Both told stories of passers by asking what kind of airplane was on the roof of their cars! We all headed to Glasson Golf Club for dinner before going back to the Killinure Chalets where we had taken up residence in the 17 man house!

The next morning we all got rigged and changed, then had a short briefing where Con told us the plan for the day! The idea was to do 3 races off the marina before racing downwind to The Wineport Lodge for lunch, followed by another 3 races in front of the Wineport then a race home! After one rather traumatic race where nearly everyone manage to crash into each other or the rushes at some point we headed off downwind to the Wineport which turned out to be a real adventure sailing through small cuts and around islands! Once we arrived down to the area in front of the Wineport, we did another 2 races, Rory was in good form so far winning 3 out of 3!

We then headed in to the Wineport Lodge for lunch. We were treated like kings, and had an amazing selection of soup, sandwiches, chicken wings and chips all while in our wetsuits! After possibly a sandwich or five too many we headed back out on the water, Ryan and I now regretted our decision to park our boats in the forest as getting out through the thick reeds proved to be extremely difficult, after 15 minutes of swimming while towing my boat in the extremely chilly Lough Ree water I was back on the race course, Ryan however ended up abandoning this tactic and carried his boat around to the jetty at the Wineport!

Back for more racing and it had got a bit more patchy so looking for wind was what proved to be important (and not capsizing). In race 4 Rory crashed out meters from the finish line and watched Ryan, myself and John all speed by him. Race 5 was Ryan’s race finishing close to a leg ahead of the rest of us! Race 6 was a quick upwind to the windward mark then a fast reach across to the cut then a 20 tack upwind back to Quigley’s Marina. Rory, Ryan and I all managed to get through the cut in the rushes foiling and we then met up with Gavin who had chosen the more sensible route home! It was then a battle of fitness and boat handling all the way back to the marina. John and Ronan unfortunately hit a lull as they raced through the cut and spent quite a bit of time stuck in the rushes.

After an exhausting day 1, moth newbie Neil O’Toole had a quick blast in John’s boat before we all headed to the Killinure Chalets Pub for dinner. A mix of T-bone steaks and giant crispy ducks came out so we were all very well fed at the end of a long day!

Sunday started off looking like a nice medium day but by the time we were launching it was up to 20knots gusting 25 sometimes, so Con made the call to race us just of Quigley’s marina again! All 7 of us got out on the water after Gavin fixed his main foil and Neil got his boat sorted too. In some of the gusts downwind we were hitting 25-28 knots and trying to turn up at that speed is extremely difficult but luckily we had a good incentive to get the turn ups right as if we didn’t we would crash into the reeds at the side of the lake! Race 7, race 8 and race 9 were won by Rory with Ryan and John taking second in one each. Ronan and me were busy trying to get around the leeward mark in both these races! In the last race of the day Rory and I were neck and neck all the way around and after an out of control round up I managed to get just ahead of him to win by a boat length!

Rory retained the teapot trophy, with Ryan in second, John and Annalise finished on equal points and then Ronan, Gavin and Neil. We all had a great weekend and would like to thank Quigley’s marina for letting us launch from there, The Killinure Chalets for the great house, The Wineport Lodge for the amazing lunch and letting us sit inside their restaurant in our wetsuits! The Wag class for showing us they are definitely the class who has the most craic! But particularily to Con for being OOD and Eddie and Dara for helping out on the committee boat! Clara for the photos and not getting irate over the amount of carbon chat that happened at the weekend, and last but not least Cathy for organizing everything! It really was a brilliant weekend!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Christmas Cracker 2013 - National Yacht Club

 Curradinghy Sailing

The 'Curradinghy' Christmas Cracker 2013 

The 2nd installment of the Irish Moth Tour is this Saturday and Sunday 14/15 December 2013 in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire.

First Gun is scheduled for 11am on Saturday but the forecast is looking windy. Could be an ideal chance to get in a dash for cash or speed trial in the flat waters within the Harbour walls.

It's a Christmas themed event so bring your GeansaĆ­ Nollaig (Christmas Jumper) and Santa hats.

Here's the latest run down on the Christmas Cracker entries.

Graeme 'The Flying Scot' Grant; Scots fishermen still lament how at aged 8 a local boy carved his first hull from a giant Oak he dragged down from the highlands. Some say he also carved out model planes but those closest to him will know these were his earliest foils... 'The flying Scot' taught the other Mothies a lesson in bravery as well as steady sailing in Howth last month. If racing commences in the harbour chances are high of a repeat. (1st Place at Irish Open)

John Chambers; It's not likely anyone in the sport has a higher IQ and his creative engineering skills don't go to waste on a moth. He has an eerie sixth sense racing in Dun Laoghaire harbour akin to the most experienced local Wag guru's. There no doubt he will be very hard to beat

Ryan Seaton; Talks a big game and has the race skills to match. Watch out for bang on starts, accurate lay lines and some impressive racing around the track. He took a break from Olympic 49er sailing to race his moth and finished the last event in a flurry of wins. Edges ahead as favourite given the forecast and finishing form. (2nd Place at Irish Open)

Annalise Murphy; this speed queen is not whom you want on the start line above you. A champion in Olympic sailing she rides her foils on one setting... fast and furious! Proven by taking the speed record prize in Howth last month. Those who live by the sword sometimes die by the sword on the foils but if she can lead after the first corner she may have her day. (3rd Place at Irish Open)

Alistair Kissane; nearly ran away with a race in Howth in his Ninja with Mach 2 foils. An msl 10 has renewed his form. Loves to calculate and a methodical thinker on his boat set up. When converted to speed he's a proven danger and be happy to upset the form guide.

Stephen Oram; a fireball champion and experienced hand. Another from the engineering clique where you his boat gadgetry is always a step ahead. An enigmatic foiler so hard to gauge the local flyer will be looking to transfer his fireball form to the Moth this weekend and blaze a trail around the bay.

Ben Lynch; the Irish Moth tours newest addition on foils. It's been a race against time for Lynch in terms of boat prep and funding a foiler but other riders have courteously given him practice time in Mach 2's so he'll enjoy getting around the track on his (cant remember name of boat) and be looking for the rookie prize or more...

Rory Fitzpatrick; went into the Howth leg as odds on favourite but failed to convert. Summer form seems to have waned but mumblings are that he's looking to square things up. Riding on a Mach 2 with chopped down foils he'll have a score to settle on local waters.

Race Management:

Con Murphy ( Race Officer ); respected as one of the best by the coaches and sailors after the Laser Europeans in Dun Laoghaire this summer. Some say flying boats are new ground but he's been on the water with them before and knows the score. A sure thing to deliver good racing on the day.

Olivier Prouveur ( Race management ); often pulls in the big shows in our sport to Dun Laoghaire. A big driver on the Irish Moth scene with the creativity to make new things happen. The Irish Mothies will feel at home on his deck.

International Moth Christmas Cracker - 14/15th December, NYC, Dun Laoghaire

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Irish Open Results

Near Perfect race conditions today. West 17kn dropping to 6kn. Race Officer Richard Kissane and his team ran 4 great races back to back. A crowd on the East and West peir were able to see the first International Moth Irish Open unfold in front of them.

Race 1 Moderate to fresh conditions saw the Moths show there turn of speed. A lead change on the final down wind saw Graeme Take the race win

1st Graeme Grant
2nd John Chambers
3rd Rory Fitzpatrick

Race 2 Moderate wind lead to some close racing at the front of the fleet Alistair lead for most of the race only to be over taken by Annalise befoer the final down wind

1st Annalise Murphy
2nd Ali Kizzan
3rd Rory Fitzpatrick

Race 3 Moderate to Light wind with some holes in the breeze gave plenty of opportunity but Ryan proved dominate leading for most of the race


1st Ryan Seaton
2nd Graeme Grant
3rd Rory Fitzpatrick

Race 4 With the wind definitely light there was a real competition to get up on the foils and going. Seaton fresh back from the Morth worlds in Hawii closely shadowed around the course by Annalise who was only piped on the finish line.

1st Ryan Seaton
2nd Graeme Grant
3rd Annalise Murphy

An extremely tightly fought competition was enjoyed by all Thanks go to all the volunteers and the sponsors

Overall results

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Live Streaming

We have spectactors phones streaming to this page.
Live video will come through when they are recording

Day 1 Plan (20-30 knots)

  1. Between 11:00 - 12:00 Speed Challenge
  2. Racing Should start after 12:00

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Irish Open 2013 Form Guide

John Chambers – The Father of Irish Moth Sailing, nobody knows more about the boats in Ireland than John. Will his years of stealthy training be enough to get him the jump on the fleet. Sailing a Mach 2 with cut down foils and a MSL 10 expect him to be high and fast in windy conditions.   Odds -  2/1

Graeme Grant – The Flying Scotsman will foil long before anyone else thanks to his 58kgs of chiseled  bodyweight. On a 2011 Ninja with ninja elite foils and a new Hyde that he is very secretive about expect him to win by legs in sub 10 knots, but he will struggle against the fatter guys after that.  Odds  - 3/1

Rory Fitzpatrick – The Olympic Laser Sailor (and part-time male model) has been coaxed back into a hiking boat by the excellent “pain to speed ratio” of the moth. Sailing a Mach 2 with cut down/faired foils and a MSL 16 sail he will be fast in all conditions but should have super speed in medium conditions.    Odds  - 3/2

Annalise Murphy – The European Laser Radial Champion and Olympian who is just back from the Moth Worlds in Hawaii. If the cold doesn’t kill her she will be brutally fast in her Mach 2 with cut down foils and shiny new MSL 16.  Odds   -   4/1

Ryan Seaton – Olympian and selfie advocate also just back from Hawaii, this 49er sailor should have really good pace in his Mach 2 with a very nice MSL 16 sail. Hasn’t had quite as much time moth sailing as some of the other guys, but experienced enough in high performance boats to make up for that.   Odds  -  5/1
Alistair Kissane – The local and the only one yet to race a Moth he could be a liability on the start line but that could be a tactical advantage. Will local knowledge win out. Should have good speed in his 2011 Velociraptor with cut down Mach 2 foils and MSL 10 sail.   Odds   -   6/1

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Irish Open 2013 - Howth Yacht Club

The International Moth fleet is growing in Ireland so it's about time for our first event.

The 2013 Irish Open will be hosted by Howth Yacht Club on 2nd/3rd November 2013.

Interested in watching from a spectator boat?

Spectator details here

Information for competitors

Notice of Race

Entry Form

Briefing is on Sat at 09:30.
First Gun at 11:00 each day.

There will be 7 races run over the weekend and we expect between 6 to 12 boats.
Entries should include some very well known names

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

DL Harbour 9th March - MORE KICKER!

16-18kts in the Harbour today. Haven't been out for about 6 weeks and was well rusty.....:(
The easterly was a bit gusty over the pier but otherwise fast and furious. At 20kts the main leech started to vibrate. More kicker sorted that and pushed the boat to needed more but was block to block - more boat work called for!
Shrouds set about 2mm longer to try to give me a little more room to gybe under the boom. That really had a massive effect on the boat trim and pushed the bow right down so I had to trim the rudder right back.
It's hard to know what is fast without other boats!