Frostbites 2018

  27/10/18   03/11/18 10/11/18 17/11/18      
Frostbite Series 2018 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8      
Aidan O D 2 1 4 1 1 7 2 1     16
Anton H 1 2 2 2 2 8 1 2     17
Bill J 4 3 1 4 3 7 3 3     22
Kevin T 6 6 4 3 4 7 4 5     30
George G 3 4 4 6 6 7 6 4     30
James J (Laser) 7 7 4 7 7 7 7 7     53
James P H 7 7 4 7 7 1 7 7     47

Race 7, 8, 17/11/18

Light to medium winds today, bright sunshine, not really like a frostbite race at all. Race 1 was in culmore bay. Race 2 went down the river.

Anton H got out in front in Race 1 but had to mount a defence as winds dropped and Aidan O D made a nice counter move down the quay.

The tide had a greater effect in Race 2 with a course change to try stay in strong breeze. George G took back a place on handicap.

We all returned to the club house for coffee and were delighted to encounter a plate of buttered scones. Many thanks to Ken and Maureen L.

The current LFYC handicap is:

Aidan O D, Anton H and Kevin T are all on 1185. The club laser with Bill J is 1190. George G in the Solo is set to 1256.


I am going to reduce Anton H and Aidan O D to 1180 from here onwards.

Race 6, 10/11/18

Todays sailing was very problematic, there was little or no wind and a very strong tide. Congratulations to James H who completed the course. There is a great video on LFYC Facebook group showing Aidan O D doing battle against the strength of the tide.

Race 4, 5 03/11/18

Two bullets for Aidan O D. Heavy enough breeze (F5). A few swimmers. Anton H went over to Leeward while running down from Harts. Aidan O D got blown over in a gust near the power station. Kevin T had a swim at the start line. It was that sort of day. All recovered well and sailed on. Many thanks to Liam H on rescue and Peter F as OD. Thanks also to Ken L helping out on shore. Coffee and biscuits afterwards. Nice.

Race 1,2,3 27/10/18

So here it is; The frostbite Series 2018. The entires this year are Aidan O D, Anton H, George G, Kevin T, Bill J, and others who show up on any particular day. Good luck to them all.

Day one had three races and started with a blast. Winds varied from zero to very heavy, nearly unsailable. Anton H and Aidan O D battled it out in Race 1 with Anton H just coming in ahead. Kevin T had a bit of a nightmare day and I think may have gone for a swim. Aidan O D and Anton H reversed roles in Race 2. Several people were over the line with a strong tide tending to push boats over. They came back and eventually the OD cleared the line and lowered the flags. There were periods where there was little or no wind, but it was short lull. It was gusty all day. A squall came through at the end of race two and it got very heavy. Two boats showed up on the line for race three. Anton H got very stuck in irons after missing a tack in high winds and did well to stay in the boat.

The course featured the Culmore Olympic Triangle starting at the perch up to Leonards mark reaching over to the power station then run up to a mark at the old quay then across to a boat mooring near the new club house then back and around the corner to Leonards Mark. Wind against tide caused good sized waves to form as the boats reached across from Leonards to the power station.

Hot Toddy 2018

Hot Toddy    
  R1 R2 R3 Result
James P H/Alan T 1 1 2 4
Ciaran M/Eva M 3 2 1 6
Anton H/Joy W 2 5 5 12
Kevin T 5 4 3 12
Ken L/Davy L 8 3 4 15
George G 4 6 6 16
James J (Laser) 6 7 7 20

A beautiful day for the Hot Toddy. Bright and breezy as per shown in this photo taken by Aidan O D while onboard a Port and Docks tug boat (awarded a LFYC handicap of -3million).

Three excellent races were held. Ciaran and Eva M were sailing very well scoring their first win and coming second overall. Well done guys. James and Alan were also sailing very well and won the Hot Toddy overall.

We retired to the new club house where a BBQ was held and Hot Toddys were kindly dispensed. Many thanks to George D for the hospitality and also to Fiona and Tracy and Alan and James H for the BBQ. Great to see James J out in the club laser.

Many thanks also to Liam H and Peter F who acted today and throughout the year as Coxswain and OD.

Series G 2018

  22/09/18 2909/2018 06/10/18 13/10/18  
Series G R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8  
Aidan O D 1 1 1 1 3 2 2 1 12
Ken L/Davy L 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 14
Kevin T 2 3 4 5 4 4 5 4 31
Anton H/Joy W 4 6 5 4 2 3 3 5 32
Ciaran M/Eva M 5 7 3 3 9 9 4 3 43
George G 6 5 7 7 5 6 7 6 49
Bill J/J McC 7 4 7 7 7 5 8 8 53
James J (Laser) 9 9 7 7 6 7 8 8 61

Race 7+8 Series G 13/10/18

Sailing beating up to Faughan, reach over to Conniborrow and run back to Leonards Mark. A light breeze (F2/3). Todays racing concludes Series G. Congratulations to Aidan O D who wins the series. Ken and Davy L came in second. Kevin T was going very well in his Laser today and just pipped Anton H and Joy W for a podium finish.

Race 5+6 Series G 06/10/18

Racing today in Culmore bay x3 laps. A nice breeze (F3/4).  Great battles between Aidan O D and Anton H (sailing in his Laser) with honours even. Kevin T also going well in his Laser. Congratulations to Ken and Peter L who own both races. A strong tide in Race 2 pushed a number of boats over the line. They went back and the flag was cleared by the OD. Great to see James J out in the club laser.

Race 3+4 Series G 29/09/18

Aidan O D and Ken and Peter L had a hard fought battle at the top of the fleet. the boats finished within seconds of each other with Aidan O D coming out on top on Handicap. Ciaran and Eva M sailing very well

Race 1+2 Series G 22/09/18

And so begins the last series of the year. Aidan O D and Kevin T were both going very well in their Lasers. Sailing to Faughan and Conniborrow – a nice reaching course. Aidan O D came in first across the line in both races, nice sailing! Most boats opted to stay out of the tide, but Aidan O D managed to sail straight into the tide and come out on top!

Brian Frazer Cup 08/09/18

Brian Frazer Cup 08/09/18    
  R1 R2 Result  
James P H/Alan T 2 1 3 1
Aidan O D 1 2 3 2
Ken L/Peter L 5 3 8 3
Anton H 3 5 8 4
Ciaran M/Eva M 6 4 10 6
George G 4 6 10 5
Kevin T 7 8 15 7

A long course down to Faughan and Conniborrow in a gentle breeze that fell away to very light by the end of the second race. The first race was close with first boat at 43.22 and last boat just over 50 minutes. The second race times tell the story of the dropping wind. First in at 51.09, last in at 71.32 and one DNF.
Well done to James P H and Alan T who won the race overall. They were drawn on points with Aidan O D but were awarded the win by greater differential on times across the two races. The GP also had line honours in both races. There was also a draw with George Gilmour and Ciaran and Eva M. It was settled in the same way (combined time of races).

Many thanks to Peter F and Liam H for OD and Rescue duties.

Culmore Regatta 2018

Culmore Regatta 2018 also marked the Grand Opening of the new club house and new changing rooms.

In his comments LFYC Commodore Bill Johnson thanked the Port Authority and the Loughs Agency for their support in development of the new facilities. The Commodore also specifically thanked Kevin Lynch and Peter Fallon who implemented the project on behalf of LFYC.

Andrew Sides for the Loughs Agency said that he sees the club as an important part of a continuing Maritime story in Lough Foyle. He said he was particularly pleased to hear about younger members from LFYC making their lives on the sea, in the Port, in yacht architecture, in environmental conservation projects, in shipping and engineering and at the highest levels in dinghy racing.

Capt Bill McCann for the Port Authority said that he looks forward to LFYC continuing its efforts in racing and in introducing young and novice sailors to the great experience of sailing.

The Punt racing this year was won by James H/James P H/Kevin L. They might have had a clean sweep bar some nice sailing by Roy L and crew. Great to see Gretta McT out sailing with John McG. (Close action on the start line Pictured below. Punts with their shallow draft and slender beam are ideal for sailing close to the shore and dodging the tide)

Culmore Regatta 25/08/18 Punt racing  
  R1 R2 R3  
James H (Snr)/James P H/Kevin L 1 1 2 4
Roy L/James L/Peter L 3 2 1 6
Ken D/Owen McC/C Harrigan 2 5 4 11
John McG/Gretta McT/Andrew 5 3 3 11

Great to see Josh P from Newtonards sailing with Owen McC in the Dinghy races. Congratulations to James P H and Alan T who own the Frank Long cup and to the Gallagher brothers who won Magnet Bar cup. great to see Kevin and Caoimhe L out sailing also.

Culmore Regatta 25/08/18 Dinghy racing
Frank Long Cup PY    
James P H/Alan T 1    
Ken L/Davy L 2    
George G 3    
Gareth G/Richard G 4    
Bill J/James J 5    
Josh P(N’ards)/Owen McC 6    
Anton H/Joy W 7    
kevin L/Caoimhe L 8    
Ciaran M/Eva M 9    
Culmore Regatta 25/08/18 Dinghy racing
Magnet Bar Cup LFYC HC    
Gareth G/Richard G 1    
Ken L/Davy L 2    
Bill J/James J 3    
James P H/Alan T 4    
George G 5    
Josh (N’ards)/Owen McC 6    
Ciaran M/Eva M 7    
Anton H/Joy W 8    
Kevin L/Caoimhe L 9  

The weather was fine with sunshine and a steady F2/3 breeze. Many thanks to the OD (Big Pete) and the assistant OD (Sean McC). Many thanks to Joan D and George C who stepped down from duties this year after many excellent years in the role. Thanks also to the Liam H and George D on rescue cover. Thanks to all who helped out with the hospitality. The marquee this year was located on the new concrete surface and worked very well. As usual, perhaps most importantly the Culmore regatta was a fantastic social occasion with great conversations and hospitality made seamless and easy by volunteers who were not sailing.

Foyle Festival Cup 2018.

Foyle Festival Cup 01/09/18 R1 R2 R3  
Ken L/Davy L 1 3 1 5
James P H/Alan T 2 1 2 5
George G 3 2 3 8
Ciaran M/Eva M 4 4 5 13
Anton H/Joy W 5 5 4 14

This years Foyle Festival Cup was won by Ken and Davy L in a close battle with James P H and Alan T. George G almost gave them all a fright in his Solo! Last years cup was blown out so we have missed a year. Ken and Davy L also won in 2016 so they retain the trophy. Well sailed Gents! Well sailed also to Ciaran and Eva M. They are getting better every time they go out. Thanks to Liam H as rescue coxswain and Peter F as OD.

Memory Lane: Foyle Festival Cup 2011

The Frostbite Series: Notice of Race

The frostbite series begins again on Sat 27/10

The races will particularly suit single hand class boats but all boat classes are welcome.

Racing will start each day at 11.00 with intentions to run three races per day. Where possible the course will feature short distance laps. There will be five race days in the Frostbite series. The schedule can be seen here.

Coffee and biscuits after the racing in the clubhouse.

Series I

  15/08/18 22/08/18 29/08/18 05/09/18  
Series I R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8  
James P H/Alan T     3 1 3 1 2 1 11
Ken L/Davy L     1 2 4 2 1 2 12
Bill J/Joe McC     2 3 5 6 3 3 22
Anton H     4 4 2 4 4 4 22
Kevin T     5 7 6 5 6 6 35
George G     6 7 1 3 6 6 29

Series I: R7+R8

Four boats racing today, the last Wednesday evening sail of the season. Anton H launched his new Laser this evening. It clearly took a bit of getting used to, he missed the toe straps and fell out having just passed Bill J. Bill J made a kind comment as he sailed by. He then got blown over in the second race in a strong F2 gust (strange but true). Other than that it was a great day sailing.

05/09/18 was also the last wed evening sailing for 2018. Just Saturdays from here on in. See you all next for mid week sailing again next year.

Series I was concluded tonight. Congratulations to James P H and Alan T in first, Ken and Davy L in second, Bill J and Joe McC in third place.

Series I: R5+R6
George G once again sailing very well in his Solo. Anton H also went well today in the club Laser.

Series I: R3+R4
Strong tides and light winds tonight especially toward the end of the second race. Kevin T started inside the Perch and was DSQ. Sorry about that Kevin. Ken and Davy and James P H and Alan T had a

Series I: R1+R2
No racing today

Series F

  14/07/18 21/07/18 28/07/18 04/08/18 11/08/18 15/09/18    
Series F R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 1 discard  
Ken L/Davy L 5 5 2 3     1 1         5 12
Bill J/Joe McC 2 2 8 5     2 2         8 13
James P H/Alan T 5 5 1 2     5 5         5 18
Anton H/James McL 5 5 5 9     3 3         9 21
James H (Snr) 5 5 4 4     5 5         5 23
Aidan O D 1 1 11 11     5 5         11 23
Ciaran M/Eva M 5 5 6 8     5 5         8 26
George G 5 5 7 6     5 5         7 26
Owen McC/crew 5 5 9 7     5 5         9 27
Joy W/Jude A 4 4 11 11     5 5         11 29

Race 9+10 11/08/18 and races 11 and 12 15/09/18
No racing on the 11th Aug and we were becalmed on the 15/09/18. We waited on the slipway for the wind to come for about an hour. Eventually we gave up. By the time I got home to Prehen there was a fine breeze! The joy of sailing!

So the final results for Series F are Ken and Davy L in first place, Bill J/Joe McC in second and James P H/Alan T in third. Well sailed!

Race 7+8 04/08/18
Three boats racing today, Ken and Davy L, Bill J and Joe McC, Anton H and Joy W. Two good races with boats within two mins of each other

Race 5+6
No racing today

Race 3+4 Sat 21/07/18
Racing in town today for the clipper event. A good sail into town in a steady F3. We passed a large group of swimmers as they left fro Gillilands slipway. They swam into the pontoons – sturdy stuff. Ken L and Davy L must have been inspired because they decided to go for a swim as well up near the old fuel depot in town. They quickly went off they idea and got back in the boat. We all gathered in town and the races were started from a rescue boat. The race course was up to a mark near the peace bridge, back down leaving the city centre nav mark to port and around the pin end mark on the start line X2. Good racing with large crowds on the quay. A spinnaker run the whole way back to Culmore. Many thanks to the Loughs Agency for organizing the event and to the rescue boats and OD for their time and efforts. Aidan O D going very well in his Laser. James P H and Alan T also sailing very well. Kevin L and Mark McC made a valiant effort to sail into town also but were beset by a series of technical issues with the boat and had to retire early.

Race 1 +2
Welcome to Series F – the season is moving on

Aidan O D in his Laser sailing very well with two wins First over the line. it was windy and Joy and Jude capsized in race 1. They struggled a bit with the recovery but managed in end.

Series E

  04/07/18 11/07/18 18/07/18 25/07/18 01/08/18 08/08/18 2 Discards  
Series E R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12    
Ken L/Davy L 2 2 1 1 2   3 2 1 1 3 2 6 14
Aidan O D 1 1 2 2 5   2 1 4 4 6 6 12 22
Bill J/Joe McC 3 3 3 3 1   6 6 4 4 2 3 12 26
James P H/Alan T 5 5 7 7 5   1 5 4 4 1 1 14 31
Anton H/Joy W 5 5 7 7 5   4 3 2 2 4 4 14 34
Joy W/Jude A 5 5 4 4 5   6 6 4 4 6 6 12 43
George G 5 5 6 5 4   6 6 4 4 6 6 12 45

Race 11+12
Four boats racing all GP’s sailing on PY. Tonights race also brings Series E to a close. Congratulations to Ken and Davy and Peter L. Peter sailed with Ken taking Davy’s place from time to time. Aidan O D also did very well bringing up second place. The final podium position goes to Bill J and Joe McC. Two discards were allowed.

Race 9+10
Just two boats racing tonight: Ken and Davy L and Anton H and James McL with results in that order!

Race 7+8
Racing tonight with two lasers and two GP’s. Well done to Aidan O D who took a win in Race 8 and to James P H and Alan T who won race 7. The course went down the river to faughan and conniborrow.

Race 5+6
Bill and Joe with a nice win tonight. There was no second race as the wind dropped.
NB: If the number on the results is shaded it means that the boat in question was not sailing that night. For example in Race 5 Aidan O D was not sailing and either was Joy W/Ruth.

Race 3+4
Welcome to Joy W and Ruth sailing in a Gp14 and going very well. Aidan O D also going well in his Laser.

Race 1+2
Welcome to Aidan O D sailing his new Laser tonight for the first time and going very well. Aidan O D has been awarded a LFYC handicap of 1185. Bill J sailing tonight with Joy W