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									Flying fifteens
Dun Laoghaire Fleet

FLEET LOG: Position: 23:18.04N, 06:07.43W. “I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call that may not be denied; And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the far flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying”
John Masefield

It is that time of year when young men‟s, not so young men‟s and even some women‟s thoughts turn to the forthcoming sailing season. In the case of Fifteeners it is time to run a rule over DLFF Newsletter one‟s boat, replace any frayed shrouds, running Issue 1 lines and sheets, tighten all the screws and bolts, March 2004 purchase new sails (with the pocket money one has saved), get the scrunched up dry suit (which This Issue: should have been hanging from a clothes‟ hanger) from the attic, search for sailing boots DLFF’s Captain’s and probably find them in the garage, under the Log, 2006 lawnmower where they had been thrown last autumn and finally retrieve the fleece from the household pet who was using it as a bed during More Tips from the winter.
Tim. Training Matters!

On the home front, it will be season of innovation. The “suck it and see” experiment of changing the mid-week race night from Thursday to Tuesday will, in my opinion, make sailing less traumatic and nerve-wracking. Sailing on a tight Olympic course should also improve racing skills and ensure competition throughout the fleet unlike the weekly mystery tours of the bay of previous seasons. The change to Tuesday evenings may have unforeseen effects on the social calendar of the fleet. Events such as the monthly sailing suppers after racing on Thursday evenings may have to be rearranged. At present the Dinghy Committee of DBSC have suggested the possibility of four sailing suppers on the third Tuesday of each month. I had also hoped to transfer our monthly Thursday “get-together” to a Sunday lunch after the special races. It is hoped that these Sunday lunches will become a focus for families, with everyone welcome, wives, partners and children. Padraic has agreed to do lunch for €20/person, €5/young child and €10/older children. Lunch will be in either dining room, the JB Room or, weather permitting, on the veranda and platform.

Diary Dates

Fleet Reception

The coming season promises to be a busy one especially for those with ambitions on the international front. What with the 2006 season being a qualifying season for the 2007 World championship in Majorca and the 2nd European Championships being held at Hayling Island in July, there will be plenty of traveling for crews seeking international success. At this juncture I would like to wish all crews traveling abroad the very best of Irish.

……."trouble getting your lift to the 2nd floor …………….!”
See Pg. 4 - Pilates, by Caroline Ryan & Chris Doorly

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During the close season there has been much activity of the “buy and sell” variety. I would like to say all those who purchased either new or second-hand boats “well wear” and to wish them every success with their boats in the coming season. I‟m tempted to comment on all the scandal that occurred during the close season but I have decided to leave it to our resident gossip correspondent “Tell Tale”. Oh what stories he has to tell. Finally, It is my wish that we experience good winds and fair sailing this coming season. I hope you will have an enjoyable time and that you will achieve some success, either collecting one of the many prizes or just improving your sailing skills and performance level. I look forward to meeting you at the pre-season “get together” on April 19th and seeing you on the water the following week.

Dunmore East – August 19/20 South Coast Championships: Waterford Harbour SC

Manning the line: summer 2006
Tuesdays: 25th April Justin Burke, Alan Green, Michael McCambridge, Peter Murphy 6th June Ian Matthews, Ben Mulligan, Hugh and Michael Cahill 4th July Neil Coleman, Chris Doorly, John Clarke, Eddie Totterdale 18th July Adrian Cooper, Joe McNamara, Lorcan and Alan Balfe 15th August Tim Fenlon, Peter Sherry, Frank Burgess, Ciaran Crummy.

Tom Murphy DLFF Class Captain 2006

Saturdays: 10th June Tom Murphy, Nick Robinson, Keith Poole, Nial Meagher 8th July Ken Dumpleton, John McNeely, alan Dooley, Norman Fitzgerald 12th August Tom Leonard, Dave Mulvin, Ronan O‟Beirne, Mick Quinn 16th September Fraser Mitchell, Gabriel Greer, Sean Nolan, Joe McKeever.

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Shrouds ……………..All you needed to know but were afraid to ask !
by Tim Fenlon

Shroud mounting bolts – a number on their heads
Structural bolts have a number and a letter on their heads. The number indicating their strength, and the letter, the type of material used. The number four indicates that a bolt has a standard strength. The number eight indicates that the bolt has a higher rating (high tensile). From a supplier‟s chart, the strength of a bolt for a specific diameter and type of stainless steel can be looked up. Some bolts do not have any number imprinted on them and as a result are of an unknown quality. This means they can fail suddenly and at low loads, even though their diameters would indicate that they should be more than equal to the job in hand. If these unmarked bolts are on your boat and used for shroud mountings, it would be as well to consider changing them as there has been a failure of such a bolt recently. Specifically, this problem does occur with screws with a cheese heads, cut for a plain screwdriver. I have been told that there have been failures of „U‟ bolts where they have been used as shroud mountings. I have not seen any report on this and cannot comment. I would ask the question though, do they have a number indicating their quality and if they don‟t, can the supplier confirm that they are up to scratch? To conclude, please do check your shroud mounting bolts: if the heads do not have a number, change them.


Shrouds can be damaged from mechanical damage from say the swaged ends not sitting right in the hounds at the top of the mast and the rig tension being applied. In the following passage other faults, which are not easily detectable, are described. It is essential to tape up shroud fixings. Putting insulating tape on the shroud wires for say, securing a protest flag though will cause deterioration (blackening and thinning) of the shrouds over time (in as little as one year plus). Stainless steel does have a low tolerance for cumulative cyclic stresses (fatigue) such as that caused by the „humming‟ on a reach or the vibration caused by the wind through the rigging when the boat is laid up. Over time broken wires will occur and sometimes within the swaged fittings where such breaks cannot be seen. Failure of a single wire element within a shroud is indicated by a very thin black line across the wire. In other words it does not have to be visibly broken for it to have lost all its strength. Two failures of the swaged fittings themselves (the wire remained intact) have occurred recently (one on a fifteen and the other on a cruiser). Some UK insurers will not entertain mast breakage if the rigging is more than seven years old. Undoubtedly, shrouds will fail over time even if the boat has never been sailed and ideally they should be changed at some interval that is less than seven years.

“ You are going to be busy………….!”
See Pg. 6 – Fixtures for 2006

…………………..Training Matters!
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By Chris Doorly & Caroline Ryan


Pilates …………..prevents poor performance!
Well another winter gone, this winter we were all introduced to a new form of exercise and after 16 weeks of expert tuition by Caroline Chambers, those who signed up for the pilates are all raring to go in the new season. Unfortunately, we were restricted in numbers as to get maximum benefit classes need to be kept small. What is Pilates? It is a form of exercise designed to re-educate and re-balance the body, promoting natural ease of movement and releasing tension and strain. Throughout each movement, the focus is on good spinal alignment, efficient breathing control and the use of the deeper, stabilising muscles to support the body, all of which helps to develop optimal strength, flexibility, endurance and good posture without building bulk or stressing the joints - very useful for sailing! After watching some DVDs of sailing the sessions were geared towards their specific needs unlike my general classes. The group was all physically strong so we worked on teaching them how to use their strength to best effect and performed exercises that were akin to tasks performed in the flying fifteen. No excuse for not hiking now!

“How to drive the boat fast” Pelvic Floor Muscles’, 'Strong navel to Spine’ and 'Elevator to the Second Floor’. These are all strange new expressions that the class became familiar with and it was hard for many of then to keep a straight face as they giggled their way through the first few sessions. As an instructor it was rewarding to work with a group that had the same goals. The group developed quickly and soon cut out poor movements and moved onto more complex movements –some of these have to be seen to be believed! Now that we are in the second series there is huge improvement so keep up the good work boys and happy sailing!
Caroline Ryan

It was great to use the new facilities for an activity other than sailing and drinking so many thanks to Padraic and the committee for their help and co-operation in facilitating us.

The Winter Diary of the DLFF…ers!

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Well life on Wisteria Lane is boring in comparison to the going -ons in Dun Laoghaire much to the bewilderment of us Desperate House Wives who are watching the husband Swapping with disbelief!
It is always sad when one witnesses the breakup of long term relationships. One wonders what issue or set of circumstances causes an ostensibly compatible partnership to implode and disintegrate. Such was my amazement at the parting of ways of JB and Big Al. One was reminded of the old saying “faraway boats are always greener”. However, the resilience of human nature never ceases to amaze me. The word on the street is that both parties are seeing new people. A warning to prospective suitors and to Morgan, in particular, statistics indicate that second relationships are very unstable, especially, if they are formed on the rebound. The sailing marriage of the “Mustard Kid” and Chris is also undergoing some difficulties. They have agreed to an open relationship on a trial basis. This arrangement appears to be analogous to visiting a restaurant at the weekend, reading the menu and only eating soup and desert and then returning on a Tuesday evening for the main course. I also think it behoves someone to warn “Gerry the Builder” that he has become a member of the sailing equivalent of a “ménage a trois”. It does one‟s heart good when one sees fledglings leaving the nest and making their own way in the sailing world. However, Murph and Fenlon are dismayed and are wondering if sailing their boats like dodgem cars precipitated Tonto and Trifle jumping ship.

Rumour has it that they and JB maybe setting up a self-help group for disenchanted helms. They will be actively seeking members during the season and hope to enrol the “Mustard Kid” as the first new member. Another apparently exclusive self-help group has been formed. It is called the “Pilates 10”. I have been reliably informed that the raison d‟etre of members of this group is to find their feminine side through exercise Class membership has increased by three since January. Congratulations to Susan and Nick on a little brother for Josh, Nicki and Niall on the birth of their son Hugh and to Ailish and Mick on the arrival of a little sister for Ella. I trust you are all looking forward to the new sailing season. Be warned, Telltale has a very sophisticated spy network and any misbehaviour on land and sea will be reported and may be used to embarrass the guilty

In line with the Pilates Program Gerry Donleavy is carrying a new Musto Range for Pilates. All Sizes available!


…..“Parting is such sweet sorrow”

Diary Dates
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April 19 Fleet Reception, NYC April 25th First Tuesday, DBSC April 29th First Saturday, DBSC June 25th DLFF Sunday race No.2 (Family Lunch)

July 1st RStGYC Regatta July 2nd Single handed race July 8-14 European C’ship, Hayling Island July 23rd DLFF Sunday Race No.3: The Chase July 28-30th National C’ship, Kilyleagh YC

13/14 Northern Championships: Carrickfergus SC May 20 - 21st Bailey Bowl May 28th 1st Sunday Race (Family Lunch)

August 13th DLFF Sunday Race No. 4: Captain’s prize and Family Day August 19-20 th South Coast C’ship, WHSC August 29th Last Tuesday, DBSC September September 9-10th East Coast C’ship, NYC September 30th Last Saturday, DBSC

June 3 - 4th West Coast Championships: , Lough Erne YC June 3 DMYC Regatta June 16-18 BIFFA National Championships: South Caernarvonshire YC June 17 NYC Regatta June 24 RIYC Regatta

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Pre-Season Fleet Get –Together !
Date; Wednesday 19th April Venue: JB Room, National Yacht Club. Time: 8.15pm For; Drinks, canapés and other nibbles
Gerry left holding the baby!

Objective: To re-introduce ourselves to old on-the-water opponents Just to remind everybody the new season is approaching DLFF website has lots of information including boats for sail, training and events listing. Take a look <http:// www.flyingfifteen.

I hope to see you all there. Tom Murphy

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