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GJW Direct Firefly National Championship at Felixstowe Ferry SC - Day 6

by Edward Smith on 18 Aug 12-18 August 2017

Thursday at the GJW Direct Firefly National Championships hosted by Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club did not disappoint. Two races sailed in a fresh breeze peaking at 25 knots and a building sea provided a stern test for competitors, many of whom still had weary legs from the previous day's marathon Gore / Marlow race.

At the end of the day, with only one race to be held on Friday, the battle to be crowned 2017 National Champion is still incredibly tight. Nigel Wakefield and Emily Saunderson won the first of Thursday's races but could only manage 4th place in the second race following an OCS. This means they start the final day a single point ahead of both of Guy Davison and Sally Wakefield, who won the second of Thursday's races in the strongest breeze following a 3rd place in the first, and Chris Kameen and Matt Read, who recorded a 2nd and a 3rd.

Breaking the stranglehold of the top 3 in the second race, was Barney Smith and James Shepherd who placed 2nd. Clearly the stronger winds were to their liking because they also scored a 4th in race one despite a broken tiller extension.

Other strong performers on the day included Mike and Debs Steele who scored their second 5th place of the week in Thursday's first race, although an unfortunate capsize at the last gybe mark in race 2 whilst in the same position took the shine off the day somewhat.

Friday's forecast is for similar conditions and after the exertions of the past two days it's likely that it will be a depleted fleet that contests the final race of the week. The focus will be on the fight for the overall championship, but battles will be raged throughout the fleet as sailors compete for top silver fleet performer, best improver, best club and a number of other trophies.

Results after Day 6:

PosSail NoFleetHelmCrewR1R2R3R4Gore/MarlowR6R7Pts
1st3007GoreNigel WakefieldEmily Saunderson11‑4231412
2nd2018GoreChris KameenMatt Read‑623122212
3rd3318GoreGuy DavisonSally Wakefield3‑62313113
4th2803GoreEdward SmithSophie Smith57554‑9632
5th3616GoreJenny SmallwoodPhilip Aldous‑856477736
6th3920GoreMike SteeleDebs Steele71081055(RET)45
7th12803GoreAdam StoneAlistair Smith‑2091312911559
8th550GoreDavid ChisholmHayley Goacher98116‑17141159
9th4000GoreWill MasonPolly Mason‑181579812960
10th3023GoreBarny SmithJames Shepard(DNC)DNC9764361
11th3615GoreJason AldousToby Aldous17410111416(RET)72
12th1522MarlowBen GreenFi Edwards‑2214141711101076
13th4115MarlowHugo BurrowsBen Nicoll16‑2017151261278
14th3415GoreChris JohnsonSue Johnson41215810(DNC)DNC81
15th4125MarlowJames NicollJoe Scarborough19‑2218141315887
16th214GoreHarry GilchristEve Smith1311‑281915181389
17th792GoreOli BurrowsNicole Perris1119‑21181682193
18th4MarlowOllie KingMaddy Root1218‑191318191494
19th2649GoreAlex DaveySally Wilson/Thomas Davey231(DNC)OCSDNCDNC95
20th3996MarlowSam BarsonEmily Walter1413‑252020131595
21st3992GoreEmily HeathMicheal Stephens1021121623‑241799
22nd3120MarlowJonathan HoweToby Sanderson1523‑2925192119122
23rd3414MarlowGeorgie HoustonLaura Bevan21RET‑2722211716123
24th2MarlowAlex McCormackMillie Gibbons‑27172021OCS20RET125
25th3871MarlowMatt GreenMarika Curry242422‑26222220134
26th2560MarlowAlex OgilvieSarah Foord‑26252624242518142
27th3995MarlowAlex HoweToni Duffy231616(DNC)DNCDNCDNC151
28th3671MarlowCharlie FitzgeraldJim Bramley(DNC)DNC2323DNC23RET155
29th3872MarlowGenevieve AndersonJames Weatherly25RET30RETRET(DNC)DNC165
30th3330MarlowPam EvansLiza Ballam(DNC)DNC24DNCRETDNCDNC177
31st3873MarlowNicki WedgewoodMicheal Moss(DNC)DNF31DNCRETDNCDNC178

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