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Fireball Inland Championship at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by Tim Saunders 18 Oct 2007 07:59 BST 13-14 October 2007
Simon Hextall (left) and Richard Mason (right) win the Fireball Inlands at Draycote © Tim Saunders

On the 13th and 14th of October 62 Fireball crews gathered at Draycote Water for their Inland Championships. On the same weekend as the great storm 20 years ago, all were greeted by mist and no wind. The race team did a good job and waited until 2pm to send the fleet out in a very light but consistent enough breeze for a fair race.

Andy Smith and Jonny Mildred (Notts County) led at the first mark to be passed by Tom Fenn and Mike Lewing (also Notts County). Fenn and Lewing stayed in front to the end. Dave Wade and "Pumping" Rob Gardner (Northampton) passed Smith and Mildred to finish second. The fleet drifted to the bank with rugby and drinking planned for Saturday night.

Sunday morning and still no wind. All set off to sail, on the first start a few were sent in by the black flag and a general recall. Richard Mason and Simon Hextall (Notts County) led for three laps being followed by Peter Gray and Simon Forbes (Staunton Harold) who passed Wade and Gardner on the second lap.

The final race was led from start to finish Becky Priest and Tim Saunders (Staunton Harold) being followed by Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff (Hollingworth Lake). Mee and Wagstaff needed a first in this race to take the championship and tried to out-tack Priest and Saunders on the final beat. However Andy Pearce and Gary Henwood-Fox (Thornbury) had found a useful area of pressure and a favourable shift on one side of the course and just pipped Mee and Wagstaff on the line.

As lunch was served the wind dropped almost to nothing so the Race Officer wisely decided to call it a day leaving Mason and Hextall the Inland Champions for 2007. Wade and Gardner ended up second overall and Fenn and Lewing third. The prize giving and event was sponsored by Speed Sails. Thanks also to Draycote for a well-run event, great food on the Saturday night and a big screen to make England’s rugby world cup win seem all the more impressive. Just a pity the international contingent to this Fireball event was Irish and not French!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st14969Richard MasonSimon Hextall?7145
2nd14929David WadeRob GardnerNorthampton23155
3rd14945Tom FennMike LewingNC12956
4th14919Matt MeeRichard WagstaffHollingworth Lake3936
5th14873Andy PearceG Henwood-FoxThornburyDNC527
6th14895Andy SmithJonny MildredNotts County44DNC8
7th14954Becky PriestTim SaundersStaunton Harold1312113
8th14955Ian WesternKeith BundyDWSC583713
9th14893Elaine TudorWarren TudorBrightlingsea1019717
10th14805Mark MaskellJon WatkinsFishers Green/Hunts8DSQ917
11th14723Simon Lomas-ClarkeGavin TillsonTipplers CruisingDNC13619
12th14953Noel ButtlerJon BaleChew Valley Lake12181123
13th14864John CurzonPete EwerSHDNC61824
14th14837Russ CormackAli CormackBudworth14241024
15th14941Derian ScottAndy ScottChew Valley Lake23101424
16th14920Vince HoreyAndy ThompsonKG1872425
17th14950Kevin HopeRussell ThorneNotts CountyDNC17825
18th14840Conor ClancyFrancis RowanNational Yacht Club6202626
19th14973Peter GraySimon Forbes?DNC22527
20th14843Adam WhithouseMike PrattDWSC9212730
21st14807Tom FoskettTim NeedhamStaunton HaroldDNC141630
22nd14780Alex PiggottJohn RowellNotts County15153230
23rd14778Mike DeaneKath JacksonDWSC20112231
24th14442David StanleyJane StanleyChelmarsh22DSQ1335
25th14630M LewisRichard ByneDWSC16224038
26th14885Jez WhiteDavid TurnerDWSC11DSQ2839
27th14797Roger TaitBob YeamansLerwick /Aberdeen & Stonehaven17253442
28th14963Mo TurnerPaul BrigleyDWSC27271744
29th14266Bob TuckwoodDebbie TuckwoodNotts County41331245
30th14883Mike WhithouseKaren WhithouseChelmarsh19304249
31st14909Ian PriestMaria BoyleSouth Cerney/DWSC21284749
32nd14949Tom JeffcoateMark HoganNotts County32322052
33rd14779John HobsonAmy ClayNotts County25342954
34th14463Philip PoppleEd Toucz HobsonShorehamDNC263056
35th14865Andy BinesKerrie ForsterBrightlingsea24DSQ3559
36th14322Ian MacwhinnieNick LewisDWSC39482160
37th14882S J KelsallRob WatsonSH29403160
38th14111John TenneyTom VianDWSC30443666
39th14452Matt CookAbi MorganWest Riding35314866
40th14903Mike JonesJean JonesChelmarsh26DSQ4167
41st13951Peter SlackWill JonesStaunton Harold31365067
42nd14755Dave RyderMichelle RyderBlackwater34353969
43rd14940Miles ThomasPeter GreenrodChelmarsh38383371
44th14285Colin SnowdonKaren HilesDWSC28454573
45th14391Alex ShawJo LinePortishead37423875
46th14870Peter WoodJames WoodDWSCDNC16DNC79
47th13984Tom BurrowsTom GreenhalghStaunton Harold36494379
48th14370Daren FaseyColin DavisStaunton HaroldDNCDSQ1982
49th14099Maria RichardsNaomi ChetlandBlackwaterDNC374683
50th14468Ian ElkingtonNicola ElkingtonLangstone33525385
51st14899Tim RushR AndertonDell QuayDNCDSQ2386
52nd14966Grahame NewtonMark StevensStaunton HaroldDNC23DNC86
53rd14789Rhys LancesterJason RichardsBCDNC434487
54th13887James HaddenRichard Rawson?40505590
55th14891Paul RoeHelen SalisburyDWSC43474990
56th11/13884Mike ShreeveAdam RaceDWSC44465490
57th14818Pete BadhamPaula SymonsDWSCDNC415192
58th13847Joe MatthewsKate PellWest Riding42535294
59th14625Steve GreenhalghMax GreenhalghStaunton Harold4551DNC96
60th13013James HamiltonDavid BruceHerts Youth Dinghy Racing Squad465456100
61st14803Ian KellyNeal GibsonStaunton HaroldDNC39DNC102
62nd14716Paul AnthonyQuentin HayesDWSCDNCDNCDNC126

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