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Fireball Nationals at Mounts Bay Sailing Club - Overall

by Tim Saunders 25 Aug 2008 15:01 BST 16-22 August 2008

Sponsored by Allen Brothers, Harken, North Sails, Pinnell and Bax, Rooster Sailing, Selden, Speed Sails, The Boat Repair Centre and Winder Boats

An impressive 90 boat fleet assembled for for a great week's racing off the Cornish coast. The forecast was for a mixed week weather wise and that's how it turned out. The entry list was littered with past National, European and World champions from the Fireball and other classes. The competition was expected to be fierce and it was. All races were sailed on a triangle/sausage/triangle/sausage course with gate starts.

Sunday. Race 1 was sailed in a Force 3 with waves rolling in from the south west. Former World champions and winners of the 2002 Nationals at Mount's Bay, Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend, led at the windward mark and held this to the finish. Martyn Lewis and Richard Byne, back in a Fireball after several years out, held 2nd for a long period only to be overtaken by 2006 European Champions Andy Smith and Jonny Mildred, who subsequently lost out to the fast finishing Derian and Andy Scott.

For race 2 the wind had built to force 4. Again Howarth and Townend led by taking a clear lane out to the left of the beat, but were later overtaken by Dave Wade and Ben McGrane and current World champions Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff. Wade and McGrane won the race on the water but were subject to a protest hearing for an incident at the windward mark. The protest was dismissed and so they held onto their winning score which was to prove cruicial later in the week. Mee and Wagstaff finished second and Howarth/Townend third. Howarth/Townend were overnight leaders, followed by DJ Edwards and Andy Thompson in second who had a consistent day with two fourths. Smith/Mildred held third with a 3,6 scoreline. Defending National Champions Tom Jeffcoate and Mark Hogan scored 6 and 9 and were 7th overall. an interesting week was unfolding.

Monday. The lay day was taken early following prior consultation with the fleet in view of the predicted high winds. The wind arrived and was coupled with poor visibility and rough seas. Those who had a little too much Pimms at Buddy night went back to bed, others went surfing.

Tuesday. The forecast was for strong westerly winds and they arrived, gusting up to 30 knots by the end of the day. The previous day's swell was still rolling in from the southwest but the wind further west, this made for difficult sailing conditions particulary upwind. Dave Wade and Ben McGrane won both races to put them top of the leader board at the end of the day. For some the highlight was the dolphin pod joining in on the 2nd gate start of the day.

Wednesday. A hard day on the water. The fleet launched on time for an 11 o' clock start. Race 5 was sailed in a south westerly breeze of 12 knots combined with a building swell bringing tricky conditions. Edwards and Thompson took the gun followed by Smith/Mildred and Mee/Wagstaff. Low cloud brought shiftier conditions and the visibility had reduced enough at the end of the race for the fleet to be sent ashore for half an hour. Race 6 was started only to be abandoned after a large right hand shift. After the course had been re-laid Adam Whitehouse and Mike Pratt led initially but disaster struck near the finish with an expensive capsize. Smith/Mildred took the gun with Kevin Hope and Russell Thorne second and Tom Jeffcoate and Mark Hogan third. Overall this meant that Wade/McGrane led from Smith/Mildred on count back, with both teams on 12 points. Howarth/Townend and Mee/Wagstaff within 3 and 5 points respectively .

Thursday. Instead of the expected 10 knot westerly breeze the morning saw a very light easterly forming in Mount's Bay. Visibility was low and the fleet took on tea and pasties in preperation for the afternoon's race. The postponement flag remained hoisted until 2.30 when the fleet launched. Race 7 was started in marginal trapezing conditions but was abandoned on the first beat after a 35 degree shift to the right. With the wind shifting through 40 degrees the fleet retired to the shore to enjoy a great barbeque in the sunshine.

Friday's racing was on flatter water and in shiftier conditions than the rest of the week as the wind had tracked round to the Northwest. Race 7 saw fleet new boys Ross Kearney/Dave Hynes lead for a lap but they were eventually overtaken and fell back. Of the leading contenders DJ Edwards and Andy Thompson were unable to complete any races as their rudder was ripped off by a collision with an object in the water, chief suspect Mr A Dolphin. Andy Smith and Jonny Mildred had another consistent day but a 5,6 was not enough to challenge for the title. Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff had a good day posting a 1st and a 3rd. But the real battle was between Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend and Dave Wade and Ben McGrane. Howarth and Townend posted a 2nd and a 1st meaning that to beat them Wade and McGrane needed to place 3rd or 2nd in the last race, having been 3rd in the first race of the day. Eventually Wade and McGrane squeezed into 2nd giving them the title by one point. After having been 2nd at a number of Fireball championships over the years, including this years Worlds Dave looked delighted to have won.

Racing was tight throughout the fleet with the silver and bronze fleet titles not being settled until the last day. Simon Kelsall and Tom Williamson (Staunton Harold) gave Simon Lomas-Clarke and John Piatt (Weston) a run for their money in the silver fleet. In the bronze fleet Nick McLeod and Matt Rawson had a storming last day to overtake David and Michelle Ryder for the title. In a week of tough conditions, even for the front of the fleet, a mention must go to Stewart and Lesley Scarff who won the Typhoon Perseverance Trophy - last boat on points to complete all the races. They finished 69th overall - and there were many pairings above them who retired from races!

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Nett
1stGold14993Dave WadeBen McGraneNorthampton SC-12111543217
2ndGold14830Chips HowarthVyv TownsendBewl Valley SC13434-52118
3rdGold14994Matt MeeRichard WagstaffHollingworth Lake SC-9232381322
4thGold14895Andy SmithJonny MildredNotts County SC3-624215623
5thGold14948Tom JeffcoateMark HoganNotts County SC6-989634743
6thGold14950Kevin HopeRussell ThorneNotts County SC8777.5-132131357.5
7thGold14973Matt BurgePaul DaviesPoole YC58-151471181063
8thGold14226Martyn LewisRichard ByneDraycote Water SC71112-1611614970
9thGold14977Phillip PoppleGavin TillsonShoreham SC1315-20101679474
10thGold14899Sam MettamRichard AndertonThorny Island SC-215615121661474
11thGold14980Tom FoskettTim NeedhamStaunton Harold191011615-DNS71179
12thGold14954Becky PriestTim SaundersStaunton Harold SC-26121612813101283
13thGold14920Vince HoreyRobert GardnerKing George Sailing Club18-DNS1011201011585
14thGold14820Andrew PearceOlly GoldsmithPortishead Y&SC231617-319915897
15thGold14966Grahame NewtonMark StevensStaunton Harold SC101319171417-2120110
16thGold14941Derian ScottAndy ScottChew Valley Lake SC214-DNF1328222218119
17thGold14842Paulo BresciaDario PaglianiYacht Club Italiano2919925-35151215124
18thGold14949D J EdwardsAndy ThompsonCorus SC4457.5112-DNCDNC124.5
19thGold14867Veronica FalatBen FalatWaveney & Oulton Broad YC1424-331818231816131
20thGold14791Angus HemmingsSteve ChesneyHayling Island SC171714202120-3427136
21stGold14945Tom FennJim BaldwinNotts County SC11231827-32283117155
22ndGold13945Malcolm DaviesFiona DaviesPaignton SC15-DNF233023212423159
23rdGold14829Matt GrantTim SearleCastle Cove SC2820-412817242922168
24thGold14805Mark MaskellJohn WatkinsBrightlingsea162625-DNC26342621174
25thGold14991Adam WhitehouseMike PrattDraycote Water SC22181351018-DNCDNC177
26thGold14834Paul SmalleyAlex KnightWeston SC-4735272124252719178
27thSilver14628Simon Lomas-ClarkeJohn PiattWeston SC3121-322327302525182
28thGold14818Pete BadhamJohn RohdeDracote Water SC302822-3925312324183
29thGold14982Martin ScarthAnthony KingBlackwater SC2429-DNF4131261733201
30thGold14911Joe JospeTom EgliPointe Claire YC-4627421939392026212
31stGold14909Ian PriestMike StoddartSouth Cerney SC41-44263237192831214
32ndGold14928Andy WillcocksAndrea WillcocksClevedon SC39302126-40353034215
33rdGold14967Tom CastleAnthony YorkNorthampton SC-4038302930333232224
34thSilver15002Simon KelsallTom WilliamsonStaunton Harold SC2533372436-443737229
35thGold14837Russell CormackAli CormackBudworth SC27393438382933-40238
36thSilver14391Alex ShawJo LinePortishead Y&SC42312837-50324248260
37thSilver14789Rhys LankesterChris BishopBristol Corinthian3236-DNF3543463936267
38thSilver14565Elaine SlaterGraham SlaterPaignton SC3337384049-DNF4038275
39thGold14662Anthony ProctorAlan GoulePaington SC45453534423641-46278
40thGold14976Ross KearneyDave HynesNorthampton SC-DSQDSQ2922DNF141630293
41stBronze14742Nick McLeodMatt RawsonOgston SC363444-DNF52524944311
42ndSilver14182Tim RileyChris TuchettWaveny & Oulton Broad YC51404045454944-52314
43rdGold14870Peter WoodJames WoodDraycote Water SC5941-DNS-DNC29273635318
44thSilver14821Jonathon BaleGary Henwood-FoxChew Valley Lake SC486050514141-DSQ29320
45thSilver13697Christine SlaterNigel WilliamsPaignton SC344346472238-DSQDNF321
46thGold14955Ian WesternKeith BundyDraycote Water SC375148-DNC53424550326
47thGold14876Chris WalkerOli NeedhamStaunton Harold SC3550243634-DNS59DNF329
48thSilver14843Colin SnowdenKaren HilesDraycote Water SC5647364656-584841330
49thSilver14111John TennyTom VianDraycote Water SC554231334445-DSQDSQ341
50thSilver14621Jeremy HurstAbigail HurstParkstone SC505364-DSQ47504339346
51stBronze14625Brett CokayneTom GreenhalghStaunton Harold SC384943425140-DNFDNC354
52ndGold14771Terry ForbesDan WalkerStaunton Harold SC544860-DNF57474643355
53rdBronze14755David RyderMichelle RyderBlackwater SC574652-DNC48515756367
54thSilver14893Elaine TudorWarren TudorBrightlingsea SC4957-DNFDNC33DNS3528384
55thBronze14600Anthony WillcocksJames WillcocksClevedon SC64565750-67545454389
56thGold14964David MasonGeorge CollettWeirwood SC70-DNF47DNF46375545391
57thSilver14886John LangDamian AbbottWest Riding SC6258-DNCDNC54433849395
58thSilver14229Geoff HoldenSophie HoldenOgston SC525251-DNF68536562403
59thBronze14463Steve PoppleSuzie CapeyShoreham SC69-74494472666063423
60thBronze14624Steve PattenBrian AldgatePenzance SC6162-DNF4961DNS4753424
61stBronze14918Gordon EvansRuth EvansCoran SC Margam585556-DNF63DNS5151425
62ndBronze13656Tony GodwinTim McEvoyTorpoint Mosquito SC-DSQDSQ624364565258426
63rdBronze14716Paul AnthonyQuentin HayesDraycote Water-DSQ54655562DNS5347427
64thBronze14798Maria RichardLucy LingardBlackwater SC63-DNSDNFDNF55485042440
65thGold13910Nathan BatchelorAdam BowersCastle Cove SC4325-DNFDNC19DNCDNSDNC451
66thBronze14114Barry SmithChristopher SmithThornbury SC6059-DNFDNC66596255452
67thBronze14315Jeremy BellingPaul RobbinsCastle Cove SC533239-DNF60DNCDNCDNC457
68thBronze14268Nick HurstBen FjaerenShoreham SC68-DNS58DNC65576159459
69thBronze14135Scarff StewartLesley ScarffShoreham SC82.5676754-83617064465.5
70thBronze14872Barbara NewsonGuy NewsonPentland Firth YC6763-DNCDNC70635857469
71stBronze13152Kirsten Claiden-YardleyAndrew JarvisOxford SC787061-DNS74646660473
72ndBronze14266Bob TuckwoodDebbie TuckwoodNotts County SC7565-DNFDNC59556961475
73rdBronze13857Martin SmithJulie HansonMounts Bay SC656155DNC736073DNF478
74thBronze14118Grahame CollettMark HomerDraycote Water SC776859537865-DNFDNC491
75thGold14892Penny GibbsIan GibbsBrightlingsea SC20DNSDNCDNCDNCDNS19DNC494
76thBronze13659Peter ClaytonRichard ClaytonScaling Dam SC767163DNC756256DNF494
77thBronze14999David FestingKaren FestingSoreham SC-DNFDNS545277DNS6765497
78thBronze14236Tom BurtonGraham BurtonRYA746966-DNF71DNF6467502
79thBronze14674Duncan RobertsKayleigh RobertsCarsington SC71645348DNFDNFDNCDNC509
80thGold15004Peter GrayRobert LynStaunton Harold SC44-DNF45DNC58DNFDSQDNC511
81stBronze14593Bob ReynoldsGraham DitchamWeirwood SC6672-DNCDNC79DNS6366528
82ndBronze14995Steve GreenhalghHeidi CokayneStaunton Harold SC7266-DNFDNC76DNS68DNC555
83rdSilver14882Rob WatsonLisa KellyStaunton Harold SC7922-DNCDNCDNFDNCDNFDNC556
84thBronze14264Corrie BellBen CoshShoreham82.5-DNCDNFDNC84DNS7168578.5
85thBronze14887Gareth HillJanet HillCorus SC7373-DNCDNC69DNSDNFDNC579
86thBronze12914Graham GittinsTeresa TonksChelmarsh SC81-DNSDNCDNC82DNFDNC69596
87thSilver14108Richard StoneOllie StoneStaunton Harold SC80-DNFDNCDNC80DNS72DNC596
88thBronze14387Wendy WoodHelen BedfordShoreham SC-DNSDNSDNCDNC81DNCDNFDNC627
89thSilver14874Gary RussamAndy FfoulkesBartley SC-DNSDNSDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC637
89thSilver14779John HobsonJohn RowellNotts County SC-DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC637

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