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UKGlobal 2016 Fireball Nationals at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Overall

by Andrew Robinson 15 Aug 2016 10:54 BST 11-14 August 2016

The final day of the UKGlobal 2016 Fireball National Championships at Hayling Island SC was a more sedate affair.

After an excellent social in the bar on Saturday I'm sure there were a few sailors who took one look at the forecast and thought "do we have to?" but the fleet pushed off for the final 2 races in next to no wind and rode the ebbing tide out into the bay. The drift to the racecourse took some time and with absolutely zero pressure it looked as if that might be it in terms of racing, but Hayling just seems to deliver. Right on cue a little pressure built from the south and before you could say "Beer? Anyone?" there was 5-8 knots of sea breeze blowing in.

The fleet were pushing their luck on the start line and the black flag was needed although this didn't stop 6 boats being OCS and excluded from the 1st race, the 9th of the series. Once underway it was Birrell & Townend who made the most of the shifts and led along the top reach. They sailed well to take the race win, their 1st of the series, with returning ex Champion Ian Pinnell and Andrew Bonsey in 2nd with Jess Lavery and Flora Steward claiming an excellent 3rd and completing the podium.

The final race, the 10th of the week was also run under black flag conditions after number of failed starts made it look as if the last race may not happen. It was a shifty tactical affair and it was Burge and Wagstaff who made the most of it, claiming their 1st win of the week. Phil Popple and Richie Bailey displayed some real class to come home 2nd and Pinnell & Bonsey showed their light air pace again with a solid 3rd.

Gillard & Anderton's lead was of course unassailable and their 6th in race 9 meant they were allowed an early shower. The prize giving that followed was a great advert for the generous sponsors and there were prizes galore distributed in so many categories. All the youth sailors got a prize as a recollection of their event, there were prizes for novice helm and crew, over 50, 60 and 70(!), for classic boat, perseverance, lady helm and crew, under 21 helm and crew, 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Bronze and Silver fleets, individual race wins and of course the top 10.

Special thanks to all the generous sponsors, UKGlobal, Hyde Sails, P&B, North Sails, Harken and Spinlock for their generous support of the event, also to the race team for making the fantastic racing happen, to Chris Turner, the new UKFA Chairman, who co-ordinated the championships, to all the competitors who attended and to Hayling Island SC for hosting such a fantastic Championships.

In the end, despite the quality at the business end of the fleet, no-one could live with the pace of Tom Gillard and Richard Anderton and they retained their crown in style. The Fireball may be long in the tooth but the fleet is resurgent and remarkably friendly, the boat remains quick and competitive and with a European Championships being held in Lyme Regis next year there is every reason to be optimistic. Fireball. Have you tried one yet? If not then you really should.

More Petere Hickson photos can be found here.

Overall Results:
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PosNatFleetSail NoHelm NameCrew nameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1stGBRGold15127Tom GillardRichard AndertonSheffield Viking SC11111‑8216(DNF)14
2ndGBRGold15096Chritian BirrellVyv TownendBough Beech SC5233(DNF)2521‑623
3rdGBRGold15123Matt BurgeRichard WagstaffPoole YC432453‑105(BFD)127
4thGBRGold15122David HallPaul ConstableBlackwater SC3‑11564‑25769747
5thGBRGold15133Kevin HopeRussell ThorneNotts County6568‑17768(BFD)450
6thSUIGold14799Claude MermodRuedi MoserRCO‑11987211974‑1560
7thGBRGold15120Vincent HoreyRobert GardinerKing George Sailing Club2442319‑2515(BFD)1261
8thGBRGold15113Ian PinnellAndrew Bonseyhisc‑15‑1311581013112363
9thGBRGold15124Peter KyneTom KyneBrightlingsea sailing club‑2712‑17171263451069
10thGBRGold15119Sophie WeguelinEilidh McIntyreRoyal Leamington Yacht Club8‑1914‑2013111714573
11thGBRGold15112David SayceNick ReesHISC10691214‑16413‑17876
12thGBRGold15073Sam MettamTim SaundersHISC9719911‑248‑208980
13thGBRGold15083Chris GillJon GillPortishead Y & SC12(OCS)710612‑2714131185
14thGBRGold14870Anna BurnetNeil HunterRNCYC‑1910‑2314109119111488
15thGBRSilver15081Jess LaveryFlora StewardEmsworth Sailing Club‑3316‑26132241225313108
16thGBRGold14898Paul CullenAdam Whitehouseweirwood sailing club14242211(DNC)‑2916.53716113.5
17thGBRGold15107Richard CornesJames GoodfellowHayling Island Sailing Club20‑2613167152316‑2519129
18thGBRGold15045Christine SlaterGraham SlaterPortishead YSC / Paignton SC131515‑2315141821(BFD)18129
19thGBRGold14940Georgia BoothAlex McCormackScailing Dam2117‑35‑31301316.5121220141.5
20thGBRSilver15070Philip PoppleRichie Bailey 2325‑3025232014‑29102142
21stGBRGold15099Simon KingsAlastair WeatherillHisc16141619(DNC)272010(BFD)21146
22ndGBRSilver14928Anthony WillcocksJames WillcocksPortishead Yacht and Sailing Club26212021185(OCS)18(BFD)23152
23rdCANGold15024Joe JospeTom EgliPointe Claire Yacht Club1720121516282423(DNC)(DNC)155
24thGBRSilver14328Jazz SayedJohn PiattHayling Island Sailing Club‑312925‑33211721271822180
25thGBRSilver14821Nick HurstJake ElsburyHayling Island SC‑362824‑3592234261524182
26thGBRSilver14785Simon Lomas‑ClarkeMartin BrooksFrensham Pond Sailing Club2418282620‑38‑38222425187
27thGBRSilver15103Keith WalkerRhys PickettHISC18331827(DNC)21222426(BFD)189
28thGBRSilver14791Angus HemmingsSteve ChesneyHISC22(OCS)10181918(OCS)42BFD17196
29thGBRSilver14887Bryan SargeantWilliam SargeantBwsc3523382224331519(DNC)(DNC)209
30thGBRSilver15036Fiona GraySteve ChattenWaldringfield SC29‑35‑3232313119322226222
31stGBRSilver14804Tobias HamerTorie MorleyHISC25272124(BFD)‑4232302933224
32ndGBRSilver15097Roger EtheringtonDavid PannellBrightlingsea302233‑34272629‑362730224
33rdGBRSilver14994Pete BadhamRichard BottingDraycote water‑4131‑3936262335311627225
34thGBRBronze15111Chris TurnerJono LoeHISC3232292928‑3628‑382128227
35thGBRSilver15075Andy WillcocksAndrea WillcocksPortishead Y & SC‑3430272825‑4033333131238
36thGBRSilver14991Andy RobinsonTim MorganDatchet SC28343130333031‑3720(BFD)240
37thGBRBronze14784Geoff HoldenSophie HoldenNorthampton‑40(DNC)3637293426403029261
38thGBRBronze14976Louis MellorChristopher MellorHISC42(DNC)40‑46363730282832273
39thGBRBronze14860Peter BettlesRichard BettlesBroxbourne SC‑3936‑4239323536341937274
40thGBRBronze15087Christopher PowlesTrevor CartwrightHayling Island Sailing Club(DNF)(DNC)3738343239432334280
41stGBRBronze15035Steve JonesPeter JonesBlackpool & Fleetwood(DNC)374343374141‑443236310
42ndGBRBronze15121Bryan ThompsonHugo KnightHISC38384144(DNC)4440‑453335313
43rdGBRBronze14801Roger HoustonPete BarrHISC44(DNC)47423539373534(DNC)313
44thGBRGold14941Derian ScottAndy ScottChew Valley Lake SC78(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC315
45thGBRBronze14924Hector NelsonJeremy NelsonHayling Island Sailing Club(DNC)394541(DNC)4542393638325
46thGBRBronze14993Tim CoxTiger CoxNSSC(DNC)41444538434341(DNC)DNC345
47thGBRBronze14277Tom PaynePeter MowbrayMengham Rythe Sailing Club4340464739474446(DNC)(DNC)352
48thGBRBronze14656Simon BensonLaura BensonHISC45(DNC)(DNF)DNCDNC4645473539357
49thGBRBronze15064Van PageVanny PageHISC37(DNC)3440(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC361

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