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Gul Fireball Europeans & Nationals at Lyme Regis - Day 5

by Andy Robinson 25 Aug 2017 10:43 BST 18-25 August 2017

The penultimate day of the Gul Fireball Europeans in Lyme Regis was forecast to be light and shifty, so the prospect of getting 3 races in to catch up with the schedule was considered by many to be ambitious. It was possible that Wednesday would prove to be the last day's sailing of the week.

The fleet launched on time and on the race course there was a brief delay as the wind fell below a consistent 5 knots. But in true Lyme fashion the breeze filled in from the South West and in around 8 knots the fleet got away 1st time via a gate start.

The light conditions saw a mix up of the order with the 1st beat of course being key. It was the French boat of Alois Verkest & Jean Robillard who popped out in front and they sailed brilliantly to take the win from David Sayce & Nick Rees in 2nd and Matt Burge & Dan Schieber in 3rd. The race team did a great job or resetting the course after the 1st lap as the wind had shifted left, yet despite this move the wind shifted again and dropped off to leave the final reach a beat for some of the later finishers.

The French were the first non-UK boat to win a race at this championships so their welcome to the podium at the prize giving later that evening was rapturous and it was great to get a true international flavour to the rostrum. As the UK nationals run concurrently with the European Championships, it was the 2nd place boat of David Sayce and Nick Rees who took their second major Nationals prize of the week for their 2nd place.

Race 2 got underway promptly and in building breeze with another gate start. It paid to go early and bang left and the windward mark saw some unusual faces amongst the top boats. It was Burge & Schieber who had another flyer and went on to take the win from popular Husband & Wife team Derian & Andy Scott in 2nd and Paul Cullen & Adam Whitehouse in an excellent 3rd.

The final race of the day got underway in slightly lighter conditions and following disappointing results in the previous 2 races, overnight leaders Tom Gillard & Geoff Edwards showed their class to romp through the fleet and take the win from local pair Allan Tyler & Tim Parsons in 2nd and Chris & John Gill in 3rd.

Later the fleet convened on the event marquee for a packed evening that included a presentation on next year's Worlds in Carnac by the French Association Chairman Jean Robillard, a prize giving for the races, along with a double Otter Brewery sponsored Dork of the Day award and a "Halo" award won by Andy Stewart for being the happiest man in the fleet. Fireball International outgoing Chairman Steve Chesney led an open forum while the catering team prepared a delicious hog roast.

Following that a sail number lottery was held with some incredible prizes from key sponsors Gul and Allen, 2 brand new centreboards courtesy of the UKFA, plus 2 50% sail vouchers and a brand new spinnaker from Hyde that saw the crowd get very excited. The evening entertainment continued with the International "Mr Fireball" game-show containing entrants from the UK, France, Belgium, Kenya and Canada. It was a close run contest and the crowd got right behind them all, but the French Entrant Gael came out on top to be crowned Mr Fireball 2017. All the contestants were hilarious and made the end of the evening fun for everyone in attendance.

The mixed results sees Burge & Schieber in the overall lead with 29 points from Birrell & Townsend in 2nd with 35 and Dobson & Wagstaff 3rd with 39. The forecast for Friday looks un-sailable with no wind expected. If there are no further races then there will be no further discard. It all hangs in the balance and in the lap of the gods. Watch this space!

Results after Day 5:

PlaceSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1GBR 15123 Matt BurgeDan SchieberPoole YC(BFD)824731429
2GBR 15144 Christian BirrellVyv TownendBough Beech SC(BFD)5115510835
3GBR 15141 Ian DobsonRichard WagstaffBurwain SC(BFD)11431105539
4GBR 15127Allen BrosTom GillardGeoff EdwardsSheffield Viking SC152323‑2219145
5GBR 15147Drill it Paul CullenAdam WhitehouseWeirwood9(RET)G5102153764.9
6GBR 15112CapriccioDavid SayceNick ReesHayling Island SC114227122‑25967
7FRA 14783 Ludovic Alleaumeloic Berthelotcnepaimboeuf21‑285613491472
8GBR 15143Sleep Terrorist 2Dave WadeBen McGraneNorthampton/Netley646‑23817161673
9GBR 15122SimplesDavid HallPaul ConstableBlackwater SC477515‑30172378
10GBR 15130HyperdriveDavid WinderBen RaynerHollingworth SC10101226109‑511289
11GBR 15083 Chris GillJon GillPortishead Y & SC2231091133‑42391
12GBR 14941SOUTHPAWSDerian ScottAndy ScottCVLSC161327‑369262699
13CZE 15131 Milan CápFilip ProcházkaYC Neratovice‑376118431241599
14CZE 14551Balls to the WallJiri ParuzekJakub KosvicaJachtklub Lazne Tousen & LS Brno17991324636‑39114
15GBR 15086Not so PeculiarAllan TylerTim ParsonsLyme Regis SC13‑333114338212122
16GBR 15133 Kevin HopeRussell ThorneNotts County S.C & Lyme Regis S.C11113011‑4071836124
17FRA 14973 Alois VerkestJean RobillardClub Voile Centre(BFD)2024121713221127
18CZE 15110NanosekundaJaroslav VernerJan WillJacht klub Tousen/TJ lokomotiva Plzen202916246‑351124130
19FRA 15053 Frederick Le BasLudovic CollinYC Carnac/SR Brest8‑40132916251426131
20GBR 14928Blue TackAnthony WillcocksJames WillcocksPortishead Y & SC3‑44152831142813132
21GBR 14870 Matt FoskettSimon FoskettSHSC18362322‑4113728147
22GBR 15073 Alex TaylorTim SaundersBudworth SC/Staunton Harold SC724172035‑454119163
23CZE 14827Dekuju!Petr KoranMilan KvasnikYC Neratovice32212027191239‑45170
24CZE 15019KriplkaraMartin KubovyRoman RocekJachtklub Lazne Tousen/YC Neratovice(BFD)46281936111325178
25CZE 151092v1Johana Napravnikova KoranovaJakub NapravnikNeratovice YC / Cesky Yacht Klub‑411681834363141184
26AUS 15113The Wonky DonkeyBen SchulzJack FletcherAdelaide Sailing Club(RET)12481520165522188
27SUI 14799 Adrian HuberRuedi MoserRCO & SCoW(BFD)DNF4163239810195
28GBR 14791LucilleRichard MasonSteve ChesneyHayling Island SC12182643‑52244633202
29SUI 14859FuchurChristina Haerdi‑LandererHansueli BacherDSSC & SC Wendelsee284832‑7227382311207
30CZE 15108Mas MisMilan SnajdrFilip KrejzaTJ Lokomotiva Plzen(BFD)15454214233438211
31BEL 15140Great @ventureBart MeynendonckxFrancis De RoeckHofstade Sailing Club42351941‑57191543214
32GBR 15145 Steve GoacherTom GoacherLymington Town SC25374131382022‑44214
33GBR 15107 Richard CornesJames GoodfellowHayling Island SC3617373429‑413729219
34FRA 14403Lapine UpCharles Le calvezMinet GaelSociété des régates de Brest(BFD)4329484834417223
35GBR 15097 Ben CleggDavid PannellBrightlingsea SC532533043‑704027230
36GBR 15045NorbetChristine SlaterGraham SlaterPortishead Y & SC & Paignton SC24194432264245‑66232
37GBR 15120Allen Bros. 2Vince HoreyDavid ScottKing George SC & Notts County SC14(RET)2117RET212946234
38FRA 15001HakinaChristophe BrigaudeauAdrien HumeauS R Brest19‑66253825526620245
39GBR 15066SmiffyMark MaskellNigel SheppardBlackwater SC(BFD)22364630DSQ631257
40GBR 15070BarbraIsaac MarshOliver DavenportNorthampton385538212359‑6535269
41FRA 14793 Alexandre AvignonJean‑Francois NouelTBA26‑60543545275730274
42GBR 14940 Georgia BoothTom FenemoreScailing Dam(BFD)DNC494522292618275
43IRL 14938 Niall McGrottyNeil CramerSkerries Sailing Club5149‑593358371242282
44CZE 14981Pussy Magnet IncludedJan JedlickaJan StruncNeratovice YC35343940445149‑59292
45BEL 14445 Roel PeerlinckSam PeerlinckHofstade Sailing Club29385550‑67435634305
46GBR 14903 Mike JonesJoseph JoynerLyme Regis SC462350445140‑5855309
47CAN 15024PointlessJoe JospeTom EgliPointe Claire Yacht Club56314251‑66474840315
48GBR 14950 Chris ThorneAndrew StewartLyme Regis SC & Notts County444533‑5353504348316
49GBR 14982Jammy's FlyerMaia WalshPeter BentleyBlackwater SC432763‑6618536254320
50GBR 14804 Tobias HamerTorie MorleyPort Dinorwic3441‑725259543051321
51GBR 14994Licken on both sidesPete BadhamSteve DigbyDraycote Water SC406134‑6250325353323
52GBR 15124 Pete KyneTom KyneBrightlingsea SC2(RET)182521DNSDNSDNS324
53GBR 15075Tricks of the TradeAndy WillcocksAndrea WillcocksPortishead Y & SC532656374644‑6763325
54FRA 15065 Denis LUCETFrançoise LUCETCV La Flèche5239‑625655185950329
55GBR 15103Burning BrightKeith WalkerJohn PiattHayling Island SC(BFD)25404928635470329
56SUI 14960Roaring FortiesMelanie LedererMichael SchäferKSV6047‑785762283547336
57SUI 14921FioneMaja SuterMichael SahliYCB3065525839‑806032336
58GBR 14798Blew GenesLucy RileyTim RileyDubai Offshore SC / Blackwater SC27427175375644‑76352
59CZE 14820Funky StarfishMichaela StruncovaMichal SkodaNeratovice YC(BFD)30463969654762358
60GBR 14821SijamboNick HurstJake ElsburyHayling Island SC(BFD)54357454483360358
61GBR 14889Millennium FalconBarry SmithJo LineThornbury Sailing ClubDNE564755494927‑65369
62GBR 14784 Geoff HoldenSophie HoldenNorthampton455351636866‑6949395
63GBR 149912 Fat LaddiesAnyt RobinsonJon ChetlandDatchet Water SC / Chew Valley54(RET)576072772056396
64SUI 14896GromitRichard SchellerLinus EberleSegelclub Hallwil2364706742‑726169396
65IRL 14691Goodness GraciousLouise McKennaHermine O'KeefeRoyal St George3958‑756874615252404
66GBR 14792Hot KapirEleanor CraigRichard BottingDraycote Water SC59(RET)745465643857411
67GBR 15080Afternoon DelightRoger EtheringtonJo AdamsBrightlingsea SC476243(RET)60677464417
68GBR 15036 Fiona GrayDavid CarrollWaldringfield SC3357‑816147797573425
69GBR 14388 James CuxsonJames Neil ArnottNewhaven & Seaford SC48(RET)68716157DSQ37428
70GBR 14883 Rowland SmithJack ParmenterBrightlingsea SCDNE6966475646‑7067437
71GBR 13151Old PeculiarDaniel JohnsonBen LathamErrwood Sailing Club57636764705563‑72439
72GBR 15111Dazed and ConfusedChris TurnerJono LoeHayling Island SC58506165‑77587675443
73IRL 14713TBAFrank MillerEd ButlerDMYC(BFD)52585973697361445
74GBR 14964RUMBALLHilary LancasterDavid MasonWeir Wood S C61(DNC)656963746458454
75FRA 14702FaukonEric LewandowskiAnne LewandowskiPléneuf Val André497060‑7775607177462
76GBR 14474Eleven ParsecsIain ChristieTom VianDraycote Water & Hardway SCs555176766462(DNC)DSQ470
77GBR 14483Electric EyeCameron MossFraser EarleLyme Regis SC5059DPI78(RET)757868476
78GBR 15121Purple HazeBryan ThompsonHugo KnightHayling Island SC6468‑807371686880492
79BEL 14898 Hans OrlentJules OrlentSRNA(BFD)7369RET80765071505
80GBR 14872MagiicBarbara NewsonGuy NewsonPentland Firth YC6271737076‑787778507
81FRA 11059ZouinDenis HernandezEsteban HernandezYCVL(BFD)67777978737274520
82BEL 15135 Thomas VermeirenThomas Van HasselKLYC63727980(RET)717979523
83GBR15093BobSimon HextallFiona Hextall 31(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC547
84GBR 14656Aqua SpeederSimon BensonSophia BensonHayling Island SC65(RET)828179818081549
85GBR 15119Nifty FiftyZoe KingAdrian KingHayling Island SC(DNS)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC602

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