Please select your home edition
Edition
YY.com app (top)
Product Feature
Gul Gamma Taped Spray Top
Gul Gamma Taped Spray Top

Gul Fireball World Championship at Yacht Club de Carnac - Day 3

by Chris Payne 29 Aug 2018 08:26 BST 25-31 August 2018

After brilliant sailing on the first two days, finally the wind machine was turned off. The PRO showed excellent judgement to keep the fleet on shore for an extra hour, but the hint of a breeze appeared and the fleet was sent out.

On arrival at the start line the wind stopped to keep the fleet under postponement. After another short delay a 5 knot wind appeared and put the race management into gear. With a slight tide against the fleet, the race got away with no general recalls. In the difficult conditions the fleet split across the whole course causing a wide separation throughout the 100+ boats. The current top four boats were also spread across the course with Ian Dobson & Richard Wagstaff (GBR) and current world champion Tom Gillard & Geoff Edwards (GBR) going right while Penny Clark & Russell Clark(GBR) and Matt Burge & Daniel Schieber(GBR) went left. The left just paid with Matt/ Daniel just scraping around in front.

Johana Napravnikova Koranova Johanka & Jakub Napravnik(CZE) rounded second wth Fireball International Commodore Christina Haerdi & Cedric Landerer (SUI) and Alois Verkest & Jean Robillard (FRA) hot on their heels. Penny & Russell were also in the top bunch with Ian & Richard and Tom & Geoff a little further back. Two difficult reaches saw little mixing, but allowed ex European Champion Claude Mermot & Reudi Moser (SUI) move into the top few followed by Heather Macfarlane & Chris Payne (AUS).

The race was shortened at the next top mark with Matt & Daniel still maintaining their lead from Johanka & Jakub and Alois & Jean third. Interesting to note that four female skippers from four different countries finished in the top seven, showing the diversity of the class at the top level.

The PRO again showed good judgement to not try for a second race and the fleet headed for the club for an excellent social night with fantastic local crepes. The social event also included presentations for the upcoming worlds in Montreal (CAN) 2019 and Howth (IRE) 2020, and Europeans in Czech Republic in 2019. With the look of these events, followed by Worlds in Geelong, Australia in 2022, show that the future is very bright for the Fireball class.

At the half way mark the leaderboard is still very close with the top three boats within two points after one drop and all still to play for.

Results after Day 3 can be found here.

Related Articles

Fireballs at Brightlingsea
Racing limited to one day in Gul Golden Dolphin Series Round 3 The second sea open in the Gul sponsored Golden Dolphin series took place in the waters just off the East coast seaside town of Brightlingsea. Posted on 21 May
Gul UK Fireball Nationals preview
So far the youngest entrant is 14, and oldest is 79 This year's 2019 Gul UK Fireball National Championships are at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, situated on the beautiful English Riviera, and will be starting in just over a week! Torbay has to be one of the best sea sailing venues in the UK. Posted on 19 May
Fireballs at Brightlingsea preview
Gul Golden Dolphin Series Round 3 this weekend This weekend (18/19 May) is the next Gul Golden Dolphin Event, which is being held at Brightlingsea Sailing Club. It's also the last chance to practice and check out your pace before the Gul National Championships at Torbay (25-28 May). Posted on 15 May
Fireballs at Hayling Island
Keen fleet look to sea during Gul Golden Dolphin Series Round 2 Such was the enthusiasm of the Fireball fleet to get to their first sea open of the year even storm Hannah could not stop them arriving on Saturday morning. Posted on 30 Apr
Deadline approaching for next price increase
Get your entry in now for the Fireball Nationals A heads-up that after 4th May, the full price for entering this year's Nationals increases from £239 to £269. Posted on 28 Apr
P&B Sails
Constructed by hand using top materials and the latest technology With over 50 years of sail-making experience at its disposal, the P&B Sail Loft team have built a reputation for producing some of the best sails available on the market. Posted on 26 Apr
Fireball Gul Golden Dolphin Series Round 2 preview
Taking place at Hayling Island this weekend Just a few days to go 2019 Gul Fireball Open Meeting Circuit at HISC on 27/28 April. The forecast is looking "fruity" for Saturday and fantastic on Sunday! Posted on 24 Apr
Fireball Training Weekend at Blackwater SC
To be held on 1st & 2nd June Blackwater Sailing Club in Essex is hosting the next Fireball Training weekend which is open to members of the UK Fireball Association (remember it is only costs £8 for the new Local Membership). Posted on 11 Apr
Fireballs at Staunton Harold
A weekend of two halves for Gul Golden Dolphin Series Round 1 A weekend of two halves tested the sailor's ability in all wind conditions ranging from 2 knots to gusting in excess of 25 knots. Posted on 2 Apr
2019 Fireball Worlds set for Montreal
An exciting change from the recent past The 2019 Fireball World Championship will take place in Montreal. In an exciting change from the recent past, this year's sailing venue will be in a major urban centre, promising a tremendous array of activities when the sailing is done. Posted on 24 Mar