Please select your home edition
Edition
Gul 2018 SUP 728x90

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

by Chris Payne 29 Aug 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

Irish Fireball Munsters at Lough Derg
A flurry of Fireballs! The renamed or rescheduled Fireball Munsters, cancelled earlier in the year at Killaloe Sailing Club, were reconvened this past weekend at one of the Irish fleet's favourite locations, Lough Derg Yacht Club. Posted on 11 Sep
Gul Fireball Worlds at Carnac overall
Matt Burge & Dan Schieber beat a fleet of 101 boats Mathematically, any one of the top four boats could have won the overall title on the final day of the 2018 Gul Fireball World Championships in Carnac. Posted on 2 Sep
Gul Fireball Worlds at Carnac day 5
Pessimistic forecast causes many a Gallic shrug The International Fireball fleet got down to the boat park early this morning (Thursday) in preparation for a three race day. However, they were greeted by a fickle offshore breeze and a pessimistic forecast that caused many a Gallic shrug. Posted on 31 Aug
Gul Fireball Worlds at Carnac day 2
10-15 knot westerlies and cloudless skies The forecast for Day 2 of the Fireball Worlds wasn't promising, with some predicting a 5 knot drifting day. Posted on 28 Aug
Gul Fireball Worlds at Carnac day 1
First two races held in the Bay of Quiberon for the 101 boats The Gul sponsored Fireball World Championship is being held in the bay of Quiberon sailing out of the Yacht Club de Carnac. The 101 boats competing are making the boat park very busy. Posted on 27 Aug
Fireball French Championship at Carnac overall
Ludovic Alleaume & Loic Bertholet the top French team The French Fireball Championship held in Carnac was not only a championship but a warm up for the World Championship that will follow straight after. Posted on 24 Aug
Fireball French Championship at Carnac day 1
Fine French conditions in north-west France After a short postponement in the morning, the assembled Fireballs in Carnac, north-west France got in three races in to get the French Nationals and Pre-Worlds underway. Posted on 24 Aug
Fireball World Championships preview
Flights, ferries and roads lead to Carnac! The perennial trip to a foreign venue, for most entrants, is underway as the international Fireball community make their way to Carnac in north-west France for the French Nationals and 2018 World Championships. Posted on 21 Aug
Change of date for Staunton Harold Fireball Open
Final round of the 2018 Gul Golden Dolphin Series The water level at Staunton Harold SC is currently a little low. A decision has therefore been taken to postpone the SHSC open meeting. Posted on 17 Aug
Gul Fireball Nationals at Penzance overall
Dobson & Wagstaff wrap it up on the final day We were promised an increasing breeze early on in the day for the final races of the Gul Fireball Nationals. But as usual the forecast was not very accurate and the fleet that was hoping for an early start to play catch up was held on shore. Posted on 29 Jul