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Austrailian Fireball National Championships at Royal Geelong Yacht Club - Overall

by Harry Fisher 8 Feb 11:23 GMT 3-9 February 2019

After a consistent and stellar regatta, class veterans Heather Macfarlane and Chris Payne, sailing Not Your Average Rockstars, have taken out their third Fireball Nationals as a pair with one race still to be sailed.

After kicking off the event with two heat wins, they managed to jag another two race wins on top of that as well as never falling outside the top six, which made them too good to beat this year.

The remainder of the podium is pretty much confirmed, with Tom Gordon and Jack Fletcher in Cletus now firm in second place and John Heywood and Brett Littledike in Renegade all but confirmed as third place.

Today's racing threw up a few tricks with the opening race being started in a shifty southwesterly breeze.

By the time the race had started and then further into the first work a 100-degree left hand shift changed the game and forced Principal Race Officer Mike Rodgers to abandon the race and restart with the new breeze.

And it turned out to be a great decision with the first sea breeze of the event well and truly coming in and providing the fleet with some cracking rides and fast reaches.

Heather and Chris took out the first race of the day, which all but solidified their regatta win, while Ben Knoop and James Belton on Fierce Creature came away with a hard-fought win in the second race of the day.

With the breeze well and truly up by late afternoon, Knoop and Belton were in a ding-dong battle with young Fireball upstarts Alex Higgins and Joal Mackenzie who led for most of the race despite being a light combination.

However on the last upwind leg before turning downwind to head to the finish a broken main halyard forced Higgins and Mackenzie out of the race and gave Knoop and Belton the opportunity to cruise home for their maiden national heat win.

Only one race is scheduled for the final day tomorrow, which will give Macfarlane and Payne a victory lap of sorts, while the remainder of the fleet has a last ditch effort at picking up a few spots.

Fireball Nationals - Day 4Posted by Down Under Sail on Friday, 8 February 2019

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
115048NOT YOUR AVERAGE ROCHeather MacfarlaneChris PayneBRYC11[6]33411[5]14
215071CLETUSTom GordonJack FletcherLBSC33[5]4[5]223320
314786RENEGADEJohn HeywoodBrett LittledikeLBSC654161[11][10]427
414722PARANOIDSophie JacksonAndrew PerryMYC71072[27U][14]32233
515101SUNSETSMatthew CarterNicholas NealeLBSC[17]23727[12]91141
614777KISSDaniel RantanenChris Derricklbsc[9]91[12]7848643
715011BALLBREAKERJalina Thompson‑KambNathan StockleyLBSC[18][18]8911254847
815154RETURN OF THE JEDIBrendan GarnerPeter DurranRGYC48136[15][16]95954
914933FIERCE CREATUREBen KnoopJames BeltonLBSC104213[13.5]1313[14]156
1015062THE BIG BANG THEORYBen SchulzPeter Jamesasc14710811.55[16][18]762.5
111507LITHIUMAlex HigginsJoal MackenzieBSYC[27R]61211461711[27F]67
1215027THE GREY GHOSTPhil PeverellBruce ShandFYC2[20][18]1513.510671568.5
1314936SUGAR AND SPICEIan RavenscroftBryce ReidWSC81111[17]9117[17]1269
1414608HOT WIREMyles GavinBen ObrienRGYC13159[18]89[18]61070
1514826ISSUESAdam CommonHeath BeltonLBSC16[17]16101031012[17]77
1614414OUTBACK DINGOSGlenn PeverellBruno LanatiFYC1512[17]511.5178[21]1482.5
1714851WAVE WALKABOUTMark JarredMarguerite O'RourkeGSC5141414[16][20]14161390
1814782MONDOBrian PikeGlenn StewartGSC111315[16][22]15151516100
1915049SCATTER GUNNick GunnerSimon GunnerRGYC1216[21][21]2018201918123
2014516HEAVENS 2Jordan SmithDominic RandallRGYC[22][22]22222121191321139
2114814WHATSTHE STORY...?Susannah GillamAndrew ButlerRGYC/BRYC192120[27S]17[23]222020139
22 FOR PETES SAKEPeter AllisonIan NadebaumLBSC211919201922[23][23]19139
2314603FREDJon EmonsonElise EmonsonRGYC20232419181921[27C][27C]144
2414515PINOCO FLOWJarah Harris‑MooreNathan FieldRGYC[26T]25232324[26]262223166
2514747GATTICALance RockKevin Luffmofsc2326T[27R][27C]2525242422169
2614599EVIL EMPIREAndrew TownsendJohn MartinLBSC2424[25]2423242525[27R]169

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