Please select your home edition
Edition
Gul 2019 CODEZERO EVO Leaderboard

Gul UK Fireball National Championships at Royal Torbay Yacht Club - Day 2

by Nick Rees 27 May 13:35 BST 25-28 May 2019

The forecasts for Day 2 of the Gul UK Fireball National Championships at Royal Torbay Yacht Club promised excellent sailing with 15 knot westerlies.

The first race started promisingly with 12-15 knots blowing steadily from a bearing of 250. However, about halfway up the first beat the wind gods started having a laugh and the wind went left and dropped, and thereafter the wind was up and down between 8 and 12 knots and coming from anywhere between 220 and 265 for the rest of the day. The resulting conditions were testing prompting continuous debates about which way to go.

Surely the westerly change was going to come sometime? However, such was not to be and those who kept probing the right hand side of the beat just in case the forecast shift came were generally disappointed and those who sailed the shifts and watched the gusts up the middle invariably came out best in the long run. The race committee did a great job in the circumstances, getting the fleet off on the second start (after the black flag went up) both times, and there was at least one course change in the first race when they tried to follow the wind after it had shifted.

The master of these conditions was Matt Burge and Dan Schieber, who sailed both excellently and consistently leading from start to finish in both races. Their two closest competitors Ian Dobson sailing with Richard Wagstaff and Christian Birrell sailing with Vyv Townend, also put the pressure on themselves by being black flagged in the second race, so cementing this as their discard until the final race of the series on Tuesday. These black flags meant that the second best set of results of the day went to Dave Hall and Paul Constable, who sailed consistently to return a 3rd and a 4th, and they are currently in a 3 way tie for 4th place with David Wade/Richard Pepperdine, and Paul Cullen/Simon Forbes.

The forecast for tomorrow is similar, slightly stronger and slightly north of west. The fleet is eagerly waiting to find out what the reality will be.

Results after Day 2:

PosSail NoHelmCrewFleetR1R2R3R4Pts
115123Matt BurgeDan SchieberGold41113
215161Ian DobsonRichard WagstaffGold132456
315144Christian BirrellVyv TownendGold3264511
415155Dave HallPaul ConsatbleGold10153417
515143David wadeRichard PepperdineGold784617
615147Paul CullenSimon ForbesGold5147517
715120Vince. HoreyAndrew ThompsonGold699318
815122Ian martinBen rhodesGold21281020
915124Pete KyneTom KyneGold85114524
1015162Isaac MarshOliver DavenportGold9710824
1114870Pete GraySimon FoskettGold231113226
1215133Kevin HopeRussell ThorneGold121654533
1315130David WinderBen RaynerGold186171235
1414928Anthony WillcocksJames WillcocksGold1113211438
1515073Sam MettamTim SaundersGold174361839
1615114John HayesJoel JamesGold132418940
1715151Martyn LewisRichard ByneGold3210201646
1814941Derian ScottAndy ScottGold1417191546
1915148Jack GroganWilliam SargeantSilver2218151952
2015150Angus HemmingsCaroline StockmanGold1920142153
2115086Allan TylerChristina TylerSilver202730754
2215157Keith WalkerNick ReesSilver2123122255
2315145Steve GoacherTom GoacherSilver2545241160
2414940Georgia BoothSam PlattSilver2625221360
2515099Simon KingsJono LoeSilver3019162661
2613944Dan JohnsonBen LathamSilver3426232069
2715097Roger EtheringtonpannellBronze1628272871
2815024Joe JospeTom EgliSilver3322351772
2915160Pete BadhamSteve DigbyBronze1541283376
3015045Christine SlaterGraham SlaterSilver2433262777
3115156Daniel ThompsonHarry ThompsonSilver2729292379
3214950Chris ThorneLawrence CreaserSilver3821254484
3314991Andy RobinsonTim MorganBronze3131312486
3414662Anthony ProcterAlan GouleBronze2832423090
3514889Barry SmithRick SpringSilver2934372992
3615075Andy WillcocksAndrea WillcocksSilver4037322594
3714994Damian AbbattQuentin HayesBronze36353334102
3814600Ben AltmanRobin SimpsonBronze37303836103
3915127Jeremy AtkinsRichard BottingSilver39393431104
4014592Charlie SansomChris JenkinsBronze43383932109
4114964David MasonChris OglethorpeBronze41364035111
4214789Hannah FinlayGordon FinlayBronze35404137112
4315121Bryan ThompsonSimon BensonBronze42424339123
4414622Jane CollisonPatrick CollisonBronze44434438125

Related Articles

Gul Fireball Inlands at Draycote Water
The rugby, a massive storm, then a dramatic drop in the wind Draycote Water hosted the Fireball 2019 Gul Inland Championships over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd November. Most of the fleet arrived early to watch the Rugby World Cup final, which didn't quite deliver the result that everyone was hoping for. Posted on 7 Nov
Enter now for the Gul Fireball Inlands 2019
Taking plae at Draycote Water SC on 2-3 November It is just a couple of weeks until the last event of the Fireball 2019 calendar. We return to Draycote Water SC where last year 28 boats competed despite a boat breaking forecast for day one. Early bird registration ends on Friday 25th so enter here. Posted on 21 Oct
Fireballs at Chew Valley Lake
Gul Golden Dolphin Series Final Round Chew Valley SC hosted the final event of the 2019 Golden Dolphin series sponsored by Gul. Despite the gloomy forecast, sailors travelled from Essex, the Midlands and the south coast to join the local fleets from Chew, Portishead and Thornbury. Posted on 15 Oct
019 Gul Fireball Golden Dolphin finale preview
To be held at Chew Valley Lake on 12-13 October You couldn't wish for a more picturesque setting for the final event of the 2019 Gul Golden Dolphin Series which is being held at Chew Valley Lake on 12/13 October. Posted on 2 Oct
Hyde Sails Autumn Offer now live
Discounts available on race-winning One Design sails With the 2019 season nearing an end and people at the Southampton boat show trying to pick up those end of season bargains, you too must also be thinking about winterising the boat ready for your assault on the title of your favoured class next year. Posted on 21 Sep
Fireball Under 26 Championship at Blackwater
Four bullets is enough for Georgia Booth and Tom Kyne The Fireball Under 26 Championship was held at the Blackwater Sailing Club over the weekend of the 14 & 15th September. Amongst the competitors were Rebecca & Giacomo who flew in from Italy, and Daniel & Harry from Ireland. Posted on 18 Sep
Fireball Youth Championships preview
Blackwater SC to host event last held in 2008 This weekend sees the revival of the Fireball Youth Championships, last held in 2008. The resurgence of this event has been sparked by increased interest from teams under the age of 26 in racing Fireballs at Championships across the World. Posted on 12 Sep
Fireball Worlds at Point Claire overall
A final day forecast for sunshine and wind that did not disappoint What a day and what a night! The fleet awoke to pouring rain but with a forecast for sunshine and wind that did not disappoint. Posted on 31 Aug
Fireball Worlds at Point Claire day 4
Breeze builds to a perfect 15 to 18 knots in race 8 Race 7 started in around 8-10 knots of breeze, building throughout the race. The first beat was hard to call with boats getting into different shifts and pressures on both sides of the course. Posted on 30 Aug
Fireball Worlds at Point Claire day 3
A new wind direction and new challenges at Pointe Claire After a short delay, race day number 3 of the 2019 Fireball World Championship got under way. A new wind direction and new challenges tested the crews with the same sunny skies and warm water. Posted on 28 Aug