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Gul UK Fireball National Championships at Royal Torbay Yacht Club - Overall

by Dave Hall 29 May 09:59 BST 25-28 May 2019

Torbay dealt up its most challenging conditions for the final day of the championship. A North Westerly wind blowing out of both the town of Torquay and occasionally out of Paignton. Not only varying in direction it also changed in speed from 5 to 20 knots. It was going to be an interesting final day for the potential champions.

There was a short delay while the race team waited for a window to start the first race of the day. Once the fleet got away it was anybody's guess which side the wind was going to favour, as a result there were boats making huge gains and then losses. Dave Wade and Richard Pepperdine led round the first mark closely followed by Martyn Lewis & Richard Byne. In the much changing conditions Martyn & Richard passed Dave & Richard to take the win. Ian Dobson & Richard Wagstaff recovered well to come in third with Matt Burge & Dan Schieber their nearest challenger swallowed up in the pack.

So, for the last race it was a cat and mouse as Ian & Richard chased Matt & Dan around the starting area. The conditions very similar to the first race of the day with once again much place changing all through the race. Christian Birrell & Vyv Townend showed they still had it to put in a second place but it was Ian & Richard who went on to win the race and as a result the Championship.

A big thank you to Royal Torbay YC who ran an excellent event both on and off the water. Also to our sponsors Gul, Hyde Sails, North, Global Insurance and to the UKFA committee.

Bronze fleet
1st Roger Etherington & Dave Pannell
2nd Pete Badham & Steve Digby
3rd Andy Robinson & Phil Popple

Silver fleet
1st Jack Grogan & Will Sargent
2nd Georgia Booth & Sam Platt
3rd Keith Walker & Nick Rees

1st Lady Helm. Georgia Booth
1st Lady Crew Christina Tyler

1st Under 26 Helm Issac Marsh
1st Under 26 Crew Ollie Davenport

1st Master Helm Vince Horey
1st Master crew Vyv Townend

1st Grand Master helm Dave Hall
1st Grand master Crew Russell Thorne

Perseverance trophy Jane and Patrick Collison
Toby Hamer Trophy Dan Johnson & Ben Latham

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoHelmCrewFleetR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
115161Ian DobsonRichard WagstaffGold1324511319
215144Christian BirrellVyv TownendGold326454524219
315123Matt BurgeDan SchieberGold4111345101220
415143David WadeRichard PepperdineGold7846242624
515155Dave HallPaul ConstableGold101534458933
615120Vince HoreyAndrew ThompsonGold699318711438
715151Martyn LewisRichard ByneGold32102016561341
815122Ian martinBen rhodesGold21281015391042
915147Paul CullenSimon ForbesGold51475121051143
1014870Pete GraySimon FoskettGold23111328815850
1115162Isaac MarshOliver DavenportGold97108611171951
1215073Sam MettamTim SaundersGold17436187136754
1315133Kevin HopeRussell ThorneGold121654594514561
1415130David WinderBen RaynerGold1861712111271765
1515124Pete KyneTom KyneGold8511451915191573
1615114John HayesJoel JamesGold13241892219122893
1715148Jack GroganWilliam SargeantSilver221815191020161896
1814940Georgia BoothSam PlattSilver262522131617131697
1914928Anthony WillcocksJames WillcocksGold1113211423222022101
2014941Derian ScottDerek JarvisGold1417191530351820103
2115157Keith WalkerNick ReesSilver2123122245143113105
2215099Simon KingsJono LoeSilver3019162613162421109
2315145Steve GoacherTom GoacherSilver2545241128212214117
2415024Joe JospeTom EgliSilver332235171492733122
2515150Angus HemmingsSteve ChesneyGold1920142125233445122
2615086Allan TylerChristina TylerSilver202730732302125130
2713944Dan JohnsonBen LathamSilver3426232034182827142
2815097Roger EtheringtonDave PannellBronze1628272817322939145
2915156Daniel ThompsonHarry ThompsonSilver2729292320272331149
3015045Christine SlaterGraham SlaterSilver2433262726242529152
3114950Chris ThorneLawrence CreaserSilver3821254421313323154
3215160Pete BadhamSteve DigbyBronze1541283338294524167
3315075Andy WillcocksAndrea WillcocksSilver4037322527252632167
3414991Andy RobinsonPhil PoppleBronze3131312433283026170
3514964David MasonChris OglethorpeBronze4136403524263635192
3614889Barry SmithRick SpringSilver2934372941333930192
3715127Jeremy AtkinsRichard BottingBonze3939343129363237199
3814662Anthony ProcterAlan GouleBronze2832423037373841202
3914994Damian AbbattDoug ByallBronze3635333431384138207
4014592Charlie SansomChris JenkinsBronze4338393236343734211
4114600Ben AltmanRobin SimpsonBronze3730383639403536212
4214789Hannah FinlayGordon FinlayBronze3540413735394040226
4314622Jane CollisonPatrick CollisonBronze4443443840414343248
4415121Bryan ThompsonSimon BensonBronze4242433942454242249

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