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Fireballs at the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta

by Allan Tyler 22 Jul 09:18 BST

Eleven Fireballs took part in this year's Weymouth Regatta and were treated to beautiful warm sunny weather and light winds varying 4-9 knts. Castle Cove Sailing Club hosted the event and provided their normal friendly welcome and faultless race management with sailing on the Saturday in Weymouth Bay and in Portland Harbour on the Sunday.

Racing throughout the weekend was extremely close, with constant place changing throughout the fleet, especially on the Saturday as there were large shifts and variations in pressure. Interference between fleets was always going to be an issue with 90 boats sailing around different courses, but this worked pretty well for the most part, albeit you always had to be weary of the different sailing angles of the asymmetric boats and the sheer size of the Osprey rig, especially around the leeward mark where all the fleets converged.

Whilst Anthony & James Willcocks sat pretty at the top of the leader board following the Saturday racing, the winner of the series was to be decided on the last race between Allan & Chris Tyler, Martyn & Daniel Lewis and the Willcocks twins. The Lewis boat rounded first, closely followed by the Tylers with Chris Thorne third after a superb port tack start. After a number of place changes around the course it was the Tylers who crossed the line first by about 1ft to win the series.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
115086Allan TYLERChristina TYLER‑4231219
215151Martyn LEWISDaniel LEWIS‑54221211
314928Anthony WILLCOCKSJames WILLCOCKS1314‑5514
415133Kevin HOPERussell THORNE2‑5433315
515155David HALLMari Shepherd‑71564420
614950Chris THORNEGeoff EDWARDS‑117686633
715031Steven CROSSLEYWendy SMYTHE3‑107781035
814388James CUXSONJames Neil ARNOTT689‑107737
914101Barry GRANTMark GRANT106(UFD)510839
1014889Barry SMITHRick SPRING89899‑1143
1114887Turner JAMESThomas PAYNE911(UFD)1111951

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