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Wind Companion for Racing Sailors by David Houghton & Fiona Campbell

Fireball North American Championships at Pointe Claire Yacht Club - Overall

by Derian Scott 24 Aug 2019 06:24 BST 21-23 August 2019

Day 3, race 4, and the wind and sunshine both showed up. Out on the race course the wind was 14 knots gusting 18, and shifting enough to cause the Race Officer to postpone one start, recall the second, re-lay the course and try again!

We all got away under the black flag. We fought the usual shifts up the beat and Martin Kubovy and Roman Rocek (CZE) rounded first with Frank Miller and Ed Butler (IRL) on their tails in 2nd. Up went the kites and the fleet went powering down the reach towards the leeward mark!

The boats that rounded later spotted that the gybe mark was high, and two sailed down taking chunks out of the early bunch. Frank and Ed dropped into the 20s but had a storming 2nd beat and got back to 2nd which they held to the finish. Dobbo and Waggers spotted the gybe mark position first, dropped their kite and took the lead, which they held to the finish.

The wind had increased a bit for race 5 with even crazier shifts! After a huge left shift before the start, Dobbo and Waggers port tacked the fleet but boats heading further left gained and Isaac and Ollie were looking to leading round the windward mark. However, another roll of the dice bumped Dobbo and Waggers up into that 1st rounding position, which they held to the finish with Claude and Ruedi finishing 2nd and Isaac and Ollie in 3rd.

Race 6 wasn't held so the North American Championships has finished with Dobson and Wagstaff taking the title, Claude and Ruedi 2nd and Joe and Tom 3rd.

Tomorrow is a day off sailing, allowing Fireball sailors from all over the world to explore Montreal. The World Championship begins on Sunday. The forecast is currently looking light, but experience from this week shows that doesn't mean we will get light winds!

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewBoatR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stGBR15161Ian DobsonRichard WagstaffOrchitis31‑6116
2ndSUI14799Claude MermodRuedi Moser224‑7210
3rdCAN15134Joe JospeTom Egli5414‑1114
4thCZE15019Martin KubovyRoman RocekKriplkara‑23593421
5thGBR15162Isaac MarshOliver DavenportTinderella‑9659323
6thGBR15157Keith WalkerNicholas ReesFreya43‑1981328
7thAUS15152Heather MacfarlaneChris PayneRLO‑1710311529
8thCAN14911Pierre CarpentierThomas BirdTechnical Difficulties‑269135734
9thCAN15043Robert LevyJon Driver7810‑15934
10thSUI14859Christina HaerdiCedric LandererFuchur1‑2012101235
11thAUS15113Ben SchulzJoel MacKensieThe Wonky Donkey‑1811116836
12thCZE14981Jan JedlickaJiri GemperlePussy Magnet Included10‑16813637
13thCAN14769Ian MacLarenRune LaustenRocket Science14127‑181750
14thIRL14713Frank MillerEd ButlerBlind Squirrel‑29171821451
15thFRA14959Patrice OlivierJean‑Fran├žois Nouel815‑21201053
16thFRA14917Ludovic CollinRemy Thuillier672(DNF)DNC56
17thBEL15140Bart MeynendonckxFrancis De RoeckGreat @venture161317‑271561
18thCAN14766Debbie KirkbyGreg FergusonLine Dancer13181619‑2666
19thCAN15106Mark CummingsEvelyn ChisholmEeyore‑222214171669
20thCAN15098Robert ThompsonFrancis WestlakeInfallible25(DNF)15141872
21stGBR14941Derian ScottAndy ScottSouthppaws1514(DNF)12DNC82
22ndCAN14768Bill StrathDave MunroPontificate11‑3422282283
23rdCAN15033Ken TichkowskyNeil TichkowskyURT12‑3023222885
24thRSA14877David LaingMark Dee20‑2625211985
25thGBR14964David MasonChris OglethorpeRumball19213016(DNC)86
26thCAN14647Eric OwstonPeter KellyBlanco2419‑28242188
27thCAN14907Liz BrennanEvan MahLoose Cannon‑332820232091
28thCAN14482Hamish FergusonFraser KeithTutu To Tango21232926(DNS)99
29thUSA15034Clay PoulsonLukas KlierQueso Suiza‑3227243223106
30thCAN14481Richard QuinlanLiam QuinlanConcorde31242625(DNF)106
31stCAN13946Shannon GallinsEric Diller‑3029272924109
32ndGBR14872Barbara NewsonGuy NewsonMagiic3533‑363025123
33rdSUI15063Mianne ErneManuela LiechtiCoppalin Ban282531(DNF)DNC125
34thCAN11136Alan SpurdleMatthew SpurdleProteus3431‑353429128
35thCAN14835Andrew CarranPatricia CarranLipstick273232(DNF)DNC132
36thCAN14678Philip LockerThomas LockerInvisiball(OCF)DNE343327135
37thCAN14915Thibault de ServignyJohn‑Thomas KellySleeping Beauty38353731(TLE)141
38thCAN14465William KellyFran├žois FortierKnotty Boy36(DNF)33DNFDNF151
39thCAN1504Katherine WalkerDylan ScottMen In Black37(DNF)38TLEDNC157
40thUSA11451Chandler OwenGary GodbersonBenign Lesion(DNC)DNFDNF35DNC158

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