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Fireball World Championship at Pointe Claire Yacht Club - Day 1

by Derian Scott 26 Aug 06:52 BST 25-30 August 2019

Despite the forecast of 5 knot easterly winds, the fleet launched in beautiful sunshine under the flight path of the aeroplanes headed for Montreal airport. Crews were even trapezing out to the start!

The wind was further south than expected, but after the first recalled start, it settled from the east at 6-7 knots, the course was quickly relaid and we got away under a black flag. Our Irish heroes from last week unfortunately fell foul of the flag. Those starting at the pin end took full advantage of the line bias. Dobbo and Waggers won the pin, banged the left and rounded first just in front of Claude and Ruedi (who had gone hard right!). Things nearly turned inside out on the run with the two Czechs "powering" straight down the run in 5knots of breeze, but Dobbo and Waggers just held on and took the first win of the championships with the Czechs, Jan and Jin and Martin and Roman in 2nd and 3rd and Aussies Heather and Chris in 4th.

In race two the wind had dropped slightly and the fleet got off first time under the Blue Peter. Derian and Andy Scott headed right and rounded in 2nd just behind the French team of Ludovic and Remy. Claude and Ruedi moved into 2nd after the gybe and Heather and Chris into 3rd. Back on the beat, Derian and Andy worked their way into the lead and headed off down a nail biting lead from Claude and Ruedi. The Swiss stayed slightly higher and just squeezed through in front of the Scotts at the leeward mark to take race 2 with Derian and Andy 2nd, Heather and Chris 3rd and Dobbo and Waggers 4th.

The top British and Swiss teams are tied at the top on points.

More light winds are forecast for tomorrow, but who knows what we'll actually get?!

Results after Day 1:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewBoatR1R2Pts
1stSUI14799Claude MermodRuedi Moser516
2ndGBR15161Ian DobsonRichard WagstaffOrchitis156
3rdAUS15152Heather MacfarlaneChris PayneRLO437
4thFRA14917Ludovic CollinRemy Thuillier6410
5thCZE15019Martin KubovyRoman RocekKriplkara3912
6thCZE14981Jan JedlickaJiri GemperlePussy Magnet Included21214
7thGBR15162Isaac MarshOliver DavenportTinderella7815
8thGBR14941Derian ScottAndy ScottSouthppaws16218
9thCAN14766Debbie KirkbyGreg FergusonLine Dancer13619
10thBEL15140Bart MeynendonckxFrancis De RoeckGreat @venture111021
11thCAN14911Pierre CarpentierThomas BirdTechnical Difficulties15722
12thCAN15043Robert LevyJon Driver101323
13thAUS15113Ben SchulzJoel MacKensieThe Wonky Donkey91524
14thFRA14959Patrice OlivierJean‑François Nouel81927
15thGBR15157Keith WalkerNicholas ReesFreya141428
16thSUI14859Christina HaerdiCedric LandererFuchur121729
17thCAN14768Bill StrathDave MunroPontificate231134
18thCAN15098Robert ThompsonFrancis WestlakeInfallible171835
19thSUI15063Mianne ErneManuela LiechtiCoppalin Ban201636
20thCAN15134Joe JospeTom Egli212142
21stCAN15106Mark CummingsEvelyn ChisholmEeyore222244
22ndCAN14757Robert WarrenGary BishopRevenge262046
23rdCAN14647Eric OwstonPeter KellyBlanco192948
24thCAN14482Hamish FergusonFraser KeithTutu To Tango252348
25thRSA14877David LaingMark Dee242549
26thGBR14964David MasonChris OglethorpeRumball183351
27thCAN14464Laura MalondaWilliam KellyFriarballs282452
28thUSA15034Clay PoulsonLukas KlierQueso Suiza302656
29thCAN14481Richard QuinlanLiam QuinlanConcorde312859
30thCAN13946Shannon GallinsEric Diller323062
31stCAN14678Philip LockerThomas LockerInvisiball343165
32ndUSA11451Chandler OwenGary GodbersonBenign Lesion353570
33rdIRL14713Frank MillerEd ButlerBlind SquirrelBFD2771
34thCAN14907Liz BrennanEvan MahLoose Cannon27OCS71
35thCAN15033Ken TichkowskyNeil TichkowskyURT29OCS73
36thCAN1504Katherine WalkerDylan ScottMen In Black363773
37thCAN14465John McGuinnessFrançois FortierKnotty Boy383674
38thGBR14872Barbara NewsonGuy NewsonMagiic373875
39thFRA14123Estébàn HernandezMathias SchlickManuebaDNC3276
40thCAN14680James CoxGed McLeanTangeroo33OCS77
41stCAN14915Thibault de ServignyJohn‑Thomas KellySleeping BeautyDNS3478
42ndCAN14835Andrew CarranPatricia CarranLipstickDNCDNC88
42ndUSA12847Fred StewardSarah StewardEcologaDNCDNC88

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