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Fireball World Championship at Pointe Claire Yacht Club - Overall

by Derian Scott 31 Aug 17:16 BST 25-30 August 2019

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.

Race 9 got away first time in a 15 knots westerly. The wind clocked right on the first beat and Heather and Chris locked into this, rounding in first and blasting off down the broad first reach, never to be caught. Dobbo and Waggers, who had rounded in second, capsized at the leeward mark and dropped to 6th. They then sailed a spectacular beat rounding the second windward mark in 2nd and holding this to the finish. The French team of Ludo and Remy again had fantastic speed and took the 3rd spot, followed by Isaac and Olly in 4th. The battle for the title was still on!

In Race 10 the wind was building while the race committee set up for the final race. A few teams decided to head for shore, but the majority stayed out to start in 22 knots. Again, right paid and Dobbo and Waggers had a good lead by the first mark, despite nursing a damaged rudder. All teams chose to 2 sail the 1st reach, fighting gusts of 28 knots. Fireballs were reaching warp speed, bouncing over chaotic waves, and many teams took the opportunity to inspect their slot gaskets!

The 2nd reach was broader and up went the kites. Both Czech teams of Martin and Roman, and Jan and Jiri were relishing the conditions, but Isaac and Olly turned on their magic to take 2nd place, followed by Martin and Roman in 3rd.

The rudder held together, and the final race win enabled Ian Dobson and Richard Wagstaff (GBR) take the title of World Champions, with Heather and Chris (AUS), who sailed the regatta of their lives, just 4 points behind in second. The French team of Ludovic Collin and Remy Thuillier took the 3rd spot, having sailed a fantastically consistent series, discarding a 5th and a 6th.

Then on to the final competition of the day... loading the containers! The UK container narrowly beat the the European one, despite the UK team needing to work in close proximity to Isaac's under-pant garden (which he hopes to take home in hand luggage).

The evening prize giving was a sumptuous affair, with a sophisticated 5 course meal. Peter Kelly kept proceedings on track in a very entertaining manner, with the Mayor of Pointe Claire and Christina Haerdi awarding the trophies. Several crews' union prizes were presented to worthy recipients, including Urs Haerdi for taking amazing photos from the smallest inflatable boat ever, and Jean Francois Nouel (aka Cantona) for having crewed in the most Fireball World Championships... 23!

Ian Dobson, wearing his new champions lumberjack shirt, gave an entertaining speech and spoke for the fleet in thanking the organisers, the race officer, Madeleine, and her race team, and the competitors. Thanks also went to John McGuinness and Peter Kelly for entertaining us all week. What a fantastic event!

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewBoat NameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1stGBR15161Ian DobsonRichard WagstaffOrchitisRoyal Thames Yacht Club1‑5‑5313312115
2ndAUS15152Heather MacfarlaneChris PayneRLOBlack Rock YC433141‑1121‑719
3rdFRA14917Ludovic CollinRemy ThuillierSRBrest‑6422‑55533529
4thSUI14799Claude MermodRuedi MoserRC Oberhofen / SC Walensee511‑109214‑10831
5thGBR15162Isaac MarshOliver DavenportTinderellaDovestone SC7‑8653‑14754239
6thCZE15019Martin KubovyRoman RocekKriplkaraYC Lazne Tousen / YC Neratovice3‑974772‑108341
7thGBR14941Derian ScottAndy ScottSouthppawsChew Valley Lake SC‑16212‑166446131259
8thCZE14981Jan JedlickaJiri GemperlePussy Magnet IncludedYC Neratovice212‑177‑13131075662
9thSUI14859Christina HaerdiCedric LandererFuchurDSSC12‑17413211131112‑1678
10thBEL15140Bart MeynendonckxFrancis De RoeckGreat @ventureHofstade Sailing Club (HZC)11101098‑19812‑141078
11thGBR15157Keith WalkerNicholas ReesFreyaHayling Island Sailing Club141496‑17(OCS)61471484
12thAUS15113Ben SchulzJoel MacKensieThe Wonky DonkeyLargs Bay Sailing Club915‑181710‑261299485
13thCAN15134Joe JospeTom EgliPointe Claire Yacht Club‑21‑211911196986987
14thCAN14911Pierre CarpentierThomas BirdTechnical DifficultiesPointe Claire Yacht Club157815129‑161511(OCS)92
15thCAN15043Robert LevyJon DriverPointe Claire Yacht Club1013118151614(DNF)16(DNS)103
16thFRA14959Patrice OlivierJean‑François NouelCN Pornic81914261815(DNF)1615(DNF)131
17thCAN14766Debbie KirkbyGreg FergusonLine DancerGlenmore Sailing Club1361312148(DNF)(DNC)23DNF132
18thCAN15098Robert ThompsonFrancis WestlakeInfallibleRoyal Victoria Yacht Club171823181612‑2521‑2517142
19thCAN14768Bill StrathDave MunroPontificatePointe Claire Yacht Club231121212017‑261721(DNF)151
20thGBR14964David MasonChris OglethorpeRumballWeir Wood Sailing Club18‑332024‑321023191722153
21stRSA14877David LaingMark DeeGeorge Lakes Yacht Club2425‑27‑27262015132013156
22ndCAN15106Mark CummingsEvelyn ChisholmEeyoreCadboro Bay Sailing Association2222222222‑32‑30181918165
23rdSUI15063Mianne ErneManuela LiechtiCoppalin BanSCH201616232418‑282822(DNF)167
24thCAN14757Robert WarrenGary BishopRevengeRoyal Victoria Yacht Club2620‑31‑30112220222423168
25thCAN14647Eric OwstonPeter KellyBlancoPointe Claire Yacht Club19291525‑33‑3119291815169
26thIRL14713Frank MillerEd ButlerBlind SquirrelDMYC(BFD)2728‑29292821232611193
27thCAN14482Hamish FergusonFraser KeithTutu To TangoGlenmore Sailing Club2523292821211730(DNC)(DNC)194
28thCAN15033Ken TichkowskyNeil TichkowskyURTWabamun Sailing Club29(OCS)25143127222028(DNF)196
29thCAN14464Laura MalondaWilliam KellyFriarballsPointe Claire Yacht Club2824261923253125(DNF)(DNF)201
30thCAN14481Richard QuinlanLiam QuinlanConcordeSt. Mary's Sailing Club3128‑32‑34252918243220207
31stCAN13946Shannon GallinsEric DillerCadboro Bay Sailing Association‑32303020282329‑333021211
32ndCAN14907Liz BrennanEvan MahLoose CannonAlberta Sailing Association27(OCS)‑3332272427262724214
33rdUSA15034Clay PoulsonLukas KlierQueso SuizaArizona Yacht Club3026‑343130‑3532272925230
34thCAN14680James CoxGed McLeanTangerooRoyal Victoria Yacht Club33(OCS)243334342435(DNF)DNC260
35thGBR14872Barbara NewsonGuy NewsonMagiicPentland Firth Yacht Club373836‑41‑414035313119267
36thCAN14678Philip LockerThomas LockerInvisiballNepean Sailing Club3431‑38353837343233(DNF)274
37thUSA11451Chandler OwenJeremy KennedyBenign LesionHarbour Island3535374035303634(TLE)(TLE)282
38thFRA14123Estébàn HernandezMathias SchlickManuebaYCVL(DNC)3235364033(TLE)TLEDNCDNC305
39thCAN14915Thibault de ServignyJohn‑Thomas KellySleeping BeautyPointe Claire Yacht Club(DNS)343937363637(TLE)TLEDNF305
40thCAN1504Katherine WalkerDylan ScottMen In BlackPointe Claire Yacht Club36374039393933(TLE)(DNF)DNF306
41stCAN14465John McGuinnessFrançois FortierKnotty BoyPointe Claire Yacht Club38364138373838(TLE)(TLE)DNF309
42ndUSA12847Fred StewardSarah StewardEcologaMoraine Sailing Club(DNC)(DNC)DNFDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC344

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