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2021 Gul Fireball UK National Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Day 2

by Isaac Marsh 2 Oct 10:23 BST 30 September - 3 October 2021
2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals day 2 © Simon Benson

Day 2 Sponsored by Gul and UKGlobal

After a rest day before things had begun the Fireball fleet were chomping at the bit to get out for 3 promised races on day 2 of the Fireball nationals. However, greeted with a force 4-5 and built up swell from yesterday's storm, things were not looking good.

The rescue team launched to check the bar was passible, but after several attempts and air born ribs and committee boat they returned to deliver the bad news to the fleet. After much hanging around and some vicious rumour about a windward leeward in the sand bar infested harbour the fleet started to get restless. Shortly after 1pm the fleet was released to see what they could find out in the bay.

Race 1 got under way with some tasty conditions. Leading the way were British Swimming Team members Arran Holman and James Taylor. A large right hand wind shift made things interesting, turning the run into a tight reach, causing much disorientation and confusion; boats had to drop their kites to make the leeward mark and the beat went very one sided. After a swim from Arran and James, Hugh Watson and Steve Chesney took the lead and managed to hold on to this until the chequered flag, despite Matt Burge and Dan Scheiber breathing down their necks. Anthony and James Willcocks showed a really impressive performance to come home 3rd showing that skill and good judgment can overcome weight and brute force.

Race 2 showed much more stable conditions, but there was still plenty of breeze on. Yet again Arran and James bounced out of the blocks showing a huge amount of speed. The front runners remained very close for the race leaving the door open. The final time round the windward it was still Arran and James out in front, however the power of the fireball proved to be more than that of the 470 resulting in another costly swim for the pair. Matt and Dan took advantage of this to take the win followed by the gents Dave and Paul and then Chips and Vyv.

The 3rd and final race of the day again went shifty with the usual suspects at the front. Again a swim from Arran and James proved to be costly and let Vyv and Chips through to have a battle with Matt and Dan, and Paul and Dave. The race ended with our top 3 in this order.

The fleet returned to the shore, tired but relieved to get 3 races in. Those who had the energy attended the AGM (to be fair, attendance boosted by a pre-AGM teaming incentive!). At the daily prize-giving, 4 lucky sailors received money off vouchers donated by UKGlobal insurance, and Gul provided vouchers for 2 Code Zero Buoyance Aids. We were then treated to a presentation on the 2022 Worlds at Lough Derg by our Irish competitors Frank Miller & Ed Butler. The Irish did a superb sales pitch and there's a buzz going round the UK fleet about next year's Worlds!

Saturday's forecast it looking decidedly unsailable, but we still have the daily prize-giving and the evening curry night to look forward to!

We're incredibly fortunate to have support from our main sponsor, Gul, and further prizes donated by UKGlobal, Ropelocker, Hyde Sails, and North Sails.

Results after Day 2:

PosSain NoNatHelm NameCrew NameClubFleetR1R2R3Pts
1st15123GBRMatt BurgeDan SchieberPoole YCGold2125
2nd15144GBRChips HowarthVyv TownendBough Beech SCGold5319
3rd15155GBRDave HallPaul ConstableBlackwater SCGold82313
4th15141CZEJiri ParuzekJakub KosvicaJachtklub TousenGold114520
5th15147GBRPaul CullenSimon ForbesWier WoodGold68620
6th15112GBRDavid SayceMatt AlvaradoHayling Island SCGold99826
7th1510GBRArran HolmanJames TaylorHollowell SCGold167427
8th14928GBRAnthony WillcocksJames WillcocksPortishead Y&SCGold3131228
9th15124GBRPete KyneTom KyneBrightlingsea SCGold156728
10th15150GBRSteve ChesneyHugh WatsonHayling Island SCSilver1101829
11th15161GBRMaria StanleyTom DarlingHayling Island SCGold1011930
12th14242GBRRupert SmithChris TurnerNewhaven & Seaford SCBronze4241947
13th15145GBRSteve GoacherTom GoacherLymington Town SCSilver13201447
14th15166GBRSimon KingsJono LoeHayling Island SCGold12172150
15th14941GBRDerian ScottAndy ScottChew Valley Lake SCGold26121351
16th14990IREFrank MillerEd ButlerDMYCSilver20141751
17th15162GBRIsaac MarshOliver DavenportNorthamptonGold75DNC53
18th15149GBRChris TurnerColin ParkeHayling Island SCSilver27161053
19th15157GBRKeith WalkerJohn PiattHayling Island SCSilver28151154
20th15045GBRElaine SlaterGraham SlaterPaignton SCSilver21181554
21st15075GBRAndy WillcocksAndrea WillcocksPortishead Y&SCSilver17211654
22nd14940GBRGeorgia BoothMark ThomasHayling Island SCGold23192062
23rd14798GBRNicholas ReesThomas ReesHayling Island SCSilver18222363
24th14391GBRChristine SlaterJo LinePortishead Y&SCSilver22232469
25th14893GBRMike PartridgeClaire DavisHayling Island SCSilver19262570
26th14887GBRPeter BarrThomas PayneHayling Island SCBronze25252272
27th14656GBRMatthew ScottDouglas ByattChew Valley Lake SCBronze24272778
28th14889GBRBarry SmithRick SpringThornbury SCSilver29282683
29th15120GBRVincent HoreyAndrew ThompsonKing George SCGold14DNCDNC96
30th15103GBRNathan RushinJoanne RushinHayling Island SCSilverDNCDNCDNC123
30th15107GBRRichard CornesLawrence CreaserBurghfield SCGoldDNCDNCDNC123
30th15119GBRChris PowlesAdrian KingHayling Island SCBronzeDNCDNCDNC123
30th15127GBRJeremy AtkinsRichard BottingDraycote Water SCSilverDNCDNCDNC123
30th14860GBRPeter BettlesRichard BettlesBroxbourne SCBronzeDNCDNCDNC123
30th13973GBRThomas Harland‑SmithLewis JohnsNewhaven and Seaford SCBronzeDNCDNCDNC123
30th14784GBRGeoff HoldenSophie HoldenTorpoint Mosquito SCBronzeDNCDNCDNC123
30th14963GBRMichael WhitehouseAdam WhitehouseSalcombe/ ChelmarshBronzeDNCDNCDNC123
30th14994GBRDamian AbbattQuentin HayesDraycote WaterBronzeDNCDNCDNC123
30th15013GBRTony GodwinCharlie PlowsRutland SCBronzeDNCDNCDNC123
30th15046GBRPhilip PoppleJ WhiteShoreham SCSilverDNCDNCDNC123

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