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

by Isaac Marsh & Derian Scott 4 Oct 09:04 BST 30 September - 3 October 2021
2021 Gul Fireball UK Nationals © Christophe Favreau /

Day 3 Sponsored by Gul and Ropelocker (by Isaac Marsh)

Day 3 greeted the fleet with gusts of 45 knots meaning that another well earned rest day was granted. I’m sure that the AP over A had been hoisted before the likes of Mr Horey and cohort had even thought about leaving their beds, a stroke of luck considering their antics the night before. Even though racing was cancelled many of the fleet still enjoyed the afternoon by many viewing the new Bond film and drawing swamps on Pictionary. The evening provided some great entertainment starting with a very generous prize draw sponsored by Ropelocker, 2 spot prize winners who will be receiving Gul Code Zero Buoyancy Aids, and a fantastic curry hosted by HISC. The evening ended for many with some ‘50 shades’ style rope games, ‘To Be or Knot to be a Fireballer’, only stoping short of Chris Turner suggestion of throwing in a bed. Using rope supplied by Ropelocker, teams of 2 had one arm tied to their team mate, and used their spare hands to tie a series of knots – the quickest team of Matt Scott & Doug Byatt winning a Ropelocker bag of goodies!

All in all despite the lack of sailing the fleet managed to use their intuition and keep them selves out of too much mischief.

Word on the grape vine was that we could expect a 9:30 start in the harbour to try and get at least one race in before the wind piped up again.

Day 4 sponsored by Gul and Hyde Sails (by Derian Scott)

The fleet got to the boat park bright and early, rather bemused by the flat water and lack of howling wind. The RO decided that the sea state in the bay was manageable enough for the fleet, so instead of racing in the harbour we headed out to a race course off East Wittering. With the tide underneath us and with a rather eager fleet, we ended up with 2 general recalls. Several boats fell foul of the black flag including Nationals contenders Chips & Vyv. The first race of the day was in classic Hayling conditions – great surfing in the 15 to 20 knot westerly. The fleet stormed round the course, but no-one could catch Arran Holman & James Taylor, who have discarded their water wings in favour of trophies! Matt Burge & Dan Schieber finished 2nd and Jiri Paruzek and Jakub Kosvica from the Czech Republic in 3rd.

Just as race 2 got away first time under the black flay, the wind speed jumped from 18 to 25 knots and the sea started to get whipped up. Gusts approaching 30 knots resulted in many capsizes all over the course. On lap 2 many boats decided that the best place for the spinnaker was firmly in the bag, but the legs were broad and those who braved the hoists and drops were rewarded with a speedy downwind flyer! Arran and James again took the win followed by Fireball legend David Sayce with Matt Alvarado in 2nd and Chips and Vyv in 3rd.

Matt and Dan came 5th, but their previous results were enough to secure the championship with Chips & Vyv 2nd overall and newcomers to the fleet Arran & James 3rd.

Prizes galore were handed out with vouchers generously provided by Gul. The final spot prize draw of the week was for a spinnaker, provided by Hyde Sails. The lucky winners were Jiri Paruzek and Jakub Kosvica – that and the racing made their long journey worth it!

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

Thank you to the entire race management team at HISC, and to the club and its members for giving such a warm welcome to the Fireball and 505 fleets. The Fireballs will be back in 2022 to celebrate 60 years of the Fireball!

Overall Results:
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PosSain NoNatHelm NameCrew NameClubFleetR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st15123GBRMatt BurgeDan SchieberPoole YCGold2122‑57
2nd15144GBRChips HowarthVyv TownendBough Beech SCGold531(BFD)312
3rd1510GBRArran HolmanJames TaylorHollowell SCGold‑16741113
4th15155GBRDave HallPaul ConstableBlackwater SCGold‑8236415
5th15141CZEJiri ParuzekJakub KosvicaJachtklub TousenGold11453(RET)23
6th15162GBRIsaac MarshOliver DavenportNorthamptonGold75(DNC)4723
7th15112GBRDavid SayceMatt AlvaradoHayling Island SCGold‑9985224
8th15124GBRPete KyneTom KyneBrightlingsea SCGold‑15678829
9th15150GBRSteve ChesneyHugh WatsonHayling Island SCSilver110‑1871735
10th15161GBRMaria StanleyTom DarlingHayling Island SCGold10119(BFD)636
11th14928GBRAnthony WillcocksJames WillcocksPortishead Y&SCGold3131214‑2242
12th15145GBRSteve GoacherTom GoacherLymington Town SCSilver13‑201411947
13th15157GBRKeith WalkerJohn PiattHayling Island SCSilver‑281511101551
14th15149GBRChris TurnerColin ParkeHayling Island SCSilver‑271610151455
15th14242GBRRupert SmithChris TurnerNewhaven & Seaford SCBronze4‑2419211660
16th14941GBRDerian ScottAndy ScottChew Valley Lake SCGold2612139(DNC)60
17th15075GBRAndy WillcocksAndrea WillcocksPortishead Y&SCSilver17‑2116161160
18th15147GBRPaul CullenSimon ForbesWier WoodGold686(BFD)DNC61
19th14940GBRGeorgia BoothMark ThomasHayling Island SCGold‑231920121061
20th15166GBRSimon KingsJono LoeHayling Island SCGold12172113(DNC)63
21st14990IREFrank MillerEd ButlerDMYCSilver‑201417192070
22nd14391GBRChristine SlaterJo LinePortishead Y&SCSilver2223‑24171274
23rd14893GBRMike PartridgeClaire DavisHayling Island SCSilver19‑2625181375
24th14798GBRNicholas ReesThomas ReesHayling Island SCSilver182223‑241881
25th14656GBRMatthew ScottDouglas ByattChew Valley Lake SCBronze24‑2727222194
26th15045GBRElaine SlaterGraham SlaterPaignton SCSilver211815(DNC)DNC95
27th14889GBRBarry SmithRick SpringThornbury SCSilver‑292826231996
28th14887GBRPeter BarrThomas PayneHayling Island SCBronze252522(DNC)DNC113
29th15120GBRVincent HoreyAndrew ThompsonKing George SCGold14(DNC)DNCBFDDNC137
30th14963GBRMichael WhitehouseAdam WhitehouseSalcombe/ ChelmarshBronze(DNC)DNCDNC20DNC143
31st14994GBRDamian AbbattQuentin HayesDraycote WaterBronze(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC164
31st15013GBRTony GodwinCharlie PlowsRutland SCBronze(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC164
31st15046GBRPhilip PoppleJ WhiteShoreham SCSilver(DNC)DNCDNCBFDDNC164
31st14860GBRPeter BettlesRichard BettlesBroxbourne SCBronze(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC164
31st13973GBRThomas Harland‑SmithLewis JohnsNewhaven and Seaford SCBronze(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC164
31st14784GBRGeoff HoldenSophie HoldenTorpoint Mosquito SCBronze(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC164
31st15103GBRNathan RushinJoanne RushinHayling Island SCSilver(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC164
31st15107GBRRichard CornesLawrence CreaserBurghfield SCGold(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC164
31st15119GBRChris PowlesAdrian KingHayling Island SCBronze(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC164
31st15127GBRJeremy AtkinsRichard BottingDraycote Water SCSilver(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC164

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