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2022 Gul Fireball National Championship at Brightlingsea Sailing Club - Overall

by Dave Hall & Derian Scott 6 Jun 2022 22:01 BST 1-5 June 2022
Gul Fireball Nationals at Brightlingsea day 4 © William Stacey

After a day off racing because of strong winds and a "horrible" sea state, Brightlingsea SC hosted a fantastic Championship dinner. Pudding was a specially made 60th Anniversary Celebration cake.

The fleet launched early as with Saturday's two races being cancelled, the race team were anxious to get the fleet away at the scheduled 11am start and fit in 3 races. This would bring in the discard and achieve 7 races for the overall series.

However, the forecast was not encouraging with the wind set to fade through the day along with some large changes in direction.

Race 5 got away with the remnants of the wind from the previous day - just enough for the heavier teams to trapeze in the patchy gusts. With the tide underneath the start line, a few were caught out with an OCS including the current Championship leaders, Tom Gillard & Andy Thompson. Peter Gray & Simon Foskett crossed the finish first and were followed in by Dan Johnson & Ben Latham with Derian & Andy Scott completing the top three.

After the race, the wind died, backed 40 degrees, and picked up again (but to less than race 5) and the race team set off across the sea to set up a new course for race 6. The lighter winds brought some different faces to the front of the fleet. After lot of place changes with the front runners and some interesting snakes and ladders, Vince Horey & Richard Pepperdine took the win. They were followed in by Russ & Ali Cormack with Tom & Andy pulling up to third spot, consolidating their overall lead.

It was looking tight to get the last race of the day in, but the fleet finally got away under the U flag after a general recall. Peter & Simon relishing the light conditions took the lead and were never challenged taking their second win of the day. This was enough to give them second overall. Tom & Andy followed in second to give them victory for the Championship. Isaac Marsh & Oliver Davenport, having sailed an excellent week, took third place to give the young team third overall.

The Fireballs are extremely grateful to Brightlingsea SC for laying on a fantastic event. The team of volunteers organised by Regatta Chair, Fi Brown, left us wanting for nothing and the club couldn't have been more welcoming.

The Fireball fleet is also incredibly grateful to all our sponsors: Gul Watersports who provided spot prizes of Code Zero Buoyancy Aids and generous vouchers to the top three in the Gold, Silver & Bronze Fleets.

Day sponsors: Allen Brothers, North Sails, Pinnell & Bax and WEST SYSTEM.

We hope to see old and new faces at the 60th Anniversary Celebration event at Hayling Island SC on 1-3 July.

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoBoat NameFleetHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
115122North sails GoldThomas Gillard / MAndy Thompson / M1114(OCS[34])3212
215096DaenerysGoldPeter Gray / MSimon Foskett / M45431‑7118
315162FireballGoldIsaac Marsh / MOliver Davenport / M8321(OCS[34])4321
415155 GoldDavid Hall / MPaul Constable / M‑11437451033
514941SouthpawsGoldDerian Scott / FAndy Scott / M9710‑1138441
615073 GoldSam Mettam / MTim Saunders / M61178‑126543
715107 GoldRichard Cornes / MJames Goodfellow / M5995610‑1144
815130 GoldDaniel Johnson / MBen Latham / M1266‑13212947
915120Team AllenGoldVincent Horey / MRichard Pepperdine / M10(DNC[34])1210111650
1015147Drill it till it SquirtsGoldPaul Cullen / MSimon Forbes / M3213214‑211751
1114940ShrekGoldGeorgia Booth / FFresh (Richard Abendstern) / M210817‑2191258
1215133 GoldKevin Hope / MRussell Thorne / M713‑1791311760
1315124Kyne FireballGoldPeter Kyne / MTom Kyne / M14‑185125161466
1415166 GoldSimon Kings / MJono Loe / M1881161513‑1971
1514837GeoffSilverRussell Cormack / MAli Cormack / F252221(DNC[34])172895
1614915 SilverFrank Miller / MJosh Porter / M19‑2815147271395
1715115Wave RoverSilverSteve Jarred / MTom Jarred / M1514‑221822141598
1815041 SilverMaria Richards / FGraham Hoy / M211214(DNC[34])102023100
1915148Sargeant FireballSilverBryan Sargeant / MWilliam Sargeant / M‑26151815181718101
2014944O'Reilly FireballBronzeDrostan O'Reilly / MPaul Aldridge / M231925(DNS[34])91922117
2114798OhanaSilverNicholas Rees / MEvelyne Schotte / F1624(DNC[34])DNC[34]81826126
2215126RuminatorSilverElaine Tudor / FWarren Tudor / M1716(DNC[34])DNC[34]162816127
2315127AlanBronzeJeremy Atkins / MRichard Botting / M242316(RET[34])251525128
2414822 BronzeJonathan Hughes / MEthan Cheshire / M‑29291920192420131
2514889Millennium FalconSilverBarry Smith / MRick Spring / M‑28212016272528137
2614860 BronzePeter Bettles / MRichard Bettles / M222726192329‑30146
2714242Young GunsBronzeRupert Smith / MChris Turner / M302524(DNC[34])242227152
2814905Walkabout 3SilverCharlie Stewart / MSue Gibson / F131723(DNC[34])DNC[34]DNC[34]DNC[34]155
2915080Afternoon DelightBronzeRoger Etherington / MJo Adams / F2730(DNC[34])DNC[34]202621158
3014787DawnBronzeDavid Pannell / MDawn Jasper / F(RET[34])2627DNS[34]262324160
3114805LunaBronzeHarriet Norman / FEmilie Hood / F31‑322821283031169
3215066SmiffySilverMark Maskell / MNigel Sheppard / M2020(DNC[34])DNC[34]DNC[34]DNC[34]DNC[34]176
3313656SidewinderBronzeTony Godwin / MMatthias Fricke / M(DNC[34])3129RET[34]293129183

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