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Firefly National Championship at Tenby Sailing Club - Day 2

by NFA (with contributions from the fleet) 9 Aug 18:53 BST 6-12 August 2022

Day two of the 2022 Firefly Nationals dawned bright and sunny with a gentle breeze and not a cloud in the sky. There were unconfirmed rumours of the AP flying (flopping?) from the club at 9am which were soon confirmed.

Nationals Organiser Jim explained that the morning breeze was forecast to disappear with the breeze not scheduled to return until 3pm and the Race Officer had called for an initial 2hr postponement with a plan to review at 12:30. Just like the breeze, 12:30 came and went. The fleet were just beginning to crack open the beers when the Delta finally went up at 13:18 and we were going racing!

Race 3 - Kameen Sandwich

Race 3 was another classic Tenby snakes and ladders race - or should that be nadroedd ac ysgolion Dinbych-y-pysgod!

The order at the front was virtually set at mark one with leaders Chris Kameen and Jenny Johnson in F2937 'Smutty' managing to hold on to the end to take the win - their second in quick succession after a great showing at the South Westerns earlier this year. They were followed by Stuart and Robbie Hudson in F3850 'Fursty Ferret'. Paul Kameen and Evie Snedker in F2018 'Biscuit Buffalo' made it a Kameen sandwich.

Behind them in the mid-fleet competition was hotting up as the races ticked down to the division of fleets for Wednesday's Gore. Despite starting third in the gate start, Duckhams wearing middle markers Jamie Webb and Olly Jagger in F2917 'Loosy Goosey' managed to miss much of the first race action. Their decision to follow overnight leader Steve Tylecote and Alice Lucy in F3037 'Grasshopper' off to the left hand proved almost as bad a choice as the one that put this Cambridge pair in the dresses as the wind shifted to the right.

Unfortunately for the lads, any free speed that might have been provided by the additional canvas of the two Duckhams dresses was not quite enough to get them past Ewan and Eriskay Mclellen in F3609 'USA1' and Guy Davison and Emma Hartley in F3007 'Lynestra'.

Race 4 - Day of Kameens

Race 4 is for the RAFSA trophy, originally sponsored by the Royal Air Force Sailing Association, back in the day when large squadrons of silver jets filled the British skies. Today a more accurate acronym would have been RAFted-up and Sailed Away.

By the time the fleet reached the first mark the wind was softening and the tide becoming increasingly relevant. While the leaders slipped away, the middle of the fleet got the joy (chaos?) of massive mark pile ups at both mark 2 and 3. Big losses and big gains for those with the skill and luck to navigate them!

A valiant effort overall by the race officials and the fleet and once again the breeze died on the second beat so the PRO Nigel Denchfield again made the great decision to shorten the course and finish the fleet at the closest point on the race course to bar!

First to cross the line was Paul Kameen and Evie Snedker - a win apiece for the Kameen brothers. Jono Pank and Tameake Diaz in F1954 'Pogie' were 2nd and speedy students James Hammett and Tiger Tellwright in F2594 'Bloodhound' crossed in third.

Monday night meant the first of the class meals and music from local band Elephant Guru. The Kameen brothers (and the rest of the fleet) celebrated their double success in Kameen style. This celebration was extra celebratory as, with the forecast looking even lighter for tomorrow, the PRO made an early call and posted a notice to change the schedule so that Race 6 (race 5 is the Gore and must be sailed on the Wednesday of Firefly Week) would be sailed today with the warning signal not before 15:55.

With the promise of a late start, the fleet enthusiastically drank the club dry of beer and rum and almost out of gin before heading to Jono's to continue the party into the not-so-early-hours.

Their win and second place moves Paul and Evie up to overnight leaders with Steve Tylecote and Alice Lucy three points adrift behind them. Jono Pank and Tomeake Diaz round off the top three. With their win and 7th place Race 3 Ronstan Buddies were Chris Kameen & Jenny Johnson and Alex Baxter & Joe Scarborough and a 3rd and a 24th for Exeter's James Hammett & Tiger Tellwright and Cambridge's Callum Farnden & Hugh Tompkins made it a student shut-out for Race 4.

In the championship within the Championship - the Duckhams award for underachievement - the class's very own Notorious OAP, Guy Davison was riotously clapped into the dress for embracing his villian era and shouting his way around the course. Reportedly pleading "age-related reasons", Guy skipped the presentation forcing his poor crew Emma to have to wear both dresses for the rest of the evening - a guaranteed "worst helm" at Crews Union tonight!

Results after day 2:

1stBiscuit Buffalo2018Paul KameenEvie SnedkerBosham SC4331‑511
2ndPogie1954Jono PankTomeake DiazImperial Poona YC39‑132317
3rdGrasshopper3037Steve TylecoteAlice LucyRutland SC51‑124818
4thBloodhound6James HammettTiger TellwrightExeter University SC‑13293418
5thTip Top Too3007Nigel WakefieldEmily SaundersonNetley SC‑104410220
6thFursty Ferret3850Stuart HudsonRobbie HudsonRoyal Lymington YC‑8825621
7thOfficer Dibble3695Angus CookLucie HopkinsCastaways1511‑12724
8thGemini Too3154Dom JohnsonIzzy JohnsonWest Kirby SC1210‑177130
9thSquabbling Phoenix3625Jenny SmallwoodPhilip AldhousWest Oxfordshire SC9‑1759932
10thSmutty2937Chris KameenJenny JohnsonImperial Poona YC7131‑171233
11thGrendel2803Ed SmithIzzy BrethertonImperial Poona YC141166(DNC)37
12thIris3617Jamie TylecoteFreya PemburyRutland SC1178‑151541
13thDesperado888Hamish WalkerPippa FieldRNSA6‑2116111144
14thScruffy4225Alex BaxterJoe ScarboroughCambridge Uni CC17‑237181052
15thFalken2296John GreenlandRuth GuyImperial Poona YC‑191210161452
16thThe Winter of Discontent1979Ben TylecoteTom OnionsRutland SC16‑191481856
17thSkirmish3615Jamie McEwenAngus McEwenRoyal Lymington YC2141526(BFD)57
18thRizza792Oliver BurrowsHugo BurrowsWest Oxfordshire SC‑25618221359
19th USA1Ewan McLellanEriskay McLellanImperial Poona YC15202013(BFD)68
20thKem2012Ben PymJames EllisSpinnaker Club2015‑26191771
21stLynestra3318Guy DavisonEmma HartleyLlangorse SC181819‑201671
22ndLoosey Goosey4220Jamie WebbOliver JaggerOCSS23162123(RET)83
23rdDaisy the Brave1Chris JamesDaisy NunnExeter University SC(DNF)2624142185
24thMensonge3095Chris GuyIona SherwoodCastaways26222221(BFD)91
25thTinkerbell3288Jason AldousJo MasonPapercourt SC212425‑332898
26thWillow3739Lucy BorehamRachel CrebbinChichester YC2228‑302923102
27thBarry Girl3713Ed MorrisSarah HickmanSpinnaker Club27252327(DNC)102
28thHush3556Ted AshworthElla AshworthNetley SC2427‑322527103
29thChampagne Charlie21Robert GiardelliLizzie AndrewsExeter University SC‑3130293122112
30th 2294Callum FarndenHugh TomkinsOCSS30‑41402419113
31stGo Ballistic1522Ben GreenChloe HardingLymington Town SC29‑34313024114
32ndWater Spider3550Bruno WuetrishJonquil HackenbergRoyal Lymington YC(DSQ)33273920119
33rdMacatoo3957Ben BurrowsBeatrix BurrowsWest Oxfordshire SC‑3635283426123
34thCalypso3779Fiona TylecoteJane HutchinsRutland SC28‑42363525124
35thWizzy Izzy3333Lee TimothyJosh Speakman‑LoweUlley SC3436‑382829127
36th 4Sam DavisMatt BrownExeter University SC3331‑373231127
37thSwansea O Swansea3915Harris GoodmanGeorgia EvansUniversity of Warwick SC‑3729343630129
38th 4115James BallJasmine SpellerWest Oxfordshire SC3532‑393833138
39th 3820Torrin BlazebyLouis SpencerWest Kirby SC32‑38333736138
40thHookey2525Gideon SherwoodBen SherwoodDell Quay SC3837‑414132148
41st 2Freya HalsallEmily BattertonWest Oxfordshire SC39‑40354035149
42nd 3Kieran BowsherWill WhitesideWest Oxfordshire SC403942(DNF)34155
43rdLuciole1956Tim Carver Warsash SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC176

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