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News / Thailand Worlds Day Three

1 April 2014

Day 3 race no.1 provided another post card day at the Fireball World Championships in Thailand with an increasing 15 knots @ 210 degrees and a tactical 3 knots of tide running across the course.

After a clean start Schulz/Sheppard came from the left in pressure to lead the first mark ahead of followed by Birrell / Breaery then  Batchelor/Pasco   two boat lenghts behind.

The fleet order remained unchanged for the  triangle, loop, triangle course with the top three boats rounding each mark within less than six boats apart.

Allison/Blenkle had a catostophic end by losing their rudder and retiring from the race. Jelina broke a main halyard and Kevin spent time swimming again.

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The second race uncharacteristically matured into a firm and unstable tropical reaching 20 knots in gusts.

After the start the fleet eveningly split up the first beat with boats converging from the port and starboard laylines. The opportunitist Nathan/Sam  from the left in the last 200 metres gained that essential lift and round in first place followed by Schulz/Sheppard and Tom/Fletcher from the right.

Ben hit the lead on the second lap ahead of Nathan but surrended the lead on the run. This seems to be the order of things this week with the Aussies super quick upwind and the Poms having the advantage downhill. The two boats had a great scrap until Ben's gasket peeled off acting as a sea anchor and leaving them to limp to the finish.

Naathan and Sam went on for a solid win. Jack and Tom snuck in to second just ahead of the wounded Ben and Doug who rounded out the top Three.

After six races Brearey / Birrell lead, Bachelor / Pascoe are second and Schulz / Sheppard are third. Any one of the three can still win so the last four races should be exciting.

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On a sombre note Fireball International express their deepest sympathy to Heather McFarlane who's father passed away last night. All our thoughts are with Heather, Chris and their family.

 

Results After Six Races

 

1

GBR 15107

Christian Birrell, Sam Brearey

9.0

1

1

(dsq )

1

2

4

2

GBR 15087

Nathan Batchelor, Sam Pascoe

11.0

2

2

(3 )

3

3

1

3

AUS 15062

Ben Schulz, Doug Sheppard

14.0

(4 )

4

4

2

1

3

4

AUS 15048

Heather MacFarlane, Chris Payne

19.0

3

(6 )

1

4

5

6

5

AUS 15071

Thomas Gordon, Jack Fletcher

19.0

5

3

5

(8 )

4

2

6

AUS 15032

Greg Allison, Allen Blenkle

24.0

7

5

2

5

(dnf )

5

7

CAN 15024

Joe Jospe, Tom Egli

37.0

6

(11 )

6

10

7

8

8

FRA 14793

Erich Moser, Jean-Francois Nouel

38.0

8

(9 )

8

7

6

9

9

GBR 15092

Veronica Falat, Ben Falat

39.0

9

7

9

6

8

(11)

10

AUS 14814

Steve Goacher, Peter Crossley

44.0

(10 )

8

10

9

10

7

11

AUS 14812

Dick McCulloch, Glenn Stewart

51.0

12

10

7

(dnf )

9

13

12

GBR 14887

Bryan Sargeant, William Sargeant

61.0

13

12

13

13

(14 )

10

13

SUI 14859

Christina Haerdi-Landerer, Cedric Landerer

61.0

11

14

12

11

13

(15)

14

AUS 14510

Jim Hughes, Tom Hughes

64.0

15

(19 )

11

12

12

14

15

RSA 14901

David Laing, Mark Dee

65.0

14

13

(16 )

15

11

12

16

AUS 15076

Tim Ninnes, Taylor Neighbour

76.0

16

15

15

14

16

(dnf)

17

AUS 15011

Jaline Thompson-Kambas, Cameron Philcox

80.0

17

18

14

16

15

(dns)

18

SUI 14921

Maja Suter, Thomas Boehm

86.0

19

16

17

17

17

(dnf)

19

AUS 14747

Daniel Wolch, Alan Schaiars

94.0

20

20

19

18

(dns )

17

20

AUS 14265

Kevin Luff, Peta Luff

95.0

21

21

18

19

(dnf )

16

21

THA 10338

Jirawat Jodkby, Dylan Whitcraft

101.0

18

17

(dnf)

dnf

dnc

dnc

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