2019 Gul National Championship


Royal Torbay Yacht Club is the proud host of our Gul National Championships in 2019.

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club has been at the heart of sailing in Torbay for over 150 years, boasts a long, distinguished heritage and continues to move forward in meeting the demands of the modern day.

Its splendid and historic clubhouse sits above the habour and in 2017 underwent significant refurbishment. The growing reputation of the resturant [email protected] Yacht Club and the recently decorated Corinthian Room has established the club as a venue of choice for many and is home to a busy social programme. The members bar and terrace garden with panoramic views over Tor Bay are there for all to relax and enjoy.

The club has over many years established a well deserved reputation for staging first class World, European and National Championships.

The event will run from Saturday 25th May through to Tuesday 28th May and includes 4 days and 8 races in the beautiful waters of Tor Bay.

The English Riviera climate with its palm trees, sheltered bay and good winds so why not join us and make this an event to remember?


Gul Nationals 2019


Register here 

The Event:

This is the draft agenda and will be updated as the event draws near, it is subject to change due to weather or other circumstances outside our control.

Friday 24th May


Arrivals & Measuring

Saturday 25th May


Arrivals, Registration, Measuring, Racing followed by Prize Giving with a Commodore’s Reception

Sunday 26th May


Racing followed by Prize Giving then Class Dinner followed by Worlds in Howth 2020 & Evening Entertainment

Monday 27th May


Racing followed by Prize Giving, AGM & Musical Entertainment

Tuesday 28th May


Racing followed by Prize Giving


Registration and Entry:

Both crew and helm must be members of the UK Fireball Association prior to registering for the event.

Discounts are applied for:

Maximum discount is £30 per entry.

£15 per Youth

£30 Classic Boat

Deadline/Cut-off Cost per entry
(includes all socials)
9th March 2019 £199
4th May 2019 £239
25th May 2019 £269


Notice of Race:

All competitors are advised to read the NOR prior to the event.

Gul Fireball Nationals 2019 NOR

2019 Notice of Race Amendment No, 1 [Published 31st January 2019]

2019 Notice of Race Amendment No, 2 [Published 12th February 2019]


Register here

Then keep watching this page or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates through the whole period leading up to the event.



Match Making:

If you have a boat but are short of a crew/helm or wanting to compete but don't have a ride then email us at [email protected] and we will post it here and hopefully we can help make a match for a winning team.

Name Looking For Contact Details Status
Rhos Hawes Source a boat [email protected] Still Looking
Morgan Peach I’m looking to charter a fireball for this years nationals in Torquay, me and my crew sail a 49er in the GB squad and both did 470’s. Looking for a relatively competitive boat to go in and happy to pay a bit or buy a Jib if that’s something anyone’s interested in. [email protected] Still Looking
Rick Cornes My boat is available for charter GBR15107   Still Available
James Bishop Looking for a ride for the fireball nationals 20 year old ex British Sailing Team 470 crew keen to get involved with fireballs. [email protected] Still Looking


Clothing: New

If you would like some event branded clothing we have T-shirts, Polo Shirts, Sweatshirts and Hoodies ranging from £11 to just under £23 which I think you will agree is very reasonable. The supplier is the same as last year so anyone who bought one in 2018 will know the quality and sizes work well including ones specifically designed for women.

Have look what is on offer by clicking on the link below and place your order so you can wear it at the event.

Gul Fireball Nationals 2019 Clothing

Where to Stay:

Here are some links which you might find useful in trying to sort your accommodation. If you have an extra room then post something on our forum for others to see.


Torquay: where to stay and see



Note: Parking for motorhomes and campers is also available at Torquay Rugby Club. Further details available from [email protected]

Subject to agreement with Torbay Council parking for smaller motorhomes and campervans may also be available on the top floor of the Harbour Car Park.


Things to Do:

Looking for something for the rest of the family whilst you are out sailing? Have a look at some of these links for ideas.

Torquay: where to stay and see





Entries List:

Below is the list of entries received.

Last Updated: 19th April 2019

# Hull # Country Helm Helm's Club Crew Crew's Club Status
1 15145 United Kingdom Steve Goacher Lymington Town SC Tom Goacher Lymington Town SC Complete
2 15147 United Kingdom Paul Cullen Wier Wood SC Simon Forbes Staunton Harold SC Complete
3 TBC United Kingdom Isaac Marsh Dovestones SC Oliver Davenport Redesmere SC Complete
4 15114 United Kingdom John Hayes West Lancs SC Joel James   Complete
5 14941 United Kingdom Derian Scott Chew Valley Lake SC Andy Scott Chew Valley Lake SC Complete
6 15155 United Kingdom Dave Hall Blackwater SC Paul Constable Blackwater SC Complete
7 15121 United Kingdom Bryan Thompson Hayling Island SC Simon Benson Hayling Island SC Complete
8 14889 United Kingdom Barry Smith Thornbury SC Rick Spring Thornbury SC Complete
9 13944 United Kingdom Dan Johnson Errwood SC Ben Latham Errwood SC Complete
10 15086 United Kingdom Allan Tyler Lyme Regis SC Christina Tyler Lyme Regis SC Complete
11 15120 United Kingdom Vince Horey King George SC Andrew Thompson Poole YC Complete
12 14622 United Kingdom Jane Collison Draycote Water SC Patrick Collison Draycote Water SC Complete
13 TBC United Kingdom Simon Kings Hayling Island SC Jono Loe Hayling Island SC Complete
14 14940 United Kingdom Georgia Booth Hayling Island SC TBC TBC Complete
15 15151 United Kingdom Martyn Lewis Draycote Water SC Richard Byne Draycote Water SC Complete
16 14991 United Kingdom Andy Robinson Draycote Water SC Tim Morgan None Complete
17 15073 United Kingdom Sam Mettam Papercourt SC Tim Saunders Staunton Harold SC Complete
18 15024 Canada Joe Jospe Pointe Claire YC Tom Egli Pointe Claire YC Complete
19 15143 United Kingdom David Wade Draycote Water SC Richard Pepperdine Staunton Harold SC Complete
20 14784 United Kingdom Geoff Holden Torpoint Mosquito SC Sophie Holden Torpoint Mosquito SC Complete
21 15124 United Kingdom Pete Kyne Brightlingsea SC Tom Kyne Brightlingsea SC Complete
22 15097 United Kingdom Roger Etherton Brightlingsea SC David Pannell Brightlingsea SC Complete
23 15123 United Kingdom Matt Burge Poole YC Dan Schieber Poole YC Complete
24 15045 United Kingdom Christine Slater Portishead Y & SC Graham Slater Portishead Y & SC Complete
25 15127 United Kingdom Jeremy Atkins Draycote Water SC Richard Botting Draycote Water SC Complete
26 14950 United Kingdom Chris Thorne Lyme Regis SC Lawrence Creaser Hayling Island SC Complete
27 15075 United Kingdom Andy Willcocks Portishead Y & SC Andrea Willcocks Portishead Y & SC Complete
28 15133 United Kingdom Kevin Hope Notts County SC Russell Thorne Lyme Regis SC Complete
29 14928 United Kingdom Anthony Willcocks Portishead Y & SC James Willcocks Portishead Y & SC Complete
30 14600 United Kingdom Ben Altman Dittisham SC Robin Simpson Portishead Y & SC Complete
31 15130 United Kingdom David Winder Holloingworth Lake SC Ben Rayner Yorkshire Dales SC Complete
32 TBC United Kingdom Ian Dobson Royal Thames YC Richard Wagstaff   Processing
33 15148 United Kingdom Jack Grogan West Mersea YC William Sargeant Blackwater SC Complete
34 14592 United Kingdom Charlie Sansom Bowmoor SC Chris Jenkins Bowmoor SC Complete
35 14789 United Kingdom Hannah Finlay Starcross YC Gordon Finlay Starcross YC Processing
36 15160 United Kingdom Pete Badham Draycote Water SC Steve Digby Draycote Water SC Processing
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