25/05/2019
Gul UK National Championship

Entries: 44
Winner: Ian Dobson crewed by Richard Wagstaff

Report

Gul Fireball National Championship, Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Final Day and overall.

 

Torbay dealt up its most challenging conditions for the final day of the championship. A North Westerly wind blowing out of both the town of Torquay and occasionally out of Paignton. Not only varying in direction it also changed in speed from 5 to 20 knots. It was going to be an interesting final day for the potential champions.

There was a short delay while the race team waited for a window to start the first race of the day. Once the fleet got away it was anybody’s guess which side the wind was going to favour, as a result there were boats making huge gains and then losses. Dave Wade and Richard Pepperdine led round the first mark closely followed by Martyn Lewis & Richard Byne. In the much changing conditions Martyn & Richard passed Dave & Richard to take the win. Ian Dobson & Richard Wagstaff recovered well to come in third with Matt Burge & Dan Schieber – their nearest challenger swallowed up in the pack.

So, for the last race it was a cat and mouse as Ian & Richard chased Matt & Dan around the starting area. The conditions very similar to the first race of the day with once again much place changing all through the race. Christian Birrell & Vyv Townend showed they still had it to put in a second place but it was Ian & Richard who went on to win the race and as a result the Championship.

 

A big thank you to Royal Torbay YC who ran an excellent event both on and off the water. Also to our sponsors – Gul, Hyde, North, Global Insurance and to the UKFA committee.

 

Bronze fleet

1st Roger Etherington & Dave Pannell

2nd Pete Badham & Steve Digby

3rd Andy Robinson & Phil Popple

 

Silver fleet

1st Jack Grogan & Will Sargent

2nd Georgia Booth & Sam Platt

3rd Keith Walker & Nick Rees

 

1st Lady Helm.    Georgia Booth

1s Lady Crew      Christina Tyler

 

1st Under 26 Helm            Issac Marsh

1st Under 26 Crew            Ollie Davenport

 

1st Master Helm                Vince Horey

1st Master crew                 Vyv Townend

 

1st Grand Master helm   Dave Hall

1st Grand master Crew   Russell Thorne

 

Perseverance trophy      Jane and Patrick Collison

Toby Hamer Trophy        Dan Johnson & Ben Latham

Results

2019UKNationals.pdf
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