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Fireball Inland Championships at Draycote

An unusually warm October weekend met 34 Fireball teams for the 2013 Fireball Inland Championships, hosted by Draycote Water Sailing Club.

A fickle breaze developed enabling only a minor delay to Saturdays first race. With the wind dropping in from each side of the course, the race officer finally managed to get the fleet away, albeit in a significant left shift. The early tack off the line saw a number of boats pop into the front row, although this was later partially undone when more wind on the port layline brought the first group into the windward mark.

Sam Mettam, fresh from a season long break from the class, and 2013 National Champion crew Rich Anderton, took command of the first race, sailing off into a comfortable lead. Usual suspects Dave Wade/Ben McGrane and Dave Hall/Paul Constable finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively with Ian Dobson/Ben Ainsworth recovering to a 4th.

A similar story in race 2 saw the early tack off the port end of the line look like a winning stratergy. The Irish boat of Connor and James Clancy led around the first lap, with Mettam/Anderton and Dobson/Ainsworth stretching away from the pack. In retaliation of Mettam's [arrogant yet comical] toilet break on the second reach, Dobson/Ainsworth picked their way round to take the lead. The race ended Dobson, Mettam, Clancy with Mark Maskell and Nigel Sheppard leading the next group into 4th.

A slowly disintegrating breeze died to nothing in the 3rd race. Still the race continued, albeit in a slow, painful and at times random fashion. Simon Maskell and Richard Wagstaff sailed a well-controlled race to maintain the lead and drift themselves to a bullet. The lightweights of Anthony and James Willcocks were unfortunate to lose out to Dobson and Ainsworth on the last beat, but sailed a solid 3rd place with Mettam/Anderton in 4th.

Sunday morning promised a little more breeze. After a lazy start the fleet got out to a perfect flat wiring and sunny day on the water. The first race was still shifty however, with the middle of the beat generally paying. Two boats contesting the lead from the start were Hall/Constable and Dobson/Ainsworth. The chasing pack of Maskell/Wagstaff, Mettam/Anderton and Wade/McGrane were not able to reel in the front two but contested a tight race for 3rd place. With Dobson/Ainsworth taking the win and Mettam/Anderton taking 4th and only one more race scheduled Dobson and Ainsworth need only stop Mettam winning the final race to take the Championship. With this in mind a degree of prestart tomfoolery resulted in the two teams being pushed in to the middle of the fleet. Mettam did well to overhaul Dobson and recover to a 4th, but never challenged for the lead. Hall/Constable took the win in the final race to end a great day on the water with Wade/McGrane in 2nd.

Outside the top 5 the racing was highly competitive with some wildly varying scores and the odd black flag!

Special thanks to Draycote and event sponsors Allen Brothers and NeilPryde.

Overall Results:

 

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st 1508 Ian Dobson Ben Ainsworth SMVC/Wessex Exempt 4 1 2 1 ‑9 8
2nd 15081 Sam Mettam Richard Anderton Hayling Island 1 2 ‑4 3 4 10
3rd 15093 Simon Maskell Richard Wagstaff Hunts ‑6 5 1 4 3 13
4th 15083 David Wade Ben McGrane Northampton 2 8 ‑10 5 2 17
5th 15085 David Hall Paul Constable Thorpe Bay 3 12 ‑13 2 1 18
6th 1509 Barry McCartin Conor Kinsella Royal st George 5 7 8 (DNC) 8 28
7th 15066 Mark Maskell Nigel Sheppard Blackwater 12 4 6 ‑16 7 29
8th 14977 Jonathan Carter Gareth Wilkinson Chelmarsh 7 13 5 (DNC) 5 30
9th 15013 Alex Piggott John Rowell Notts County 8 9 7 9 (DNC) 33
10th 14885 Fiona Gray Tim Vick Waldringfield 10 6 ‑17 10 12 38
11th 14837 Russ Cormack Ali Cormack Budworth ‑23 10 11 17 6 44
12th 14801 Richard Cornes James Goodfellow Milton Keynes 13 11 12 8 ‑16 44
13th 14807 Conor Clancy James Clancy Royal st George 16 3 9 (DNC) 19 47
14th 14928 Anthony Willcocks James Willcocks Portishead 15 ‑21 3 20 10 48
15th 14785 Rob Daniels Simon Lomas‑Clarke Paignton 17 14 ‑18 7 13 51
16th 15045 Christine Slater Graham Slater Paignton 9 15 ‑20 12 15 51
17th 14778 Mike Deane Iain Jennings Draycote 20 18 ‑27 11 14 63
18th 14229 Geoff Holden Sophie Holden Northampton 11 26 14 13 ‑27 64
19th 14430 Barry Smith Olivia Stodieck Thornbury 22 17 15 15 ‑26 69
20th 14798 Lucy Riley Tim Riley Blackwater ‑25 25 23 6 17 71
21st 15041 Maria Richards Jez White Blackwater 19 19 24 (RET) 11 73
22nd 15056 Colin Snowdon Karen Hiles Draycote 18 ‑23 16 18 21 73
23rd 14821 Nick Hurst Jake Elsbury Shoreham 14 27 21 (DSQ) 18 80
24th 14953 Gavin Doyle Owen Laverty Dublin 24 16 22 (RET) 24 86
25th 14771 Terry Forbes Lol Hayward Staunton Harold 21 20 (DNC) 23 22 86
26th 14391 Hannah Showell Jo Lines Teignmouth 28 24 19 19 ‑29 90
27th 14454 Graham Gittins Martin Bunn Chelmarsh 27 ‑28 28 21 23 99
28th 14843 Paul Anthony Nick Lewis Draycote 29 22 26 (DSQ) 25 102
29th 15038 David Warner Stewart Scarff Shoreham 26 ‑30 25 22 30 103
30th 14111 Jane Collison Pat Collison Draycote 30 ‑31 29 26 31 116
31st 15016 Peter Slack Jamie Pearson Draycote (DNC) DNC DNC 14 20 118
32nd 12910 Geoff Johns Lucy Sparrow Shustoke ‑32 32 30 25 32 119
33rd 14705 John Edward Tenney Quentin Hayes Draycote (DNC) DNC DNC 24 28 136
34th 14336 David Merritt Claire Simmons Draycote 31 29 (DNC) DNC DNC 144

 



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