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2011 Worlds - Day 4

Fast, furious and frenetic gives way to disappointment

The fleet assembled early in Sligo this morning, ready to embrace a day that offered the prospect of 4 races. Yesterday’s layday, in a true application of Murphy’s Law - this is Ireland we don’t use Sod’s Law - the wind blew and some of our British friends and both the Czech boats took advantage to have a session of their own.

As usual the speculation was on what the wind Gods would give us, Ireland’s Sea Area forecast had promised F4 – 5 moderating to F3 – 4, XC Weather were talking of 15 – 20 knots moderating to 10 – 15 knots. That brought varying degrees of pleasure to the fleet!

In the end the wind ranged from 16 – 21 knots during the races with gusts of around 23/24 knots in-between, direction moved during the day.

Conditions were excellent for Fireball sailing with moderate seas and a steady breeze which was its strongest during the first race.

Three races were sailed today even though the programme was for four. As you can appreciate the reporting of three races in one day can’t allow for the detail that everyone might want so I will instead try and provide a flavour of the day!

The charge to the first weather mark was tight in every race but in the last race in particular, the lead enjoyed by the first three or four boats was very comfortable indeed, not only over each other but relative to the bulk of the fleet. Included in this bunch were Messrs Burge & Wagstaff, Wade & Potts, Horey & Thompson, Gillard & Brearey, Taylor & Anderton, Rush & Pepperdine and Krailing & Saunders. However, black flags were to dictate who were legal finishers and from this bunch came Taylor/Anderton (1st), Gillard/Brearey (2nd) and Schulz/Bowley (3rd).

Schulz & Bowley scored a win in the middle race and were relieved to see the breeze back on the course and were never outside the top 2, losing a place on a gybe mark but recovering to take the gun. Behind them came Gillard/Brearey, Wade/Potts, Horey/Thompson and Krailing/Saunders.

Matt Burge & Richard Wagstaff opened the day’s proceedings with the first race win, leading from start to finish. It was to be their only race finish as they are currently sitting with an OCS and a BFD for races 2 and 3. Wade/Potts took second and Gillard/Brearey 3rd.

For some of the other visitors, the day’s breeze saw a change of fortunes. French pair Martin Peculier & Jean-Francois Nouel, who had scored a fifth on Sunday, put together a 21, 15, 24 today to see them into 18th place overall. Canadians Joe Jospe & Tom Egli had a similar day (16, 24, 11) to lie 20th overall.

Among the Irish, Butler/Oram scored a 9, 11, 14 to see them into the top ten with 5 races completed. Immediately behind them are Kenny Rumball & Seamus Moore who had a 12, 9, 10. Third Irish boat is Simon McGrotty & Tony Fitzgerald in 13th overall.

5 black flags in race 3 have skewed the overall results, as the combinations who have added these to their points collection include Wade/Potts, Burge/Wagstaff and Horey/Thompson. The International Jury has some work on their hands this evening!

Thus with five races completed and a single discard kicking in, the status of the Championship is as follows...

Results after Day 4:

 

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st 15041 Tom Gillard Sam Brearey (BFD) 3 3 2 2 10
2nd 14801 Jonny McGovern Max Capener 2 2 4 -7 7 15
3rd 14954 Alan Krailing Tim Saunders -15 4 7 5 5 21
4th 15065 Tim Rush Richard Pepperdine 5 6 8 -27 8 27
5th 15031 Alex Taylor Richard Anderton (BFD) 9 11 8 1 29
6th 15045 David Wade Simon Potts 8 16 2 3 (BFD) 29
7th 15062 Ben Schulz Philip Bowley (DNF) 21 6 1 3 31
8th 15061 Noel Butler Stephen Oram 3 -25 9 11 14 37
9th 15058 Kenneth Rumball Seamus Moore -14 12 12 9 10 43
10th 15056 Martyn Lewis Richard Byrne 13 13 (BFD) 14 4 44
11th 14917 Remy Thuillier Loic Berthelot 7 15 13 12 -19 47
12th 14941 Darian Scott Andy Scott 12 10 17 -19 9 48
13th 14981 Simon McGrotty Tony Fitzgerald -25 19 10 13 12 54
14th 15070 Phillip Popple Doug Shore 16 7 -23 18 15 56
15th 14907 Guy Tipton Matthew King 9 8 19 (OCS) 20 56
16th 14820 Barry McCartin Conor Kinsella 11 17 18 -20 13 59
17th 15036 Matt Burge Richard Wagstaff 1 1 1 (OCS) BFD 63
18th 15015 Martin Peculier Cantona Nouel (BFD) 5 21 15 24 65
19th 14976 Stuart Hydon Nigel Spurr 20 -24 14 16 17 67
20th 15024 Joe Jospe Thomas Egli 18 -38 16 24 11 69
21st 14934 Andrew Boyle Brian Flahive 4 18 28 -30 23 73
22nd 14977 Jonathan Carter Gareth Wilkinson 19 23 20 -26 18 80
23rd 14894 Chris Owen Steve Jobson 24 22 15 21 -26 82
24th 15020 Vince Horey Andy Thompson (BFD) 14 5 4 BFD 83
25th 14807 Graeme Grant Hugh Butler 23 33 22 10 (DNS) 88
26th 14508 Joerg Nolle Roger Leeman 21 28 25 17 (BFD) 91
27th 15066 Mark Maskell Nigel Sheppard 27 29 -34 22 16 94
28th 14973 Pascal Anselmo Jean Robillard 26 27 24 -33 21 98
29th 14430 Hannah Showell Barry Smith 6 31 37 -39 32 106
30th 14990 Owen Laverty Ed Butler 28 -44 26 25 27 106
31st 14937 Mick Creighton Cillian Magee 17 37 -48 32 22 108
32nd 14809 Jaroslav Verner Jakub Napravnik 10 11 29 (OCS) BFD 110
33rd 14790 Diane Kissane Finbar Bradley 30 26 (BFD) 23 33 112
34th 14713 Frank Miller Grattan Donnelly 22 42 32 (DNF) 25 121
35th 15022 John Manson Ivan Fraser 41 -52 27 29 29 126
36th 14799 Claude Mermod Ruedi Moser (DNS) DNS BFD 6 6 132
37th 14755 David Ryder Michelle Ryder 32 32 -38 35 34 133
38th 14754 Ben Scallan David Fitzgerald 42 39 (BFD) 31 28 140
39th 14748 Jonathan Evans Aidan Caulfield -50 48 30 34 31 143
40th 15007 Louis Smyth Cormac Bradley 31 54 31 28 (DNF) 144
41st 14775 Neil Colin Margaret Casey 29 35 -51 41 39 144
42nd 14945 Steve Patten Brian Aldgate 38 -50 36 38 35 147
43rd 14938 Niall McGrotty Neil Cramer 43 20 43 (DNF) 43 149
44th 14691 Louise McKenna Hermine O'Keeffe 33 36 44 36 (DNF) 149
45th 14939 Ben Malone Matthew Bennion 37 34 41 -46 38 150
46th 14921 Maja Suter Thomas Boehm 39 46 -49 37 30 152
47th 14916 John Jerrard-Dunne Matt Barnes 34 40 35 45 (DNF) 154
48th 14854 Cariosa Power Marie Barry 36 -51 47 44 37 164
49th 14781 Jonathan Nicholson Vivian Bessler 48 -55 33 42 42 165
50th 14623 / 14407 / 14740 Ian O'Gorman Glen Fisher -49 49 40 40 40 169
51st 14877 Cearbhaill Daly Martina Michels -52 43 42 43 41 169
52nd 14765 Gavin Doyle Richard Franck 35 30 52 (DNF) DNF 177
53rd 14853 Ladislav Vomacko Jiri Gemperle 40 56 50 (DNF) 36 182
54th 15063 Mianne Erne Clay Poulson 45 41 45 (DNF) DNF 191
55th 14872 Barbara Newson Guy Newson 51 45 39 (DNF) DNF 195
56th 14706 Patrick Hughes Aine O'Gara 47 47 46 (DNF) DNF 200
57th 14865 Mary Chambers Brenda McGuire 46 53 (DNF) DNF DNF 219
58th 15060 Beth Armstrong Peter Armstrong 44 57 (DNF) DNF DNF 221
59th 14595 Brian O'Neill Una l'Estrange (DNS) DNS DNS DNS DNS 240

The conversation ashore this afternoon is flavoured by the disappointment that a fourth race wasn’t sailed. Conditions appeared to be ideal for Fireballs but a fourth race wasn’t sailed as the Race Management Team sent the fleet ashore – arriving at 14:30. The sun was out, the seas were great for surfing and the wind appeared to be steady – challenging Yes, but this is an event that people have trained for and under what appeared to be ideal sailing conditions, the fleet was ashore by 14:30.

A gallery of photographs will be available at fotosail.com/2011fireballworlds courtesy of Gareth Craig of Fotosail.

 



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