Staunton Harold SC Open
Staunton Harold SC

21/03/2020 - 22/03/2020


Hayling Island SC Open
Hayling Island SC

02/05/2020 - 03/05/2020


Brightlingsea SC Open (Golden Dolphin)
Brightlingsea SC

06/06/2020 - 07/06/2020


Blackwater SC Open Meeting
Blackwater SC

20/06/2020 - 21/06/2020


UK National Championship
Weymouth & Portland NSA

25/07/2020 - 28/07/2020


Lyme Regis Fireball Open

Twenty-one Fireballs arrived at Lyme Regis SC to a glorious sunny day with a good force 2-3 blowing from the West.  With a highly competitive fleet comprising of both the current National and European Champions not to mention the three  ex-World Champions the racing was always going to be hotly contested.

The first race was a drag out to sea, first around the windward mark saw Dave Wade and Ben McGrane followed closely by DJ Edwards and Simon Potts.  The race officer set the perfect Fireball course with on the limit tight reaches; by the end of the race Chips Howarth and Vyv Townsend had moved ahead of DJ and this was the positions at finish.

The second race was held in a building breeze topping a force 4. DJ made the perfect start and was never threatened.  Four boats battled for the next minor places, Phil Popple and Gavin Tilson held their nerve following a tense final run only to lose their second place with an untimely nose dive which allowed Andy Smith and Jon Mildred through for second.

The fleet now tired returned to the shore to enjoy the pleasant curry and local beers on offer in the sailing club.

The second day was equally sunny but where had all the wind gone? The race officer postponed until there was at least 5 knots on the water. Having set afloat the fleet managed only one race in the dying breeze, Vince Horey and Jim Hunt looked to be the masters of the conditions only to blow it on the tiny leg to the finish allowing Chips through to win the race. Dave Wade and Ben followed in third which was enough to secure the open meeting.

Many thanks to Lyme Regis for holding the open, the first for many years and hopefully of many more to come.


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