June

6

Brightlingsea SC Open (Golden Dolphin)
Brightlingsea SC

06/06/2020 - 07/06/2020
June

20

Blackwater SC Open Meeting
Blackwater SC

20/06/2020 - 21/06/2020
October

10

Chew Valley Lake SC
Chew Valley Lake SC

10/10/2020 - 11/10/2020

Grand National at Riva del Garda

Last weekend saw 54 fireballs from around the world converge on the sailing mecca that is Riva Del Garda for three days racing that decided the 2007 Grand National, the first event of a fantastic triple header culminating in the World Championship at Lake Silvaplana in Switzerland.

Day 1 - Sunday

Race 1
54 boats got away for race 1 in the Southerly Ora breeze of 12-15 knots. Matt Mee/Richard Wagstaff led all the way round from the windward mark with Andy Smith/Jonny Mildred in hot pursuit. Richard Estaugh/Rob Gardner finished 3rd and Chips Howarth/Vyv Townend 4th.

Race 2
David Edwards/Simon Potts lead from the windward mark closely followed by Chips Howarth/Vyv Townend, Vince Horey/Andy Thompson and Estaugh/Gardner. Behind this group Mee/Wagstaff, Smith/Mildred and Becky Priest/Tim Saunders all sailed lower on the run keeping them in touch with the bunch. Mee/Wagstaff got through to 1st with Edwards/Potts pulling through to 2nd and Howarth/Townend 3rd.

Day 2 - Monday

Race 3
Racing took place in a shifty 14 knot 'Peler' breeze from the north and saw Peter and James Wood lead at the windward mark. They battled with Howarth/Townend, Edwards/Potts and Horey/Thompson. The Woods lost these three boats around the course but managed to hold on to 4th. Veronica and Ben Falat held 5th from Massimo Dinale/Pierluca Debernardis 6th.

Race 4 
The shifting wind continued having dropped 8 knots. The right hand side of the beat favoured Dave Giles and Dave Mason with Andy Pearce and Jon Bale closely second at the windward mark. The lighter wind made the run more tactical with many close fought place changes. At the finish Mee/Wagstaff had pulled through to 1st with Edwards/Potts 2nd.

Race 5
The right hand side of the beat was again favoured with Pearce/Bale just leading Edwards/Potts at the windward mark. Despite being constantly challenged by the following pack and place changes on the second beat, Pearce/Bale lead Mee/Wagstaff at the finish with Edwards/Potts third.

Monday started with rain and no wind, weather which was to continue until mid afternoon when the race committee made a popular decision to finish the event there.

This meant that the overall winners were Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff continuing their good form of this year.

Fraglia della Vela Riva organised a great event for the Fireballs, both on and off the water. Competitors particularly appreciated the pasta after sailing each day.

Following the Grand National competitors now have two options. Top up the tan for a few more days and enjoy some more blasting on Lake Garda or take the trip up to the mountains to Lake Silvaplana in Switzerland and take part in the Pre worlds regatta proceeding the World Championships.

Photos

1 GBR 14919 MEE MATT, WAGSTAFF RICHARD 5,0 1 1 (8) 1 2
2 GBR 14949 EDWARDS DAVID, POTTS SIMON 9,0 (5) 2 2 2 3
3 GBR 14830 HOWARTH CHIPS, VYV TOWNEND 12,0 4 3 1 (6) 4
4 GBR 14926 HOREY VINCE, THOMPSON ANDY 22,0 (25) 7 3 4 8
5 GBR 14948 ESTAUGH RICHARD, GARDNER ROBERT 25,0 3 4 (13) 8 10
6 GBR 14821 PEARCE ANDY, BALE JONATHAN 31,0 13 12 (30) 5 1
7 GBR 14954 PRIEST BECKY, TIM SAUNDERS 33,0 (20) 6 7 13 7
8 GBR 14953 WADE DAVE, DUNTON BEN 39,0 7 8 21 3 (dns)
9 GBR 14895 SMITH ANDY, MILDRED JONNY 44,0 2 5 (dns) 17 20
10 GBR 14960 JEFFCOATE TOM, SMITH ANDY 47,0 12 19 9 7 (25)
11 IRL 14962 RUMBALL KENNETH, MORAN DAVID 50,0 6 14 24 (28) 6
12 CZE 14827 KORAN PETR, KVASNIK MILAN 55,0 15 11 11 (19) 18
13 GBR 14892 GIBBS PENNY, GIBBS IAN 57,0 10 9 26 (27) 12
14 GBR 14964 MASON DAVID, GILES DAVID 59,0 9 (47) 27 10 13
15 GBR 14867 FALAT VERONICA, FALAT BEN 61,0 17 22 5 (41) 17
16 CAN 14768 LEVY ROBERT, HOLMES-SMITH RUPERT 61,0 21 10 (29) 21 9
17 IRL 14894 BUTLER NOEL, MOORE SEAMUS 64,0 19 (28) 25 15 5
18 SUI 14863 FRÉDÉRIC DUVOISIN, LAURENT GROB 67,0 8 13 (36) 16 30
19 GBR 14870 WOOD PETER, WOOD JAMES 68,0 16 23 4 25 (40)
20 GBR 14941 SCOTT DERIAN, SCOTT ANDY 68,0 11 15 (34) 31 11
21 GBR 14340 BYRNE CONOR, COONEY KARL 73,0 26 18 (32) 14 15
22 IRL 14790 FLAHIVE BRIAN, BUTLER HUGH 77,0 (45) 27 22 9 19
23 IRL 14938 MC GROTTY NIALL, MC GROTTY SIMON 77,0 14 30 (46) 11 22
24 SLO 14796 GOLIAS HINKO, KERSEVAN KATARINA 85,0 22 24 (28) 23 16
25 FRA 14671 GAULT PHILIPPE GAULT, BERTHELOT LOÏC 89,0 (27) 26 14 22 27
26 FRA 14912 GREEN JENNY, GREEN MALCOLM 90,0 (35) 29 12 18 31
27 CAN 14968 JOSPE JOE, EGLI TOM 93,0 40 21 18 (48) 14
28 IRL 14934 BOYLE ANDREW, BYRNE BRYAN 97,0 28 (39) 16 29 24
29 SUI 14802 GIOVANOLI GIAN-ANDREA, GIOVANOLI SUSANNA 98,0 24 16 (41) 26 32
30 GBR 14873 HENWOOD-FOX KERYN, HENWOOD-FOX GARY 99,0 23 20 19 (38) 37
31 ITA 14856 DINALE MASSIMO, DEBERNARDIS PIERLUCA 100,0 (42) 32 6 39 23
32 CZE 14931 CECHURA JIRI, WILL JAN 110,0 (38) 34 31 24 21
33 SUI 14726 LIECHTI KURT, ERNST GABRIELA 112,0 30 (40) 15 32 35
34 CZE 14358 KRATKY JAN, KRATKY ONDREJ 115,0 (41) 41 10 36 28
35 GBR 14818 BADHAM PETE, SYMONS PAULA 123,0 29 (45) 43 12 39
36 GBR 14885 WHITE JEREMY, TURNER DAVID 125,0 36 36 23 30 (38)
37 IRL 14713 MILLER FRANK, MAGEE CILLIAN 129,0 33 25 35 (46) 36
38 GBR 14893 TUDOR ELAINE, TUDOR WARREN 131,0 39 33 (47) 33 26
39 CZE 14577 JENISTA MILAN, NAPRAVNIK JAKUB 132,0 32 35 20 (45) 45
40 IRL 14854 SMYTH LOUIS, ROWAN FRANCIS 134,0 18 (42) 37 37 42
41 SUI 14859 HAERDI CHRISTINA, LANDERER CEDRIC 138,0 37 43 17 (44) 41
42 CAN 14680 COX JAMIE, PEARSON SIMON 139,0 34 37 (39) 35 33
43 SLO 14881 GUSTIN MIRAN, KANSKY DOMEN 144,0 (dns) 17 48 50 29
44 IRL 14629 O'TOOLE CONOR MARK, MCNALLY DAIRE 144,0 47 31 (50) 20 46
45 SUI 14921 SUTER MAJA, SCHLUCHTER FRANCOIS 151,0 31 38 (dns) 34 48
46 CZE 13111 SUPOLIK PETR, JEDLICKA JAN 166,0 (46) 46 44 42 34
47 IRL 14877 MCDONAGH DARA, OROURKE MARGUERITE 170,0 (48) 48 38 40 44
48 CZE 14853 VOMÁÈKO LADISLAV, VOMÁÈKOVÁ HELENA 173,0 43 44 (45) 43 43
49 SLO 14731 KOZELJ ANDRAZ, MUSIC ALES 184,0 49 (53) 33 52 50
50 GBR 14673 FESTING DAVID, FESTING KAREN 189,0 (dns) 51 42 47 49
51 SUI 14961 MUELLER DOMINIK, MEBES CHRISTINE 189,0 44 (49) 49 49 47
52 GBR 13951 SLACK PETER, SLACK DAVID 192,0 51 50 40 51 (dns)
53 GBR 14872 NEWSON BARBARA, NEWSON GUY 204,0 50 52 51 (53) 51

 

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