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Fireball World Championship at Pointe Claire YC ©Urs Haerdi
Fireball World Championship at Pointe Claire YC ©Urs Haerdi

Fireball World Championship

After a short delay, race day number 3 of the 2019 Fireball World Championship got under way. A new wind direction and new challenges tested the crews with the same sunny skies and warm water.

Large shifts were the order of the day with an unstable 6-12knts, not dissimilar to the UK nationals at Torbay. To this end Dobbo and Waggers punched out from the middle of the line and on to the first shift to take control of the race. They led from Swiss team Haerdi/Landerer.

The ever solid French team of Collin/Thuillier rounded out the top 3 with Aussies Macfarlane/Payne recovering well to finish 4th.

Fireball World Championship at Pointe Claire YC - photo © Urs Haerdi
Fireball World Championship at Pointe Claire YC – photo © Urs Haerdi

A similar flavour to race number 6 unfolded when an early left shift kept moving left to reward GBR’s Derian and Andy Scott with a well earned lead which they held for nearly all of the race… Dobbo and Waggers consolidated into 3rd behind Canadians Debbie Kirkby/Greg Ferguson. The French team once again punched in to the top five with other top runners (Aussies and Swiss team Claude/Ruedi) deeper in the pack. So on to the final beat when the front six boats wallowed in the centre of the course chasing large left and right shits before the hard right came good and allowed boats further down to capitalise. It was none other than the Aussies and Swiss who popped round and held on to the finish in front of Dobbo and Waggers and the Scotts.

It’s worth a mention the the only all female team of Mianne and Manuela from Switzerland rounded the first mark of race 6 first!

Fireball World Championship at Pointe Claire YC - photo © Urs Haerdi
Fireball World Championship at Pointe Claire YC – photo © Urs Haerdi

It’s now all tight at the front of the pack and the Ashes firmly in the balance (slender advantage AUS) with 4 more races to go and more breeze anticipated. Not before some pre-layday beers in downtown Montreal however.

Tune in for the final test starting Thursday…

Results after Day 3:

Pos Nat Sail No Helm Crew Boat Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1st AUS 15152 Heather Macfarlane Chris Payne RLO ‑4 3 3 1 4 1 12
2nd GBR 15161 Ian Dobson Richard Wagstaff Orchitis 1 ‑5 5 3 1 3 13
3rd SUI 14799 Claude Mermod Ruedi Moser 5 1 1 ‑10 9 2 18
4th FRA 14917 Ludovic Collin Remy Thuillier ‑6 4 2 2 5 5 18
5th CZE 15019 Martin Kubovy Roman Rocek Kriplkara 3 ‑9 7 4 7 7 28
6th GBR 15162 Isaac Marsh Oliver Davenport Tinderella 7 8 6 5 3 ‑14 29
7th GBR 14941 Derian Scott Andy Scott Southppaws ‑16 2 12 16 6 4 40
8th SUI 14859 Christina Haerdi Cedric Landerer Fuchur 12 ‑17 4 13 2 11 42
9th CZE 14981 Jan Jedlicka Jiri Gemperle Pussy Magnet Included 2 12 ‑17 7 13 13 47
10th BEL 15140 Bart Meynendonckx Francis De Roeck Great @venture 11 10 10 9 8 ‑19 48
11th CAN 14911 Pierre Carpentier Thomas Bird Technical Difficulties ‑15 7 8 15 12 9 51
12th CAN 14766 Debbie Kirkby Greg Ferguson Line Dancer 13 6 13 12 ‑14 8 52
13th CAN 15043 Robert Levy Jon Driver 10 13 11 8 15 ‑16 57
14th GBR 15157 Keith Walker Nicholas Rees Freya 14 14 9 6 17 (OCS) 60
15th AUS 15113 Ben Schulz Joel MacKensie The Wonky Donkey 9 15 18 17 10 ‑26 69
16th FRA 14959 Patrice Olivier Jean‑François Nouel 8 19 14 ‑26 18 15 74
17th CAN 15134 Joe Jospe Tom Egli ‑21 21 19 11 19 6 76
18th CAN 15098 Robert Thompson Francis Westlake Infallible 17 18 ‑23 18 16 12 81
19th CAN 14768 Bill Strath Dave Munro Pontificate ‑23 11 21 21 20 17 90
20th SUI 15063 Mianne Erne Manuela Liechti Coppalin Ban 20 16 16 23 ‑24 18 93
21st GBR 14964 David Mason Chris Oglethorpe Rumball 18 ‑33 20 24 32 10 104
22nd CAN 14757 Robert Warren Gary Bishop Revenge 26 20 ‑31 30 11 22 109
23rd CAN 15106 Mark Cummings Evelyn Chisholm Eeyore 22 22 22 22 22 ‑32 110
24th CAN 14464 Laura Malonda William Kelly Friarballs ‑28 24 26 19 23 25 117
25th CAN 14482 Hamish Ferguson Fraser Keith Tutu To Tango 25 23 ‑29 28 21 21 118
26th CAN 14647 Eric Owston Peter Kelly Blanco 19 29 15 25 ‑33 31 119
27th RSA 14877 David Laing Mark Dee 24 25 ‑27 27 26 20 122
28th CAN 15033 Ken Tichkowsky Neil Tichkowsky URT 29 (OCS) 25 14 31 27 126
29th CAN 13946 Shannon Gallins Eric Diller ‑32 30 30 20 28 23 131
30th IRL 14713 Frank Miller Ed Butler Blind Squirrel (BFD) 27 28 29 29 28 141
31st CAN 14907 Liz Brennan Evan Mah Loose Cannon 27 (OCS) 33 32 27 24 143
32nd CAN 14481 Richard Quinlan Liam Quinlan Concorde 31 28 32 ‑34 25 29 145
33rd USA 15034 Clay Poulson Lukas Klier Queso Suiza 30 26 34 31 30 ‑35 151
34th CAN 14680 James Cox Ged McLean Tangeroo 33 (OCS) 24 33 34 34 158
35th USA 11451 Chandler Owen Jeremy Kennedy Benign Lesion 35 35 37 ‑40 35 30 172
36th CAN 14678 Philip Locker Thomas Locker Invisiball 34 31 ‑38 35 38 37 175
37th FRA 14123 Estébàn Hernandez Mathias Schlick Manueba (DNC) 32 35 36 40 33 176
38th CAN 14915 Thibault de Servigny John‑Thomas Kelly Sleeping Beauty (DNS) 34 39 37 36 36 182
39th CAN 14465 John McGuinness François Fortier Knotty Boy 38 36 ‑41 38 37 38 187
40th CAN 1504 Katherine Walker Dylan Scott Men In Black 36 37 ‑40 39 39 39 190
41st GBR 14872 Barbara Newson Guy Newson Magiic 37 38 36 ‑41 41 40 192
42nd USA 12847 Fred Steward Sarah Steward Ecologa (DNC) DNC DNF DNC DNC DNC 215

by Ian Dobson

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