Mee and Wagstaff Fireball World Champions

Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff are the 2008 Fireball World Champions. The British pair won the title after another fantastic days sailing at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club at Pattaya in Thailand. The day started with Mee and Wagstaff having a four point lead over Nathan Stockley and Sam Muirhead of Australia and 12 points ahead of David Wade and Ben McCrane (GBR).

In the first race Mee/Wagstaff decided to take matters into their own hands and luffed Stockley/Muirhead at the start putting them under pressure. Both boats were back in the pack on the first beat, which allowed Tomas Musil/Jan
Stantejsky (CZE), 2006 European Champion to get ahead of Greg Allison/Richard Watson (AUS) and Richard Estaugh/Rob Gardener (GBR), 2007 World Champions.

On the second beat, Mee/Wsagstaff caught up to the leaders, but Heather Macfarlane/Chris Payne (AUS) got past Estaugh/Gardener for third. Musil/Stantejsky beat Allison/Watson to the finish, and Mee/Wagstaff pipped Macfarlane/Payne on the line. This gave Mee/Wagstaff the world championship with Stockley/Muirhead back in 17th and Wade/McCrane in 6th.

As per normal the second race was slightly windier than the 1st, but with the championship in the bag, Mee/Wagstaff sat it out. Wade/McCrane led around the first mark with Stockley/Muirhead only just in the top ten. On the last mark
rounding Eric Moser/Ruedi Moser (SUI), 2006 World Champions just led from Robin Inns/Joel Coultas (AUS), Wade/McCrane and Richard Mason/Simon Hextall (GBR). At the finish Inns/Coultas managed to get ahead of Mason/Hextall and Wade/McCrane.

Stockley/Muirhead had a disastrous race including a swim which put them back to 3rd overall. Allison/Watson finished a consistent series to finish a strong 4th ahead of Musil/ Stantejsky, who were probably let down by minor gear failure.
The final placings between 6th and 9th couldn’t have been closer with 4 boats being separated by 1 point, with Macfarlane/Payne beating Estaugh/Gardener on countback for 6th and Moser/Moser beating Vince Horey/Andrew Thompson(GBR) on countback for 8th.

Congratulations to Matt Mee/Richard Wagstaff who won the championship in superb style and class, and showed that they had a little extra when required over the other seventy boats.

Fireball - Worlds Final positions

1 GBR 14919 MATT MEE RICHARD WAGSTAFF 1 2 (5) 3 1 1 1 2 3 (69C) 88 74 14pts
2 GBR 14976 DAVID WADE BEN McGRANE 6 1 (16) 1 4 3 5 3 (6) 3 48 22 26
3 AUS 14587 NATHAN STOCKLEY SAM MUIRHEAD 2 3 12 2 3 2 2 1 (17) (14) 58 31 27
4 AUS 14971 GREG ALLISON RICHARD WATSON 5 4 (10) 5 (10) 10 3 6 2 5 60 20 40
5 CZE 14879 TOMAS MUSIL JAN STANTEJSKY 4 9 11 4 (69F) 4 7 (69F) 1 6 184 138 46
6 AUS 14943 HEATHER McFARLANE CHRIS PAYNE 8 8 2 8 13 8 9 (69F) 4 (18) 147 87 60
7 GBR 14948 RICHARD ESTAUGH ROB GARDENER 3 (18) 9 14 5 5 12 (19) 5 7 97 37 60
8 SUI 14799 ERICH MOSER RUEDI MOSER 10 (19) 7 (16) 11 11 4 4 10 4 96 35 61
9 GBR 14920 VINCE HOREY ANDREW THOMPSON (20) 6 6 7 12 (69F) 6 7 8 9 150 89 61
10 GBR 14969 RICHARD MASON SIMON HEXTALL 11 10 (20) 6 8 7 15 10 (28) 2 117 48 69
11 AUS 14782 ROBIN INNS JOEL COULTAS (69B) 7 4 10 7 9 (32) 12 26 1 177 101 76
12 AUS 14786 JOHN HEYWOOD BRETT LITTLEDIKE 9 5 17 17 2 (18) (23) 5 15 11 122 41 81
13 AUS 14812 PETER INNS CHRIS WENT 7 (22) 1 11 6 17 11 18 12 (25) 130 47 83
14 AUS 14850 BEN SCHULZ BEN NEAYLON 14 13 (18) 9 14 6 8 16 (29) 13 140 47 93
15 IRL 14894 NOEL BUTLER SEAMUS MOORE 15 14 15 12 (69B) 12 18 (35) 7 8 205 104 101
16 AUS 14936 IAN RAVENSCROFT PAUL GRANT 12 17 13 (19) 9 13 (20) 15 9 15 142 39 103
17 GBR 14949 TOM JEFFCOATE MARK HOGAN (69B) 16 3 23 (69B) 16 16 9 13 10 244 138 106
18 GBR 14887 STEVE GOACHER TIM EDLUND (32) 15 8 13 15 (34) 10 13 14 28 182 66 116
19 GBR 14950 KEVIN HOPE RUSSELL THORNE (25) 12 (22) 15 16 21 14 8 19 12 164 47 117
20 GBR 14964 DAVID GILES DAVID MASON 13 11 (27) (22) 19 19 19 11 18 17 176 49 127
21 GBR 14973 PETER GRAY SIMON FORBES 21 (28) 24 (34) 18 14 22 22 11 21 215 62 153
22 SUI 14897 KURT VENHODA SONJA ZAUGG 22 (25) 14 (29) 23 23 17 17 16 24 210 54 156
23 AUS 14603 EMMA PERKINS JASON HERITAGE 23 (49) (69F) 25 21 22 13 31 21 19 293 118 175
24 CAN 14968 JOE JOSPIE TOM EGLI 28 (35) (38) 26 22 27 27 24 24 16 267 73 194
25 AUS 14722 RICHARD McCULLOCH GLENN STUART 29 (38) 33 18 25 20 (69F) 20 27 23 302 107 195
26 THA 11 SUTEE POONPAT VORAVIT VORASAEN (31) 27 21 (30) 24 26 30 28 22 22 261 61 200
27 CAN 14828 ROBERT THOMPSON GARETH OWEN (34) 20 30 24 28 30 29 25 (36) 30 286 70 216
28 AUS 14571 GREG SCHULZ JEFF SCHULZ 16 29 39 20 29 32 34 27 (69F) (69C) 364 138 226
29 CAN 14768 ROB LEVY STEPHEN WALDIE 19 32 37 (38) 17 (69C) 37 29 23 32 333 107 226
30 SUI 14724 ADRIAN HUBER BRIGITTE MAUCHLE 18 21 19 41 (69C) (69C) 33 34 32 34 370 138 232
31 JPN 14902 HIROSHI KATO SADAHIRO KUMAGAI (55) 31 26 33 26 24 36 26 30 (40) 327 95 232
32 JPN 14808 TAICHI IMURA MASARU OGAWA 27 24 36 (69F) 38 (53) 21 45 20 26 359 122 237
33 CAN 14680 JAMES COX SIMON PEARSON 30 39 29 28 31 25 (61) 21 (51) 37 352 112 240
34 IRL 14840 CONOR CLANCY FRANCIS ROWAN (69B) (69F) 42G 21 69B 15 26 23 25 20 378? 138 240
35 USA 14927 DEBBIE KIRKBY NED GOSS 33 26 23 35 20 37 46 36 (54) (69C) 379 123 256
36 AUS 14745 JAMES SZPUNAR PHILLIP BOWLEY 39 30 31 27 34 29 (50) (49) 37 38 364 99 265
37 GBR 14755 CHRIS DANDO MICHELLE RYDER 24 37 28 (51) (46) 28 35 43 46 27 365 97 268
38 THA 14519 KITIPONG KHAMBANG PACHARAPHON O-PUN (69F) (69F) 35 52 27 41 25 30 31 29 408 138 270
39 CAN 7597 NOAH PURVES - SMITH MICHAEL LIETCH (41) 33 34 (48) 30 38 31 32 40 36 363 89 274
40 AUS 14530 TONY SCHNAARS JOHN WEIGAND 26 34 (51) (53) 35 35 28 33 47 45 387 104 283
41 IRL 14765 OWEN LAVERTY ED BUTLER (69B) (47) 25 31 32 45 39 37 35 43 403 116 287
42 CAN 14156 FRANK CRAWFORD SEAN HOLMES SMITH 35 36 32 (49) 36 40 (47) 38 43 31 387 96 291
43 GBR 14791 PHILIP POPPLE STEVE CHESNEY 17 23 (69Q) 36 (69F) 69C 24 14 69C 69C 459 138 321
44 CAN 14481 MADDY PURVES - SMITH GREGG FURGUSON 42 50 (53) (50) 37 42 38 47 41 41 441 103 338
45 AUS 14153 TIM NINNES DANIEL McLAREN 45 46 (47) 37 45 39 41 40 (60) 47 447 107 340
46 SUI 14921 MAJA SUTER FRANCOIS SCHLUCHTER 39 (62) 54 40 33 43 (63) 59 39 42 474 125 349
47 JPN 14509 YUSUKE SHIMOTSUMA KOICHI TSURUMOTO 43 42 (62) 43 43 47 56 (57) 33 46 472 119 353
48 THA 470 PREECHA DANGPATUM TODSAPOL JORNJAITRONG 47 48 49 (69F) 48 50 40 (69F) 34 39 493 138 355
49 CAN 14835 MIKE McEVOY JEREMY KENNEDY (69B) 45 40 42 (69C) 31 48 41 58 53 496 138 358
50 SHE 14636 JOHN MANSON IVAN FRASER 44 44 (59) (60) 41 36 44 39 55 55 477 119 358
51 IRL 14854 LOUIS SMYTH SUZIE MULLIGAN (53) (61) 52 45 40 44 42 42 42 52 473 114 359
52 CAN 14727 GEOFFREY HUGGETT COLIN HUGGETT 46 52 46 44 42 49 (62) (53) 45 44 483 115 368
53 JPN 14947 YASUJI KOSAKA MINORU SHIMIZU 36 (57) 50 57 47 55 (59) 48 44 33 486 116 370
54 SUI 14961 DOMINIK MUELLER CHRISTINE MEBES 56 (69F) (57) 56 39 56 45 46 38 35 497 126 371
55 AUS 14414 GLEN PEVERELL SARAH BIGNELL 48 (58) 44 32 (56) 48 51 52 48 48 485 114 371
56 AUS 14814 ANDREW CROSSLEY PETER CROSSLEY 50G 41 41 39 51 52 49 (69F) 49 (69C) 510 138 372
57 CAN 11800 MARK CUMMINGS EVELYN CHISHOLM 51 51 (56) 54 (69B) 33 52 44 50 49 509 125 384
58 IRL 14877 FRANK MILLER MARGUERITE O'ROURKE 40 43 42 47 (69B) (69B) 53 69F 57 51 540 138 402
59 CAN 14480 ROY TICHKOWSKY FRANK KORTBEEK (69F) 53 43 (69Q) 52 51 55 50 52 56 550 138 412
60 IRL 14695 CIARAN HICKEY MARY HICKEY 50 (59) 48 (69C) 53 54 54 58 56 54 555 128 427
61 CAN 12934 LAURA TICHKOWSKY KEN TICHKOWSKY 54 56 58 (59) 54 (59) 43 51 53 59 546 118 428
62 GBR 14872 BARBARA NEWSON GUY NEWSON 49 54 60 (61) 50 (60) 60 55 59 50 558 121 437
63 CAN 14813 J
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