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Day 1 Fireball World Championship – Thailand

by Event media on 17 Mar 2008
Day 1 of the worlds saw perfect conditions for the Fireball Worlds, with 12-16 knots and beautiful warm water. Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff lead after two races were completed on day one. Australia's Nathan Stockley and Sam Muirehead are in second place and Dave Wade and Ben McGrane third.

The first race started under a black flag on the third attempt as there was a strong following tide. Matt Mee/Richard Wagstaff(GBR) started well and went left of middle up the first beat to be first to the first mark. Nathan Stockley/Sam Muirhead (AUS) rounded second just ahead of Peter Inns/Chris Went(AUS). Down the reach, Mee/Wagstaff got out to an unbeatable lead and Richard Estaugh/Rob Gardener(GBR), current World Champions, got to third.

The top three held their positions until the finish, but the rest of the fleet had a very close race with positions changing all the time. Robin Inns/Joel Coultas, Australian National Champions, and Tom Jeffcote/Mark Hogan, British national Champions were both over the line on the black flag and were disqualified from the race.

The wind had increased during the first race and the conditions for the second race were even more perfect. This time the tide was fairly slack and the fleet got away on the first start.

David Giles/David Mason(GBR) had a good first beat and rounded ahead of Gareth Owen/Robert Thompson(CAN) and David Wade/Ben McGrane(GBR). Giles/Mason headed for the wrong wing mark and let Wade/McGrane get ahead with Nathan Stockley/Sam Muirhead(AUS) in second and Mee/Wagstaff in third.

Mee/Wagstaff got ahead of Stockley/Muirhead on the run and the three boats finished in these places. Again the minor placings were very close with positions changing frequently.

Fireball - Provisional Positions after 2 races

1 GBR 14919 MATT MEE RICHARD WAGSTAFF 1 2 3 3pts
2 AUS 14587 NATHAN STOCKLEY SAM MUIRHEAD 2 3 5 5
3 GBR 14976 DAVID WADE BEN McGRANE 6 1 7 7
4 AUS 14971 GREG ALLISON RICHARD WATSON 5 4 9 9
5 CZE 14879 TOMAS MUSIL JAN STANTEJSKY 4 9 13 13
6 AUS 14786 JOHN HEYWOOD BRETT LITTLEDIKE 9 5 14 14
7 AUS 14943 HEATHER McFARLANE CHRIS PAYNE 8 8 16 16
8 GBR 14948 RICHARD ESTAUGH ROB GARDENER 3 18 21 21
9 GBR 14969 RICHARD MASON SIMON HEXTALL 11 10 21 21
10 GBR 14964 DAVID GILES DAVID MASON 13 11 24 24
11 GBR 14920 VINCE HOREY ANDREW THOMPSON 20 6 26 26
12 AUS 14850 BEN SCHULZ BEN NEAYLON 14 13 27 27
13 AUS 14812 PETER INNS CHRIS WENT 7 22 29 29
14 SUI 14799 ERICH MOSER RUEDI MOSER 10 19 29 29
15 AUS 14936 IAN RAVENSCROFT PAUL GRANT 12 17 29 29
16 IRL 14894 NOEL BUTLER SEAMUS MOORE 15 14 29 29
17 GBR 14950 KEVIN HOPE RUSSELL THORNE 25 12 37 37
18 SUI 14724 ADRIAN HUBER BRIGITTE MAUCHLE 18 21 39 39
19 GBR 14791 PHILIP POPPLE STEVE CHESNEY 17 23 40 40
20 AUS 14571 GREG SCHULZ JEFF SCHULZ 16 29 45 45
21 GBR 14887 STEVE GOACHER TIM EDLUND 32 15 47 47
22 SUI 14897 KURT VENHODA SONJA ZAUGG 22 25 47 47
23 GBR 14973 PETER GRAY SIMON FORBES 21 28 49 49
24 CAN 14768 ROB LEVY STEPHEN WALDIE 19 32 51 51
25 JPN 14808 TAICHI IMURA MASARU OGAWA 27 24 51 51
26 CAN 14828 ROBERT THOMPSON GARETH OWEN 34 20 54 54
27 THA 11 SUTEE POONPAT VORAVIT VORASAEN 31 27 58 58
28 USA 14927 DEBBIE KIRKBY NED GOSS 33 26 59 59
29 AUS 14530 TONY SCHNAARS JOHN WEIGAND 26 34 60 60
30 GBR 14755 CHRIS DANDO MICHELLE RYDER 24 37 61 61
31 CAN 14968 JOE JOSPIE TOM EGLI 28 35 63 63
32 AUS 14722 RICHARD McCULLOCH GLENN STUART 29 38 67 67
33 AUS 14745 JAMES SZPUNAR PHILLIP BOWLEY 38 30 68 68
34 CAN 14680 JAMES COX SIMON PEARSON 30 39 69 69
35 CAN 14156 FRANK CRAWFORD SEAN HOLMES SMITH 35 36 71 71
36 AUS 14603 EMMA PERKINS JASON HERITAGE 23 49 72 72
37 CAN 7597 NOAH PURVES - SMITH MICHAEL LIETCH 41 33 74 74
38 AUS 14782 ROBIN INNS JOEL COULTAS BFD 7 76 76
39 IRL 1489 JOHN CHAMBERS IAN McGONIGLE 37 40 77 77
40 IRL 14877 FRANK MILLER MARGUERITE O'ROURKE 40 43 83 83
41 GBR 14949 TOM JEFFCOATE MARK HOGAN BFD 16 85 85
42 JPN 14509 YUSUKE SHIMOTSUMA KOICHI TSURUMOTO 43 42 85 85
43 JPN 14902 HIROSHI KATO SADAHIRO KUMAGAI 55 31 86 86
44 SHE 14636 JOHN MANSON IVAN FRASER 44 44 88 88
45 AUS 14153 TIM NINNES DANIEL McLAREN 45 46 91 91
46 CAN 14481 MADDY PURVES - SMITH GREGG FURGUSON 42 50 92 92
47 JPN 14947 YASUJI KOSAKA MINORU SHIMIZU 36 57 93 93
48 THA 470 PREECHA DANGPATUM TODSAPOL JORNJAITRONG 47 48 95 95
49 CAN 14727 GEOFFREY HUGGETT COLIN HUGGETT 46 52 98 98
50 SUI 14921 MAJA SUTER FRANCOIS SCHLUCHTER 39 62 101 101
51 CAN 11800 MARK CUMMINGS EVELYN CHISHOLM 51 51 102 102
52 GBR 14872 BARBARA NEWSON GUY NEWSON 49 54 103 103
53 AUS 14414 GLEN PEVERELL SARAH BIGNELL 48 58 106 106
54 CAN 14813 JOHN HENDERSON MARGOT HENDERSON 52 55 107 107
55 IRL 14695 CIARAN HICKEY MARY HICKEY 50 59 109 109
56 AUS 14814 ANDREW CROSSLEY PETER CROSSLEY DNF 41 110 110
57 CAN 12934 LAURA TICHKOWSKY KEN TICHKOWSKY 54 56 110 110
58 CAN 14835 MIKE McEVOY JEREMY KENNEDY BFD 45 114 114
59 IRL 14854 LOUIS SMYTH SUZIE MULLIGAN 53 61 114 114
60 IRL 14765 OWEN LAVERTY ED BUTLER BFD 47 116 116
61 THA 12805 JENS OVERGAARD NEIL SEMPLE 57 60 117 117
62 CAN 14480 ROY TICHKOWSKY FRANK KORTBEEK DNF 53 122 122
63 SUI 14961 DOMINIK MUELLER CHRISTINE MEBES 56 DNF 125 125
64 NED 14069 ALBERT BADOUX ROELAND DE JONG FPA DNF 127 127
65 IRL 14840 CONOR CLANCY FRANCIS ROWAN BFD DNF 138 138
65 JPN 14751 YASUHITO TSUKAHARA YUICHI NAKAMURA DNC DNC 138 138
65 THA 14519 KITIPONG KHAMBANG PACHARAPHON O-PUN DNF DNF 138 138
65 THA 14444 KEVIN WHITCRAFT BIRANUBONGSE BHANUBAND DNC DNC 138 138
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