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Fireball World Championship - Birrell and Brearey back on top

by Fireball International Class (As Amended by ISAF) on 2 Apr 2014
Fireball World Championship Fireball International
After two days of light winds, the third day at the Fireball Worlds had stronger winds across the race track.
Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey (GBR) took back their lead at the top followed by Nathan Batchelor and Sam Pascoe (GBR) with Ben Schulz and Tom Sheppard (AUS) taking third.


First to the windward mark in Race 1 was Schulz and Sheppard, following just two boat lengths behind was the chasing British teams Birrell and Brearey then Batchelor and Pascoe. The fleet order remained unchanged for the rest of the race with these top three boats staying within six boat lengths of each other at every mark rounding.

As winds increased to an unstable tropical 20 knots the second race got underway with the usual suspects at the top of the fleet. The fleet split up the first beat with boats converging at the first mark, the opportunistic Batchelor and Pascoe came from the left to round in first place followed by Schulz and Sheppard in second then Gordon and Fletcher (AUS) in third who came from the right.

Schulz and Sheppard got into the lead on the upwind leg to go ahead of Bachelor and Pascoe but lost it just as quickly on the downwind leg. This seems to be the order of things this week with the Australian's being quick upwind and the British having the advantage downwind.

The two boats had a great scrap until Schulz and Sheppard had gear failure leaving Batchelor and Pascoe to take a solid win. At the last moment Gordon and Fletcher managed to sneak past Schulz and Sheppard and finished in second.

Any of the top three are still in with a chance of winning so the final four races are all to play for.

Results After Six Races

 

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1

GBR 15107

Christian Birrell, Sam Brearey

9.0

1

1

(dsq )

1

2

4

2

GBR 15087

Nathan Batchelor, Sam Pascoe

11.0

2

2

(3 )

3

3

1

3

AUS 15062

Ben Schulz, Doug Sheppard

14.0

(4 )

4

4

2

1

3

4

AUS 15048

Heather MacFarlane, Chris Payne

19.0

3

(6 )

1

4

5

6

5

AUS 15071

Thomas Gordon, Jack Fletcher

19.0

5

3

5

(8 )

4

2

6

AUS 15032

Greg Allison, Allen Blenkle

24.0

7

5

2

5

(dnf )

5

7

CAN 15024

Joe Jospe, Tom Egli

37.0

6

(11 )

6

10

7

8

8

FRA 14793

Erich Moser, Jean-Francois Nouel

38.0

8

(9 )

8

7

6

9

9

GBR 15092

Veronica Falat, Ben Falat

39.0

9

7

9

6

8

(11)

10

AUS 14814

Steve Goacher, Peter Crossley

44.0

(10 )

8

10

9

10

7

11

AUS 14812

Dick McCulloch, Glenn Stewart

51.0

12

10

7

(dnf )

9

13

12

GBR 14887

Bryan Sargeant, William Sargeant

61.0

13

12

13

13

(14 )

10

13

SUI 14859

Christina Haerdi-Landerer, Cedric Landerer

61.0

11

14

12

11

13

(15)

14

AUS 14510

Jim Hughes, Tom Hughes

64.0

15

(19 )

11

12

12

14

15

RSA 14901

David Laing, Mark Dee

65.0

14

13

(16 )

15

11

12

16

AUS 15076

Tim Ninnes, Taylor Neighbour

76.0

16

15

15

14

16

(dnf)

17

AUS 15011

Jaline Thompson-Kambas, Cameron Philcox

80.0

17

18

14

16

15

(dns)

18

SUI 14921

Maja Suter, Thomas Boehm

86.0

19

16

17

17

17

(dnf)

19

AUS 14747

Daniel Wolch, Alan Schaiars

94.0

20

20

19

18

(dns )

17

20

AUS 14265

Kevin Luff, Peta Luff

95.0

21

21

18

19

(dnf )

16

21

THA 10338

Jirawat Jodkby, Dylan Whitcraft

101.0

18

17

(dnf)

dnf

dnc

dnc