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Fireball World Championship - Perfect postcard conditions in Pattaya!

by Cormac Bradley on 2 Apr 2014
Swiss, Swiss/French and Australian crews contest the Fireball Worlds in perfect Pattaya Fireball International
At the Fireball World Championship, the fleet in Pattaya enjoyed another perfect day in paradise for day three. Fifteen knots of breeze @210 degrees and a three knot tide running across the course – a tactician’s paradise!

The Australian contingent led around the first weather mark in the form of Ben Schulz and Doug Sheppard who came in from the left with better pressure. They were followed by the British 'Bs' – Birrell and Brearey and their compatriots Batchelor and Pascoe. Only a couple of boat lengths separated the leaders. The order remained the same for the triangle-sausage-triangle course and as if tied together by string, at each rounding mark only about six boat-lengths separated first and third.

Allison and Blenkle lost a rudder forcing their retirement while Jaline Thompson-Kambas and Cameron Philcox (AUS 15011) broke a main halyard and Kevin Luff (AUS 14265) went swimming (again)!

The second race of the day was sailed in 'an uncharacteristically mature firm and unstable tropical breeze' which topped out at 20 knots in the gusts. The fleet was split equally left and right before Batchelor and Pascoe gained a significant lift in the last 200m of the beat to round in first place followed by Schulz and Sheppard and Gordon and Fletcher who had come in from the right hand side.

Schulz and Sheppard took over the lead but surrendered it again to Batchelor and Pascoe on the run. There appears to be a trend in this regard with the Aussies faster upwind and the Brits having the upper hand offwind. A peeling gasket slowed Schulz and Sheppard and saw them limp home in third place behind Batchelor and Pascoe and Gordon and Fletcher.

With the first discard kicking in, only five points cover the top three boats and with four races to sail after tomorrow’s lay-day, there is everything to play for.

Results After Six Races

 

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


Comments (via Facebook):

Peter Crossley (AUS 14814) Great sail today. 20 knots of breeze and our best result in the Worlds – seventh in Race 2. Worked very hard for it!

Chris Payne (AUS 15048) Not a stellar day, fifth and sixth in 14 – 18 knots! Boat is going nicely but the crew made a few mistakes.
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