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Firefly Nationals 2011 day 1

by Chris Guy on 25 Jul 2011
Firefly Nationals 2011 Firefly Sailing
The Carbonology Firefly Nationals 2011 are currently underway at Felixstowe Ferry SC. On day one, the husband and wife team of Ben and Jenny Vines, who are winners of the last championships, led in the rankings.

Perfect sailing conditions rewarded the 53 boats who made the trip the east coast for the first day of the 65th Championships. The class traditionally uses a gate start on day one, and sail a long Olympic course. An offshore breeze with shifts up to 30 degrees kept the race committee busy and after the fleet had rounded the gybe mark they set to work moving the windward mark to the left to compensate.

By the second lap the tide had started to pull the anchor mark across the breeze, leaving competitors exposed to the humiliating spectacle of attaching themselves to the anchor chain by the rudder while the fleet sailed by. Rule 31.1 boys!

On the sausage leg, big gusts led to a few swims down the fleet while the top boats had to use their brains to stay in the lead. As the breeze died the last beat became highly tactical. Big gains (or losses) were determined by the puffs of breeze rolling off the shoreline, and several boats entertained the committee boat by finishing of a lobster pot rather than the cylindrical buoy that they had set!

 

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Sailed:1, Discards:0, To count:1, Entries:53, Scoring system:Appendix A
Rank
Boat
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
Points 1
Sunday
Total
Nett
Notes
1st
Fetherlite
2144
Imperial Poona YC
Vines
Vines
1.0
1.0
1.0
2nd
Kong
2659
Restronguet SC
Lumby
Evans
2.0
2.0
2.0
3rd
Fourwood Thinking
3023
Hamble River SC
Smith
Witherby
3.0
3.0
3.0
4th
Bloodhound
2594
Itchenor SC
Yeoman
Ormsby
4.0
4.0
4.0
5th
Fursty Ferret
3850
Keyhaven
Hudson
Bowden
5.0
5.0
5.0
6th
Grendel
2803
Imperial Poona YC
Smith
Smith
6.0
6.0
6.0
7th
Flo
32
West Kirby SC
Johnson
Steele
7.0
7.0
7.0
8th
Atomic
69
Royal Thames YC
Archer
Verrier-Jones
8.0
8.0
8.0
9th
Horror
3119
Wessex Exiles
Morris
Findlay
9.0
9.0
9.0
10th
Lynestra
2539
Llangorse SC
Davison
Bretherton
10.0
10.0
10.0