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Gul Fireball Golden Dolphin Series Round 2 at Hayling Island Sailing Club

by Dave Hall 25 Apr 12:46 PDT 23-24 April 2022

The early arrivals were greeted with a strong North Easterly and no let-up in the forecast, which was putting the event under threat. The Race team felt it was OK to race but understood the reluctance of some of the Hayling members and visitors. A wise decision was made to run one race on day one with three on day two when the forecast was more favourable.

The hardy souls that went for race one were treated with some epic sailing. Tom Gillard & Andy Thompson battled with Dave Hall & Paul Constable in the ferocious conditions. Tom & Andy took the win with those that braved the race all finishing.

Sunday brought a little less wind so the rest of the visitors along with member boats took to the water. Three races were run in almost bright sunshine and a wind that became very shifty and a little lighter as the day went on.

Dave and Paul took the first race with David Sayce & Matt Alverado in pursuit. The next two races became a battle between Tom & Andy and Dave and Paul, with Tom and Andy taking the gun in each one. Back in the silver fleet Barry Smith & Ricky Spring took the prize, the bronze prize gong to local boat Tom Thirketle & Tom Payne.

A huge thanks to GUL for providing generous vouchers to the winners! Also to HISC for laying on yet another great event along side the Ospreys and Contenders- we'll be back at the start of July for the Fireball Class 60th Anniversary Celebrations.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st15122Tom GillardShandy 1‑3113
2nd15155David HallPaul ConstableBlackwater SC‑21225
3rd15112David SayceMatt AlvaradoHISC(DNC)25310
4th14836Kevin HopeAndrew StewartNotts County35(DNF)513
5th14889Barry SmithRick SpringThornbury SC466‑716
6th15166Simon KingsJono LoeHISC(DNC)DNF3418
7th14242Rupert SmithChris TurnerNSSC57‑8618
8th15046P PoppleJez WhiteSSC(DNC)47819
9th15161Chris TurnerColin Parke (DNC)84921
10th14614Tom ThirketleTom PayneHISC(DNC)991028

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