Please select your home edition
Edition
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW LEADERBOARD

Fireballs at the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta 2022

by Derian Scott 13 Jul 11:22 PDT 9-10 July 2022
Launching at the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta © Phil Touy

Three Fireballs arrived at CCSC to be greeted by sunshine and the promise of a lovely sea breeze. PRO Bill Barker explained that the sea breeze would lend itself to racing in Portland harbour, rather than in the bay, and with just a half hour postponement, racing got under way.

The Fireballs were in the Handicap fleet, racing on a 2-lap trapezoid course. We successfully completed 3 races in a building wind, with challenging tight reaches, and gains and losses to be made on the shifts. Derian & Andy Scott won the day out of the Fireballs and were lying second overall overnight in the Handicap Fleet. Kev Hope & Russell Thorne ensured the Scotts didn't have it their own way, with tight racing between the 2 boats all afternoon. Graham Wilson & Peter Warne were disadvantaged on the tight reaches as the wind built to more than their crew weight suited.

Sunday morning's forecast wasn't promising and the shift in wind direction meant a sea breeze was unlikely. However, our PRO set up for the gentle gradient breeze and got all fleets away after a short postponement. A shift early on in race 4 meant the course went very skewed. Kev and Russell didn't put a foot wrong and showed that their light wind skills are still top-notch leading Derian & Andy from the top of the first beat though to the finish. A quick shift of the course by the race team and were off for Race 5. This time, Derian & Andy played the shifts and didn't let Kev & Russell out of their sight. They rounded the top mark just in front and held this lead up to the bottom mark. However, they got caught out by ending up on the outside of an asymmetric boat sailing a different course. Kev & Russell took the initiative and rounded on the inside, but confusion over whether the course had been shortened meant they tacked off and dipped the asymmetric boat, passing the lead back to Andy & Derian who held it to the finish.

Derian & Andy finished 2nd overall, with Kev & Russell in 4th. Graham and Peter had a much-improved day in the lighter winds, lifting them up to 11th overall.

A huge thank you to all the organising clubs of the regatta along with everyone who ran racing, the rescue boats and all of the volunteers at this super-friendly club.

Full handicap results at www.halsail.com/Result/Public/64101

Related Articles

Q&A with the top ten at the Gul Fireball Worlds
What were the winning priorities at the Lough Derg event? What were the actual experiences of sailors at the event and in particular what were the winning techniques and priorities which saw the top teams make it to the podium? Posted on 27 Sep
Gul Fireball Inlands preview
Forms the final Golden Dolphin event of the year, at Draycote Water With the Fireball fleet celebrating 60 years this year, there have been some excellent events over the course of the year and some very competitive and close racing. Its been wonderful to see so many boats travelling around to clubs. Posted on 27 Sep
Gul Fireball Worlds at Lough Derg overall
Solitary race confirms the title for Tom Gillard & Andy Thompson Lough Derg Yacht Club in County Tipperary, Ireland is quiet this morning! The yacht club which played host to the 2022 GUL Fireball World Championships over the past seven days is a scene of tents being dismantled and trailers being prepped. Posted on 27 Aug
Gul Fireball Worlds at Lough Derg day 4
Gillard and Shandy dominate the racing Tom Gillard of Sheffield Vikings and Shandy from East Antrim Boat Club in N. Ireland dominated Thursday's racing at the GUL Fireball Worlds in Lough Derg Ireland. Posted on 26 Aug
Gul Fireball Worlds at Lough Derg day 3
Three more races completed in a building breeze The dinghy park at Lough Derg Yacht Club, hosts to the GUL Fireball World Championship, is quiet this morning! Is that down to Irish hospitality on Crews' Night? Posted on 24 Aug
Gul Fireball Worlds at Lough Derg day 2
Back on track! After the loss of two races on Sunday due to insufficient wind, IRO Con Murphy advised the fleet at the GUL Fireball Worlds that three races would be on the agenda for Monday with an earlier start time of 11:00. Posted on 23 Aug
Gul Fireball Worlds at Lough Derg day 1
Race Officer records wind speeds of less than 2 knots There was no sailing today at the Gul Fireball Worlds. The Race Officer held the fleet ashore as there was no wind in the proposed race area. He went afloat in a rib to assess the wind and recorded speeds of less than 2 knots. Posted on 21 Aug
Fireball Irish Nationals and Pre-Worlds overall
Lots of breeze for the fleet warming up for the Worlds at Lough Derg The Pre-Worlds phase of the GUL sponsored Fireball World Championships started off yesterday morning in much the same way as it had concluded the day before - with lots of breeze, from a broadly similar direction - 240 degrees. Posted on 20 Aug
Fireball Irish Nationals and Pre-Worlds day 1
Mother Nature makes up for her recent stingy allocation of wind If Mother Nature was considered stingy with her allocation of wind to the 5o5 Worlds recently sailed in Cork, she lavished her bounty on the Fireball Pre-Worlds and Irish Nationals which are the curtain raisers to the World which start on Sunday next. Posted on 18 Aug
Racing in the Fireball Irish Nationals start today
A noon start at Lough Derg for the Pre-Worlds event This morning in Lough Derg we have grey skies and low cloud on the County Clare side of the water. A briefing is scheduled for 10:30 from Race Officer Con Murphy (IRO) who arrived on site this morning. Posted on 18 Aug
Hyde Sails 2022 One Design FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTERLloyd Stevenson - TTSkorpios 728x90px BOTTOM