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2024 Fireball Australian National Championship at Royal Geelong Yacht Club - Overall

by Chris Payne 10 Feb 01:00 PST 5-16 Februay 2024
Fireball Australian Nationals at Geelong day 3 © Tom Smeaton

Day 3 mirrored the conditions of the previous two days, with a consistent southerly wind ranging between 12 to 15 knots. The wind direction and strength posed similar challenges to sailors, maintaining the competitive atmosphere on the water.

In Race 6, the fleet adopted a split strategy, with boats dispersing to both sides of the course. Tom Gillard & Andy Thompson (GBR) demonstrated astute tactical decision-making by capitalising on the right-hand side of the course. However, leading them to the right was Myles Gavin & Darren Spence (AUS) but a capsize during the tack to the mark pushed them back in the standings.

Despite challenges, Gillard & Thompson maintained their lead throughout the race, securing victory ahead of Heather Macfarlane & Chris Payne (AUS), followed by Dave Hall & Paul Constable (GBR).

Race 7 showcased the prowess of Tom Gillard & Andy Thompson once again, as they almost dominated from start to finish, displaying consistent performance the races they sailed. However Peter Moor & Campbell Reid led around the first mark. Peter hasn't sailed a Fireball for a while but won the 1966/67 Australian Championships and shows age is not a barrier.

Dave Hall & Paul Constable emerged as strong contenders, closely trailing Gillard & Thompson throughout the race, especially on the final downwind leg.

DJ Edwards & Vyv Townend (GBR) showcased resilience, securing a close third position despite missing the first race due to gear failure, demonstrating their ability to adapt and perform under pressure.

Overall, Dave Hall & Paul Constable (GBR) clinched a decisive victory in the regatta, showcasing exceptional skill and consistency throughout the championship.

Ben Schulz & Angus Higgins (AUS) emerged as the new Australian Champions, following a hard-fought battle, notably contending against Tom Gordon & Jack Fletcher.

Now all eyes move onto next week when the 2024 Fireball Worlds start in earnest on Sunday the 11th February.

Overall Results:

PosSail NumBoat NameSkipperCrewClubR7R6R5R4R3R2R1Pts
115101SUNSETDave HallPaul Constable 231[9]11412
215159RIP TIDEBen SchulzAngus HigginsASC7[12]4632325
315144MONDODj EdwardsVyv TownendBBSC3DNF34133228
415071CLETUSTom GordonJack FletcherASC104[11]326732
515152I MOUNT BOOKSHeather MacfarlaneChris PayneBRYC[23]252471434
614933FIERCE CREATUREBen KnoopJames BeltonLBSC49278[9]838
715026BLACK PEARLBrendan GarnerBen O'BrienRGYC97[14]1065643
815000RAGING BULLKevin HopeWilliam CookNCSC66121154[13]44
915153STAY TUNEDJalina Thompson‑KambasNathan StockleyLBSC55612[16]8945
1014599ZIG ZAGSophie JacksonJosh GallandMYC13[34]759101054
11150632V1Johanka Napravnik KoranovaJakub Napravnik KoraYC Neratovice11[18]881213557
1215062THE BIG BANG THEORYAddy BucekPeter JamesRgyc121713[17]7121172
1314897SUPI‑CHISCHTLIKurt VenhodaSonja ZauggSVM141410131916[23]86
1414936SUGAR AND SPICEPetr KoranJan WillYC Neratovice20[28]2019141415102
1515027THE GREY GHOSTPhil PeverellBruce ShandFYC[27]151522111822103
1614851WAVEWALKABOUTMark JarredGlenn StewartGSC18[33]1714102426109
1814608HOT WIREMyles GavinDarren SpenceRGYC171324[27]182619117
1915049SCATTER GUNNick GunnerSimon GunnerRGYC[31.5]232516152317119
2015166MINI MESimon KingsJohno Loe 1589DNCDNF1124121
2115048NOT YOUR AVERAGE ROCKSTARSNicholas ReesEveline SchotteHISC291119182522[34]124
2215081KENOlivier BurgaudFlorence DevauxCNSR242122[34]212121130
2315025HARD TO HANDLEMark MatthewsPeter SinclairMBTBCDNF191815292031132
2414814WHATSTHE STORY...?Susannah GillamAndrew ButlerRGYC2226[29]25171725132
2514414OUTBACK DINGOSGlenn PeverellBruno LanatiFYC21[37]1629301529140
2614747TEAM ALLENVincent HoreyAndrew PerryKGSC16102328DNCDNC12143
2714673CONDORClaude MermodEsteban HernandezCVM25.516373320[42]18149.5
2814603FREDTony McraeBenjamin Doaktba192730232730[30]156
2914810TABU SOROBenjamin GarnerSam WilliamsonRGYC31.524212632[33]28162.5
3014812VIPERPeter MoorCampbell ReidBSC8312835DNCDNC16172
3114649SILVER SURFERWilliam TownsonBen TownsonIHYC30[38]3331282533180
3214601COP YOU LATERRod BarkerDarrell RalphPYC42293238DNF1927187
3314793FATHER AND SONJean Francois NouelAlexis Nouelcnp3632DSQ30243432188
3415072FREE BALLNScott LidgettJack LidgettDBYC2836272423DNCDNC192
3515032NO TEARSTony SchnaarsMarc WilsonCYCSA25.53939[40]312938201.5
3615054GRISUFabio PalermiAdriana Curciocvr3735[41]39262840205
3715017BALL BREAKENAdrian LeeOssian GeraghtySYCDNCDNC3420DNC2720207
3814826BALLDERDASHFrank MillerEd ButlerDMYC384236362236[42]210
3914545INVICTUSRichard QuinlanLiam QuinlanCYC/SMSC353035[45]373836211
4015154DARKSIDEPeter DurranSebastian DurranRGYC33253137DNCDNC35215
4114571SALTY BEACHESAllan TylerChristine Tyler 53C202621DNCDNCDNC228
4214586TEMERITOUSJaemie WilsonDavid ScammellAlbert SC3441[43]41334041230
4314943ROCK STARSMark TeasdaleAndrew KeanCCSC404740UFP363137231
4415106SMOKIN GUNMark CummingsEvelyn ChisholmCBSA39404832DNF3543237
4514745COMPLETE COMBUSTIONJessica De La PerrelleJames GaskellLBSC41433843DNF3244241
4611867SIDNEYKevin LuffNicholas LuffMOFSC43[46]4242343945245
4715090SUPI‑CHISCHTLIMona VenhodaElena LandererSVMDNC454444354139248
4813946STORMShannon GallinsEric DillerCBSA444445[47]383746254
4910974SEQUELPeter RussellJen RussellWYC45[49]4648394347268
5011059ZOUINEDenis HernandezBourel PascaleCVM4648494640DNCDNC283
5115136SWOOSHJames HackettMichael ParksRBYCDNC22DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC291
5214782RETURN TO JEDHIBarbara NewsonGuy Newson DNCDNF4749DNC44DNC300

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