Fireball's in Kenya

Reporting in during lay day

Thursday February 27th 2003, Author: Andy Nicholson, Location: United Kingdom
Sorry for the delay in the news from the Fireball World Championships, Kenya's server's are not particularly reliable.

We have now had a further four races held in the lightest conditions so far. Winds were down at 8-10 knots in a blistering heat (42C in the direct sun). This makes the runs particluarly hot.

After losing our request for redress following our black flag in race 4, we were very nervous in Tuesday's races, but conservative starts with good upwind speed in the light, choppy conditions gave us an advantage over the fleet. Sailing with deep, twisted sails, we seem to be able to maintain height and speed on the heavier guys who are closest on points.

We are over-the-moon to have been able to get to the second discard cut (after the eighth race) without needing another drop. Good upwind speed and consolidating offwind has given us a further four wins and on the last day, we only need an 11th in one of the two races to claim the Championships.

Sickness in the fleet has improved with the Mombassa Express seeming to have departed to collect other victims.

Last day tomorrow, hoping for a steady day.

Chips


Race Report

Races 7 and 8 of the Safaricom World Fireball Sailing Championships set off today in light winds again, hovering around 10 knots and low wave height.

Roger Bebbington, crew on the Kenya boat of son Joachim and father Roger, was unable to sail today being laid low by a bout of malaria. He was replaced for the day's racing by another father - Mike Allport, visiting Kilifi to watch his son Rob competing with Don White for Kenya.

Race 7 got off to a good start with no recalls; Rowan and Butler (Ireland) were unlucky enough to have a capsize shortly after the start giving themselves a hard task to catch up again. Alex Bale and his brother Jonathan Bale (GBR) had one of their best races to date, being with the leaders all the way and finishing in a satisfactory 6th place. Watchers of this website probably do not need to be told who was in first place, but Howarth/Townend were chased closely for the first two legs by Malcolm Davies and Fiona Jump who finished a well-deserved 2nd, followed by Wade and Wagstaff at 3rd. The French were held to 4th place taken by Juin and Loyal.

Trundell (KEN) played his customary game of billiards on the first reach after a fairly slow beat, potting the other spinnakers one after another: red, blue, yellow, white, black. As ever he made good work to finish 11th overall and first for Kenya: though one wonders where he would finish if his beating were as good as his reaching.

Race 8 took three starts to get going. The second start was black-flagged and after this was recalled seven boats were sent in for being on the course side: Alex and Jonathan Bale (GBR), McCarthy and McCusker (IRL), Hemmings and Chesney (GBR), Popple and Shore (GBR), Woods and Bush (KEN), Mackenzie and Hall (IRL) and Smyth and Mugan (IRL). The remaining boats got off to a clean start; the top UK boats started to pull clear. Don White and Rob Allport were the first boats for Kenya at the first windward mark but after two reaches were overtaken just before the leeward mark by Trundell and Hime who had had a worse than usual first beat rounding the windward mark second from last. With their fast reaching they caught up many places to finish the race 8 at 17th. White and Allport were second for Kenya in 23rd place.

After Howarth/Townend in top place, Malcolm Davies and Fiona Jump took second place again, twice in the day; Cullen and Tillson were consistent with two 5th places. France's boats were both brilliant and erratic: Juin and Loyal took 4th and 20th; and Mouches/Nouel could not match yesterday's excellent second place, finishing the day with a 21st and a 7th. Kurt Venhoda and Sonia Zaugg were first of the two Swiss boats with 7th and 12th places.


 Helm Crew race 1 race 2 race 3 race 4 race 5 race 6 race 7 race 8 disc final
1 GBR Chips Howarth Vyv Townend 1 1 1 BFD/39 1 1 1 1 40 6
2 GBR Dave Wade Richard Wagstaff 3 2 4 1 9 6 3 3 15 16
3 GBR Vincent Horey Jim Turner 6 4 BFD/39 5 2 9 8 4 48 29
4 GBR Paul Cullen Gavin Tillson 9 6 2 9 18 3 5 5 27 30
5 FRA Franck Juin Bertrand Loyal 7 7 9 3 5 10 4 20 30 35
6 GBR Angus Hemmings Steve Chesney 5 8 3 BFD/39 3 5 12 BFD/39 78 36
7 FRA Frederic Mouches Jean-Francois Nouel 12 10 15 4 7 2 21 7 36 42
8 GBR Penny Gibbs Ian Gibbs 2 5 6 12 14 14 9 9 28 43
9 IRL Shane McCarthy Phil McCusker OCS/39 3 8 2 12 8 13 BFD/39 78 46
10 GBR Malcolm Davies Fiona Jump 20 17 BFD/39 BFD/39 4 7 2 2 78 52
11 GBR Jeremy Davy Norman Byrd 4 13 12 16 10 11 14 6 30 56
12 SUI Kurt Venhoda Sonja Zaugg DNF/39 14 17 7 13 4 7 12 56 57
13 KEN John Trundell Peter Hime 8 16 10 15 8 12 11 17 33 64
14 GBR Andy Pearce Rachel Keeling 15 15 BFD/39 BFD/39 6 17 10 8 78 71
15 GBR Derian Chandler Andy Scott 11 23 11 13 21 15 16 14 44 80
16 GBR Edwin Sadd Steve Kuhl 10 9 23 17 19 13 24 13 47 81
17 GBR Phil Popple Doug Shore 17 20 18 10 11 16 18 BFD/39 59 90
18 GBR David Mason Sam Pascoe 24 DNF/39 7 14 15 24 22 11 63 93
19 GBR Alex Bale Jonathon Bale 23 21 20 11 20 21 6 BFD/39 62 99
20 IRL Philip Lawton Markham Nolan 14 24 13 23 31 23 15 15 55 103
21 GBR Ian Harrison David Broome 19 12 29 6 25 19 32 24 61 105
22 FRA Pierre-Jean Gallo Pierre-Yves Robin 21 26 21 19 17 17 17 22 48 112
23 KEN Simon Woods Alastair Bush 16 19 30 18 16 20 30 BFD/39 69 119
24 KEN Ben Schulz Nigel Shaw 22 11 16 25 27 25 33 21 60 120
25 GBR Elaine Tudor Warren Tudor 13 27 32 24 29 28 20 10 61 122
26 SUI Adrian Huber Brigitte Mauchle DNF/39 DNS/39 5 8 DNC/39 DNC/39 19 18 78 128
27 KEN Don White Rob Allport 18 22 22 21 23 27 27 23 54 129
28 GBR Martin Scarth Nigel Sheppard 28 RAF/39 33 22 22 22 23 19 72 136
29 KEN Joachim Bebbington Roger Bebbington 26 18 19 27 28 34 25 29 63 143
30 IRL Louis Smyth Shane Mugan 27 28 26 20 24 26 29 BFD/39 68 151
31 KEN Chris Shaw Alex Hurn 30 25 14 BFD/39 26 37 31 27 76 153
32 GBR Keryn Henwood-Fox Gary Henwood-Fox 29 30 28 30 32 32 26 16 64 159
33 KEN Omar Mbithi Steven Ogada 25 31 31 26 30 29 28 25 62 163
34 GBR Barrie Winship Rose Winship 31 29 24 28 34 33 DNC/39 DNC/39 78 179
35 IRL Francis Rowan Ed Butler 32 32 25 29 33 36 36 30 72 181
36 KEN Graham Bush Harriet Bush 33 33 27 BFD/39 36 31 35 26 75 185
37 KEN Graham Alder Taryn Childs 35 34 34 32 37 30 34 28 72 192
0 IRL Corin Mackenzie Claudette Hall 34 35 35 31 35 35 37 BFD/39 0 0

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