Fireball Worlds final day

Chips Howarth finishes off his diary, plus final results

Monday March 3rd 2003, Author: Chips Howarth, Location: United Kingdom
The final day of the World Championships dawned with a steaming hot day and a light 8-10 knot wind. Ours was a nervy boat sailing out to the start as although we had a good lead, Dave Wade & Richard Wagstaff didn't need to finish a race that day and were still unlikley to loose 2nd place. It was their job the sail us down for the whole day.

In the first race we hung a good 25 boat lengths back from the line until 1 minute 30 secs from the gun and sailed a timed run to the pin end of the line. This left Wade & Wagstaff little opportunity to nail us, we were safe on the line transit and made a clean start. Half way up the first beat we forced Wade & Wagstaff onto port (I think there was another match race going on at a similar time in New Zealand!!).

We managed to round the windard mark in approx 12th position, but most importantly, ahead of the bad guys!!

We sailed a steady race from then on, putting on a great spurt on the final run by gybing into new breeze, this pulled us up to 5th at the finish, giving us the World Championship with a race to spare.

We elected to miss the last race to load the container and hit the pool-side bar.

The prize giving was great with the Minister for Tourism for Kenya and all the sponsors present, with the ceremony going out on all Kenyan television stations that evening.

Kilifi is a great place to race and I hope the Kenyan Sailing Federation can use this regatta as a springboard to expand the sport in this beautiful country.

Chips

Overall Results, 10 races sailed, 2 discards

Helm Crew Total Discard Final
1 GBR Chips Howarth Vyv Townend 90 78 12
2 GBR Dave Wade Richard Wagstaff 82 51 31
3 GBR Vincent Horey Jim Turner 84 48 36
4 GBR Paul Cullen Gavin Tillson 77 30 47
5 FRA Franck Juin Bertrand Loyal 84 36 48
6 FRA Frederic Mouches Jean-Francois Nouel 88 36 52
8 GBR Angus Hemmings Steve Chesney 136 78 58
7 SUI Kurt Venhoda Sonja Zaugg 115 56 59
9 IRL Shane McCarthy Phil McCusker 137 78 59
10 GBR Jeremy Davy Norman Byrd 99 30 69
11 GBR Penny Gibbs Ian Gibbs 108 37 71
12 GBR Malcolm Davies Fiona Jump 150 78 72
13 GBR Andy Pearce Rachel Keeling 162 78 84
14 KEN John Trundell Peter Hime 127 33 94
15 GBR Derian Chandler Andy Scott 155 44 111
16 GBR Alex Bale Jonathon Bale 175 62 113
17 GBR Phil Popple Doug Shore 195 78 117
18 GBR Edwin Sadd Steve Kuhl 167 47 120
19 IRL Philip Lawton Markham Nolan 192 55 137
20 GBR David Mason Sam Pascoe 202 64 138
21 GBR Ian Harrison David Broome 200 61 139
22 FRA Pierre-Jean Gallo Pierre-Yves Robin 195 48 147
23 KEN Ben Schulz Nigel Shaw 223 61 162
24 GBR Elaine Tudor Warren Tudor 225 61 164
25 KEN Don White Rob Allport 227 54 173
26 KEN Simon Woods Alastair Bush 244 69 175
27 GBR Martin Scarth Nigel Sheppard 251 72 179
28 IRL Louis Smyth Shane Mugan 262 68 194
29 KEN Joachim Bebbington Roger Bebbington 260 63 197
30 SUI Adrian Huber Brigitte Mauchle 284 78 206
31 KEN Chris Shaw Alex Hurn 285 76 209
32 GBR Keryn Henwood-Fox Gary Henwood-Fox 282 64 218
33 KEN Omar Mbithi Steven Ogada 303 78 225
34 KEN Graham Bush Harriet Bush 318 75 243
35 IRL Francis Rowan Ed Butler 316 72 244
36 GBR Barrie Winship Rose Winship 335 78 257
36 KEN Graham Alder Taryn Childs 329 72 257

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