Fireball Worlds day one

Reports from Chips Howarth and race control plus results

Sunday February 23rd 2003, Author: Andy Nicholson, Location: United Kingdom
The Chips Report

After a nice day off on Friday (lazing by the pool and keeping out of the intense Kenyan sun), today saw the start of the World Championships proper.

There was a noticable increase in tension around the dinghy park before launching in the now standard 90 degree heat and 10-15 knots of wind.

It seems slightly fresher on the race course so we went on our medium settings with slightly more pre-bend. After a bad start in the first race we managed to play some neat shifts up the right and were leading at the windard mark. We were able to extend and on by a good margin. Huge relief in our boat!!

Penny Gibbs sailed very well, holding off Dave Wade to gain a 2nd.

A more solid start and great pace was in order for our second race, although we didn't play the shifts so well and were 3rd at the top mark. With the yellow flag flying we 'worked our nuts off' down the top reach to lead at the gybe mark. For here we managed to extend and gain another 1st from Dave Wade.

A huge relief to get Day One out of the way, but this regatta needs to be sailed like a marathon, not a sprint and there is plenty of time to cock up yet!!

Chips


Race Report

The first day of the Fireball Worlds got off to a fine start in what have become the customary 10-15 knot winds, half-metre waves and a fine bright weather with white-caps scattering the sea.

There are now 38 boats in the event with the newcomers arrived from safari or from overseas and the Mombasa Kenya entry of Andy Burnard and Shah Khan having only entered International Week. Unfortunately the Swiss boat sailed by Adrian Huber and Brigitte Mauchle had a rudder problem and retired in the first race and were not able to start the second.

In Race 1 Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend (UK) clearly showed their intention of being world champions now they already have the International Week trophy in the bag. They were in the front round the first mark and kept stretching their lead, all the way to an impressive finish.

Dave Wade and Richard Wagstaff (UK) now lie in second place overall having gained 3rd and 2nd in the first two races. Penny and Ian Gibbs (UK) had a great day out, with a 2nd place in the first race and a 5th in the second, and now lie 3rd overall

Frederic Mouches and Jean-Francois Nouel, newly arrived at Kilif, secured an overall 6th place and first place among the French boats. They had a good second race and for the first beat and reach gave Howarth and Townend something to watch out for. Swiss boat 14718 sailed by Kurt Venhoda and Sonja Zaugg were going well and were up in the front few boats all the way in the first race but had been over the start line and so ended with 39 points.

John Trundell and Peter Hime remained in top place for Kenya, gaining and 8th and a 16th and lying 11 overall at the end of the day; followed in 14th overall place by Australian Ben Schultz sailing with Kenyan Nigel Shaw. Ed Sadd, formerly resident in Kenya but now sailing under a GBR registration with crew Steve Kuhl gave his old rival John Trundell a good run in both races, coming in 10th and 9th to finish 9th overall at the end of the first day, two slots above Trundell.


 Helm Crew
race 1
race 2
score
1
GBR
Chips Howarth Vyv Townend
1
1
2
2
GBR
Dave Wade Richard Wagstaff
3
2
5
3
GBR
Penny Gibbs Ian Gibbs
2
5
7
4
GBR
Vincent Horey Jim Turner
6
4
10
5
GBR
Angus Hemmings Steve Chesney
5
8
13
6
FRA
Franck Juin Bertrand Loyal
7
7
14
7
GBR
Paul Cullen Gavin Tillson
9
6
15
8
GBR
Jeremy Davy Norman Byrd
4
13
17
9
GBR
Edwin Sadd Steve Kuhl
10
9
19
10
FRA
Frederic Mouches Jean-Francois Nouel
12
10
22
11
KEN
John Trundell Peter Hime
8
16
24
12
GBR
Andy Pearce Rachel Keeling
15
15
30
13
GBR
Ian Harrison David Broome
19
12
31
14
KEN
Ben Schulz Nigel Shaw
22
11
33
15
GBR
Derian Chandler Andy Scott
11
23
34
16
KEN
Simon Woods Alastair Bush
16
19
35
17
GBR
Phil Popple Doug Shore
17
20
37
17
GBR
Malcolm Davies Fiona Jump
20
17
37
19
IRL
Philip Lawton Markham Nolan
14
24
38
20
GBR
Elaine Tudor Warren Tudor
13
27
40
20
KEN
Don White Rob Allport
18
22
40
22
IRL
Shane McCarthy Phil McCusker
OCS/39
3
42
23
GBR
Alex Bale Jonathon Bale
23
21
44
23
KEN
Joachim Bebbington Roger Bebbington
26
18
44
25
FRA
Pierre-Jean Gallo Pierre-Yves Robin
21
26
47
26
SUI
Kurt Venhoda Sonja Zaugg
OCS/39
14
53
27
KEN
Chris Shaw Alex Hurn
30
25
55
28
IRL
Louis Smyth Shane Mugan
27
29
56
29
KEN
Omar Mbithi Steven Ogada
25
32
57
30
GBR
Keryn Henwood-Fox Gary Henwood-Fox
29
31
60
31
GBR
Barrie Winship Rose Winship
31
30
61
32
GBR
David Mason Sam Pascoe
24
DNF/39
63
33
IRL
Francis Rowan Ed Butler
32
33
65
34
GBR
Martin Scarth Nigel Sheppard
28
RAF/39
67
34
KEN
Graham Bush Harriet Bush
33
34
67
36
IRL
Corin Mackenzie Claudette Hall
34
36
70
36
KEN
Graham Alder Taryn Childs
35
35
70
38
SUI
Adrian Huber Brigitte Mauchle
DNF/39
DNF/39
78

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