In the bag for the Vines

Day five nailbiter at the Carbonology Firefly National Championship

Thursday July 28th 2011, Author: Christian Guy, Location: United Kingdom

Racing on day five of the Carbonology Firefly Championship was a nail-biter for the 53 boat fleet. Starting under grey skies and light wind, the race officer opted for a gate start due to a moderate crosswind tide. Gate boat crewed by Ed and Lucy Smith made a valiant effort at punching through the chop as the wind slowly died and it looked for a while as if the Fireflys would have a decent stab at the 'Stern Light' trophy awarded for this race.

Halfway up the first beat the wind became patchy and died completely on the left hand side of the course, leaving some boats stranded to watch the rest of the fleet pull away. This contingent included some high-ranking sailors who had some catching up to do as the boats turned round the buoy to face the full stream of the tide. Boats who went high managed to keep enough forward speed to make way while those who went low - the classic catch-up manoeuver - were punished. Some of the championship leaders managed to escape from the pack though Featherlite (Vines) were unable to catch their 'buddies' Sophie Shepherd and Sarah Lombard who finished in fourth place overall, behind Scruffy, Grendel (the pathfinder) and race winner The Fursty Ferret, all of which went right up the first beat. The first five boats managed to get around the gybe marks of the trapezoid course and were on the down-tide second reach when the wind died completely, leaving the rest of the fleet with nothing to do but point straight into the tide to try and hold position.

In the event less than half of the fleet managed to finish within the 30 minute time limit which starts ticking when the first boat finishes.

Race seven, for the Avon Bailer, was another opportunity for the competitors to follow the class tradition of racing for highly polished yet obselete fittings. Again things were looking promising as Barney Smith and Alannah Witherby opened the gate for the fleet. Again however the wind died on the first reach, making what was now a run against the tide a fierce battle for velocity-made-good towards the gybe mark. This time it was Featherlite which made a break for it, leaving The Fursty Ferret finishing in second place and moving up to second overall in the championship standings.

Going into the last day, Featherlite holds a score of 22 points including their discarded 12th place, so the best result Hudson and Bowden can hope to achieve would leave Ben and Jenny Vines on equal points and winning on a higher number of race wins. Having high personal standards though, the husband and wife team team almost certainly want to bag a decent result on the last day and celebrate their win in style.

Results

 

Pos Boat Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Tot Net
1 Fetherlite Vines Vines 1 2 1 4 1 -12 1 22 10
2 Fursty Ferret Hudson Bowden 5 1 5 -12 7 1 2 33 21
3 Bloodhound Yeoman Ormsby 4 7 8 1 4 (25.0 DNF) 4 53 28
4 Kong Lumby Evans 2 4 7 5 6 -15 10 49 34
5 Flo Johnson Steele 7 3 4 -20 9 11 3 57 37
6 Desperado Cornah Girling -14 9 3 13 3 5 13 60 46
7 Grendel Smith Smith 6 13 9 -31 10 2 7 78 47
8 Horror Morris Findlay 9 5 6 3 8 17 -20 68 48
9 Fourwood Thinking Smith Witherby 3 8 11 -16 16 10 5 69 53
10 Billy Field Clark -15 15 14 10 5 7 6 72 57
11 Cumulus Greaves Edwards 11 6 2 14 17 (25.0 DNF) 8 83 58
12 Atomic Archer Verrier-Jones 8 14 -16 2 12 16 15 83 67
13 Lynestra Davison Bretherton 10 -30 18 15 14 6 9 102 72
14 Mustard Davey Hooper 16 10 12 24 2 18 -27 109 82
15 Red Baron Johnson Sheldon -34 12 20 8 15 14 18 121 87
16 Mojo Shepherd Lombard 20 19 22 6 21 4 -26 118 92
17 The Walrus Mainwaring Lamb 12 21 21 -22 11 20 19 126 104
18 Water Spider Sincock Terry 19 23 15 -26 18 19 11 131 105
19 Fizz Steele Pavey 18 16 17 -27 20 23 14 135 108
20 Tactic Vincent Vincent 24 18 23 -30 13 8 24 140 110
21 Scruffy Thresher Charter 22 22 -26 18 25 3 23 139 113
22 Tigger Barker Goff 17 20 -25 17 19 25.0 DNF 21 144 119
23 Two fo Tea Clarke Wilkinson 31 -40 13 7 29 9 32 161 121
24 Alarm Derby Knight 28 26 -37 9 24 25.0 DNF 31 180 143
25   Pinkham Best 29 17 29 23 -30 25.0 DNF 22 175 145
26 Lurcher Johnson Johnson 26 24 31 29 23 22 -43 198 155
27 Chi Chi Whitefoot Milledge 32 31 27 -45 32 25.0 DNF 12 204 159
28 Lollypop Arnold Portway 30 34 24 19 33 25.0 DNF -37 202 165
29 Sound Chief Matthews Bramley (54.0 DNC) 33 43.0 DNF 21 39 13 17 220 166
30 Bumble Jones Meakins -33 27 28 33 28 25.0 DNF 25 199 166
31 Mensonge Guy Dixon 23 29 33 35 27 25.0 DNF -38 210 172
32 Elmo's Fire Eagleton Wallis (48.0 DNF) 32 32 37 26 25.0 DNF 34 234 186
33 Trinket Clayton Crawshaw -36 35 36 28 36 25.0 DNF 33 229 193
34 Iris Sherrington Sherrington (54.0 DNC) 11 10 11 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 248 194
35 Tiffany Thompson Thompson 27 28 (54.0 DNS) 44 54.0 DSQ 25.0 DNF 16 248 194
36 Veronica Lasko Gray 40 38 19 39 (54.0 DNC) 24 35 249 195
37 Tinkerbell Thompson Thompson (48.0 DNF) 39 43.0 DNF 43 22 21 36 252 204
38 Sox Francis Root 35 -43 38 42 34 25.0 DNF 30 247 204
39 Top Dolly Bickford Smith 21 37 39 25 31 (54.0 DNC) 54.0 DNC 261 207
40   Biaver-Mann Boadle 25 (54.0 DNC) 54.0 DSQ 36 40 25.0 DNF 29 263 209
41 Biffa Lonsdale Herridge 37 41 30 41 (48.0 DNF) 25.0 DNF 40 262 214
42 King of Rock n Roll Williams Clayton 39 36 (43.0 DNF) 38 38 25.0 DNF 39 258 215
43 Trousers Slimming Taylor 38 (54.0 DSQ) 54.0 DNS 40 37 25.0 DNF 28 276 222
44 Ratbag Gill Tuppen -47 47 34 34 42 25.0 DNF 41 270 223
45 Jungle Fresh Chapman Ratcliffe (54.0 DNC) 25 35 32 35 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 289 235
46 Bob Pudney Hamer 44 42 40 -49 44 25.0 DNF 46 290 241
47 The ebay Boat Rowell Adams 43 45 41 -52 41 25.0 DNF 47 294 242
48 Steve Forward Moynes 46 46 43.0 DNF -48 43 25.0 DNF 48 299 251
49 Skirmish McEwen Hackenberg 13 (54.0 DNC) 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 25.0 DNF 54.0 DNC 308 254
50 Seaweed Tilsley Tilsley (54.0 DNS) 44 43.0 DNF 46 54.0 DSQ 25.0 DNF 42 308 254
51 Hit the Bottle Stewart Van Dyke 42 50.0 DNF (54.0 DNC) 51 45 25.0 DNF 45 312 258
52 Serious Repair Thresher Postbeschild 45 (54.0 DNS) 54.0 DNC 50 48.0 DNF 25.0 DNF 44 320 266
53 G6 Hodgkins McEachern 41 48 43.0 DNF 47 (54.0 DNC) 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 341 287

 

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