Podium places decided

Carbonology Firefly Nationals conclude

Friday July 29th 2011, Author: Christian Guy, Location: United Kingdom

The final day of the Carbonology Firefly Nationals was eagerly anticipated by the 53 boats. Although the Championship winner had been determined on day five, there was still the rest of the rankings to finalise, as well as some impressive trophies that are awarded for the whole series including the practice race and with no discards!

So with plenty to incentivise them the fleet launched. The first excitement was exiting the river - the race committee were keen to get the fleet to the starting area despite light winds and this meant launching with a strongly flooding tide attempting to sweep the boats back up the Deben river. However the Firefly is well know for being a top boat for sniggling, and so it was up the far shore and across the bar. The wind was light but seemed steady so a gate start was set with Ben Lumby and Liz Evans from Restronguet Sailing Club, lying fourth overall, as the Pathfinder. After less than two minutes of the sequence the wind shifted through 45° so the start was abandoned. After re-setting the course the fleet got away cleanly in a slowly building breeze of 5-7 knots.

The last two days of the racing have been made rather interesting by the tide which was today flowing strongly up the stern quarter as boats approached the mark. As Andy Cornah and Pippa Girling from West Kirby Sailing Club rounded in first place everyone else bunched up behind as the retarding effect of the tide increased as the boats bore away towards the gybe mark and took aim at a transit on the distant shore. Picking a suitable line down the reaches was the name of the game in this race, with a relatively steady breeze and the beats made short by the tide. Rounding in mid-fleet it was notable how quickly the boats around diverged in their courses - it felt more like playing 'angry birds' than sailing as you never quite knew what damage had been done until everyone reconvened at the gybe mark.

After a couple more 'slingshot' beats the top positions were traded many times, with Cornah eventually settling for third as first Alex Davy and Penny Hooper (second in the Gore on wednesday) then national champions Ben and Jenny Vines managed to sneak past. Second place overall in the series was secured by Stuart Hudson and Amy Bowden in the Fursty Ferret after they managed to finish in fifth, two places ahead of Bloodhound, crewed by George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby from Itchenor SC. Unlucky man of the match goes to Ben Lumby who after being pathfinder suffered by going right up the first beat. Ben and Liz finished 12th in this race and dropped a place to fifth overall in the series to Dom Johnson and Debs Steele.

Johnson, Cornah and Ben Field and their expert team racing crews were using the champs as a practice event for the tea racing world championships in which they are representing team GBR later this year. All three finished in the top ten at this event which bodes well.

The fleet retired to the shore for their last chance to enjoy a bit of Felixstowe Ferry's legendary hospitality. After all, a stiff drink is the best way to get through the mammoth prizegiving...

Another classic week of sailing is complete, the fleet will next contest the national championships in Pwllheli during the last week of August 2012

Results:

 

Pos Boat Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Tot Net
1 Fetherlite Vines Vines 1 2 1 4 1 -12 1 2 24 12
2 Fursty Ferret Hudson Bowden 5 1 5 -12 7 1 2 5 38 26
3 Bloodhound Yeoman Ormsby 4 7 8 1 4 (26.0 DNF) 4 7 61 35
4 Flo Johnson Steele 7 3 4 -20 9 11 3 6 63 43
5 Kong Lumby Evans 2 4 7 5 6 -15 10 12 61 46
6 Desperado Cornah Girling -14 9 3 13 3 5 13 3 63 49
7 Fourwood Thinking Smith Witherby 3 8 11 -16 16 10 5 8 77 61
8 Billy Field Clark -15 15 14 10 5 7 6 9 81 66
9 Horror Morris Findlay 9 5 6 3 8 17 20 -22 90 68
10 Grendel Smith Smith 6 13 9 -31 10 2 7 23 101 70
11 Cumulus Greaves Edwards 11 6 2 14 17 (26.0 DNF) 8 19 103 77
12 Mustard Davey Hooper 16 10 12 24 2 18 -27 1 110 83
13 Atomic Archer Verrier-Jones 8 14 16 2 12 16 15 -24 107 83
14 Lynestra Davison Bretherton 10 -30 18 15 14 6 9 20 122 92
15 Red Baron Johnson Sheldon -34 12 20 8 15 14 18 17 138 104
16 Mojo Shepherd Lombard 20 19 22 6 21 4 -26 15 133 107
17 Tactic Vincent Vincent 24 18 23 -30 13 8 24 4 144 114
18 Water Spider Sincock Terry 19 23 15 -26 18 19 11 13 144 118
19 The Walrus Mainwaring Lamb 12 21 21 22 11 20 19 -27 153 126
20 Fizz Steele Pavey 18 16 17 -27 20 23 14 18 153 126
21 Scruffy Thresher Charter 22 22 -26 18 25 3 23 16 155 129
22 Two fo Tea Clarke Wilkinson 31 -40 13 7 29 9 32 11 172 132
23 Tigger Barker Goff 17 20 25 17 19 (26.0 DNF) 21 26 171 145
24 Alarm Derby Knight 28 26 -37 9 24 26.0 DNF 31 25 206 169
25   Pinkham Best 29 17 29 23 -30 26.0 DNF 22 30 206 176
26 Lurcher Johnson Johnson 26 24 31 29 23 22 -43 21 219 176
27 Sound Chief Matthews Bramley (54.0 DNC) 33 43.0 DNF 21 39 13 17 14 234 180
28 Bumble Jones Meakins -33 27 28 33 28 26.0 DNF 25 28 228 195
29 Lollypop Arnold Portway 30 34 24 19 33 26.0 DNF -37 32 235 198
30 Veronica Lasko Gray 40 38 19 39 (54.0 DNC) 24 35 10 259 205
31 Mensonge Guy Dixon 23 29 33 35 27 26.0 DNF -38 33 244 206
32 Chi Chi Whitefoot Milledge 32 31 27 45 32 (54.0 DSQ) 12 31 264 210
33 Elmo's Fire Eagleton Wallis (48.0 DNF) 32 32 37 26 26.0 DNF 34 29 264 216
34 Trinket Clayton Crawshaw 36 35 36 28 36 26.0 DNF 33 -42 272 230
35 Tiffany Thompson Thompson 27 28 (54.0 DNS) 44 54.0 DSQ 26.0 DNF 16 37 286 232
36 Tinkerbell Thompson Thompson (48.0 DNF) 39 43.0 DNF 43 22 21 36 39 291 243
37   Biaver-Mann Boadle 25 (54.0 DNC) 54.0 DSQ 36 40 26.0 DNF 29 36 300 246
38 Sox Francis Root 35 -43 38 42 34 26.0 DNF 30 41 289 246
39 Iris Sherrington Sherrington (54.0 DNC) 11 10 11 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 302 248
40 Biffa Lonsdale Herridge 37 41 30 41 (48.0 DNF) 26.0 DNF 40 35 298 250
41 King of Rock n Roll Williams Clayton 39 36 (43.0 DNF) 38 38 26.0 DNF 39 34 293 250
42 Top Dolly Bickford Smith 21 37 39 25 31 (54.0 DNC) 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 315 261
43 Ratbag Gill Tuppen -47 47 34 34 42 26.0 DNF 41 38 309 262
44 Trousers Slimming Taylor 38 (54.0 DSQ) 54.0 DNS 40 37 26.0 DNF 28 44 321 267
45 Bob Pudney Hamer 44 42 40 -49 44 26.0 DNF 46 43 334 285
46 The ebay Boat Rowell Adams 43 45 41 -52 41 26.0 DNF 47 45 340 288
47 Jungle Fresh Chapman Ratcliffe (54.0 DNC) 25 35 32 35 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 343 289
48 Seaweed Tilsley Tilsley (54.0 DNS) 44 43.0 DNF 46 54.0 DSQ 26.0 DNF 42 40 349 295
49 Steve Forward Moynes 46 46 43.0 DNF 48 43 26.0 DNF 48 (54.0 DNC) 354 300
50 Skirmish McEwen Hackenberg 13 (54.0 DNC) 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 26.0 DNF 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 363 309
51 Hit the Bottle Stewart Van Dyke 42 50.0 DNF (54.0 DNC) 51 45 26.0 DNF 45 54.0 DNC 367 313
52 Serious Repair Thresher Postbeschild 45 (54.0 DNS) 54.0 DNC 50 48.0 DNF 26.0 DNF 44 46 367 313
53 G6 Hodgkins McEachern 41 48 43.0 DNF 47 (54.0 DNC) 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 395 341

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