Fireballers go twin-trapezing
Stevie Morrison, the 'ball European champion, will be focussing on the Fireball and the 49er in the coming season. He is sailing with a light crew, Dave Scott, in the Fireball and they will be racing at just 22 stone all up, which is some way off the standard competitive weight for Fireballs these days. But Morrison told madforsailing: "The world championships are on Lake Bracciano just north of Rome, so the water will be flat and the predicted conditions are light winds, although it’s never like that when you get there, is it?"
Morrison has already proven he is pretty handy in the 49er, and is stepping up his time in the boat this season, sailing with former Laser sailor Ben Rhodes.
Meanwhile, multiple Fireball champion Ian Pinnell has a Bieker III International 14 on order from Chris Turner. Pinnell said it was early days for his new twin-trapeze campaign and he had not yet finalised crew decisions. "We’ll get used to the boat this year, and do some of the events. We’ll probably take it more seriously next year," he said.