Fireballers go twin-trapezing

Ian Pinnell buys an International 14 whilst the reigning champions get into the 49er, writes Andy Rice

Tuesday January 30th 2001, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
Fireball sailors are turning their hand to a bit of twin-trapeze sailing. Madforsailing has already reported that reigning national and world champion DJ Edwards has taken up 49er sailing, whilst his Fireball crew Vyv Townend has been seen out doing the front end for another Fireball world champion crew, Jarrod Simpson, who has been sailing a 49er for the past few years.
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.

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