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Day 2 International Week


Wednesday 15, June 2011

The sun shone……initially. The wind was benign……….initially. But by the time the fleet got afloat, the breeze was rising and the sun went behind clouds. It wasn’t an unpleasant day but it wasn’t quite as nice as yesterday, unless of course you were sailing a Fireball off Sligo.

The committee boat recorded winds for most of the day around the 18/19 knot mark from the SE. However, on the way out to the start it was blowing in excess of 20 knots and during the racing gusts of around 22 knots were recorded. The SE is an offshore direction so the seas were reasonably flat.

Another two excellent races were set by the Race Management team with screaming reaches – some two-sailed – and a more acceptable length to the windward leg. Yesterday morning’s first race had seen very long beats but the RC took the appropriate actions to restore proper order both yesterday afternoon and today.

The first start today saw a leading candidate for victory capsized to tweak his rig, some others lost a minute in the countdown which led to a rather untidy start for some. However, the same group who had enjoyed early success on the water yesterday were to the fore again – the Scotts, Butler/Oram, Jospe/Egli, Grant/Butler, joined by Miller/Mulligan. Schulz/Bowley came from behind after tweaking their rig to join the fun and games at the front of the fleet.

 

Sailing fast and low, the Aussies gradually hauled in the others, who to that stage had been led around by Butler/Oram. Andy & Derian Scott sailed another stormer (excuse the pun) to show off the fact that height and weight are not the only way to sail Fireballs in a breeze.  

Behind these three came Grant/Butler, Jospe/Egli and Smyth/Bradley.

Race 4 of the regatta was held in similar conditions with the Scotts and Smyth/Bradley going hard left to the fleet’s various degrees of right. The left paid with Scotts rounding the first weather mark in first, followed by Smyth/Bradley. The Aussies broke through halfway down the first reach to take second initially and Butler/Oram closed the gap to third at the leeward mark. Up the next beat, Butler/Oram got away and Grant/Butler, Jospe/Egli and McCartin/Kinsella closed by the 2nd weather mark. McCartin/Kinsella got through but a split between either side of the course, left versus right, kept Smyth/Bradley in 5th at the 3rd weather mark. Ahead of this group, Schulz/Bowley had gone into first, followed by the Scotts and Butler/Oram.

 No sooner had the fleet got ashore than the wind started to build. Sligo this evening is wet and wild, but a great day’s racing has been had by all.

Sponsored by

Dubarry of Ireland, Failte Ireland, Interreg IVA*, The Clarion House (Hotel, Sligo), The Glass House (Sligo),

Malin Waters, The ISA (National Sailing Authority), Tissot Watches, Bowley Plumbing and Others.

The Fireball World Championship Regatta is supported by Malin Waters, part financed by the European Union European Regional Development Fund, through Interreg IVA Cross-Border Programme – Investing in your future!

Cormac Bradley

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