Mee and Wagstaff lead Fireball Pre-Worlds

The Fireball fleet, in Thailand for their World Championships, limbered up with the first two races of a Pre-Worlds regatta. After much preparation and hard work finally the first day of racing came with the 70 boats taking to the water in a beautiful 12 knots, ideal conditions for the Fireball class. The racing was intense - The first race took four general recalls before the fleet finally started cleanly under a black flag.

Peter Inns and Chris Went (AUS 14812) were first to the first mark, making the most of the shifts. Second around the top mark was Greg and Jeff Schulz (AUS 14571) with Vince Horey and Andy Thompson 3rd (GBR 14920) quickly got passed the Schulz’s and the two front boats eased out to a good lead. The wind died to about 8 knots and the adverse current built so the race was shortened to the top mark with Emma Perkins and Jason Heritage (AUS 14603) taking 3rd.

The second race started in about 10 knots with a strong incoming tide, which held the boats back from the start line. Richard Mason and Simon Hextall (GBR 14969) made the most of the tide and port tacked the start crossing the whole fleet.

Peter Gray and Simon Forbes (GBR 14873) led to the first mark from Mason and Hextall and Mee and Wagstaff.

Peter Gray and Simon Forbes (GBR14873) went on to win with Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff(GBR 14919) climbing to second followed by Robin Inns and Joel Coultas (AUS 14782).

Overall the results are quite mixed, but Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff are looking very comfortable overall. Team GBR seem to have the upper hand in the conditions with 4 boats in the top ten, but there is plenty of pressure so far from the Swiss, Czechs and Australian teams.

The current World Champion Richard Estaugh and Rob Gardener (GBR 14948) didn’t make it onto the water today, but the 2006 World Champions Erich and Reudi Moser (SUI 14799) struggled to a 20th in the first race and a 7th in the second, just one point behind the Australian Champions Inns and Coultas. Current British national champion Tom Jeffcoate and Mark Hogan (GBR 14949) had a bad day in the office today with a 26th and a 30th.

Fireball - Pre Worlds, Results after 2 races

1 MATT MEE RICHARD WAGSTAFF 4 2 6pts
2 GREG ALLISON RICHARD WATSON 7 4 11
3 PETER GRAY SIMON FORBES 11 1 12
4 TOMAS MUSIL JAN STANTEJSKY 6 9 15
5 ADRIAN HUBER BRIGITTE HUBER 10 6 16
6 VINCE HOREY ANDREW THOMPSON 2 15 17
7 DAVID WADE BEN McGRANE 8 11 19
8 KURT VENHODA SONJA ZAUGG 14 5 19
9 EMMA PERKINS JASON HERITAGE 3 18 21
10 IAN RAVENSCROFT PAUL GRANT 12 10 22
11 PETER INNES CHRIS WENT 1 21 22
12 CONOR CLANCY FRANCIS ROWAN 9 14 23
13 RICHARD MASON SIMON HEXTALL 18 8 26
14 KEVIN HOPE RUSSELL THORNE 13 13 26
15 ROBIN INNS JOEL COULTAS 23 3 26
16 ERICH MOSER RUEDI MOSER 20 7 27
17 HEATHER McFARLANE CHRIS PAYNE 5 24 29
18 TAICHI IMURA MASARU OGAWA 24 12 36
19 SUTEE POONPAT VORAVIT VORASAEN 15 22 37
20 KITIPONG KHAMBANG PACHARAPHON O-PUN 19 19 38
21 BEN SCHULZ BEN NEAYLON 17 28 45
22 JOHN HEYWOOD BRETT LITTLEDIKE 28 17 45
23 JAMES COX SIMON PEARSON 22 23 45
24 JOE JOSPIE TOM EGLI 33 16 49
25 STEVE GOACHER TIM EDLUND 21 31 52
26 ROBERT THOMPSON GARETH OWEN 27 26 53
27 CIARAN HICKEY MARY HICKEY 54 DNF 54
28 GREG SCHULZ JEFF SCHULZ 16 38 54
29 NOAH PURVES - SMITH MICHAEL LIETCH 25 29 54
30 DEBBIE KIRKBY NED GOSS 35 20 55
31 TOM JEFFCOATE MARK HOGAN 26 30 56
32 NATHAN STOCKLEY SAM MUIRHEAD 29 27 56
33 NOEL BUTLER SEAMUS MOORE 32 25 57
34 ALBERT BADOUX ROELAND DE JONG 57 DNF 57
35 CHRIS DANDO MICHELLE RYDER 31 34 65
36 LOUIS SMYTH SUZIE MULLIGAN 37 35 72
37 JOHN HENDERSON MARGOT HENDERSON 40 32 72
38 GLEN PEVERELL SARAH BIGNELL 30 44 74
39 YUSUKE SHIMOTSUMA KOICHI TSURUMOTO 39 37 76
40 FRANK MILLER MARGUERITE O'ROURKE 36 41 77
41 JAMES SZPUNAR PHILLIP BOWLEY 45 36 81
42 RICHARD McCULLOCH GLENN STUART 41 42 83
43 MIKE McEVOY JEREMY KENNEDY 34 50 84
44 ROY TICHKOWSKY FRANK KORTBEEK 46 40 86
45 FRANK CRAWFORD SEAN HOLMES SMITH 47 39 86
46 MADDY PURVES - SMITH GREGG FURGUSON 55 33 88
47 PREECHA DANGPATUM TODSAPOL JORNJAITRONG 37 51 88
48 MAJA SUTER FRANCOIS SCHLUCHTER 51 43 94
49 COLIN HUGGETT GEOFFREY HUGGETT 42 53 95
50 TIM NINNES DANIEL McLAREN 49 46 95
51 TONY SCHNAARS JOHN WEIGAND 44 52 96
52 ANDREW CROSSLEY PETER CROSSLEY 50 48 98
53 MARK CUMMINGS EVELYN CHISHOLM 43 55 98
54 JOHN CHAMBERS IAN McGONIGLE 52 47 99
55 LAURA TICHKOWSKY KEN TICHKOWSKY 56 45 101
56 BARBARA NEWSON GUY NEWSON 53 49 102
57 JOHN MANSON IVAN FRASER 48 54 102
58 DAVID GILES DAVID MASON 68 68 136
58 DOMINIK MUELLER CHRISTINE MEBES 68 68 136
58 RICHARD ESTAUGH ROB GARDENER 68 68 136
58 YASUJI SHIMIZU MINORU KOSAKA 68 68 136
58 HIROSHI KATO SADAHIRO KUMAGAI 68 68 136
58 PHILIP POPPLE STEVE CHESNEY 68 68 136
58 ROB LEVY STEPHEN WALDIE 68 68 136
58 OWEN LAVERTY ED BUTLER 68 68 136
58 YASUHITO TSUKAHARA YUICHI NAKAMURA 68 68 136
58 KEVIN WHITCRAFT BIRANUBONGSE BHANUBAND 68 68 136