Wade and McGrane Lead Fireballs - For now

Dave Wade and Ben McGrane have now taken over the lead from Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff on total points after two more races at the Fireball International Pre-Worlds. But if drops were included then Mee and Wagstaff would be back in front.

The second day of sailing looked promising, with a light breeze blowing onto the beach. On the way out to the start the wind built to a lovely 14 knots, enabling all crews to be fully stretched. After two general recalls the black flag was flown and the fleet got off to an even start.

The majority of the fleet went left with some intrepid sailors hitting the right hand corner. The regatta leader Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff (GBR 14919) showed their form by rounding second at the windward mark, just behind Robin Inns and Joel Coultas (AUS 14782).

During the race a thunderstorm lurked and swung the breeze by about 50 degrees to the left making for interesting racing amongst the leaders. Mee and Wagstaff slipped back a couple of times, but managed to slip through to win the race. Tomas Musil and Jan Stantejsky (CZE 14879) snuck through to second.

The second race was much lighter with the thunderstorm moving on and the tide having increased dramatically. The start got away first go as the tide was against the fleet. Boats were sailing hard just to try and get across the line against the tide. This caused the fleet to split into two.

The boats going left to get out of the tide, or right to get stronger wind. The local Thai boats got it right on the right hand side, and the boats on the left ended up a long way back. Unfortunately Mee and Wagstaff, and Musil and Stantejsky were caught out, letting Yusuke Shimotsuma and Koichi Tsurumotousuke (JPN 14509) get to the first mark first ahead of Kitipong Khambang and Pacharaphon O-Pun (Tha 14519).

Kevin Hope and Russell Thorne (GBR 14950) got past them on the second reach and went on to win from Nathan Stockley and Sam Muirhead (AUS 14587).

Dave Wade and Ben McGrane (GBR 14976) have now taken over the lead from Mee and Wagstaff on total points, but if drops were included then Mee and Wagstaff would be back in front.

Fireball Pre Worlds - Results after day 2

1 GBR 14976 DAVID WADE BEN McGRANE 8 11 6 4 29pts
2 GBR 14919 MATT MEE RICHARD WAGSTAFF 4 2 1 25 32
3 CZE 14879 TOMAS MUSIL JAN STANTEJSKY 6 9 2 18 35
4 GBR 14950 KEVIN HOPE RUSSELL THORNE 13 13 10 1 37
5 GBR 14920 VINCE HOREY ANDREW THOMPSON 2 15 15 5 37
6 AUS 14812 PETER INNS CHRIS WENT 1 21 8 7 37
7 SUI 14897 KURT VENHODA SONJA ZAUGG 14 5 17 3 39
8 AUS 14971 GREG ALLISON RICHARD WATSON 7 4 22 14 47
9 AUS 14782 ROBIN INNS JOEL COULTAS 23 3 3 24 53
10 AUS 14943 HEATHER McFARLANE CHRIS PAYNE 5 24 7 20 56
11 AUS 14786 JOHN HEYWOOD BRETT LITTLEDIKE 28 17 5 8 58
12 AUS 14936 IAN RAVENSCROFT PAUL GRANT 12 10 19 22 63
13 AUS 14587 NATHAN STOCKLEY SAM MUIRHEAD 29 27 9 2 67
14 JPN 14808 TAICHI IMURA MASARU OGAWA 24 12 25 11 72
15 THA 11 SUTEE POONPAT VORAVIT VORASAEN 15 22 12 23 72
16 GBR 14973 PETER GRAY SIMON FORBES 11 1 20 44 76
17 THA 14519 KITIPONG KHAMBANG PACHARAPHON O-PUN 19 19 32 6 76
18 CAN 14680 JAMES COX SIMON PEARSON 22 23 21 12 78
19 AUS 14603 EMMA PERKINS JASON HERITAGE 3 18 23 34 78
20 AUS 14850 BEN SCHULZ BEN NEAYLON 17 28 11 28 84
21 IRL 14840 CONOR CLANCY FRANCIS ROWAN 9 14 28 35 86
22 GBR 14949 TOM JEFFCOATE MARK HOGAN 26 30 4 30 90
23 SUI 14799 ERICH MOSER RUEDI MOSER 20 7 24 39 90
24 AUS 14571 GREG SCHULZ JEFF SCHULZ 16 38 26 10 90
25 GBR 14887 STEVE GOACHER TIM EDLUND 21 31 16 29 97
26 IRL 14894 NOEL BUTLER SEAMUS MOORE 32 25 14 27 98
27 GBR 14969 RICHARD MASON SIMON HEXTALL 18 8 13 68 107
28 AUS 14414 GLEN PEVERELL SARAH BIGNELL 30 44 37 13 124
29 AUS 14745 JAMES SZPUNAR PHILLIP BOWLEY 45 36 18 26 125
30 AUS 14722 RICHARD McCULLOCH GLENN STUART 41 42 27 16 126
31 CAN 14828 ROBERT THOMPSON GARETH OWEN 27 26 31 43 127
32 JPN 14509 YUSUKE SHIMOTSUMA KOICHI TSURUMOTO 39 37 42 9 127
33 CAN 14968 JOE JOSPIE TOM EGLI 33 16 35 47 131
34 USA 14927 DEBBIE KIRKBY NED GOSS 35 20 29 50 134
35 CAN 7597 NOAH PURVES - SMITH MICHAEL LIETCH 25 29 33 48 135
36 IRL 14854 LOUIS SMYTH SUZIE MULLIGAN 37 35 44 21 137
37 CAN 14813 JOHN HENDERSON MARGOT HENDERSON 40 32 49 17 138
38 CAN 14156 FRANK CRAWFORD SEAN HOLMES SMITH 47 39 45 15 146
39 GBR 14755 CHRIS DANDO MICHELLE RYDER 31 34 34 51 150
40 SUI 14724 ADRIAN HUBER BRIGITTE MAUCHLE 10 6 68 68 152
41 CAN 14727 COLIN HUGGETT GEOFFREY HUGGETT 42 53 39 19 153
42 IRL 14877 FRANK MILLER MARGUERITE O'ROURKE 36 41 36 52 165
43 CAN 14481 MADDY PURVES - SMITH GREGG FURGUSON 55 33 46 31 165
44 THA 470 PREECHA DANGPATUM TODSAPOL JORNJAITRONG 37 51 47 36 171
45 CAN 14835 MIKE McEVOY JEREMY KENNEDY 34 50 43 49 176
46 AUS 14530 TONY SCHNAARS JOHN WEIGAND 44 52 38 46 180
47 CAN 14480 ROY TICHKOWSKY FRANK KORTBEEK 46 40 51 45 182
48 SHE 14636 JOHN MANSON IVAN FRASER 48 54 40 42 184
49 CAN 12934 LAURA TICHKOWSKY KEN TICHKOWSKY 56 45 53 33 187
50 CAN 11800 MARK CUMMINGS EVELYN CHISHOLM 43 55 54 37 189
51 SUI 14921 MAJA SUTER FRANCOIS SCHLUCHTER 51 43 55 41 190
52 AUS 14153 TIM NINNES DANIEL McLAREN 49 46 41 54 190
53 GBR 14872 BARBARA NEWSON GUY NEWSON 53 49 52 40 194
54 GBR 14791 PHILIP POPPLE STEVE CHESNEY 68 68 30 32 198
55 AUS 14814 ANDREW CROSSLEY PETER CROSSLEY 50 48 50 53 201
56 SUI 14961 DOMINIK MUELLER CHRISTINE MEBES 68 68 48 38 222
57 IRL 1489 JOHN CHAMBERS IAN McGONIGLE 52 47 68 68 235
58 IRL 14695 CIARAN HICKEY MARY HICKEY 54 68 68 55 245
59 NED 14069 ALBERT BADOUX ROELAND DE JONG 57 68 68 68 261
60 GBR 14964 DAVID GILES DAVID MASON 68 68 68 68 272
60 GBR 14948 RICHARD ESTAUGH ROB GARDENER 68 68 68 68 272
60 JPN 14947 YASUJI SHIMIZU MINORU KOSAKA 68 68 68 68 272
60 JPN 14902 HIROSHI KATO SADAHIRO KUMAGAI 68 68 68 68 272
60 CAN 14768 ROB LEVY STEPHEN WALDIE 68 68 68 68 272
60 IRL 14765 OWEN LAVERTY ED BUTLER 68 68 68 68 272
60 JPN 14751 YASUHITO TSUKAHARA YUICHI NAKAMURA 68 68 68 68 272
60 THA 14444 KEVIN WHITCRAFT BIRANUBONGSE BHANUBAND 68 68 68 68 272