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Worlds Day 5


Monday 23, July 2018

Daily Report: Day 5

Another Frenzied day on the water!

Words: Cormac Bradley & Pictures: Gareth Craig @ Fotosail

From  a wet and windy Sligo where another four races were sailed in a building SE wind, it became a case of the fittest having the most fun on the water. Granted there was a World title to be won but the weather took its toll on the fleet with many retrials before the day was done.

The role call of leaders at the first mark of each race was expanded today when Simon McGrotty & Tony Fitzgerald (IRL 14981), and Joerg Nolle  & Roger Leeman (GER 14508)  took the honours in Races 1 & 2 respectively.

The other races were lead around the weather mark by the “usual suspects”.

The Provisional Results for the regatta have just been posted and the 1-2-3 reads as follows;

            1. Matt Burge & Richard Wagstaff                                            16pts

            2. Tom Gillard & Sam Brearey                                     16pts

            3. David Wade & Simon Potts                                      19pts.

Burge/Wagstaff thus take the title on countback. Regrettably, due to my own problems on the water I can’t provide readers with  a blow by blow account of the day’s proceedings but suffice to say everyone will sleep well tonight after their physical exertions.

Burge/Wagstaff scored a 6,2,1,4 to Gillard/Brearey’s  1,3,2,3 with Wade/Potts scoring a  2,1,1,2.

Best of the Irish, in 10th overall is Noel Butler & Stephen Oram, followed by Kenny Rumball & Seamus Moore in 12th and  Simon McGrotty & Tony Fitzgerald in 13th.

Leading lady is Derian Scott in 14th overall.

This report is being rushed out in order to fit in with the evening’s events – a prizegiving!

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

Malin Waters, The ISA (National Sailing Authority) 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!

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