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Royal St. George's Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella One Point Off the Lead at Fireball Worlds on Lough Derg

22nd August 2022
The green spinnaker of Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella of Royal St. George Yacht Club. The Irish duo are second overall after three races sailed
The green spinnaker of Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella of Royal St. George Yacht Club. The Irish duo are second overall after three races sailed Credit: Con Murphy

After the loss of two races yesterday, Sunday, to insufficient wind, IRO Con Murphy advised the fleet at the GUL Fireball Worlds that three races would be on the agenda for Monday with an earlier start time of 11:00. He was true to his word as he departed the shore shortly after 10:00 and got the fleet away to a punctual start for Race 1, a two-lap triangle and sausage course. Wind at this stage was of the order of 8knots with occasional fluctuations above and below this number.

The procession of red spinnakers on Thursday and Friday’s racing last week was broken when a white spinnaker was seen to take the lead at the weather mark, just less than a mile away from this correspondent on the committee boat. It turned out to be the spinnaker of Claude Mermod & Ruedi Moser (SUI 14799) and they held the lead throughout the race. Behind them we found another white spinnaker but with a mainsail that had a distinctive sailmaker’s label – that of Tom Gillard & Shandy (GBR 15122) and North Sails.

However, the hosts of this regatta, were also well to the fore with the green spinnaker of Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella (IRL 15093) in third. Hayling Island’s David Sayce and Gareth Edwards (GBR 15112) would be next in line with Derian and Andy Scott (GBR 14941). The top reach of the triangle looked exciting from our perspective and the second reach was also of a high standard. These ended up being the final positions.

Race 2 was also a two-lap course but with more wind – the knots creeping up to 10 – 12. We also found ourselves with a new running order with Steve & Tom Goacher (GBR 15145) leading the fleet around the course – again quite comfortably. The Czech Republic pairing of Jiri Paruzek & Jakub Kosvica (CZE 15141) made their way to second place with Mike Deane & Paul Disney (GBR 14778) getting into third. McCartin & Kinsella sailed into fourth with David Hall & Paul Constable (GBR 15155) getting into fifth. The religious conviction that left was the way to go started getting diluted in this race as more boats set off for the second weather mark by taking a hitch to the right. Also, on the downwind leg of the sausage, the fleet was more inclined to split left and right.

Having completed the two races slightly ahead of schedule, the Race Officer decided to give the fleet a three-lap third race – triangle-sausage-triangle. After another clean start in winds that were consistently above ten knots, the North jockeys, Gillard & Shandy had a very substantial lead. Indeed, the first three or four boats had pulled away from the body of the fleet and all looked comfortable. The balance of the podium places on the water were filled by Hall & Constable and Isaac Marsh & Oliver Davenport (GBR 15162), the P&B jockeys, but McCartin & Kinsella were in the chase as well as Mermod & Moser and Heather McFarlane & Chris Payne (AUS 15152). During the latter stages of the race the wind started to fade but never got below the 5knot threshold.

Hall & Constable chased down the leaders and by the last leeward mark there were only boat-lengths between them. Marsh & Davenport took third, followed by Mermod & Moser. McCartin & Kinsella were the best of the Irish again in 5th, with Noel Butler & Stephen Oram (IRL 15061) coming home in 17th.

GUL Fireball Worlds – Top Ten (after three races)

GUL Fireball Worlds, Lough Derg Yacht Club.

 

Pos.

Sail No.

Crew

R1

R2

R3

Nett

1

GBR 15122

Tom Gillard & Shandy

2

8

1

11pts

2

IRL 15093

Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella

3

4

5

12pts

3

GBR 15155

David Hall & Paul Constable

8

5

2

15pts

4

CZE 15141

Jiri Paruzek & Jakub Kosvica

7

2

8

17pts

5

GBR 15145

Steve & Tom Goacher

6

1

11

18pts

6

SUI 14799

Claude Mermod & Ruedi Moser

1

18

4

23pts

7

GBR 14941

Derian & Andy Scott

5

11

7

23pts

8

AUS 15152

Heather McFarlane & Chris Payne

13

6

6

25pts

9

GBR 15151

Martyn & Daniel Lewis

10

13

9

32pts

10

GBR 15162

Isaac Marsh & Oliver Davenport

11

20

3

34pts

               


Full results below

Another three races are scheduled for tomorrow with another 11:00 start. 

Cormac Bradley

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Dublin Bay Fireballer Cormac Bradley was appointed Rear Commodore of the International Fireball Class in 2017. He is a regular dinghy and one design correspondent on Afloat.ie

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At A Glance – Fireball Dinghy Specs

Crew 2 (single trapeze)
LOA 16 ft 2 in (4.93 m)
Beam 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Hull weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Mast height 22.3 ft (6.8 m)
Mainsail area 108 sq ft (10.0 m2).
Jib / Genoa area 35 sq ft (3.3 m2).
Spinnaker area 140 sq ft (13 m2).

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