Well that was the summer, which was predictably rubbish. It always is. You would have thought that we might have got a bit of wind though. I spend
all week looking out of the window at the fantastic sailing conditions, and when Sunday comes around
NO WIND ! In the interests of science and avoiding doing any work, I have carefully logged the weather since the start of the year, and can inform you that there have been 27,250 decent sailing days in that time, of which NOT ONE has occurred on a Sunday. Pah !
The Sir Charles Barratt Pursuit Race
Run in no wind at all, Pete and John hurtled through the other fleets at a highly suspicious pace and were in sixth place after about half an hour.
Then their batteries went flat and they had to settle for fourth overall. Nobody else got anything more than sunburn.
The Water Board Pursuit
Jeremy demonstrated how to stuff everybody up on the start line, before zooming off to get 2nd place to a Finn. Although painful, the start was the most interesting part of this race; the beat disappeared from an otherwise uninspiring course and the wind was notable by its absence. All this notwithstanding, three of the four Fireballs present ended up in the top ten, and the fourth can't have been far behind.
Fireball Fleet Race Training Day
Pete and John made the assembled multitude work hard at starting, beating and capsizing (or was this not the intention ?). Amusing moment of the day
came in the afternoon when the entire fleet, whilst gybing on command, capsized en-masse (except for Phil). Most of us learnt something, if only that everything is easier if you sail with your usual
helm/crew. Thanks to all concerned for organising this. More please.
Are overdue now, anyone who has not stumped up the £10 per boat is invited to find the treasurer (a tricky task in itself) and do so PDQ. As a last
resort, give it to the fleet captain.
You may have noticed that most of the derelict boats have gone, and tidying up will soon follow. This means that all loose trolleys and trailers will
disappear to the field if not moved, and all those masts will be taken into protective custody (my garden). If you own any of it, shift it now. Also, try to avoid allowing your boat to look derelict.
Partly because it lowers the tone of the place, but mostly because people will nick things off it.
10th September Marriott Mug Personal Handicap races 1 and 2 at 10.45am and 1.15pm respectively
16th and 17th September Miracle Open Meeting the Fireball fleet is running this and may need your help.
24th September Marriott Mug Personal Handicap races 3 and 4 at 10.45am and 1.15pm respectively
21st and 22nd October Draycote Fireball Open Meeting
potentially five races over two days, 4 races to count, first race 12.00ish Saturday, third race 10.30ish Sunday. Entry fee £18.00, or you can sail just on the Sunday for a mere £12.00.
4th and 5th November Fireball Inland Championships at Rutland Water
19th November Fleet Championship races 1 and 2
26th November Fleet Championship races 3 and 4
17th December Fireball Prizegiving and Fleet Meal starts 6.00 pm
Marriott Mug Event - THIS STARTS NEXT WEEKEND
This is our personal handicap event, where slow boats start before fast ones and everybody theoretically finishes at the same time. There are three
races to count out of the four over the two days. The 3.30pm race doesn't count towards this event. The handicaps are dependent on wind strength and may change from one race to the next.
Three races to count out of the four over the two days. Prizes are awarded for 'Masters', 'Challengers' and 'Boats under 14K', assuming a decent
turnout in each.
Jeremy Davy has been out and about for most of the year, starting with the World championships in Thailand in which he came 25th, and finishing up at the National championships where he got 14th overall,
including a third place in one race. He has now teamed up with Mathew Flint (ex Ian Pinnell crew) and returned to Draycote to get some proper competition (?). Also at the Nationals were Draycote
part-timers Martyn Lewis and Richard Bailey, who came 11th overall. Miles Thomas and Steve Digby went to the recent World Qualifiers and came 13th against some pretty hot competition.
Up again. We lost Ian Hughes, and are one boat down as a result, but we gained Nick Utley in Fireball 11400, Sean and Philip Tulley in 10502 or 11082
and Andy Barlow in 2783. Hi guys. As some of them are new to Fireballs and are sailing fixer-uppers, they will probably appreciate any constructive advice, fittings (or sails) that you may care to impart.
Still for sale are John Tenney's other 'ball, Miles Thomas' current boat, Dave Pratt's old red boat and Peter Roberts' plastic item. The latter two are
SERIOUSLY CHEAP (sub £500), John and Miles' boats are newer and more shiny, hence more money.
Fireball Fleet 2000
30 boats in the fleet (not counting Martyn Lewis), of which 25 get sailed reasonably often. Not bad. We will have a bit of a reorganise of A and B
fleets at the end of the year.
We are toying with the idea of running a national winter series event, with the aim of attracting some of the hotshots to Draycote for the cold
months. In order to get this off the ground, a number of things have to happen, one of which is that we need to get some fairly spiffy prizes to give away. If any of you are in a position to acquire
desirable items for not very much money (preferably legally), please let us know. Also, we need to know if you lot are interested in paying £10-£15 to compete in a 'serious' racing series. We have to get
at least 10 Draycote boats to show some interest in this series to make it viable; not for the money, but because we are only here to make DWSC Fireballing more fun. We don't run events for anybody
else's benefit. Obviously, the usual winter racing will continue regardless of the success or failure of this idea.
Let's have some feedback on this one….