24th April 2010 - 7th May
Barbados Yacht Club
Final Results Friday, May 7th, 2010
The racing is completed for the 2010 Fireball World
Championships and Great Britain have won the top three spots on the
podium at the 2010 Fireball World Championships.
One race was held today off Carlisle Bay in Barbados, West
Indies, under sunny skies and winds ranging from 14 to 18
knots. The fleet was very aggressive on the start line today
with it being the last chance for teams to secure their final spots
on the results sheet. It took five attempts, three of them
under a black flag, before the fleet finally got off to a clean
start. With the delay in the day's first race, it was not
possible to start a tenth and final race for the series since the
start time limit had expired.
In the end, nine races were completed for this year's
championship, allowing the competitors to discard their worst 2
races from the score sheet.
The final top ten are as follows:
1st - Chips Howarth, Vyv Townend (GBR) 2nd - Matt Burge, Richard
Wagstaff (GBR) 3rd - David Edwards, Simon Potts (GBR) 4th - Matt
Findlay, Richard Anderton (GBR) 5th - Ben Schulz, Phillip Bowley
(AUS) 6th - David Wade, Tim Saunders (GBR) 7th - Robin Inns, Joel
Coultas (AUS) 8th - Tim Rush, Russ Clark (GBR) 9th - Martin Kubovy,
Milan Cap (CZE) 10th - Kevin Hope, Russell Thorne (GBR)
Chips and Vyvo win with a day to spare Thursday, May 6th, 2010
Chips Howarth & Vyv Townend (GBR) won both races today, and
have won the Fireball World Championships for the second year
running. There are still two races scheduled to be sailed on
Friday, May 7, but Chips and Vyv have been so commanding in their
performance that it is now impossible for any other boats to catch
them. Of the eight races sailed so far, the British duo have
won six of them, finishing third in the other two.
Two races were sailed today off the Barbados Yacht Club at
Carlisle Bay, Barbados, West Indies under sunny skies and winds
starting at 14 knots for Race 7, diminishing to 12 knots for Race
After 8 races, Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff (GBR) sit in
second place, and Matt Findlay and Richard Anderton (GBR) are in
third place. Other countries have been coming closer to
cracking the British dominance, with two Australian teams and one
Czech team sitting in the top 10, but they are yet to make the
podium on the overall leaderboard.
The race is now on for second and third place, and there are
several teams in the running to reach the remaining podium
Howarth and Townend with 2 more bullets Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
Lighter winds made no difference to Chips Howarth and Vyv
Townend from Great Britain as they continued to dominate the 2010
Fireball Worlds. Two races were held today off Carlisle Bay in
Barbados at the 2010 Fireball World Championships. There were
a few small showers and otherwise mostly sunny skies with winds at
12-14 knots throughout the day.
Fellow Brits, Matt Findlay and Richard Anderton kept it a
closer finish for Race 5 battling through to the finish with
Howarth and Townend, but then Chips and Vyv pulled away from the
fleet to finish well ahead in Race 6.
After 6 races, Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff (GBR) are in
2nd place, followed by Matt Findlay and Richard Anderton
(GBR). Boats with sail numbers not starting with GBR still
haven't managed to crack the overall podium, but they are starting
to reach the top three spots in individual races with Australian
boats claiming 2nd and 3rd in Race 6.
Wednesday, May 5 is a lay day. Racing continues on
Thursday, May 6 with two races scheduled.
Howarth and Townend extend lead Monday, May 3rd, 2010
Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend (GBR) continue to lead the 2010
Fireball Worlds after day 2 of racing. Matt Burge and Richard
Wagstaff (GBR) are in 2nd place, while David Wade and Tim Saunders
(GBR) climbed up the rankings to sit in 3rd.
Barbados served up another beautiful sailing day with sunny
skies and warm winds. Two races were held today in shifty
conditions with breeze ranging from 13 - 18 knots.
British teams dominate day 1 Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
The leaderboard was filled with teams from Great Britain on day
1 of the 2010 Fireball World Championships. Chips Howarth and
Vyv Townend continued their strong performance with another first
in Race 1, while their compatriots Matt Findlay and Richard
Anderton won Race 2. In fact, British teams held down the top 7
spots in Race 1.
As of Race 2, Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend (GBR) sit in 1st,
Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff (GBR) are 2nd, and Matt Findlay and
Richard Anderton are in 3rd.
Howarth and Townend secure victory in International Week Friday,
April 30th, 2010
Chips Howarth & Vyv Townend have won the 2010 Fireball
International Week regatta with 2 first place finishes on the final
day of racing. Chips described the racing as picture perfect
conditions - a strong breeze, warm water, nice waves, sunshine, and
enough shifts to make the racing tactically challenging.
Boats from Great Britain took all three spots on the podium,
plus fourth place, to completely dominate the first week of
racing. David Edwards & Simon Potts were narrowly edged
out of first today after leading the regatta, and ended up in 2nd
place, while Kevin Hope and Russel Thorne took 3rd place. In
fourth were David Wade and Tim Saunders. In fifth place were
Ben Shulz and Phillip Bowley from Australia.
Edwards & Potts lead after 3 races Thursday, April 29th,
The common sentiment heard among competitors was that the
conditions were shifty and tricky. A lead could quickly
evaporate, and by the same token, there was always room to move up
in the fleet by paying close attention to puffs and shifts.
"Snakes & Ladders" was how Matt Burge & Richard Wagstaff
(GBR), winners of race 3 described it.
After 3 races, British boats are holding the top 2 spots with DJ
David Edwards in 1st, followed by Kevin Hope and Russel Thorne.
Australians Ben Shulz and Phillip Bowley currently sit in 3rd.
Stuck on the beach Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Racing was postponed on April 27. Due to high surf hitting
the launch areas at the Barbados Yacht Club, sailing had to be
postponed for the day. The surf made safe launching of
committee boats and competitor boats impossible.
With no racing scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, the next races
have been scheduled for Thursday, April 29. In an effort to
make up lost races on the schedule, the start time has been moved
to 11:00 AM on Thursday, with 3 races scheduled instead of 2.