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DAY 3

Geelong shines as host of the National and World Fireball Sailing championships

Geelong proudly embraces its role as the host city for the prestigious National and World Fireball Championships, currently underway at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. This event not only showcases Geelong’s commitment to sailing excellence but also brings significant economic benefits to the local community while inviting visitors to experience our city on a global platform.

With competitors converging from across the globe, Geelong stands tall as the chosen destination for this pinnacle event in the sailing calendar. The Royal Geelong Yacht Club, in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong and The Victorian State Government, extends a warm welcome to sailors and spectators alike.

“It’s been over a decade since Australia last hosted a Fireball World Championship, and we are immensely proud to follow in the footsteps of Mandurah, Western Australia, as the next regional city to hold these prestigious championships,” remarked Mr Brendan Garner, Fireball National and World Championships Committee Chair “Geelong’s picturesque waterfront and world-class facilities provide the perfect backdrop for this gathering of sailing enthusiasts from around the world.”

Approximately 150 skilled competitors have descended upon Geelong to vie for top honours in both the national and world championships. Following the thrilling National Championships held over the past three days, the anticipation mounts as the World Championships commence on Sunday.

Spectators eager to witness the action firsthand are encouraged to head to Eastern Beach, where they can soak in the spectacle of Fireball sailing at its finest. With Australia boasting a formidable contingent, expectations are high for a stellar performance on the international stage.

“Sailing holds a special place in the heart of Geelong, and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club remains steadfast in its commitment to nurturing this cherished sport at all levels,” added Mr Harper “From grassroots learn-to-sail programs to hosting world-class championships, we continue to uphold the legacy of sailing excellence in our community.”

For more information and updates, please visit https://www.fireball-international.com/upcoming-events/upcoming-events/2024/02/2024-worlds/

DAY 2

Tom Gillard and Andy Thompson Dominate Day Two of Sailing World Championships

The second day of the Fireball National Championships brought forth thrilling races amidst glorious sunshine, testing the mettle of the competitors as they navigated the waters with skill and precision. With no sign of the Oscar flag, the jury remained vigilant, ensuring fair competition throughout the day.

In Race four, the current world champions, Tom Gillard and Andy Thompson of Great Britain, showcased their prowess once again, leading from start to finish. Despite facing relentless pressure from their competitors, Gillard and Thompson maintained their position, securing another remarkable victory. Heather Macfarlane and Chris Payne from Australia delivered an impressive performance, climbing through the ranks to claim a close second, followed closely by Tom Gordon and Jack Fletcher, also representing Australia.

Race five witnessed an intense battle between Dave Hall and Paul Constable of Great Britain and the Australian duo Ben Knoop and James Belton. Although Knoop and Belton led for the majority of the race, Hall and Constable displayed exceptional determination, ultimately
overtaking their rivals to clinch the win. DJ Edwards and Vyv Townend, also from Great Britain, demonstrated their skill, securing a commendable third-place finish.

SUNSET – Dave Hall / Paul Constable (GBR)
MONDO – DJ Edwards / Vyv Townend (GBR)
RIP TIDE – Ben Schulz / Angus Higgins (AUS)
CLETUS – Tom Gordon / Jack Fletcher (AUS)
I MOUNT BOOKS – Heather Macfarlane / Chris Payne (AUS)

As the competition intensifies, sailors from around the world continue to demonstrate their expertise and determination, promising an exhilarating conclusion to the Fireball National Championships.

For more information and updates, visit Fireball Australian Championship 2024 – Results to Race (topyacht.net.au)

DAY 1

Incredible action unfolds at Day one of the fireball National Championships at the royal Geelong Yacht Club

Sailing enthusiasts were treated to a day of exhilarating competition at day one of the Fireball National Championships hosted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. The world’s top sailors showcased their skills despite challenging conditions. With breezes ranging from 12 to 18 knots, the racers were put to the test in a series of gripping contests.

Photo: Michelle Thompson

Great Britain and the Czech Republic demonstrated their prowess, leaving a mark on the results board. Notably, current world champions Tom Gillard and Andy Thompson (GBR) exemplified their dominance by triumphing in the first race, showcasing their ability to navigate through the fleet with finesse.

However, it was the remarkable consistency of Dave Hall and Paul Constable (GBR) that stole the spotlight, clinching victory in the subsequent two races. Despite an unexpected capsize on the bottom mark in race 3, former world champions DJ Edwards and Vyv Townend (GBR) still made their presence felt in the rankings.

Australian sailors also made their mark, with Ben Schulz and Angus Higgins leading the pack, securing second place overall, closely followed by Tom Gordon and Jack Fletcher, and Brendan Garner and Ben O’Brien.

The competition was fierce throughout the day, with sailors showcasing their expertise in the varying wind conditions, thrilling spectators, and enthusiasts alike.

Final Results:

1. SUNSET – Dave Hall / Paul Constable (GBR)
2. RIP TIDE – Ben Schulz / Angus Higgins (AUS)
3. CLETUS – Tom Gordon / Jack Fletcher (AUS)
4. BLACK PEARL – Brendan Garner / Ben O’Brien (AUS)
5. MONDO – DJ Edwards / Vyv Townend (GBR)

For full race results and more information, visit https://www.fireball-international.com/upcoming-events/upcoming-events/2024/02/2024-worlds/