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23 February 2003, 03:41 pm
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Fireball World Championship

The first day of the Fireball Worlds got off to a fine start in what have become the customary 10-15 knot winds, half-metre waves and a fine bright weather with white-caps scattering the sea.
There are now 38 boats in the event with the newcomers arrived from safari or from overseas and the Mombasa Kenya entry of Andy Burnard and Shah Khan having only entered International Week. Unfortunately the Swiss boat sailed by Adrian Huber and Brigitte Mauchle had a rudder problem and retired in the first race and were not able to start the second.

In Race 1 Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend (GBR) clearly showed their intention of being world champions now they already have the International Week trophy in the bag. They were in the front round the first mark and kept stretching their lead, all the way to an impressive finish.

Dave Wade and Richard Wagstaff (GBR) now lie in second place overall having gained 3rd and 2nd in the first two races. Penny and Ian Gibbs (GBR) had a great day out, with a 2nd place in the first race and a 5th in the second, and now lie 3rd overall

Frederic Mouches and Jean-Francois Nouel, newly arrived at Kilif, secured an overall 6th place and first place among the French boats. They had a good second race and for the first beat and reach gave Howarth and Townend something to watch out for. Swiss boat 14718 sailed by Kurt Venhoda and Sonja Zaugg were going well and were up in the front few boats all the way in the first race but had been over the start line and so ended with 39 points.

John Trundell and Peter Hime remained in top place for Kenya, gaining and 8th and a 16th and lying 11 overall at the end of the day; followed in 14th overall place by Australian Ben Schultz sailing with Kenyan Nigel Shaw. Ed Sadd, formerly resident in Kenya but now sailing under a GBR registration with crew Steve Kuhl gave his old rival John Trundell a good run in both races, coming in 10th and 9th to finish 9th overall at the end of the first day, two slots above Trundell.

Top Ten (After 2 Races)

Position Nation Helm Crew R1 R2
1 GBR Chips Howarth Vyv Townend 1 1
2 GBR Dave Wade Richard Wagstaff 3 2
3 GBR Penny Gibbs Ian Gibbs 2 5
4 GBR Vincent Horey Jim Turner 6 4
5 GBR Angus Hemmings Steve Chesney 5 8
6 FRA Franck Juin Bertrand Loyal 7 7
7 GBR Paul Cullen Gavin Tillson 9 6
8 GBR Jeremy Davy Norman Byrd 4 13
9 GBR Edwin Sadd Steve Kuhl 10 9
10 FRA Frederic Mouches Jean-Francois Nouel 12 10
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