The 50th consecutive running of the Fireball Midwinters will take place March 13-15, 2015 at the Davis Island Yacht Club. It’s doubtful that any class anywhere has been welcomed at the same club for such an extended period of time and the organizers are working hard to commemorate this occasion. There are rumours that some European boats are planning to attend and participate in this and the North American Championship which will be part of the same week-long celebration of sailing at the “Sailingest Club in the South”
Mark your calendars, book time off, polish off the old boat and plan to be there
Here’s the NOR and for information on things to do in the area visit Tampa Tourism
The scoresheet pretty much tells the story…lots of DNC’s and DNF’s. This year’s edition of the HPDO was windy! Ninety seven boats were registered however the conditions were too much for some of the boats and many didn’t sail at all.
How windy was it?
And that was just Saturday. Sunday started out even windier with steady winds in the 30 Knot range resulting in a postponement ashore.
But Saturday first. Winds were in the 20 to 24 knot range but the waves were 8 to 10 feet and very steep. Four boats managed to get to the start line. The RC (who were looking a little green and seasick) managed to get two races off with everyone capsizing at least once either before or during the races. Jospe and Egli had a substantial lead in every race and so the fight was for second place and on. McEvoy and VanRossem were comfortably in second when a gybe wasn’t executed well just before the finish on the final downwind. Once the boat was recovered and the spinnaker squared away Tom Bird and Barbara Kozminski and gone by to claim second.
The second race of the day got underway with only two boats taking the gun. Tom managed to break his boom and required one of the overworked rescue crew to tow them in leaving Tom and Joe with an uncontested bullet. Fortunately Fee Mitroupolous had a spare boom in his garage and Tom was able to get squared away in order to race on Sunday.
The after race beer courtesy of Heineken was much appreciated and American Yacht Club hosted an excellent buffet dinner where tales were told of the day’s events and numerous door prizes distributed courtesy of APS and Ronstan. And of course there were the usual min-kegs from Heineken on each table.
Sunday began with an AP ashore due to sustained 30 knots. Eventually the wind moderated (to about 28!) and we were sent out. The waves were as big as Saturday but much less steep. Four races were sailed with no one having anything for Jospe and Egli. The start of the fourth race was a little exciting as all of the boats were on the line. Tom Bird was at the boat and stalled drifting sideways. McEvoy contemplated going above and then at the last minute bore off below and fouled Jospe and in the process whacked Egli with his boom. In the ensuing circles McEvoy capsized allowing the fleet to sail away and giving him a challenge to catch-up. It took until 2/3’s of the way down the last leg but he did get back to claim second place ahead of Laura Malonda and Mike Moleski
Photo highlights are here
The weather forecast was for light airs but there was hope that the warm weather would result in the famous Kingston thermal kicking in.
Twelve crews arrived in Kingston to sail the 2013 North Americans as part of the CORK One Design Regatta. Kingston, site of the 1976 Olympic sailing events, has long had a reputation for good winds and great sailing. Expectations were high as the fleet left Portsmouth Olympic Harbour for the start on the One Design Regatta. Unfortunately the thermal struggled and the result was light and somewhat shifty breezes. With four other fleets sharing the course the start sequences were long especially if there were any postponements as a result of the shifty conditions. Two races were sailed and with several boats (including a couple of the frontrunners) scored OCS the day ended with the top three boats separated by three points and a promise of more wind the next day.
The winds filled in for the last day of CORK One Design Regatta with 10 knots from the South West. With three more races sailed the Fireball North American Championship finished with a total of 5 races. The North American Fireball Champions are Robert Levy and Jonathan Driver with 6 points over the 5 races.
2013 North American Champions Rob Levy and Jon Driver from Pointe Claire YC
The second and third place crews were tied on 9 points however the tiebreaker went to Stephen Waldie and Nic Mocciutti.
Stephen Waldie and Nic Mochiutti
Joe Jospe and Tom Egli
Completing the Pointe Claire YC sweep of the podium was Tom Egli and Joe Jospe. Full results can be found on the CORK results page