Europeans 2013 - Summary

Post date: Sep 24, 2013 7:59:29 AM

The Fireball Europeans concluded at a ceremony in Portoroz Slovenia on Friday night which saw an Irish team take a top ten placing overall. Kenneth Rumball, with the new nickname Greves courtesy of a recording error, won a prize for 9th place overall with his younger brother Alexander crewing. The event was won by Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff who sailed brilliantly in the extremely tricky and light conditions to take two bullets in their scoreline. They managed to pull back to a 9th place in the final race to win by 2 points overall. Only three races took place in the event which had nine scheduled. The wind generally varied from non-existent to patchy and shifty. Teams were kept ashore each day as the race officer waited for wind to fill. Starts were repeated time and time again as most of the fleet pushed over the line. The race officer was slow to fly the black flag, the only way to get this particular fleet away. It would be wrong however to say the event was in any way miserable. Some very pleasant weather for sunbathing and swimming in a warm sea, along with very good and cheap local food and drink compensated for on the water frustrations. Other Irish fortunes varied - the normally very consistent team of Noel Butler and Stephen Oram struggled to find form in the very light and patchy winds finishing 18th. The other Irish teams of Frank Miller with Marie Barry and Louis Smyth with Cormac Bradley finished just past the halfway mark in the 63 boat fleet. Louise McKenna was without regular crew for the first event and took a complete novice around the course to check out conditions for the Worlds which start tomorrow Sunday. Niall McGrotty with Niall Cramer have arrived and are measured and ready to rock. The Irish are enjoying a lay day today and are in good form and ready for whatever the wind Gods throw at them for the next 5 days of racing.