2nd Annual Firebird Championships, 4th/5th June 2016

firebirdWith the growing popularity of Catamaran Sailing in International Match Racing, and the America’s Cup moving onto two hulls it is no surprise that one of the more popular local classes is still on the rise. Flushing Sailing Club hosted the second Annual Championship event for the Firebird Fleet. A series of 5 races over two days allowed all the boats the opportunity to discard their worst result. With ten boats now being based in and around Falmouth (from a total of 15 ever produced in Gweek) the racing has become ever more competitive and the level of performance of these boats (mostly around 30 years old) shows that the design stands the test of time exceptionally well.

Three races took place on Saturday in a steady sea breeze off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth and the Race Officer set consistently good courses. Ultraviolet, helmed by Peter Stephens and crewed by Tom Laity took line honours on every race with Steve Hutt and Mike Wigmore also performing well.

Sunday saw light winds with plenty of wind shifts, making for races that allowed sailors who could combine good boat speed and playing the averages, the opportunity to shine. Jack Penty, the Race Officer, incredibly managed to complete the full complement of races despite the conditions and Steve Hutt won the first race, with Mike Wigmore spotting the shifts and taking the win in the final race. Peter Stephens sailed a consistent enough day to take the overall Championship title for 2016 with Mike Wigmore just taking second by a point from Steve Hutt in third.

All the Firebird fleet were very appreciative of all the support that had been provided by Elemental UK, Windsport and Cafe Mylor in putting the Championship together and particularly to Flushing Sailing Club for hosting such a successful Championship.

Peter Stephens