Fireball National Championships at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club – Day 1

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.

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.


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

photo credit ‘Michelle Thompson’

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