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Royal Lymington Open Report

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23 Fireflys converged on the Royal Lymington Yacht Club over the weekend of 30/31 August 2008 for the club’s annual Summer Dinghy Open, this year shared with the Lark and Scorpion fleets, and sponsored by Harken UK.

With strong spring tides and light winds a feature throughout the weekend, running decent racing was rather challenging. Fortunately the Lymington race team were up to the task and managed to fit in three excellent races on Saturday in bright sunshine.

Overnight leaders were Paul and Laura Kameen, the newly crowned Firefly National Champions, counting a fourth, first and second. Second were Mark Tait and Sally Wakefield, with a first, third and fifth and third overall were Barney Smith and Alannah Witherby with results of eighth, second and first.

After an excellent evening’s entertainment in the Royal Lymington provided by live band, Bigstuff, the fleet reconvened on Sunday under grey skies with a distinct absence of breeze. Despite a valiant effort by the race team, the wind refused to play and all racing was abandoned at 1pm leaving the results as on Saturday night.

The Firefly class would like to thank all at the Royal Lymington for organising a fantastic weekend, despite the awkward weather. We look forward to returning in 2009.

The next event on the Firefly Open calendar is the M25 Open at Chipstead on Sunday 6th September which will be followed by the legendary ‘cream tea’ event at Upper Thames on the 13th and 14th September.


The class association can also announce that the 2009 National Championship, the 63rd ‘Firefly Week’, will be held at Hamble River Sailing Club from the 15th to 21st August next year.

Overall Results:

Rank Boat SailNo Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 Pts
1st Biscuit Buffalo 2018 Paul Kameen Laura Kameen 4 1 2 7
2nd Dido 498 Mark Tait Sally Wakefield 1 3 5 9
3rd Fourwood Thinking 3023 Barney Smith Alannah Witherby 8 2 1 11
4th No Name 2539 Guy Davison Sue Winter 3 6 3 12
5th Fluffy Ferret 3850 Stuart Hudson Jane Hudson 5 5 4 14
6th Genesis 3841 Ian Sanderson Sally Wilson 7 10 6 23
7th Badger 3675 Rory Paton A crew 9 7 7 23
8th Red Baron 3612 Matthew Johnson Emma Mackley 13 4 10 27
9th Featherlite 2144 Jeremy Vines Maxine Webb 14 8 9 31
10th Minke 3414 Andrew Palmer-Felgate Liz Palmer-Felgate 2 9 DNC 34
11th Flo 3674 Ruth Verrier Jones A crew 16 12 8 36
12th Top Dolly 3616 Jonny Bickford Josie Palmer 10 18 13 41
13th Mensonge 626 Christian Guy Roger Hudson 11 13 17 41
14th Skirmish 2803 Ed Smith Lucy Smith 6 14 DNC 43
15th Lurcher 3415 Chris Johnson Tim Mackley 18 11 15 44
16th Willow 3739 Lucy Boreham Rachel Crebbin 15 17 12 44
17th No Name 3966 Ali Barker Susie Barker 12 16 16 44
18th Flycatcher 3184 M Brigg A crew 17 15 14 46
19th Eric 2507 Andy Reynolds Jones Susie Breen 19 19 18 56
20th Tiffany 3610 Richard Thompson Jonquil Brookes DNC DNC 11 57
21st Featherlite 2144 Ben Vines Jenny Vines DNC DNC DNC 69
22nd Tit Willow 1811 Peter Slimming Fiona Jones DNC DNC DNC 69
23rd   2394 Eddy Webb Genie Webb DNC DNC DNC 69