North Sails: News Details


Fireball Open Brightlingsea

Sam Breary

Sailboats Speed Machine on top in Brightlingsea


Sailboats race team sailors Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey have won the recent Fireball Open Meeting at Brightlingsea Sailing Club.

Over 20 Fireballs took to the start line including previous World Champions, National Champions and some good up and coming young teams.

The opening day saw a very gentle sea breeze kick in, in perfect sailing conditions. With the sun shining and up to 12 knots across the course, it could not have got much better. Tim Rush from North Sails with Rich Anderton in the front took the opening bullet of the event, with Christian and Sam completing the North Sails 1,2 in second. The young team of Matt Rainback and Simon Foskett completed the top 3 in the Fireball Association Class Boat.

With the Breeze shifting and varying in strength throughout the day the next 2 races proved to be tricky with the top 3 from race 1 battling it out in races 2 and 3. Christian and Sam sailed smartly to produce 2 race wins. Ending the day with 2nd, 1st, 1's showing the North sails of the Sailboats team was the pace to beat! 

The second day was much the same as day 1, but with a new wind direction. There was still a gentle and varying breeze for race 4 and the addition of multiple former world champion Chips Howarth and Viv Townsend. Race 4 was a tit for tat battle at the front between Rainback/Foskett, Christian/ Sam and Howarth/Townsend. Christian and Sam kept their winning ways from day 1 picking up their 3rd race win from 4 races.  Race 5 saw a bigger spread from the top 3 with Rainback/Foskett taking their 1st race win, Christian and Sam finished in 3rd, ensuring the Sailboats Race Team had won the event with a race to spare. With nothing to lose, Christian and Sam came out all guns blazing for the final race, leading from start to finish, gaining their 4th race win, and with it an emphatic event victory. 

Christian and Sam would like to extend a massive thank you to their great team in the Fireball of, Gul Performance Apparel , Super Spars and North Sails. The pair are now looking forward to the European and World Championships in Slovenia in September.   

For more details on these winning sails please see our Fireball class page or contact our Class Expert.