Fremantle Sailing Club Inshore Championship Race 2 / Consistency Race 3
11 November 2017
Twenty boats took to the water last Saturday in a seventeen knot south westerly breeze to contest the FSC Inshore Section Championship Race 2 / Consistency Race 3. The breeze eased during the afternoon and veered to the south reminding competitors not to make assumptions about points of sail on familiar courses…
Four competitors raced in Division One with close racing seeing Peter Kennington’s The Cro Connection only thirty seconds ahead of Roger Passmore’s Aquila (fastest) after the handicaps were applied. Mick Gillum’s Panacea was third. On IRC handicap Aquila took first ahead of The Cro Connection.
Once again Division Two fielded the biggest fleet with nine boats racing. Lance Wood’s Impulse took first and fastest a mere six seconds ahead of Ernie Delfos’s Windswept after handicaps were applied. George Carter’s Eufarria was third. There were interesting duels mid fleet with Peter William’s Pipedream III crossing the line only eight seconds ahead of Richard Webster’s Freddie Fudpucker despite finishing the race two sail reaching after some “interesting” spinnaker work! Freddie was well ahead on handicap. A Red spinnaker was also seen wrapped around a forestay. Doug Taylor’s Bagheera X retired. Welcome also to Graham Martin’s Sand Crabs Disco in fourth place. Out of the four IRC rated boats Impulse was again first and fastest ahead of Windswept and Eufarria with Steve Delfos’s Minke a mere sixteen seconds behind.
In JAM Division seven boats raced with Colin Arcus’s Big A making the most of her move from Division Two and taking first on performance handicap. Ole Otness’s The Longboat was second ahead of Jim Putt’s Morning Tide (with Inshore Captain Brian Cooper amongst the crew). The Longboat was the sole IRC rated JAM competitor.
Presentations took place in the clubhouse after the race with Commodore Bill Burbidge presenting the flags – unfortunately due to an error in calculations the results have since had to be updated, full results will be on the FSC Inshore results page. Thanks as always to our Race Control Crew operating for this race on the Max Shean instead of Success. Next Saturday’s Race (18 November) will be a Windward / Leeward event.