After inclement weather forced the cancellation of the first two races in the FSC Inshore Summer Series a modest fleet of nineteen competitors braved a 22 knot south westerly to finally kick off the season.
In Division One four boats competed with Mark Nagle’s Weapon of Choice taking first and fastest in both YAH and IRC handicaps – welcome to the fleet Mark! Roger Passmore’s Aquila took second on YAH ahead of Eric Gath’s Stimulus Package (newly promoted from Division 2) with their positions reversed in the IRC results. Only seconds separated the place getters from fourth competitor Peter Kennington’s The Cro Connection. We look forward to continued close racing in Division One!
Nine boats competed in Division Two with only five minutes separating first and last after the handicaps were applied. Peter Williams Pipedream III reveled in the rougher conditions and took first place on YAH handicap (aided by keeping the spinnaker in the bag). John Palmer’s Nuzulu took second with George Carter’s Eufarria third. Ron MacArthur’s MX was fastest. Four Div two boats sailed under IRC handicap with Nuzulu taking first and fastest from Eufarria with Ernie Delfos’s Windswept third (ahead of brother Steve’s Minke).
In JAM Division Six boats battled it out with Ole Otness’s The Longboat taking first and fastest from Franco Pieri’s Medusa and Steven Kerr’s Polaris third. Although the relative sizes kept the JAM fleet spread out on the water, once the handicapping was applied the racing was tight – only 9 second separated Peter Joiner’s fourth placed Sir Henry Merkin from Ian Howlett’s fifth placed Amadeus.
Racing continues next week with Consistency Race 4 / UK Sailmakers Club Championship Race 2.
Written by Frances Hammond