CHAMPIONSHIP 1 CONSISTENCY RACE 1 RACE REPORT
The first serious race of the season saw eighteen boats take to the water last Saturday. A ten-knot breeze from the west created ideal conditions for skippers and crew to dust off their skills following the long hiatus after the winter series. A pyrocumulus cloud over the hills was a reminder of the warming season.
Four boats sailed in Division One – an increase in numbers following the welcome arrival of John and Jay Palmer’s Witchy Woman (formerly X Factor), former Div. two competitor Panacea and former JAM competitor The Longboat. Mick Gillum’s Panacea took first on handicap (despite a late start) from Witchy Woman (fastest) with Roger Passmore’s Aquila third. Witchy Woman took first on IRC from Aquila with Ole Otness’s The Longboat third.
Nine boats raced in Division Two with tight racing despite three competitors (including Panache II and MX), being OCS at the start and having to return and recommence. Once the handicaps were applied there was less than five minutes between first and last. Steve Delfos’s Minke took first from Ron MacArthur’s MX (also fastest) with Kim Klaka’s Panache II making up time lost at the start to take third. Panache II and Michael Thorpe’s new competitor Soon were dead heat on handicap with Panache’s marginally better performance percentage giving them the place. Lance Wood’s Impluse took first on IRC handicap from Ernie Delfos’s Windswept with Soon third. Steve Delfos’s Minke was the fastest IRC boat.
Five boats raced in JAM division. Jane Laws’ Ambience took first from Margaret Hector’s Myuna with Colin Arcus’s former Div. Two boat Big A taking third on their first foray in JAM. Franco Pieri’s Medusa was fastest. Myuna was the sole IRC competitor in the JAM fleet.
Thanks, as always, to our Race Control crew on Success who ensure the smooth running of every race. Presentations took place afterwards in the sailor’s bar with Rear Commodore Sail Connor Moran presenting the pennants.
Special thanks also to Chris Bender for the fabulous photos from the finish boat.
Full results are available on the FSC website.
Inshore racing continues next Saturday, 21 October.