Twenty FSC boats raced last Saturday in the Max Shean Trophy. The race commemorates the life of the late Max Shean, and Max’s boat Bluebell (sailed by Peter Nevard) was an honoured guest competitor. In honour of the day Race Control swapped Success for the smaller Max Shean as start/finish boat. A moderate 12 knot south westerly breeze created perfect sailing conditions.
Four boats raced in Division One with Mick Gillum’s Panacea taking first on performance handicap after a close battle on the course saw them cross the line a mere thirteen seconds ahead of John Palmer’s Witchy Woman. Eric Gath’s Stimulus Package was second (twenty eight seconds astern after the handicaps were applied) with Roger Passmore’s Aquila another minute behind taking third and fastest. Stimulus Package was first on IRC handicap ahead of Aquila and Witchy Woman.
Less than three minutes separated the first five boats of the six boat Division Two fleet after the handicaps were applied. Steve Delfos’s Minke was seven seconds astern of Kim Klaka’s Panache on the line but finished four seconds ahead to take first after the handicaps were applied. Ernie Delfos’s Windswept took third and fastest. On IRC Windswept was first ahead of George Carter’s Eufarria with Minke third.
JAM Division fielded the biggest fleet with ten boats racing and again the results were very close both on the water and after the handicaps were applied. Steve Kerr’s Polaris took first on handicap ahead of Brian Cooper’s Valkyr with Jim Putt’s Morning Tide third. Bob von Felten’s Ristretto was fastest. Ole Otness’s The Longboat was the sole JAM IRC competitor.
Inshore Captain Brian Cooper began the presentations with an acknowledgement of Max Shean’s distinguished service in the Second World War and his contribution to the club. Vice Commodore Colin Lockley and Commodore Bill Burbidge then presented the Pennants.
The Max Shean trophy for best performed boat on the day was presented to Steve Kerr of Polaris who sailed 6.36% above his handicap.
Thanks as always to the Race Control Crew on Max Shean. Full results can be found on the FSC Inshore Results page and at www.sportspage.com.au. Additional photos by Chris Bender can be found in Onedrive.
Racing continues next Saturday with Championship 5 / Consistency 15.