Sparkling conditions with a 10 knot nor-westerly set the scene for the Ron Warren Trophy race at FSC last Saturday. The race is in memory former Commodore Ron Warren who guided the Club through the tricky times of building Success Harbour and all associated facilities in the nineteen seventies. Ron’s daughter Suzanne made the trip to Fremantle from her home in the USA to present the pennants and the trophy.
Five boats raced in Division one with some close and exciting racing. Finistere, Cro Connection and Stimulus Package sailed away at the start on the shift north of the course and were all ahead at the first mark. Cro Connection had an unfortunate halyard failure on the first spinnaker run. A luffing duel between Baci and Aquila at the penultimate mark showed expert match racing from Baci, but Aquila managed to just sneak ahead via two quick gybes (with lots of work for our Section Captain/fordeckie!). Rob Thomas’s Finistere took first and fastest from Dominic Di Latte’s Baci with Roger Passmore’s Aquila third. On IRC handicap Aquila took first from Finistere (also fastest) with Eric Gath’s Stimulus Package third.
A dying breeze put paid to the ambitions of the smaller and/or less sporty boats in the ten-strong Division Two fleet with five boats failing to make the time limit. Freddie Fudpucker, Pipedream III and Valkyr were all ghosting along about 10 minutes from the line when the time ran out – disappointing as there had been a great duel between Fudpucker and Pipedream III on the spinnaker legs. Bagheera X saw the writing on the wall and retired early. First and fastest went to Ron MacArthur’s MX ahead of John Palmer’s Nuzulu with Ernie Delfos’s Windswept third. Of the two IRC rated boats to finish Nuzulu took first from Windswept.
Nine boats sailed in JAM division with only six (mostly larger) boats finishing within the time limit. Jane Laws’ Ambience took first from Peter Joiner’s Sir Henry Merkin with Franco Pieri’s Medusa third. Margaret Hector’s Myuna took first on IRC from Ole Otness’s The Longboat.
The Ron Warren Trophy for the best performing boat on the day went to Jane Laws Ambience – sailing an impressive 11.972% above her handicap. The trophy (and pennants) were presented by Suzanne Warren who in a moving speech reminded us of her father’s drive and belief that there is always a way to get what needs to be done done! Welcome also to Suzanne’s friend Margaret Hallet.
Thanks as always to our Start Crew and their guest from EFYC Jane Gunnell (also a connection of the Warren family). Full results are available on the FSC results page.