Inshore Racing: Consistency Race 5 / Championship Race 2

RACE REPORT & PHOTOS BY Frances Hammond

A trough off the west coast brought smoke from inland controlled burns over the city and coast on Saturday, cutting the visibility for the FSC inshore race, however it didn’t keep the competitors away with twenty five boats braving the murk to sail a very pleasant, close race in a 12 knot north west wind.

Course fourteen kept all fleets together for most of the race and kept race control on their toes with less than half an hour separating the first and last boat on the line. Nine boats raced in the increasingly competitive Division One with nearly all on the line at the gun. Panacea and The Cro Connection had a close tussle at the boat end which left Panacea to do a penalty turn after the start. Aquila and Witchy Woman had a repeat of last weeks port/starboard meeting although this week they managed to do so off camera.

Peter Kennington’s The Cro Connection took first on Performance Handicap ahead of Roger Passmore’s Aquila (skippered, in Roger’s absence, by Kimbra Bridges). Dominic Di Latte’s Baci was an impressive third. Baci was sailed double handed by Dominic and his son, they flew kites and remained extremely competitive (though somewhat tired after the race!) Aquila came first on IRC ahead of Eric Gath’s Stimulus Package with The Cro Connection in third place. Aquila was fastest boat on the water in Division One. John Palmer and Jaye Martin’s Witchy Woman retired.

Nine boats also raced in Division Two.The Delfos brothers made a welcome return to racing with Steve Delfos’s Minke taking first place on both Peformance and IRC Handicaps as well as being the fastest boat on the water in Division Two. Kim Klaka’s Panache II took second on Performance Handicap ahead of Brian Cooper’s Valkyr (also sailing double handed but without a spinnaker) in third place. Lance Wood’s Impluse was second on IRC only six seconds ahead of George Carter’s Eufarria after the handicaps were applied – perhaps Eufarria suffered a little from the hole in their red spinnaker?

Ernie Delfos’s Windswept entertained with a sideways spinnaker set but retrieved it before it could be photographed for posterity. Racing was extremely close mid fleet with only seven seconds separating Ron Kooy’s Venustus (in fourth place), one second ahead of Eufarria (fifth) and Lance Woods Impluse in sixth place.

The lighter airs brought out a strong JAM fleet of seven boats and it was great to see former Commodore Bill Burbidge out racing in Le Truck.Myra Stanbury’s Sami took first place on Performance Handicap ahead of Franco Pieri’s Medusa, with Ole Otness’s The Longboat third and fastest.

Thanks as always to the Race Control crew on Success who had a calmer (but murkier) day on the water.

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