Sunshine and mild breezes brought out twenty-three boats to contest FSC’s inshore race last Saturday.  The competitors were split evenly across the three fleets creating good racing for all.  The race control crew, back on Success after their rough ride on Max Shean on Australia Day, set the shorter course fourteen for the light eight knot breeze.  The port tack start line caused something of a challenge and after the race Inshore Captain Brian Cooper had to remind competitors to keep clear of other division’s starts.  Unfortunately not all competitors saw the “four” flag flying beneath the one and three boats set off to sail the much longer course one.

There was tight competition in Division One with a good fleet of seven boats racing, with all but Panacea racing under IRC.  Less than ten minutes separated the boats on the water and less than three minutes separated the first four IRC places.  Mick Gillum’s Panacea, the sole non-IRC boat took first on performance handicap ahead of Alan Anderson’s Zubenubi with John and Jaye Palmer’s Witchy Woman third and fastest.  In IRC Eric Gath’s Stimulus Package was first from Witchy Woman (fastest) with Roger Passmore’s Aquila third.

Eight boats raced in Division Two with Ron MacArthur’s MX blitzing the field to a first and fastest well ahead of the rest of the fleet on the water.  Once the handicaps were applied things were a little closer with MX first, a minute ahead of Doug Taylor’s Bagheera X with Kim Klaka’s Panache II third.  George Carter’s Eufarria was forced to retire after a particularly intransigent spinnaker wrap and Steve Delfos’s Minke managed to cross the line ahead of one other boat after losing a lot of ground to misreading the course flags.

Eight boats raced in JAM (Division Six) with Jane Laws Ambience taking their first double – first and fastest – ahead of Myra Stanbury’s Sami and Brian Cooper’s Valkyr.  Ole Otness’s The Longboat was the sole IRC competitor but enjoyed a close tussle on the water finishing only 25 seconds ahead of Franco Pieri’s Medusa.  Raf Bellofiori’s Beluga and Winston Scotney’s Corniche both retired after misreading the course.

Thanks as always to our Race Control Crew on Success.  Thanks also to Commodore Bill Burbidge who presented the pennants.  Full results can be found on Sportspage.  Additional photos from Chris Bender can be found on One Drive.  Racing resumes next week with a windward / leeward event.

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