Inshore Summer Series Championship 4 / Consistency Race 10 Windward / Leeward
Held 10 February 2018
Heavy weather didn’t deter a strong fleet of twenty-four boats turning out to contest the FSC Inshore Section’s Windward Leeward race last Saturday. The wind remained around 23 knots with gusts in the high twenties. Many boats opted to reef or double reef and only a few brave souls flew their spinnakers (well done Aquila, Fourth Dimension, MX, Windswept and Freddie Fudpucker and anyone else I may have missed), while the other competitors chose to pole out their headsails. Five boats retired and two signed on but decided against starting.
Seven boats raced in Division 1, however The Cro Connection and Stimulus Package retired leaving five finishers. Division one had four laps of the course and were out for the longest time in the tough conditions. Roger Passmore’s Aquila took first and fastest on performance handicap ahead of John and Jaye Palmer’s Witchy Woman, with Alan Anderson’s Zubenubi third. On IRC the first two placegetters were the same, but Mick Gillum’s Panacea took third a mere twenty-six seconds behind Witchy Woman after the handicaps were applied. Lynne Powell’s Fourth Dimension was other Division 1 boat that completed the course.
Eight boats set out to start in Division 2, with Doug Taylor on Bagheera opting not to race in the rough conditions. The remaining seven boats completed their three laps of the course with some very close racing. Ernie Delfos’s Windswept took first on performance handicap with Kim Klaka’s Panache II second ahead of Peter William’s Pipedream III (after a tight battle on the course which ended after Pipedream hit S on the final rounding and had to do a penalty turn). Ron MacArthur’s MX revelled in the strong winds to take fastest a minute ahead of Windswept over the line. Windswept was first and fastest on IRC handicap ahead of George Carter’s Eufarria with brother Steve Delfos’s Minke third.
Nine boats set out in JAM Division, but Raf Bellofiore’s Beluga opted not to start and Colin Arcus’s Big A, Dominic DiLatte’s Baci, and Jane Laws’ Ambience all retired. JAM Division sail a course with a wing mark instead of the classic windward leeward set up and had three long laps to sail. Inshore Captain Brian Cooper’s Valkyr took first on handicap from Myra Stanbury’s Sami with Jim Putt’s Morning Tide third. Ole Otness’s The Longboat was fastest (despite tearing their second best main) and the sole IRC competitor in JAM. Rumour has it that The Longboat’s replacement mainsail will soon be finished which is good news as they are running out of sails! Franco Pieri’s Medusa was the other finisher in JAM.
Thanks to our valiant Race Control Crew on Success (who were extremely glad they weren’t on the smaller Max Shean), and special thanks to our RIB driver Brian Marsh and mark layer Frank Rodda who had seriously challenging conditions to work in and who also managed to retrieve the red safety mark (that had parted company with it’s anchor) before it reached the northern beaches.
Inshore Captain Brian Cooper announced the results and Commodore Bill Burbidge presented the pennants once all were safely back in the club. Full results can be found on the FSC Inshore Results page and on Sportspage.com.au. Thanks to Chris Bender who took pictures from the rolling deck of Success – the full set of Chris’s photos can be found on OneDrive.
Racing resumes next week with the Warne Shield / Cockburn Cup races to and from TCYC in Rockingham.