Twenty FSC boats braved blustery conditions to complete the FSC Summer Series Championship Race 5 / Consistency Race 12 race last Saturday. Although the official wind strength was a 20 knot south westerly, strong squalls came through under the clouds with apparent winds of well over 30 knots reported by several boats. Most competitors opted for at least one reef and very few braved spinnakers. We also welcomed an additional seven boats from the SS27 fleet sailing their Championship race six – somehow, we always seem to turn on windy conditions for their visits! An added bonus was the sight of STS Leeuwin II sailing north up the shipping channel as we raced in parallel.
Five boats raced in Division One with Peter Kennington’s The Cro Connection taking first on performance handicap (and fastest after a tight battle with Roger Passmore’s Aquila). The Cro Connection only took the lead on the final beat and was a mere thirteen seconds ahead of Aquila on the line. Eric Gath’s Stimulus Package took second on handicap ahead of Mick Gillum’s Panacea. On IRC Stimulus Package took first from Aquila and The Cro Connection.
Seven boats raced in Division Two and after a tight start were hit by the strongest squall of the day. George Carter, sailing Eufarria with a larger than usual crew of seven, took advantage of the extra weight to take first on Performance Handicap ahead of Ron Kooy’s Venustus and Peter William’s consistent Pipedream III. Ron MacArthur’s MX took fastest. Eufarria took first on IRC ahead of Ernie Delfos’s Windswept and Steve Delfos’s Minke. Doug Taylor’s Bagheera X retired after the initial squall.
Seven more boats raced in JAM division where Colin Arcus’s Big A took first on Performance handicap ahead of Ole Otness’s The Longboat (fastest, and sporting a pristine new mainsail) only four seconds ahead (after handicaps were applied) of Jane Laws’ Ambience. The JAM fleet welcomed Bob von Felten’s Ristretto, with Franco Pieri sailing on Ristretto rather than his own Medusa.
In the visiting SS27 fleet Paul Rees’ Karina took first on performance handicap ahead of Mark Popham’s Force Five with Amanda Wilmott’s Liberty third. Brian Saleeba’s Abeelas (try reading that backwards!) was fastest.
Thanks as always to the FSC Inshore Race Control Crew on Success and the crew on the RFBYC RIB acting as the SS27’s support vessel. Presentations were held in a very green themed sailors bar as the St Patrick’s Day celebrations were in full swing. Inshore Captain Brian Cooper announced the results and Commodore Bill Burbidge presented the pennants.
Full results can be found on the FSC Inshore Results page and on www.sportspage.com.au. Racing resumes next week with an inshore non-consistency race. Additional photos by Chris Bender can be found in OneDrive.