Fremantle Sailing Club Inshore Summer Series Non-Consistency Race held 3 November 2018
Just twelve boats braved a strong sea breeze last Saturday for a non-consistency Inshore Race. The Coventry Reef Offshore Race plus preparation for the Harbour Race the next day kept all the Division One boats and some of the Division Two and JAM boats out of contention, but the remaining competitors enjoyed a tight race despite a rough day on the water. The wind was a consistent 21 knots at the start with gusts up to thirty knots recorded at Fish Rocks according to SeaBreeze.com.au. Competitors enjoyed the sight of the Coventry Reef Race boats sailing in through Challenger Passage and up the channel, however Ocean Ranger mistook the Inshore finish line for their line and finished with the inshore boats sadly earning a DNF in the big race.
Seven boat raced in the highly competitive Division two. Lance Wood’s Impulse revelled in the tough conditions to take first and fastest on performance handicap, a mere twelve seconds ahead of Kim Klaka’s Panache II with Brian Cooper’s Valkyr another nine seconds back. Peter Williams Pipedream III and George Carter’s Eufarria were both within a minute of the places after a close battle on the course all afternoon. Jason Poutsma’s Mahjong missed a mark in the rough condition. Only three boats raced on IRC with Impulse taking first from Eufarria with Steve Delfos’s Minke third.
Five boats raced in JAM with Ristretto joining the JAM fleet for the day and Baci having her first outing for the season – double handed by Dominic Di Latte and his son. Colin Arcus’s Big A took a well-deserved first on Performance Handicap ahead of Baci with Steve Kerr’s Polaris third. Franco Pieri’s Medusa retired. No JAM boats raced under IRC handicap.
Please remember for future races that, as stated in the Inshore Sailing Instructions Section 5.2, “Boats may not change divisions without written consent from the Race Committee”.
Thanks to the Race Control Crew on Success who enjoyed another bouncy day on the water and the added challenge of setting up the replacement barging buoy after the old buoy went AWOL last week. Presentations were made back at the club by Inshore Captain Brian Cooper. Full results are available on the FSC results page and at www.sportspage.com.au. Additional photos from Chris Bender on Success are available in OneDrive.
Racing resumes next Saturday with the Ken Cook Memorial Trophy / Consistency Race 4.