Fremantle Sailing Club Inshore Summer Series Opening Day Race 7 October 2018
After a morning of festivities and the official opening of the Summer Season by Vice Patron Captain Brian Delamont, the inshore fleet took to the water along with boats from all the club’s sections to participate in the official sail-past. Conditions were perfect, and a festive atmosphere prevailed with boats dressed for the event. Notable among the inshore fleet were Medusa, flying the flag of the Lion of Venice, The Cro Connection flying the Croatian flag, John and Jane on Witchy woman sporting pink witches’ hats, Dynamic in primary coloured harbour race shirts (looking a little like The Wiggles from a distance) and, best of all, the “Just Married” flag on Steve Delfos’s Minke – honouring daughter Natalie (who was crewing) and her new husband Tee (congratulations!). Leading the sailing fleet was Airborn, flying Finistere’s battle flag in honour of Rob Thomas and Paul Owens.
Once the sail-past was over, and the decorations were taken down (except for the “Just Married” flag which remained in place all race), thirty inshore boats headed out to N mark for the start of the opening day race. The light east-south-easterly breeze swung round to the south-south-west and filled in to sixteen knots. Course nine, which kept the fleet separate from the Dinghy races and the Cruising event, was something of a soldier’s course but still provided good racing and a gentle introduction to the season.
Eleven boats raced in Division One with John Palmer and Jaye Martin’s Witchy Woman taking first place on performance handicap. Alan Anderson’s Zubenubi took second from Peter Kennington’s The Cro Connection. Alan Stein’s Dirty Deeds was one of several offshore boats providing extra competition for the Division One regulars, and was the fastest in the fleet.
Eleven boats also raced in Division Two with Peter Williams Pipedream III taking first on handicap ahead of George Carter’s Eufarria with Ron Kooy’s Venustus third. Bob Von Felten’s Ristretto was fastest. Doug Taylor’s Bagheera X retired after facing an increasingly sloppy sea with only three crew on board. Edrick Delfos’s Shiraz III was a welcome guest from Geraldton Yacht Club sailing against his brothers Ernie (Windswept) and Steve (Minke). Shiraz is down from GYC to campaign in the fiftieth Geraldton Race later in the month and all three boats gathered in front of the club for a family photograph after the race.
For once Division Six (Jib and Main) fielded the smallest fleet with eight boats racing and six completing the course. The JAM fleet was split between the inshore race and the Cruising Section’s JAM event, as many of the JAM boats are also active members of the Cruising Section. Colin Arcus’s Big A took first on handicap ahead of Franco Pieri’s Medusa with Winston Scotney’s Corniche third. Welcome to Geoff Bishop’s new boat Checkmate which took fastest in JAM.
The inshore fleet re-joined the celebrations in the clubhouse, presentations were made by Inshore Captain Brian Cooper and Vice Commodore Mike Walker followed by food, and drink, and dancing! Full results are available on the Inshore Results page or at www.sportspage.com.au .
Thanks to our Race Control Crew on Success for getting us off to a good start to the season. Thanks also to all the FSC staff and volunteers who made the day such a success!
Inshore racing resumes next Saturday, 13 October with Consistency Race 1.