INSHORE WEEKLY UPDATE

SATURDAY 23 JUNE VALMADRE ARLENE RACE
SATURDAY 30 JUNE INSHORE WINTER SERIES RACE 3
SATURDAY 7 JULY VALMADRE ENSIGN RACE
SATURDAY 14 JULY INSHORE WINTER SERIES RACE 4

 Fremantle Sailing Club Inshore Winter Series Race 2 16 June 2018

A sunny day with a twelve-knot north-easterly breeze brought a strong fleet of thirty-four boats out on to the water for the first successful race of the FSC 2018 inshore winter series (race 1 had been cancelled due to inclement weather).  Race control set course six which started with a beat from Y to B mark just off Bathers Beach and then took the fleets down the sound before finishing back at L mark.  Although the breeze eased as the afternoon progressed there was enough wind for all competitors to finish the course whilst keeping in touch with their fellow competitors.  The starts were interesting with some boats opting to start on port (not always successfully).

Competition has heated up in Division One with the fleet increasing to ten boats overall.  Mick Gillum’s Panacea continued their summer form to take first on performance handicap from Simon Torvaldsen’s brand new JPK 1080 Atomic Blonde, with Roger Passmore’s Aquila in third place.  On IRC handicap Atomic Blonde took first from Aquila with Laurie Flynne’s Dynamic in third.  Welcome also to our visitors in Wasabi and Ocean Ranger who have joined us (along with Atomic Blonde) from RPYC.

Division Two has been split into two sections with the creation of a “Lite” category for the sportier entrants.  Twelve boats raced in the standard Div 2 with Bob Von Felten’s Ristretto (co-skippered by David Von Felten) taking first on performance handicap with Michael Thorpe’s Soon second, ahead of Graham Martin’s Sand Crab’s Disco.  On IRC handicap David Atkinson’s Igawa took first from Sand Crab’s Disco with Ernie Delfos’s Windswept third.  Welcome to our visitors Igawa (SoPYC) and Toravean (RPYC).

Three boats contested Division Two Lite – on performance handicap J Poutsma’s Mahjong took first from Bruce Wilkinson’s Turkish Delight with Mirko Moeller’s Jedi third.  Turkish Delight was first on IRC handicap ahead of Jedi.  Welcome to new competitor Mahjong and to Turkish Delight (EFYC).

Division Six (Jib and Main) fielded nine boats – several which are electing to take a break from the spinnaker divisions for the winter series.  John Palmer’s Witchy Woman took first on performance handicap from Ron MacArthur’s MX with Ole Otness’s The Longboat in third position.  On IRC James Halvorsen’s Giddy Up took first from Witchy Woman with The Longboat a consistent third.

Presentations were held back in the clubhouse with Inshore Captain Brian Cooper officiating.  Thanks go, as always, to our Race Control crew on Success.  Full results will be available on the FSC Inshore Results page and are also available on www.sportspage.com.au.  Winter Inshore racing resumes with Race 3 on 30 June.

INSHORE WINTER SERIES IS UNDER WAY

If you haven’t done so already, you can still enter the Inshore Winter Series – Seven great races, now with the option to sail double handed with spinnakers as well as the traditional Divisions 1, 2, and Jib and Main.

If you would like any further information on any of the Sailing at FSC please contact either Travis or Scott on       9435 8800.

Full details and link to Inshore Series registration form are on the club website.

PHOTOS FROM THE SUMMER SERIES 

Relive all the thrills and spills of the summer series with the Summer Series presentation photo slideshow.  You can check out the slideshow on Onedrive.

You may have noticed that Chris Bender has been taking photos from the start boat (at some, not all of our races) and that many of these photos have been incorporated into the Race Reports.  Thanks to Chris for this – you can peruse all of Chris’s photos so far on OneDrive.

REMINDER TO KEEP CLEAR OF STARTING AREA DURING THE START SEQUENCE FOR OTHER FLEETS

All competitors are reminded of the following section of the Inshore 2017-18 Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions (available in the Red Book):

SI 16.4 Boats whose warning signal has not been made shall keep clear of the starting area during the start sequence for other fleets.

RED BOOK AND CALENDAR AVAILABLE

The 2017-18 Red Book is available from reception and is also available for download (along with the season calendar) from the club website.  Please take time to review the inshore section, in particular the courses as they have been renumbered!

RADIO LOG-ON PROCEDURE – CALL “INSHORE RACE CONTROL” NOT “SUCCESS”

FSC 2017-18 Sailing Handbook SI 3.1.1 requires all yachts competing to “Log on by radio to Fremantle Inshore Race Control on VHF 72” and not Success.

This is so that our Start Team may utilise an alternative start boat should the need arise, or respond from shore should that be required.  Please ensure this procedure is followed and if you’re reading this ensure your skipper is reminded.  Thanks to all competitors who have been following this requirement.

RACE DAY CREW LIST/ CREWING EXPRESSION OF INTEREST Q&A

Two initiatives for skippers and sailors have been implemented with the assistance of the Sailing Office; the Crew Board near the ramp on Sunset Deck and the Crewing Expression of Interest on the FSC website.

Q. How can you benefit from the Crew Board?

A. If looking for last minute crew on race-day, write your details on the top section.  Walk-ins or enquiries will be directed to the board to look you up. If there are crewing names written up, please ensure you contact them.

The sailing office will clear this board weekly and interested crew will be contacted to see if they have sailed, or wish to transfer to the website crewing list.

Q. How do I access the Crewing Expression of Interest?

A. Here https://www.fsc.com.au/onwater/crew-eoi/download the PDF report of sign ups.

If you are successful in recruiting a crew member, please advise the Sailing Officesailingmanager@fsc.com.au or have the crew member email-in successful placement.  The list will be checked 3-monthly.

Q. What are FSC doing for new-sign ups?

A. New sign-ups will be contacted by indicated sailing sections and the Sailing Office for an invite to Wednesday Twilight to introduce them to the club.

RULES RESOURCES – AUSTRALIAN SAILING 2017-2020 BLUE BOOK ONLINE ONLY

The release of the 2017 Racing Rules of Sailing will usher in the biggest change to the Blue Book since its first issue in 1969.  The rules are available online free of charge and will not be produced in a hard copy format.  Racing Rules of Sailing with Australian Sailing Prescriptions applicable from 1 Jan 2017 was published on the Australian Sailing website in November 2016.

Want to test your knowledge?  You may wish to check out the Play the Rules website which has plenty of examples, quizzes and other guidance on racing rules (thanks to Brian Cooper for this suggestion).

RACE PHOTOS WANTED / AVAILABLE

If you take photos in the upcoming races that you’d like to share with other club members please send them to frances1@iinet.net.au.

START BOAT VOLUNTEERS WELCOME

FSC Inshore is always looking for volunteers to join the crew for your start boat Success.

If you can spare an afternoon when not sailing or know someone that would like to learn ISAF race management procedures, then make yourself known to the start crew in the Galley from 11:30am to 12noon before the race.  Full training, afternoon tea and good company will be provided.

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