Inshore Weekly Update

SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY WARNE SHIELD / COCKBURN CUP (TO TCYC ROCKINGHAM AND RETURN)

SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY TERRY FISHER FACE FOUR

WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY TWILIGHT SAILING 18:15 START

SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY CONSISTENCY RACE 11

WEDNESDAY  28 FEBRUARY TWILIGHT SAILING 18:15 START

TWILIGHT SAILING – SEASON UNDERWAY (WIND PERMITTING!)
Have you been Twilight Sailing yet? Although strong winds have resulted in the cancellation of many twilights this year we will keep trying!  We expect lighter winds as summer progresses so see you on the water!

We have had one Successful Twilight this year on 31 January – which coincided with the Super Blue Moon rising.  Thanks to Brian Cooper who assisted on the Start boat and took photographs (full set of photos in One Drive)

The starting time is 6:15pm until the end of February after which we revert to 18:00 until the season ends in late March.

But please check the wind forecast each Wednesday.  We make a judgement on the wind strength by midday every Wednesday and publish the result.

Sailing is to Cat 6 Safety Standard. Lights after dark, two floating torches and radio tuned to Channel 72. Please log on before the preparatory signal at 5:55 pm. There is no need to log off unless you withdraw. Please shine a light on your sail number if it is dark when you finish

REGISTER NOW FOR THE INSHORE SUMMER FSC SAILMAKERS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP AND CONSISTENCY SERIES
The Summer Racing Season is well under way with Inshore racing occurring almost every weekend through to 12 May 2018 where the club runs the Ladies Skippers Race followed by Presentations later that evening. Throughout the season there are events such as the TCYC and Catalpa Return (Race to Rockingham, Lunch, then Race home) and the Mike Harvey Race to Hillarys and plenty of events along the way.

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 registration form are on the club website.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE TERRY FISHER SERIES
Do you want to try Sunday morning sailing?  Then register now for the Terry Fisher Series of Social Sunday races once a month commencing on 12 November.  Full details and link to the registration form are available on the club website.

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 – COURSES ARE RENUMBERED
The 2017-18 Red Book is now 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 Office sailingmanager@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, quiz’s 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.

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.

START BOAT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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 is provided.

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