INSHORE WEEKLY UPDATE

SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER – CONSISTENCY RACE 5 / CHAMPIONSHIP RACE 2
WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER – TWILIGHT SAILING (18:00 START)
WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER – TWILIGHT SAILING (18:00 START)
SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER TO TCYC AND CATALPA RETURN (0900 START)

TWILIGHT SAILING ROUND UP

Thank you to the volunteers who assisted Ian on the start boat on Wednesday and thank you to the six competing boats – Paradigm, Migaloo, Southern Star, Thelma, Sea Drive and Superstar – the latter three were each awarded one of the three bottles of wine that are on offer each week to Twilight Sailing participants.  This is a doubling of the fleet from last week and we look forward to more people joining as the weather gets warmer!

BOATS ARE NOT TO CHANGE DIVISIONS DURING THE SEASON

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”.

 2018-19 CALENDAR AND RED BOOK AVAILABLE  (PRINT AND DIGITAL)

The 2018-19 Red Book is available in print from the office and a digital copy is now available online.  The Red Book plus the 2018-19 season calendar are available in PDF on the Sailing Handbooks and Calendar page on the club website.  Please take time to review the inshore section information in the new book!

MAN OVERBOARD DRILL RESOURCES

Don’t forget to take a look at the  MOB drill video playlist on YouTube – let me know if you find any helpful videos we can add!  Remember, we may be adding a MOB drill (upwind and downwind) to one of our races this season so take time to practice, you may also want to take a look at the RYA Yachtmaster MOB drill.

Y FLAG MEANS LIFEJACKETS TO BE WORN

 Please remember that when the Race Control Crew fly the Y flag all competitors are to wear lifejackets.

 INSHORE FACEBOOK PAGE

 Thanks to all who’ve joined our new Facebook Page for the Inshore section – please feel free to invite your crewmates to join us! The page is a place for inshore sailors to share photos and stories from our racing.
All inshore participants are welcome to join (for those who don’t do Facebook, that’s OK we will continue to bring you all the news through the traditional channels).

PHOTOS FROM SUCCESS

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.

MORE RACE REPORTS AND PHOTOS

You will be able to find the reports and photos for previous races on the Inshore News page with older reports in the archives.

 NEW BUOYS

 Have you found it a little easier to find S (and other marks)?  We have five new race marks which are an improvement on the older ones (being slightly larger and marked with reflective strips) and have replaced Marks L, W, S, H and D.  The original buoys that are still serviceable will be refurbished as spares, while the Harbour Master is sourcing additional replacements.

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.

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.

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 is provided.

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