FSC Inshore Winter Series Race 2
Held 17 June 2017
Sparkling conditions attracted forty-nine boats to the waters off Fremantle for the second race of the FSC Inshore Winter Series last Saturday.  The race began in frustrating conditions as a dying north-easterly wind stranded some of the fleet short of the start and left other competitors struggling to make the first mark.  Fortunately, a light seabreeze filled in after an hour or so of mirror-like drifting, completely changing the dynamics of the course (course 11), but providing lovely sailing conditions.  Anchored and motoring powerboats added a degree of difficulty to the race.  To the relief of many competitors, race control shortened the course at B mark at the end of the first lap so everyone that successfully started (except for a couple of boats that made course errors) finished the race.

Eleven competitors raced in Division One and got away to a successful start before the breeze died.  Mick Gillum’s Panacea took first on performance handicap with Paul Huttala’s Gumboot IV second ahead of Ryan Binedell’s Low Flying Duck in third place.  Alan Stein’s X factor was fastest. On IRC April Jorensen’s intriguingly named Naughty Black Shorts was first ahead of Peter Burtenshaw’s Minds Eye with X Factor third and fastest.

Twenty boats raced in Division Two creating an interesting start as the breeze died on a crowded start line.  Most boats managed to cross the line before the JAM start but the fleet split between those that made the top mark before the breeze died to nothing, and those that were left drifting on the first leg – taking over an hour to sail the 0.6 nm from L-B was not uncommon!   Trevor Taylor’s No Etiquette was first and fastest ahead of Ernie Delfos’s extremely well performed Windswept and Mark Lovelady’s CraigieWindswept was first on IRC ahead of Bruce Wilkinson’s Turkish Delight (fastest IRC boat) and Mirko Moeller’s Jedi.

Eighteen boats set out to start in JAM division but the dying breeze at the start meant four boats were too late over the line, recording a DNS.  Two of the remaining boats retired so twelve boats successfully finished the race.  Winston Scotney’s Corniche took first and fastest on performance handicap ahead of Alan Nutall’s Counterpoint with Jane Laws’ Ambience third.  Ole Otness’s The Longboat was the sole IRC rated boat to complete the course.

A good crowd gathered in the Clubhouse for the presentations.  Thanks again to our sponsor David Atkinson from Jane Brook Wines who assisted at the presentations along with Commodore Bill Burbidge.  Thanks as always to our Race Control Crew on Success.  Full results can be found on the FSC Inshore results page.  Next race in the inshore winter series is on Saturday 1 July.

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