2018 Summer Series Race 4: Ken Cook Memorial Trophy

RACE REPORT | Fremantle Sailing Club Inshore Summer Series Consistency Race 4 Ken Cook Memorial Trophy 10th November 2018

A perfect sailing day with a fifteen-knot sea breeze brought out eighteen competitors for Fremantle Sailing Club Inshore Section’s Ken Cook Memorial Trophy / Consistency Race 4 last Saturday.  The trophy is in memory of Ken Cook – Ken joined FSC in 1943 and was a much loved and respected member who served the club in many ways starting with his first official role as Press Representative in 1945.  He was made life member in 1968 and served as Commodore from 1971 to 1973.  Many of us remember racing against Ken and his boat Jason (sail number F1) – he was extremely difficult to beat!

We welcomed nearly thirty members of the Cook clan to the club for afternoon tea, and two of Ken’s sons, Peter and Chris joined the crew of Witchy Woman for the race.

Six boats raced in Division One.  The close racing began at the start when Paul Huhtala’s Gumboot IV was forced up outside the start boat, and finished with some interesting spinnaker work as John Palmer and Jaye Martin’s Witchy Woman (on port gybe) had to round up to avoid Roger Passmore’s Aquila (on starboard) just short of the finish line.  Despite this Witchy Woman took first on Performance Handicap ahead of Mick Gillum’s Panacea with Aquila third.  Aquila was fastest.  The results on IRC handicap were identical.

Six boats raced in Division Two with close racing for the full length of the race.  The final spinnaker run saw Panache II, Impulse and Pipedream III battling for the lead with only fifteen seconds separating them on the line.  Less than ten minutes separated the fleet on the water and only four minutes twenty-eight seconds separated them after the handicaps were applied.  Kim Klaka’s Panache II took first and fastest on Performance Handicap six seconds ahead of Peter William’s Pipedream III (who weren’t distracted by a visit from a pod of dolphins) with Ron Kooy’s Venustus in third place.  In the three boat IRC fleet Lance Woods Impluse took first and fastest ahead of George Carter’s Eufarria with Venustus in third place.

The JAM fleet also had six boats racing and again the racing was close with less than six minutes separating the fleet after the handicaps were applied.  Ole Otness’s The Longboat, making a welcome return to racing after being sidelined with mast track problems, took first and fastest on Performance Handicap with Franco Pieri’s Medusa a close second only thirteen seconds behind after the handicaps were applied.  Steve Kerr’s Polaris was third.

Rear Commodore Sail Connor Moran and Inshore Captain Brian Cooper officiated at the presentations with pennants presented by Ken Cook’s grandson Jamie Cook.  The Ken Cook Shield for the best performed boat on the day was presented to Ole Otness’s The Longboat by Ken’s widow, Del Cook.

Thanks as always to our Race Control crew on Success who enjoyed a much more pleasant day on the water in contrast to the previous two week’s rough weather.  Full results are available on the FSC Inshore results page and on www.sportspage.com.au.  Additional photos by Chris Bender are available on OneDrive.  Racing resumes next week with Consistency Race 5 / Championship Race 2.

Report by Frances Hammond

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