FSC Inshore Consistency Race 4 Windward Leeward
Held 18 November 2017
A modest fleet of seventeen boats contested the FSC Inshore Consistency Race 4 windward/leeward race last Saturday. A ten knot south westerly breeze created perfect conditions for this more intense form of racing with only the JAM boats sailing round a wing mark. The spinnaker divisions had to decide whether to sail deep or gybe downwind for best results. The start crew on Success had “fun with flags” ensuring all the fleets had the appropriate signals and they were ably supported by the mark laying crew in one of the club RIBs.
Only three competitors raced in Division One and they faced the challenge of three laps of the course. Peter Kennington’s The Cro Connection took first on performance handicap from Roger Passmore’s Aquila with Alan Anderson’s Zubenubi third. On IRC handicaps Aquila was first with Cro Connection second ahead of Zubenubi. Aquila was fastest of the three overall.
Six boats raced in Division Two, with the two-lap course keeping the fleet close together. Richard Webster’s Freddie Fudpucker took first on performance handicap from Peter Williams’ Pipedream III with Ernie Delfos’s Windswept third and fastest. Windswept was first and fastest on IRC ahead of George Carter’s Eufarria and Steve Delfos’s Minke. Welcome to new competitor Ron Kooy’s Venestus. Doug Taylor’s Bagheera X didn’t make it into the water after a mishap when being hoisted out of her jinker.
A strong fleet of eight boats started in JAM, boosted by the presence of Inshore Captain Brian Cooper’s Valkyr (sailing double handed). Winston Scotney’s Corniche retired after a collision with the mark laying boat at the start. Ole Otness’s The Longboat was first and fastest ahead of Jane Laws’ Ambience with Jim Putt’s Morning Tide third. The Longboat was the sole IRC JAM contender. Colin Arcus’s Big A was singled out for thanks after they gave Aquila extra buoy room during a mark rounding.
Thanks as always to the Race Control crew on Success and to our buoy laying crew. Inshore Captain Brian Cooper presided over the results and pennants were presented by Rear Commodore Sail Connor Moran resplendent in Hawaiian shirt and lei (ready for the Power Section’s themed dinner). Full results will be available on the FSC Inshore Results web page. Racing resumes next Saturday with Consistency Race 5 and a return to regular courses.