FSC Inshore Summer Series Consistency Race 8
HELD 13 January 2018

A strong fleet of twenty-three boats set sail last Saturday for the FSC Inshore Section’s first race of 2018.  Conditions were almost perfect with a consistent 14 knot South-South-Westerly sea breeze and sunshine.  Ex TC Joyce had delayed her appearance and all on the water were glad to miss the forecast lighter airs and hot temperatures (which were held over for the Terry Fisher crews the next day).  A fleet of Laser dinghies were also out on our course but both fleets passed without trouble.

Five boats raced in Division One.  Mick Gillum’s Panacea took first on Performance Handicap ahead of Rob Thomas’s Finistere (also fastest) with Roger Passmore’s Aquila in third place.  On IRC Aquila took first from Peter Kennington’s The Cro Connection with Finistere third and fastest.

Nine boats race in Division Two with close racing amongst the fleet.  Ernie Delfos’s Windswept sailed a great race to take first and fastest ahead of George Carter’s Eufarria and Peter Williams Pipedream III.  Doug Taylor’s Bagheera X (sailed short-handed by Doug’s crew as he was away) retired.  Eufarria did well considering their kite blew out on the long downwind run home, leaving them with just the luff tapes setting.  Pipedream III had an exciting duel to the line just edging ahead of Graham Martin’s Sand Crab’s Disco at the finish.  Sand Crab is a faster boat, but a navigation error saw them battling their way back up through the smaller boats.  Only four minutes four seconds separated the entire fleet after the handicaps were applied.  Only two boats raced with IRC handicaps – Windswept took first from Eufarria.

Nine boats raced in JAM/Division Six with all but Eric Gath’s Stimulus Package completing the course.  Brian Cooper’s Valkyr took first from Jane Laws’ Ambience with Jim Putt’s Morning Tide third.  Ole Otness’s The Longboat was fastest and also the sole finisher in IRC.  It’s great to see Ole out racing with his second-best mainsail after his best sail finally gave up the ghost during the strong winds of the Cockburn Regatta.

Presentations were held in the club house with Inshore Captain Brian Cooper announcing the results and Vice Commodore Rob Thomas presenting the pennants.  Full results are available on the club Inshore Results page and can also be found on the Sportspage website.  Thanks as always to our race control crew on Success.  Next Saturday we race to Hillarys in the Mike Harvey Memorial race with the opportunity to stay overnight.

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