Sixteen competitors took to the water last Saturday in the FSC North Sails Championship Race 7 / Consistency race 16. Conditions were good for racing with a steady 10-15 knots southerly and no sign of the forecast storms.
Three boats competed in Division One with Eric Gath’s Stimulus Package taking first on handicap ahead of fastest finisher Roger Passmore’s Aquila. Dominic Di Latte’s Baci was over the line early and despite losing a lot of time returning to restart was less than a minute behind Stimulus Package at the finish. Stimulus Package was also first on IRC ahead of Aquila (also fastest).
Eight boats raced in Division Two with a special welcome to Reimi Newman’s Training Wheels (which included the sponsor Andrew ‘Hips’ Harry of North Sails in their crew). George Carter’s Eufarria took first place on performance handicap ahead of Mick Gillum’s Panacea (also fastest) with Colin Arcus’s Big A third. Ernie Delfos’s Windswept tried (and failed) to carry a very very very shy kite on the leg from F to W – demonstrating to the others that a two-sail reach was perhaps the best option. Nevertheless, Windswept took first and fastest on IRC ahead of Eufarria.
Five boats competed in JAM Division with Franco Pieri’s consistent Medusa first on Performance Handicap ahead of Ole Otness’s The Longboat (also fastest) with Stephen Kerr’s Polaris third. Despite a hip replacement and doctor’s orders to stay home, Raf Bellofiore in Beluga was out-there anyway, but had to retire as they would not have made the division cut-off. The Longboat was first and fastest in JAM IRC ahead of Peter Cochrane’s Raya (making a welcome return to the inshore fleet).
Thanks to our Sponsors Sailmakers WA/North Sails and their representative Andrew ‘Hips’ Harry for presenting the pennants and prizes. The Inshore Captain delighted the crowd by wearing his Docker gear for Presentation (rather than Whites) before hurrying off to the game and another glorious win. Thanks as always to our stalwart race control crew on Success. Full race results can be found on the FSC Inshore results webpage. Racing continues next week with the final consistency race of the summer season.