FSC Inshore Section Summer Series Non-Consistency Race
HELD 10 March 2018
With Race 11 cancelled following the Finistere tragedy the FSC Inshore section decided to get back on the water with a low-key event before Race 12 on St Patrick’s day.  To avoid disadvantaging the division one boats sailing in the FSC run Halls Head/Point Robert Return race the inshore race was non-consistency.

Gusty, 18 knot, warm easterly winds and flat water created interesting conditions for the thirteen boats across three fleets with many boats opting to reef and many opting not to use spinnakers.  The start was at Y but all boats made the start after the long motorsail out from the Club.

Witchy Woman was the sole Division one competitor, so took first and fastest in both Performance Handicap and IRC.

Division Two fielded six boats with some exciting racing between Peter William’s Pipedream III, Ernie Delfos’s Windswept and Steve Delfos’s MinkePipedream took the lead for the first two legs after opting to stay on starboard tack after the start.  Minke caught them by the third mark after an “interesting” reach with her asymmetric spinnaker, however Pipedream took the lead again after Minke had problems hoisting her headsail at the mark.  Windswept drew ahead on the second rounding of F after Pipedream tacked a little too early, but Pipedream regained the lead after Windswept tried a shy kite back on the reach back to L mark.  Both boats flew poled out headsails to W and Windswept drew ahead despite Pipedream shaking out the reef in her main.  Windswept was able to hold the lead to the finish, crossing the line 28 seconds in front to take fastest.  Pipedream III took first on Performance Handicap with Ron Kooy’s Venustus second and Minke third.  Div Two IRC was a family affair with Windswept first ahead of Minke.

Six boats also raced in JAM division with Franco Pieri’s Medusa being the first boat of all fleets to finish (JAM sail a shorter course).  Medusa was first and fastest on corrected time ahead of Steven Kerr’s Polaris (making a welcome return to inshore racing) with Jane Law’s Ambience third. No IRC rated boats raced in JAM.  (We will have to wait another week to see Ole Otness’s new mainsail on The Longboat).

Thanks as always to our Race Control Crew on Success.  Results were announced by Inshore Captain Brian Cooper and presented by Steve Delfos.  Full results can be found on the FSC website and on www.sportspage.com.au. Full set of photos by Chris Bender are available here.

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