Race Report – Inshore Summer Series Consistency Race 5

Fremantle Sailing Club Inshore Summer Series Consistency Race 5
Held 25 November 2017
A strong sea breeze kept the fleet numbers down to only thirteen boats in the FSC Inshore Consistency Race 5 last Saturday.  Wind speeds were over 25 knots true with gusts to 29 knots at Fish Rocks provided exhilarating conditions for competitors.  Boats reported over thirty knots apparent during the beats.  As Rear Commodore Sail Connor Moran said: “Everyone who stayed home missed out”.  Most boats opted for one or two reefs and only Division Two’s Freddie Fudpucker being brave (or foolhardy?) enough to risk a spinnaker, though they waited for the final run for the set as a gybe would’ve been “interesting” in the conditions!

In Division One it was a two-boat race with Roger Passmore’s Aquila taking first and fastest ahead of Mick Gillum’s Panacea on performance handicap.  The fleet was reduced with many Division One competitors racing in the Carnac Offshore race.  Aquila was the sole IRC boat in the race.

Division two, as usual, saw the largest fleet with seven boats racing.  Richard Webster’s Freddie Fudpucker, the sole kite flyer, took a well-deserved first on performance handicap ahead of Peter William’s Pipedream III and George Carter’s Eufarria.  The first three placegetters had a close race-within-a-race all afternoon with each boat challenging for the lead.  Lance Wood’s Impulse was fastest and also took first on IRC ahead of Ernie Delfos’s Windswept with Eufarria again third.

Four boats started in JAM Division but Ole Otness’s The Longboat was forced to retire after their mainsail shredded leaving them with what Ole called a “bigger jigsaw puzzle” (bigger than the last time it happened!).  Brian Cooper’s Valkyr took first on performance handicap ahead of Franco Pieri’s Medusa (also fastest) with Graham Nelson’s Sand Crab’s Disco taking third on their second inshore race of the season.

Thanks to the Race Control Crew on Success who endured a rough afternoon on-station.  Results were announced by Inshore Captain Brian Cooper and presented by Commodore Bill Burbidge, as the club prepared to welcome the first of the Clipper Round The World boats.  Full results are available on the FSC Inshore results web page.  Racing continues next week with Consistency Race 6.

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