RACE REPORT – Inshore Summer Series Consistency Race 6

FSC Inshore Summer Series Consistency Race 6
Held 2 December 2017
Nineteen boats took to the water in perfect sailing conditions for the FSC Inshore Summer Series Race 6.  A 10 knot SSWly breeze built to 15 knots during the afternoon.  Many sailors had come down early to see the Clipper Round the World fleet depart the club and the Clipper restart was visible to the north throughout the race providing inspiration to the fleet.

Four boats raced in Division One.  Peter Kennington’s The Cro Connection took first on handicap ahead of Roger Passmore’s Aquila with John Palmer and Jaye Martin’s Witchy Woman third and fastest.  Less than four minutes separated the boats on the water. Wayne Pollard’s Trifle was fourth in their first race of the season.  Witchy Woman was first on IRC handicap ahead of Aquila and The Cro Connection.

Seven boats raced in Division Two.  Peter William’s Pipedream III sailed an excellent race to take first on Handicap after crossing the line only twenty-seven seconds astern of Ernie Delfos’s Windswept (fastest) after a close battle on the course.  Steve Delfos’s Minke was second with Richard Webster’s Freddie Fudpucker third.  Windswept was first and fastest on IRC Handicap with George Carter’s Eufarria second and Steve Delfos’s Minke third, continuing the on water sibling rivalry!  Graham Martin’s Sand Crabs Disco retired after trouble with their headsail on the final leg.

JAM fielded the biggest fleet with eight boats racing.  Dominic Di Latte’s Baci took fist and fastest ahead of Colin Arcus’s Big A, with Franco Pieri’s Medusa third.  Ole Otness’s The Longboat (sailing without their shredded main) was the sole IRC competitor in JAM.

Inshore Captain Brian Cooper announced the results and Rear Commodore Sail Connor Moran presented the pennants.  We were honoured to have Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (founder of the Clipper race) in the sailors bar with us.  Thanks as always to our start crew, this week on Max Shean as Success was required for the Clipper re-start.  Racing continues next week with a morning feeder race to TCYC for the Catalpa pursuit race in the afternoon. Full results are available on the FSC Inshore results page.  Additional photos from Chris Bender on the start boat are available on One Drive.

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