Forty-six boats took to the water on Saturday for the first race of the Fremantle Sailing Club Inshore Winter Series. The FSC fleet was boosted by a number of guests from up the river and down the sound creating strong fleets and close racing in all three divisions. Conditions were a little challenging with a big swell and fitful breeze averaging 10 knots but fluctuating in strength and direction between ENE and NNE. With the start at Y several boats struggled to make the line in time – particularly those with no or small engines. A pod of five dolphins near B mark delighted those that saw them.
Nine boats raced in Division One with seven completing the course (Baci retired and Gumboot IV didn’t make the finish). Lauri Flynne’s Dynamic took first on both performance and IRC handicap (perhaps it was the superhero t-shirts that gave them the advantage?) ahead of Peter Burtenshaw’s Minds Eye. Michael Sproxton’s Fat Wallet lost was third on performance handicap and Peter Kennington’s The Cro Connection third on IRC. April Jorgensen’s Naughty Black Shorts was fastest on performance handicap and Dynamic was fastest on IRC.
Nineteen boats started in Division Two with all but Anita Wyntje’s Flying Sorceress (RET) completing the course, despite a couple of starters underestimating the time it would take to get to the line. Mark Lovelady’s Craigie took first on performance handicap from Mirko Moeller’s Jedi with Stacy Anne Blake’s Mr Bojangles third. Ernie Delfos’s Windswept took first on IRC from Jedi and sponsor David Atkinson’s Igawa. Bruce Wilkinson’s Turkish Delight was fastest on both performance and IRC handicaps.
Eighteen boats raced in JAM Division but the time limit caught out Topaz, Kind of Blue and the tiny Whistling Kite all of which failed to make the line. River Run also retired leaving a total of fourteen finishers. Peter Cochrane’s Raya took first from Peter Blaxell’s Papillion with Adrian Wilson’s Touchngo third (a mere thirteen seconds ahead of The Longboat and twenty-one seconds ahead of Ambience). James Halvorsen’s Giddy Up was fastest. Ole Otness’s The Longboat took first and fastest from Margaret Hector’s Myuna in the two boat IRC JAM fleet.
Thanks as always to our race control crew who battled nausea as the big swells rolled Success on the anchor. Thanks also to our sponsor David Atkinson of Jane Brook Wines.
Full results will be available on the FSC Inshore results page. Race 2 in the winter series is next Saturday 17 June.