Light conditions at the start did not deter competitors in the final race of the FSC Onesails inshore winter series.  Thirty-six boats started the race.  A drifting start saw several Division One boats on course side (OCS) when the starting siren sounded – not all of which returned to restart.  A light breeze filled in during the race enabling all but one boat to finish.

Twelve boats competed in Division One, nine completed the course with one DNF and two OCS.  Ralph Newton’s 1907 classic Eun Na Mara took first on handicap from (Captain) Anthony Kirke’s Enterprise with Peter Kennington’s The Cro Connection third.  Ross Swanson’s Syrenka was fastest round the course.  There was tight racing all through the fleet with only thirteen seconds separating The Cro Connection and Laurie Flynne’s Dynamic on the finish line.  On IRC Bryan Thurston’s This Way Up took first from Dynamic with Eun Na Mara third.  Enterprise was the fastest IRC boat.

Thirteen boats started and completed the course in Division Two.  The racing was close with only ten minutes separating first and last over the line and less than a minute separating the first five placegetters after the handicaps were applied.  Richard Webster’s Freddie Fudpucker took first on handicap from George Carter’s Eufarria with Ernie Delfos’s Windswept third. Bruce Wilkinson’s Turkish Delight was fastest.  On IRC David Atkinson’s Igawa took first from Windswept and Les Thomas’s Exhil R8Turkish Delight was also the fastest IRC boat.  Welcome to new Div 2 competitor David Kenny sailing The Edge.

Eleven boats competed in Jib and Main.  Congratulations to Myra Stanbury who took her first first place with her boat Sami.  Second on handicap was Clive Schilling’s Topaz followed by Rick Hoad’s Serendiptity, with Rob Thomas’s Finistere fastest.  Only a minute separated the first three placegetters on handicap.  On IRC Margaret Hector’s Myuna took first from Ole Otness’s The Longboat with Finistere third and fastest.

Thanks again to the start crew on Success and to our sponsor Onesails. Full results can be found on the FSC inshore results page.  The winter season will conclude with a presentation lunch next Sunday.

Report by Frances Hammond

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