RACE REPORT by Frances Hammond
After the excitement of the Catalpa Classic last week the Fremantle Inshore fleet returned to regular “round the cans” afternoon racing last Saturday. Nineteen boats competed across the three divisions in a very pleasant fourteen knot South Westerly that eased slightly during the race.
Seven boats raced in the strong Division One fleet. Roger Passmore’s Aquila had a very successful race, finishing well ahead of the rest of the division (and amongst the Division Two finishers) to take first and fastest on both IRC and Performance Handicap. Eric Gath’s Stimulus Package was second on both IRC and Performance. Peter Kennington (The Cro Connection) celebrated his birthday with a third on Performance Handicap and John Palmer and Jaye Martin’s Witchy Woman was third on IRC. Paul Huhtala’s Gumboot IV was unlucky not to get a third place on Performance Handicap, being only two seconds behind The Cro Connection after the handicaps were applied.
Eight boats raced in Division Two. Peter Williams (sailing short-handed, for the second week, with his three female crew) had a very successful start at the pin end, while Kim Klaka on Panache II created some excitement on the line by threading his way through the remainder of the fleet on port tack. We hear that a penalty turn was taken by Panache shortly after… Venustus entertained those nearby with some problems setting their kite on the first downwind leg, where many opted to pole out a jib, but persevered and eventually made a successful set. Inshore Captain Brian Cooper’s Valkyr took first on Performance Handicap despite a wineglass during their kite set on the final leg. George Carter’s Eufarria sailed an excellent race taking fastest, first on IRC and second on Performance Handicap. Ron Kooy’s Venustus took third on Performance Handicap. Ernie Delfos’s Windswept took second on IRC, despite only having thee aboard and being distracted by some dolphins, with Steve Delfos’s Minke third (after a few exciting broaches during the downwind legs to the finish.) The racing was very close with Panache II finishing six seconds ahead of Pipedream III on the line with Minke fifteen seconds further back. Less than eight minutes separated the whole fleet both on the water and on corrected time.
Four boats raced in JAM division. Colin Arcus’s Big A continued their good form with a first place ahead of Ole Otness’s The Longboat (fastest) – The Longboat was put about by Big A on the start line after they also tried a port tack start. Franco Pieri’s Medusa was in third place – only twelve seconds ahead of Myra Stanbury’s Sami after the handicaps were applied.
Presentations were made in the sailor’s bar by Inshore Captain Brian Cooper and Rear Commodore Sail Connor Moran. Paul Huhtala and crew from Gumboot IV were also presented with their winners shield from the Winter Series (after a correction to the results announced at the presentations).
Thanks as always to our stalwart race control crew on Success without whom none of this would happen. Full results can be found on the club website and on www.sportspage.com. Additional photos from Chris Bender can be found on OneDrive. Racing resumes next week with Consistency Race Seven (Windward Leeward).