Twenty-five boats raced last Saturday in the FSC Inshore Winter Series Race 6. A variable easterly provided plenty of interest, backing and veering and gusting and lulling but never dropping to the drifting conditions of earlier races in the series. This enabled all fleets to successfully complete all roundings of the Easterly wind favoring course thirteen.
No boats raced in Div Zero (though the rest of the fleet were glad for the extra five minutes grace to get out to the start line at Y).
Six boats raced in Division One, Michael Sproxton’s Fat Wallet Lost took first on handicap from David Davenport’s Crush (also fastest) with Alan Anderson’s Zubenubi third. Crush was first and fastest on IRC from Roger Passmore’s Aquila with Zubenubi again third. Graeme Martin’s Sand Crab’s Disco retired following a spinnaker schmozzle.
Eleven boats raced in a strong Division Two fleet. A wind shift at the start saw several boats have to tack to make the line and they found it hard to make up the lost ground, although there was close racing at the back of the fleet between Ron Kooy’s Venustus, Peter Williams’ Pipedream III and George Carter’s Eufarria. Michael Thorpe’s Soon reveled in the conditions, taking first place on TCF handicap ahead of Steve Delfos’s Minke with Jeremy Kerr’s The Black Smoke taking third place. On IRC handicap Jason Poutsma’s Hustler took first place from Ernie Delfos’s Windswept (in second despite a sideways spinnaker set) with Steve Delfos’s Minke in third place. Trevor Taylor’s No Etiquette was fastest overall.
JAM Division fielded a fleet of eight boats with John Palmer’s Witchy Woman taking first on TCF handicap from Ole Otness’s The Longboat with Jane Laws Ambience in third place. In the two boat IRC race James Halvorsen’s Giddy Up took first from Witchy Woman. Giddy Up was fastest. Welcome to Sandy Fleming’s Rebecca Jane II in her second race of the season (and with a lovely new set of sails).
Thanks go, as always, to our stalwart Race Control Crew on Success. Pennants were presented in the clubhouse by Inshore Captain Brian Cooper (who came in from working on Valkyr on the hardstand). A curated set of photos from the day is available on One Drive, whilst the full set of Frances’s photos are here. (No photos from Chris this week)
The final race of the series will be held next week (17th of August) with a winter Keelboat series wind up to follow. The Inshore Presentation lunch will be held on Sunday the 25th – don’t forget to book your table! Then mark your calendar for the 5th of October and the 2019/20 Season Opening Day!
Race Report by Frances Hammond