It was a breezy evening with a South West wind fluctuating wildly off the Quay for the 7th Hine Downing series race on Tue 21st July. Race Officer Len Cheshire using his own boat set the start line on the Eastern shore by the Water Tower.
Of the thirty six starters, two Firebirds took off at an alarming pace. Fiery sailed by Rupert Kidd finished with Firefly retiring. Eleven boats jostled for the Q class start and behaved themselves with a clean start. There were a number of them missing as there had been a COGS race to Penzance acting as a feeder race for the PASAB next weekend. David Cunliffe sailing Encore had a tussle with John Hicks sailing Macavity most of the way round the hour and a half course, Encore beating Macavity by 24 seconds on corrected time IRC. Close racing indeed!
U class fielded 12 boats and got away with a clean start, although it was a close run thing twixt Quicksilver and Deep Purple on the line. A solitary starboard hike to the Governor Buoy saw Deep Purple, Ron Jones, round ahead of Trifle, Chris Jelliss, closely pursued by Gap Year, Lennie Trenoweth and Wilkie, Bob Chapple. The port pole kite run to St Just saw Wilkie overhaul Gap ear. The subsequent beat to Trefusis saw Lennie pip Ron on the mark. Bob overtook Chris who had dipped two boats off Trefusis point and sailed into a wind shadow. The fleet swopped gybes on the dead run back to St Just. The beat back to the finish saw Gap Year win by 35 seconds ahead of Deep Purple? That was corrected to an incredible 5 minutes 30 seconds on corrected time IRC! Trifle beat Wilkie into third position by 18 seconds corrected. Close racing again.
Three Sunbeams braved the strong breeze and started after sorting the confusion of the radio message versus the signals board. They appeared to spread themselves over the course and certainly from my perspective appeared in and out of the U class beat home. Ivy sail 3, sailed by Nigel Glanville took line honours beating Lyulph Hesling sailing Pixy 7, and Wendy 9 sailed by Jeff Martin into third.
Two boats raced in W fleet with the absence of Sweet Friday at anchor as start boat. Moonshine sailed by Kevin Maclean beat Paul Jenkins sailing Zephyrus of Mylor by 6 minutes 35 on corrected time
Six B class Working boats came out to play minus their colourful topsails, which can prove difficult in strong winds! A new looking boat in a striking deep red colour hull but with a familiar sail number 29 appeared on the start. It was later revealed by John Maunder at the clubhouse that this was formerly Mildred now sailed by R Carter and renamed Nellie May. In the end Rita, sail no 18 helmed by John Peters beat Grace sail no 54 by a mere 8 seconds on corrected time into first place.
Another highly successful FSC evenings racing and big thanks to all the helpers on the committee boat, ashore in the Ops Room, behind the Bar, and in the kitchen. Well done everybody!!