Hine Downing series, 22/07/14

The wind was fickle at FSC on the early evening of 22nd July. A sea breeze front was evident but having traveled from Playing Place the wind was northerly so what to do?

Len Cheshire was the race officer and wisely set the committee boat on the eastern shore.

A southerly breeze turned into a northerly but wisely Len decided as it was the charity race in aid of the Cornwall Air Ambulance everyone would start and race. He set race officer's choice for the faster boats round Pendennis mark and finish, and Governor and finish for the slower boats.

Per Elisa took off like a long dog in Q class and won the race IRC rating. Encore won on NHC and David Cunliffe took the prizes belatedly at the club.

Jon Peters took Rita to a win in B class, though Victory had line honours. John Fox took Excelle, a Sigma 33, to victory in E classes, both IRC and NHC.

Sue with KatySue Grigg sailed Katy to a good win in G class showing her skills in light airs.

Mayfly sailed by Ray Steadman won the Sunbeam class. Nigel Glanville's 'new' Sunbeam Ivy makes a welcome addition to the fleet, and surely once he gets to grips with her he will be as competitive as he was in Morwennel. Amneris sailed by Mike Robson romped home in W class.

Jennie Jelliss sailing Outsider had a brilliant start hoisting the kite on starboard pole and leading the fleet all the way to the Governor buoy and then a beat to the club line. A slight technical hitch where the mainsail outhaul detached gave cause for concern on the final few tacks up the harbour as they were chased by Popincoota, Wilkie and Aurora. However the lead was good enough to secure victory on both NHS and IRC rating.

Well done Len Cheshire for ensuring we all started and all finished on a fickle wind. Thanks to Martin leach for taking the committee boat, standing in for Kay Price. Thanks to Inez on the radio and Sue, Jeanette and Malcolm for the ops room well done FSC for another great event.

Chris Jelliss