Hine Downing series, 29/07/14

A brisk wind blew down the Penryn river at 4pm Tuesday 29th July. “What's this wind going to do?” was the refrain from Paul Collins (Moonlighter) the Race Officer. Forty two boats turned out and made toward the committee boat anchored on the eastern shore of Carrick Roads. Four Multihulls took off in a moderating wind and Steve Hutt in Cornish Meadow was the clear winner. Flying CircusNext The 7 boats in Q class were led by Robbie Tregear in Per ElisaPer Elisa, fresh back from the world half ton cup in St Quay Portreaux France. Five Sunbeams came out (six had Ivy not made the start line) and Neil Andrew in Verity finished on the podium. At some stage Lyulph Hesling in Pixy decided to have a brief interlude from racing and parked on the eastern shore being rescued by a passing RIB. The five boats in E class were shown how to start by John Fox in the aptly named Excelle. However John rounded a mark the wrong way and had to go back, unwind his course then reround the mark. Well done as in the end he came second to John Beavis in Tresillian. Three boats went off in the white sail fleet, Len Cheshire in Sweet Friday showed them a clean pair of heels as he avoided the Trefusis Point parking lot. U class fielded 11 boats. There were a few issues at the very short line between Outsider and Deep Purple in very close quarters with Wilkie and with Popincoota playing water ballet not far behind. Mandy Owens in Aurora took line honours after a brief encounter close to the finish line. Seven B class working boats had some close racing with Arthur Williams in Winnie taking the first place.

Magpie of MylorAnother seven gaffers of G class went in reverse, starting from the club line and sailing up The Penryn River. Our President of FSC, Roger Little, was the race officer and the 7 boats disappeared toward Penryn (be careful up there!) but luckily they all returned unscathed. Mike Maguire the class captain (Dragonfly) showed them his mettle and took resounding line honours.

Not quite the 50 boats again and with Falmouth Week 10th to 16th August fast approaching a couple of extra boats will be more than welcome. A big thanks to all the staff behind the scenes: the launch driver, committee boat staff, race officer, ops room staff, results guru, bar and kitchen. Thanks for a great evening's sport.

Chris Jelliss