The finale of the Tuesday Hine Downing series came with a dying zephyr of a sea breeze and two large shipping movements. Top marks to Sue Grigg the race officer who positioned the committee boat between Governor buoy and the eastern arm of the docks. She made up courses to suit the wind and commercial traffic and managed a finish for all classes (except the eponymous Sunbeams) off Sunbeam mark near Trefusis Head as the very strong tide started to sluice out of the harbour.
Rupert Kidd in Fiery had a walkover in M class as the sole multihull. Q class saw Tony Cook sail Jackdaw to a clear victory. Geoff Davies in Scorpion although 4th over the finish line made 1st place on corrected time in E class. In V class Barney Peters and Ben Carne showed their mettle sailing the Sunbeam Vanity into 1st place. Len Cheshire showed the W fleet a first place in Sweet Friday beating Jack Penty in Noon Hi, on corrected time.
U fleet with ten boats competing saw a start line split. Some boats coming down the line on starboard tack while others elected a port tack start to almost make the Governor Buoy in one tack. Gap Year sailed by Lennie Trenoweth took 1st place on IRC handicap while Ron Jones in Deep Purple was declared winner on NHC handicap
Alan Perham in Clementine had line honours in G class
Finally David Carne secured Victory in Victory in the B class Falmouth working boats.
The 45 yachts made an impressive sight on a beautiful evening. The sun set ever earlier and a huge fiery harvest moon came over the eastern shore to say farewell to evening sailing save the pursuit series next week.
Huge thanks to Kay Price for providing the committee boat. And to every volunteer who manned the committee boat and the ops room. These unsung heroes man the radio, spot the competing yachts, sound the start horn, raise and lower start flags and take the finish times, collate the results and print them for all to see during the apres sail supper and bar. Thanks too to our sponsors, and finally thanks to all you competitors without whom FSC would not be so successful.
Chris Jelliss, Commodore FSC