31st Annual Commodores’ Trophy Race

The 31st Annual Commodores’ race was sailed on Sunday 10th April 2011 in a north easterly breeze that threatened to be punishing, but by start time had moderated to a perfect 14-18 knots. Once again the Association tried hard to provide a full fleet of S&S 34s, and did so with a boat to spare (many thanks to Peter Tait with Grey Goose for being our reserve boat).

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28th Annual Commodores’ Trophy Race

The 28th Annual Commodores’ race was preceded by a day of heavy rain, no wind and cancelled races. After an anxious period of calm in the early morning a gentle 12 knot NW breeze arrived. Unfortunately Le Jag was unable to start due to damaging the roller furler whilst lowering the mast. Morning Tide had to race under a jury rigged staysail after the roller reefing genoa separated at the luff – particularly annoying for Jim as the sail wasn’t very old. Swagman suffered stripped backstay adjuster and had to remove it just prior to the race to be replaced with a steel plate (which Bill Walby insisted be kept on board for just such an emergency!).

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27th Annual Commodores’ Trophy Race

Fremantle Sailing Clubs famous hospitality offset at least a little of the damp/blustery conditions the crews of 11 S&S34’s observed from FSC's balcony just prior to the start of the 27th Commodores Trophy Race. By the time the luncheon and wine had been polished off (one brave crew actually took a bottle of red out with them – not sure how much of that got drunk!) the wind had lifted to 17-20 knots and it didn’t take long for the fleet to get from the shelter of the marina to the start line just off Fremantle harbour.

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26th Annual Commodores’ Trophy Race

The 26th Annual Commodores race started out with grey sky’s, a choppy sea and stiff 20 knot breeze. A majority of the fleet chose reefed mains and conservative headsails. Predictably the racing boys (Swagman and Constellation) tore off on a fast port start with full mainsails. SuperStar followed close on their heals for a while but all three were closed on (and SuperStar passed) at the first mark by Perie Banou III, whose skipper obviously chose to navigate as well as sail.

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Roma II’s Commodores Race (Steve Laws)

It was rather a strange experience being back aboard Roma after selling her to Jon & Nadia. During lunch Jane and Nadia decided that the VIP boat look more comfortable than racing and thus deserted! For the second year in a row FSC commodore Peter Hector drew Roma II. I’m sure he really wanted one of the racing S&S34’s so the 25 year record of FSC never winning the Commodores Race could be broken. He put a very brave face on it and smiled and said he was happy to back on board. We attempted to start at the pin end of the line, were a bit earlier and but sailed down the line, chucked in a quick (well nearly quick) tack and started mid fleet. After tacking back to port we seemed to be going ok.

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