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.
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.
The Commodores Perpetual Trophy Race is an annual event where Commodores of the Major Metropolitan and Country Clubs are invited to determine who the fastest Commodore on the water is. The fact that this event has continued since 1981 is an indication of how popular this race is amongst the Commodores. Although the event gives an opportunity to engage in a friendly rivalry, the racing gets very competitive with club pride at stake.
Sunday brought a perfect day with offshore E/SE winds moderating in the afternoon to a gently but fluky breeze. FSC were (once again) the perfect hosts, providing a great lunch, the biggest chocolate mud cake I have ever seen and exceptional organisation. Rear Commodore (FSC) Gary Webb also provided his power boat for VIP’s. There were 13 commodores and 13 yachts (well done Dick to organise the boats). As always the draw for commodore and boats was completed before lunch. The race was well fought with Sulphur giving Huckleberry a good race for fastest. It was nearly as keenly fought as the match race for last over the line between Roma II and Seashell, which resulted in a port starboard call on the finish line, there was less than a boat length between the finishing pair.
From the Association Newsletter:
On Sunday 12th April the Commodores of ten yacht clubs and their wives along with owners and their wives of eight S&S 34’s enjoyed a delightful smorgasbord luncheon compliments of Fremantle Sailing Club. Continue reading