UKFSC 2017

#UKFSC2017 is well and truly over and we hope you had a great time, we certainly did!!

Opening night at The Port House was well attended and it was great to see so many of our sponsors and supporters there as well as competitors. Thanks to Sally and her team at Vanilla Catering for an excellent evening.

The weather was kind to us this year apart from the first day when we struggled for wind. The race committee persevered and we were able to get one race away.

Our pontoon party at Cowes Yacht Haven was a roaring success once again and many thanks got to Alex and his team for the Barbeque (although BBQ doesn’t really do it justice) The Duke of York, Cowes for their invaluable help, HFRS band Snatch Rescue for the entertainment,  The Dartmoor Brewery for their fine ales and our support team for facilitating our fun and enjoyment.

Day two and the wind was better, good racing around brilliantly set courses ensured everyone on the water had a great day, apart from one crew member from  London 3 who ended up being casevacced by Cowes RNLI after a serious fall. Thanks to them for a quick and efficient turnout.

Prizegiving in Cowes followed the usual routine and it was a pleasure to welcome Dee Caffari as our guest speaker for the evening, a spellbinding insight into the world of solo round the world sailing.

First past the post yet again was Mason King (Met Police 2) with another faultless performance, and the overall Fire Service winners were The Magenta Project (HFRS) at their first attempt. Well done ladies and we hope to see you back next year. The fabulous Gordon Alder and Team Cosmo took white sail honours. Full results can be found here.

Cheques for £1500 were presented to: The Firefighter’s Charity, RNLI Cowes, The Magenta Project and Sail 4 Cancer. Thanks to everybody involved for making this possible.

The MJ Quinn Passage Back race was again a triumph for the race committee, and a hugely exciting and exhausting last beat up the mainland shore left several boats vying for the top spot. Mason King once again taking line honours, with Adrian Murphy (HFRS 4) coming in a close second. We were delighted to see Ed Smith and our sponsors MJ Quinn take the white sail trophy. Results available here.

Three  stalwarts of the event will sadly not be with us next year, Mason King who has shown us the way home on more occasions than we wish to remember, best of luck to him in the future. Mick Stead, the father of the modern event, will be facing new challenges in his seventieth year and was presented with a memento by Mick Norman, not a dry eye in the house! Last, but certainly not least, Mick Quinn and his team at MJ Quinn have supported us not only in sponsorship over many years but in advice, facilities and friendship and we hope that the Paul Mahon trophy, won this year by Gordon Alder and Team Cosmo, will keep their association with this event alive. We will miss all three and our eternal thanks go them for their contribution to the UKFSC. Don’t be strangers!!

We were saddened to hear of the recent death of retired Station Manager Paul McCartney at the age of just 59. Paul served with West Yorkshire FRS and was a regular competitor in the UKFSC . Our condolences to his family,friends and colleagues.

All photos (thank you Vic and Boyd) are available here.

Finally, a huge thank you to all our sponsors, supporters and all who make the event what it is, we couldn’t do it without your help.

Dates for #UKFSC2018 have yet to be finalised (we have provisional dates of 7-10 May) but we will inform you all when we have them set in stone.





Posted June 12, 2017 in: Race Updates by Pip Dwyer