UK FIREFIGHTERS SAILING CHALLENGE

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11th-14th May 2020

Event Over

UKFSC 2019 Round Up

Well, it’s been nearly two months since #UKFSC2019 and we thought we’d jog your memories about this years’ event.

Due to the unprecedented demand for yachts, we decided to trial a two fleet regatta using both   Sunsail F40 and Fairview Oceanis 37 and we welcomed our first entry from outside the UK and Northern Ireland, Biale Mewy (white seagulls) from Poland, and what an impact they made!

As usual, the Monday was used by the majority of crews as a familiarisation and training day with the opening ceremony being held at The Port House in Port Solent where skippers were introduced and issued with crew shirts. This was followed by a buffet meal, attended by many of our sponsors including some new faces, giving them the opportunity to meet the crews and get a feel for the event.

Tuesday and day 1 of racing was just about perfect, with enough breeze to get us off to a good start and plenty of sunshine. The Sunsail spinnaker fleet’s day was dominated by North West Ambulance 2 (The Northern Keelers) with three wins and a second. White sail fleet was led at the end of the day by The Siren Sisters. The Fairview fleet was topped by a faultless performance by Warwickshire with a string of first places.

Tuesday evening again began in Cowes with the ever popular ‘Pontoon Party’ with food and drink supplied by sponsors and regional brews from the crews themselves, special thanks to The Beer Emporium, Cheshire for providing two kegs of their excellent ales, Hampshire FRS’ ‘Snatch Rescue’ did the honours music wise and a fantastic performance got the crowd jumping.  The Cowes pubs saw a brisk trade after which it seems that the Polish boats’ hospitality took its toll on a few of the more hardy crewmembers in the form of industrial strength Vodka.

Wednesday and the final day of the UKFSC championship dawned fine and bright for those that hadn’t overindulged (were there any?) and the Sunsail race committee again set some brilliant courses for the conditions. An impromptu demonstration of our Platinum sponsor EMILY’s lifesaving device, gave racers a close up view of its impressive abilities. Day 2 for the Sunsail spinnaker fleet was a rerun of day 1 with the Northern Keelers’ discard being a third place giving them a total of eight points for the eight races! Unbeatable. The Siren Sisters finished a creditable tenth place overall and took the white sail crown. The Fairview fleet was won by Warwickshire with an astonishing seven points from eight races with the White Seagulls from Poland taking second spot on the podium. So final positions for the competition were:

1st Sunsail spinnaker class              NW Ambulance The Northern Keelers

1st Fire Service Yacht                       Hampshire Bulldog

1st Sunsail white sail class              The Siren Sisters

1st Fairview Oceanis 37                  Warwickshire

The Paul Mahon Endeavour trophy for the crew that most embodied the spirit of the event went to, without a shadow of a doubt, Biale Mewy  for their prodigious vodka consumption, their choral input and of course their sailing ability.

View their video here

 

A new table layout had to be arranged at the gala dinner and prize giving to allow for the increased number of crew and sponsors attending. As ever the food was excellent and our guest speaker for the evening, Jono Macbeth enthralled us with an insight into what it takes to be an Americas Cup sailor and the technology of today’s yachts.

Charity cheques were presented to:

The Firefighter’s Charity

Bembridge RNLI (nominated by Hampshire Bulldog)

Winchester neonatal unit (nominated by Jono Macbeth)

North West Air Ambulance (nominated by the Northern Keelers, donated by The Beer Emporium)

Prostate Cancer UK

 

 

Thursday saw another bright start for the Passage Back race. A difficult task for the race committee was to try to set course for both fleets that would allow them to compete fairly and give up a single winner. This they achieved admirably and after approximately four and a half hours racing, Warwickshire took line honours in a Fairview Oceanis 37 from starting eighteen minutes behind the start boat.

Huge thanks go out to:

Our sponsors, without whom the event couldn’t happen in its present form. Please support them.

Sunsail for providing the F40s

Fairview for the Oceanis 37

Jon and Karen the race committee from Sunsail

Dave, Dan, Clive, Terry and Ian, the support crew. Just wouldn’t happen without you guys. Legends!

Last but definitely not least, you guys for coming and making the event what it is!

Dates for next year: 11th– 14th May 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted July 01, 2019 in: Uncategorized by Pip Dwyer