Joondalup Weekender - - News - John Bird

IT was a win-win for Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club and Hil­larys Yacht Club on the fi­nal race day of the North Coast Se­ries sailed in the wa­ters off Mul­laloo Beach last Sun­day.

While the beach­go­ers swel­tered in 40C heat, the com­pe­ti­tion off­shore was even hot­ter.

Need­ing to make up a huge deficit in points, Ocean Reef won the day but their huge ef­fort fell just short and Hil­larys won the se­ries over­all.

Lead­ing the charge for Ocean Reef was Michael Eldridge in Sap­phire win­ning all three races in divi­sion two, ably sup­ported by Paul Phipps in Kel­lamity Jayne and Ge­off James sail­ing Panache.

Cata­batic (Rob Bills) made a wel­come re­turn to rac­ing for Hil­larys, pick­ing up the only pen­nant, and fastest in race three.

Other Hil­larys yachts to fin­ish close be­hind were Far­rouk (Lee Bur­rows and Rod Her­na­man), fastest in two races, Pinta (Kevin Stacey), Xtreme (John Ca­ble) and

Covert Op­er­a­tion (Bart Brouwer and Gra­ham Atkin­son).

In divi­sion one it was a sim­i­lar story with Ian Camp­bell on Miss­ing Linck pick­ing up pen­nants in all three races for Ocean Reef.

How­ever Hil­larys fought back with Bad Habits sailed by Ian Holder win­ning two races and Des Ri­ley on Hard Ev­i­dence to­gether with San­drine (Ian Con­boy) pick­ing up valu­able places.

Bad Habits and Leda (Frank Centa from Ocean Reef) had a great tus­sle for fastest time in each race with Bad Habits win­ning twice and Leda once. The end re­sult af­ter 10 races sailed over the sea­son was Hil­larys 320 points to fin­ish ahead of Ocean Reef on 405 points, thus re­tain­ing the tro­phy for the third con­sec­u­tive year.

The over­all placeget­ters in divi­sion one were Bad Habits (first), Hard Ev­i­dence and Leda; while in divi­sion two Pinta was top boat fol­lowed by Far­rouk and Dolken sailed by Ken Treen of Ocean Reef.

The on-wa­ter ri­valry gave way to rev­elry as all crews en­joyed the hos­pi­tal­ity of Hil­larys for the tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion.

HYC skip­pers Gra­ham Atkin­son and John Ak­ers with the tro­phy and all the skip­pers in the se­ries.

Miss­ingLinck hot on the tail of San­drine as they near the fin­ish line.

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