ON THE COAST
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.