Lady skip­pers feel­ing the love

Joondalup Weekender - - News - John Bird

AT Hil­larys Yacht Club on Valen­tine’s Day the men showed their re­spect for the ladies by giv­ing up the po­si­tion of skip­per for the day in the an­nual Ladies Skip­pers’ Race.

It wasn’t bou­quets all round though as drama un­folded on the wa­ter when a man ac­ci­den­tally went over­board while the spin­naker was fly­ing, mak­ing the re­cov­ery more dif­fi­cult.

As the yacht sailed away the pro­ce­dure for man over­board prac­tised dur­ing a race of the same name, was in­sti­gated, first throw­ing the life ring, let­ting the spin­naker fly loose then re­triev­ing it and pick­ing up the swim­mer.

The five-minute dip in the ocean may have been wel­come but his mind may have been on fin shapes other than the keel and rud­der and the smile only re­turned once back on board.

Obliv­i­ous to the un­fold­ing drama nearby and in ideal con­di­tions for a cata­ma­ran, the 13 knot south-east­erly pushed Sally Malay to the front go­ing on to score a first and fastest in divi- sion one for skip­per Sarah Lid­di­ard.

Chas­ing them all the way was Hard Ev­i­dence skip­pered by Gail Ri­ley while Marie Con­boy on San­drine fin­ished third.

In divi­sion two it was an­other first and fastest with Sue Os­borne on Zin­fan­del tak­ing the hon­ours closely fol­lowed by Re­becca Ralkov­cic on HYC Train­ing and Deborah Fisk on Blue Chip.

Tales of close calls, prom­ises of more prac­tice next year and shouts of “ring the bell” could be heard at the pre­sen­ta­tions round­ing out a very dif­fer­ent Valen­tine’s Day.

A man ac­ci­den­tally went over­board on Sun­day. Top right: The 2016 lady skip­pers. Above: Marie Con­boy on San­drine.

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