Sea­son cli­max close

Joondalup Weekender - - September 2017 Voice -

IDEAL sail­ing con­di­tions pre­vailed for the penul­ti­mate win­ter race held off Hil­larys on Sun­day.

With a hand­i­cap start the short­ened course didn’t suit the back­mark­ers and most un­usual for them, they fin­ished last in all three di­vi­sions.

In divi­sion one, Hard Ev­i­dence (Des Ri­ley and Mar­shall Fox) con­tin­ued on her win­ning way, lead­ing from the front and was never headed, fin­ish­ing ahead of Mul­berry (Mark Pitt) and fastest on the day, Surfer Rosa (Roric Smith).

Eight yachts con­tested divi­sion two in a very close race with Blue Chip (Keith and Deb­o­rah Fisk) first, fol­lowed by Greg Hill sail­ing Not Ne­go­tiable and Tony Brooke on Trop­i­cal Itch, third.

In their con­tin­u­ing tus­sle for fastest, Xtreme (HYC Youth Squad) held sway over Covert Oper­a­tion (Bart Brouwer and Gra­ham Atkin­son).

In divi­sion three Pan­dora (Chris Kelly) led all the way to com­fort­ably record her third win of the se­ries from Brett and Lynda Bai­ley on Sen­sei and the fastest yacht, Cata­batic (Rob Bills).

While the win­ter se­ries win­ner is pretty clear for di­vi­sions one and three, four yachts tied on 16 points in divi­sion two, Show Me, Xtreme, Not Ne­go­tiable and Helga, will fight it out in the last race next week­end to see who will have brag­ging rights un­til the sum­mer sea­son starts Oc­to­ber 8.

John Bird

Back mark­ers Covert Oper­a­tion, Surfer Rosa and Cata­batic.

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