Season starts in style
JOONDALUP Mayor Troy Pickard, amidst distinguished guests, office bearers and families declared the 2017/18 season at Hillarys Yacht Club open with the firing of the cannon last Sunday.
A festive atmosphere of colourful decorations, children’s activities, music and ceremony set the scene for a sail-past of yachts and power craft dressed in the theme of “sea creatures”.
A highlight was the departure of Kraken. The crowd, sensing that history was about to unfold watched on as Todd Giraudo and David (Dubbo) White set off in their Sunfast 3600 yacht, a mere 36-foot long, bound for Melbourne where they will compete in the Melbourne to Osaka (Japan) race next March.
Commodore Neil Harrison, no stranger to such races himself having been in the Fastnet race, wished them fair winds, calm seas and a safe return.
Crew and family members were almost as adventurous with their sea creature costumes which featured sharks, octopi, colourful fish, alluring mermaids and even a lobster perched half way up the mast.
The best dressed yachts in the sail-past were Zinfandel and Sandrine and best dressed power boat was The Pom’s Boat. Following the sail-past, dinghies and keelboats left the harbour to compete in the first race of the season, the prestigious Commodore’s Cup.
A 10-knot southerly was ideal to test the rusty skills of sailors and those who made the least mistakes were victorious.
Presentations of pennants and trophies followed.
Discover Sailing Day will be held at Hillarys Yacht Club on October 22 from 9am-1pm, when anyone can come and take a ride on one of the yachts.