Sea­son starts in style

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

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.

John Bird

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