Hil­larys crews ride high

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

IN sea­son 2016-17 Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club yachties ripped the North Coast Se­ries tro­phy from the grip of Hil­larys Yacht Club, where it had been held for three years with a con­vinc­ing win.

On Sun­day, the first of five days’ rac­ing spread over the new sea­son, Hil­larys struck the first blow in a tight con­test, nar­rowly win­ning the day.

The ac­tion was fast and fu­ri­ous in a brisk southerly breeze as the boats tacked upwind be­fore run­ning down­wind with spin­nakers for two laps, tak­ing only 30 min­utes for the elite boats.

Yachts re-grouped and did it again in race two.

Deckchairs Over­board’s Neil Har­ri­son had some­thing to prove for his vis­it­ing Sydney to Ho­bart fel­low crew­man and was first and fastest in race one for Hil­larys in divi­sion 1, while Gra­ham Atkin­son on Covert Op­er­a­tion did like­wise in race two of divi­sion 2.

Ocean Reef SSC per­formed strongly in divi­sion two with Feelin Free and Panache pick­ing up pen­nants in both races, but the over­all depth of the Hil­larys team in both di­vi­sions pre­vailed on the day for a nar­row win.

John Bird GOOD WEEK For the con­nec­tions of Winx, just the sec­ond three-time win­ner of the Cox plate and now 22 con­sec­u­tive wins to the pop­u­lar mare. For former Swan Dis­tricts player and Rich­mond premier­ship de­fender Nathan Broad, lucky to avoid sex­ting charges over the top­less medal photo scan­dal.

Winx is on a good trot. BAD WEEK

San­drine was third in both races.

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