Wind in their sails

North Coast Weekender - - News - John Bird

HIL­LARYS Yacht Club held its penul­ti­mate race of the sea­son on Sun­day, with yachts sail­ing to Min­darie and back.

With spin­nakers fly­ing, the yachts set sail in a mod­er­ate and fluky south-easterly breeze for a quick run up the coast.

Pick­ing wind shifts and de­cid­ing which side of Burns Beach rocks to sail were key to the for­tunes of many.

Mul­berry (Mark Pitt) in her first race back af­ter mast re­pairs was a clear win­ner for line hon­ours in di­vi­sion one but on hand­i­cap was sec­ond to Perle (John Bird) with Hard Ev­i­dence (Des Ri­ley and Mar­shall Fox) third.

In di­vi­sion two, although Covert Op­er­a­tion (Bart Brouwer and Graham Atkin­son) fin­ished ahead of Helga

(Mark Tay­lor) for line hon­ours, on hand­i­cap those po­si­tions were re­versed with Pandora (Chris Kelly) third. In di­vi­sion three, Cata­batic (Rob Bills) was fastest and sec­ond on hand­i­cap with Sana II (Brian Buz­zard) first and Sen­sei (Brett Bai­ley) third.

A lunch was had be­fore the hard slog back to Hil­larys af­ter a 14 knot sea

breeze filled in whilst the sailors were en­sconced in the restau­rant.

In the re­turn race a tack­ing duel in di­vi­sion one be­tween Deckchairs Over­board (Neil Har­ri­son), Dart Vader (Wayne Pitcher) and Perle con­tin­ued right to the fin­ish line with the three boats fin­ish­ing in that order a minute apart.

San­drine, Deckchairs Over­board and Hard Ev­i­dence.

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