New­ton’s sloop wins

Southern Telegraph - - SPORT -

More than 40 yachts raced around Man­gles Bay last month for the Cruis­ing Yacht Club’s 61st an­nual Cock­burn Sound Re­gatta.

The Kwinana In­dus­tries Coun­cil Race to Rock­ing­ham brought the bulk of the fleet down from Fre­man­tle on Box­ing Day and it was won by Ralph New­ton’s beau­ti­ful old wooden sloop Eun Na Mara.

Greg Hill’s cata­ma­ran Whip It made up for his mis­takes last year and was con­vinc­ingly the fastest boat down.

The fleet was divided into seven dif­fer­ent di­vi­sions with Eun Na Mara win­ning Di­vi­sion 1, as well as the race down from Fre­man­tle.

In Di­vi­sion 3, lo­cal skip­per Sam Threlfall sailed Lady Irene to a nar­row win from the vis­it­ing Wild­fire. Many of the big­ger boats de­cided to leave their spin­nakers at home and so the Jib and Main di­vi­sion was divided into three fleets.

In JAM 1, The Long­boat, skip­pered by Ole Ot­ness, won on a count­back from Raya. The first two places in JAM2 went to S& S 34s, with Michael Thorpe’s Soon tak­ing the honours from Swag­man’s An­drew and Vera Waldby.

Phil Somerville- Ryan’s Huck­le­berry, an­other S& S34, won the JAM2 IRC prize, demon­strat­ing the en­dur­ing na­ture of his clas­sic yacht. JAM3 was won by Deb­o­rah Fisk sailing her Vik­ing 30 Blue Chip, closely fol­lowed by Scal­ly­wag, sailed by Ash­ley Chal­lenor, Pegasus, sailed by Mark Bar­rett and Fly­ing Sor­cer­ess sailed by Anita Pic­ture: Shoot­ing the Breeze, Tracy McPhee Wyn­tje. The mul­ti­hulls di­vi­sion was won by Hill’s Whip It, Ken Woods’ Far­rier Trailer Tri 720 Louisa and last year’s win­ner Rene­gade skip­pered by Ron Stokes. While only three boats en­tered the sports­boats di­vi­sion, Gavin Tay­lor’s

river- based boat Tiger proved to be a class above, tak­ing out fastest time in all 11 races. He also won the over­all prize.

Tiger and Soon were close con­tenders for the over­all prize but it was the lat­ter who pre­vailed.

Vol­un­teers took to the wa­ter for the Cock­burn Sound Re­gatta last month.

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