Newton’s sloop wins
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.