Stirling Times

Ladies lead way

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EXPERIENCE gained as part of the Hillarys Yacht Club team for the State Women’s Keelboat Championsh­ips paid off for several of the crew when they took the helm in the annual Ladies Skippers’ race on April 18.

The winning female skippers of the three divisions came from the team and in helming the quicker boats in an easterly breeze that faded towards the end of the race, they also recorded the fastest time.

Sonia Johnson had the helm of Deckchairs Overboard and was first and fastest in division one followed by Julie Beeck skippering her own boat La Premiere and Tracy Utting steering Sophia.

In division two Gail Riley skippered Farrouk for a first and fastest result ahead of Eleanor Wise on Blue Chip and Leeann Mohi on Sheer Magic.

Three of the skippers of the division three yachts were teammates for the State championsh­ips with Ilona Malinowski successful on Salamander (first and fastest) with Magda Urban at the helm of Stelfred in second place and Sally Simmonds on Sensei third.

It was a stark contrast to the conditions for last week’s race to Mindarie in very strong winds associated with the cyclone.

 ?? Picture: John Bird ?? Tracy Utting on the helm of Sophia.
Picture: John Bird Tracy Utting on the helm of Sophia.

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