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October 12, 2021

Opening Day Success

Sophia skippered by Bruce Utting finished second over the line but won the Commodore’s Cup on handicap in division one on Hillarys Yacht Club’s Opening Day for season 2021/22.

In the presence of Mayor Albert Jacobs from the City of Joondalup, local member for Hillarys and patron of the club, Caitlin Collins MLA declared the season open heralding a colourful sail-past of dinghies and keelboats. Acting Commodore Kerry Lewis acknowledged the many achievements of sections within the club highlighting activities in angling, dive, paddle-boards, sailing, cruising, power boating and land-based cycling, fitness walking and caravan club cruising.
The dinghy division held their Commodore’s Cup races in the morning prior to the opening with representation in Optimists, Lasers and the 125.
The keelboats went out of the calm waters of the marina after the sail-past to face a fifteen knot sou-westerly which proved challenging for the three divisions racing for the Commodore’s Cup.
Fastest on the day in division one Whispering Jack (Chelsea Bradford) and winner Sophia fought hard to get the favoured end of the start-line with both boats very close to the rock wall, however once clear they led the fleet to the finish. Perle was second with Whispering Jack third.
Des and Gail Riley celebrated a first and fastest with Farrouk in division two with Show me (Tim Tucker) second and Volant (Emille Janssen, John Ball, Frank Hagemann, Kevin Meta) third.
Eleven boats in division three enjoyed close racing with Steve OKeeffe prevailing for first and fastest on Comfortably Numb, whilst Mimosa (Tony Brooke) was second fastest and second on handicap with Echo (Tony Hanavan) third.

In the absence of Neil Harrison, away with Wayne Pitcher on Lithium in an offshore race, the ladies did a wonderful job of decorating Deckchairs Overboard in green and gold to win best-dressed yacht. Olympic rings were the highlight on Mimosa and was second.

Hillarys Yacht Club featured in the Australian Sailing Awards being recognised as the number one Discover Sailing Centre for the past year, largely due to the work of award –winning Sports Professional of the Year (WA) Adele Jackson and Aquatics Coordinator Chris Kelly.
Discover Sailing day is on again next Sunday October 17 at Hillarys Yacht Club between 9am and 12 noon for those who would like to try the facilities of the Club or sail on a dinghy or keelboat.

John Bird

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