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December 19, 2021

Keelboats Consistency Race 5

The light southerly breeze on Sunday morning barely moved the Hillarys Yacht Club division one fleet off the start line with three crossing early after getting in each other’s way only to be recalled to re-start. Bad Habits (Ian Holder) was one of the recalcitrant yachts however they shrugged off the misdemeanour to go on and claim a four minute win. Second was Sophia (Bruce Utting) and Perle third with Whispering Jack (Bruce Bradford) fastest.

The experience and skill of the current club champions Covert Operation (Bart Brouwer and Graham Atkinson) was evident in the fluky conditions as they crafted a big lead to finish first and fastest in division two. Blue Chip (Keith and Deborah Fisk) and Volant (Emille Janssen, Frank Hagemann, John Ball, Kevin Meta) had a great tussle finishing twenty seconds apart in second and third place on handicap.

Sailing a very quick First 35, La Premiere, Gary and Julie Beeck recorded a first and fastest in a nine yacht division three fleet. Pressing hard was Peter Hibberd on Hard Evidence finishing a minute behind for second place with Marc Carpenter on Intuition in third place.

Thank you to Rob James for these photos.

John Bird

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