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June 17, 2020

First Winter Race

After three months of lockdown there was more excitement amongst the skippers and crews than when the pub restrictions were eased as seventeen yachts burst out of the Hillarys Yacht Club marina for the first winter race last Sunday.

Ryan Binedell skippered Whispering Jack to be first across the line after the handicap start in division one also recording the fastest time. Mark Pitt on Mulberry was second, the first of four Beneteau First 35 yachts followed by Deckchairs Overboard (Neil and Wendy Harrison), Haywire (Ian and Marie Conboy) and the new addition La Premiere (Gary and Julie Beeck).

In division two HYC Training (Chris Kelly) was first with Covert Operation (Bart Brouwer and Graham Atkinson) second and fastest and Volant (Emille Janssen, John Ball, Frank Hagemann and Kevin Meta) third.

Racing her own boat, Indi for the first time, Ilona Malinowska finished second to Sensei (Brett and Lynda Bailey) in division three.

John Bird

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