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January 31, 2022

Beneteau by Mansfield Marine Brokers Pot of Gold and Dash for Cash

There was success for the local host club’s yachts in the Beneteau by Mansfield Marine Brokers Pot of Gold and Dash for Cash on Saturday January 29th.
Sailing out of Hillarys Yacht Club, Roric Smith’s Pogo 12.5 Surfer Rosa won on handicap in division one and Wayne Pitcher’s J122 Lithium was third whilst Ian Holder on Bad Habits was second in division two.

Starting off the north mole at Fremantle in a gentle easterly the fleet of twenty yachts headed to the southern side of Rottnest, cleared Cape Vlamingh and then aided by the incoming sea breeze powered home under spinnaker to finish off Hillarys Yacht Club.
Reaching speeds of up to twenty knots Crush, a TP 52 sailed by David Davenport was the fastest in division one completing the circumnavigation of Rottnest to reach Hillarys in just 4hrs 4mins and 21secs and third on IRC. Anthony Kirke’s Enterprise Next Generation was first on IRC with Mark Nagle’s Weapon of Choice second. The three yachts hail from Fremantle Sailing Club as does John Rayner’s Alfresco, second on handicap in division one.

Todd Giraudo who has spent half his life at HYC, now sailing out of Fremantle sailed his Sunfast 3300 Kraken into first place on handicap and also on IRC in division two. Jason Poutsma’s Stimulus Package was third on both rating systems whilst Simon Torvaldsen was second on IRC with Atomic Blonde.

Twenty one yachts competed in the separate Dash for Cash with a coastal course between Fremantle and Hillarys with long spinnaker runs in the strengthening sea breeze. Perle was first, Whispering Jack (Bruce Bradford) second and Adam’s Rib (Bob Mason and Rob Giraudo) third in division one. In division two the race was won by Show Me (Tim Tucker) followed by Tiger (Gavin Taylor) from Nedlands Yacht Club and Volant (Emille Janssen, Kevin Meta, Frank Hagemann, John Ball). Meggie 11 (Peter Twiby) also from Nedlands was first in division three with Circa (Martin Eyer) second and Tosca (Stuart Marks and Leigh Collins) third.

The presentations afterwards for this premier offshore racing event was the ideal opportunity for the sailing fraternity to farewell HYC Aquatics Manager Chris Kelly and thank him for his remarkable participation in events and contribution as race officer including nine years serving them as chairperson of Yachting WA’s Offshore Committee.
See the special feature in the March edition of Compass, coming soon.

John Bird

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