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February 20, 2022

Hillarys to Rottnest and Return Ocean Races

Roric Smith skippering Surfer Rosa overcame a slow start in fickle almost non-existent north-easterly to power away when the sea breeze arrived to be first and fastest in division one in the annual race to Rottnest from Hillarys Yacht Club. In the return race the following day Surfer Rosa was well ahead in a light south-easterly and with the arrival of a stronger sea breeze the rest of the fleet came with it reducing her lead. Capitalising on good spinnaker runs Perle made sufficient ground to be first on handicap. In only their second outing after refurbishing Dart Vader, Scott Eiszele and Neil Ireland were second in both races with Bruce Utting on Sophia third going to Rottnest.

In division two Tim Tucker on Show Me was first in both races with Des and Gail Riley on Farrouk second on the way over and third on the way back. Keith and Deborah Fisk’s Blue Chip was third going over and second coming back. Covert Operation with Graham Atkinson and Bart Brouwer was fastest both ways but had to settle for fourth place in both races. All four had a great spinnaker battle coming from Rottnest never being more than metres from each other, providing a colourful spectacle and then finishing within a couple of minutes of each other.

Jos Colvin on Oceans 11, a trailer-sailor, went one, two in a division three debut proving to be quicker than some of the heavier cruising yachts. Oceans 11 was second to Ilona Malinowski’s Indi on the return journey. Second going to Rottnest was Leigh Collins and Stuart Marks on Tosca with Marc Carpenter on Intuition third. Peter Hibberd on Hard Evidence was fastest coming from Rottnest but had to settle for third place in a very healthy ten-boat fleet.

John Bird

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