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February 27, 2022

North Coast Series Day 4 2022

A brisk, although fluky, south easterly breeze provided ideal sailing conditions for the fourth day of the North Coast Series keelboat racing between Hillarys Yacht Club and Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club on Sunday 27th February. The colourful spinnakers provided a spectacle for those onshore at Mullaloo Surf Club.

The wily skippers who picked the wind shifts best eked out unassailable leads for fastest times and a place in the top three.

In division one Ian Holder on Bad Habits set the standard high with fastest time in both races and a third and first place in the two races to be top boat on the day for HYC. Jeremy Leitch on Bull Bar raced well for Ocean Reef to be second across the line each time for second and fourth however Bruce Utting on Sophia was first and fifth for Hillarys. Ian Campbell on Hot Gossip was second in race two for Ocean Reef whilst Perle was third, also in race two for HYC.

Everyone had a good look at the stern of Farrouk as Des and Gail Riley cleared out for fastest time in division two in both races and second and third place for HYC. Tim Tucker on Show Me continued on where he left off after winning the HYC Rottnest races last weekend winning both races, to make it four in a row. The other minor places went to Terry O’Grady on Quicksilver, third for Ocean Reef in race one and Bart Brouwer and Graham Atkinson on Covert Operation, second for HYC in race two.

Marc Carpenter on Intuition had a great day with first and fastest in both races of division three. Peter Hibberd’s Hard Evidence was third and second whilst Rob Bills was second on Catabatic and Michael McMahon on Saxon scored his first pennant with a third placing. The four boats are from Hillarys.

With one day of racing remaining in the North Coast Series the points score is very close in all three divisions.

John Bird

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