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March 21, 2022

North Coast Series Final Day: HYC and ORSSC

A light south-easterly that gave way to a stronger sea breeze later in the morning provided excellent yet varied conditions for the final day of racing in the North Coast Series between yachts from Hillarys Yacht Club and Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club on Sunday March 20.

Scott Forrest’s Etchell Whim A Way from Ocean Reef excelled winning the first race in division one from Hillarys yacht Bad Habits (Ian Holder) who was fastest with Oceans 11 (Ian Conboy), another Ocean Reef yacht, third. When the breeze picked up, the heavier Hillarys yacht Perle relished the conditions to cross the line second and first on handicap in the second race. Fastest again was Bad Habits and finished second with Whim A Way third.

Keith and Deborah Fisk’s Blue Chip forged ahead in the first race for division two to be first and fastest ahead of Volant (Emille Janssen, Kevin Meta, John Ball and Frank Hagemann) and Covert Operation (Bart Brouwer and Graham Atkinson). It was much closer racing in the stronger breeze and Farrouk (Des and Gail Riley) powered home under spinnaker to finish first but second on handicap behind Volant with Covert Operation third.

In division three Marc Carpenter on Intuition won both races and was fastest in race two with Catabatic (Rob Bills) equal second in the first race and third in the second race whilst Hard Evidence (Peter Hibberd), fastest in race one and equal second was also second in the second race. If you can follow that then you probably would appreciate the Two Ronnies doing their “four candles” or was it “fork handles” skit.

The overall series wins went to Whim A Way from Ocean Reef with Hillarys yachts Bad Habits and Perle taking the minor places in division one; Volant in division two ahead of Blue Chip and Farrouk (all from Hillarys) and Intuition in division three followed by Hard Evidence and Catabatic, also from Hillarys.

Many thanks to the volunteers on the start boat, those who put out the marks for the course and the handicapper, without your efforts there would be no racing.

John Bird

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