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February 1, 2021

Pot of Gold and Dash for Cash

Hillarys Yacht Club hosted Offshore Racing WA for the annual premier event Pot of Gold and the alternative entry event Dash for Cash on Saturday January 30th. With twenty four yachts from Fremantle, Royal Perth, Royal Freshwater Bay, East Fremantle and Hillarys yacht clubs, the Pot of Gold entrants started at Fremantle and proceeded on a course around Rottnest before finishing at Hillarys whilst the entrants in the Dash for Cash, all from Hillarys Yacht Club started at Fremantle and followed a course of twenty nautical miles between Fremantle and Hillarys.
Strong to begin with, the easterly breeze fluctuated in strength and direction and eventually gave way to the incoming sea breeze making sail selection and trimming paramount.
In the Dash for Cash, division one Australia Day race winner Sophia (Bruce Utting) continued the success with a win followed by Perle and Whispering Jack (Bruce Bradford) who was fastest whilst Perle was first on IRC. In division two Show Me (Tim Tucker) was first with fastest on the day, Covert Operation (Bart Brouwer and Graham Atkinson) second and Blue Chip (Keith and Deborah Fisk) third.
In division three single-handedly, Chris Blackney, sailed Vaya Con Dios to victory with Salamander (John Swift) second and Tosca (Stuart Marks and Leigh Collins) third.
Hillarys’ yachts to do well in the Pot of Gold included Lithium (Wayne Pitcher) first on handicap in division one with Surfer Rosa (Roric Smith) third.
Joss (Ian Clyne) from Royal Freshwater Bay YC was first on IRC in division one and in division two it was former HYC sailor Todd Giraudo first on IRC on Kraken with Fourth Dimension (Lyn Powell and Ian Whitehead) from Fremantle SC first on handicap. Fastest around Rottnest in the Pot of Gold was Craig Carter on Indian.
Sponsor Mansfield Marine was on hand to present pennants and pots of gold coin treasure to winners and placegetters who enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of HYC well into the night.
An earlier start and a shortened course for the return Shepherdess Cup on Sunday enabled sailors to join the flotilla of yachts welcoming Jon Sanders home to Fremantle from his eleventh circumnavigation of the planet.

John Bird

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