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April 19, 2021

Ladies Skippers’ Race

The experience gained by being part of the Hillarys Yacht Club team for the State Women’s Keelboat Championships paid off for several of the crew when they took the helm in the annual Ladies Skippers’ race on April 18th.
The winning female skippers of the three divisions came from the team and in helming the quicker boats in an easterly breeze that faded towards the end of the race, not surprisingly they also recorded the fastest time. However despite the gentle breeze this was not an easy race with wind shifts and tight spinnaker runs challenging the skippers.
Sonia Johnson had the helm of Deckchairs Overboard and was first and fastest in division one followed by Julie Beeck skippering her own boat La Premiere and Tracy Utting steering Sophia.
In division two Gail Riley skippered their recently acquired yacht Farrouk for a first and fastest result ahead of Eleanor Wise on Blue Chip and Leeann Mohi on Sheer Magic.
Three of the skippers of the division three yachts were team mates for the State Championships with Ilona Malinowski successful on Salamander (first and fastest) with Magda Urban at the helm of Stelfred in second place and Sally Simmonds on Sensei third.
The enthusiasm of the women was evident when two yachts struggling to complete the race with little wind stayed out there, refusing to give in and did finish albeit minutes inside the cut-off limit. A stark contrast to the conditions for last week’s race to Mindarie in very strong winds associated with the cyclone.

John Bird

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