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Opening Day Ceremonies and Commodore's Cup race results


The Member for Hillarys Peter Katsambanis MLA, amidst distinguished guests, office bearers and families declared the season for 2019-20 of Hillarys Yacht Club open with the firing of the cannon on Sunday, October 6th. A festive atmosphere of colourful decorations, children’s activities, music and ceremony set the scene for a sail-past of yachts and power craft dressed in the theme of “Vikings”.

Newly elected Commodore, Fred Gere highlighted the achievements and opportunities in the various sections of angling, diving, power boating, keelboat, cruising and dinghy sailing within the Club. All of which are available to the public during the month of October on a ”come and try” basis. Discover Sailing Day at Hillarys Yacht Club is on Sunday October 20th.

Underlining new initiatives in the Club, stand-up paddle boarders, authentically dressed as Vikings, gave a demonstration of skills for an appreciative audience.

As a precursor to the traditional sail-past several elite laser sailors displayed their techniques of tacking, gybing and capsize recovery.

The feature event of the day is the Commodore’s Cup and this year was sailed in a very strong southerly and unfortunately resulted in four retirements in the keelboat’s race and one was dis-masted. Fortunately Whitford’s Sea Rescue was able to assist and tow in the stricken yacht.

In the comfort of the Clubhouse, presentations to the placegetters of both the dinghies and keelboats in the Commodore’s Cup were a welcome relief for some whilst others contemplated repairs needed before doing it all again next week.


Commodore’s Cup Results


Optimist Open: 1. Beached Az (S Williams) 2. Sea Ya (B Graham) 3. Sink or Swim (B Vitale Jones).

Laser 4.7: 1. Mr Potato Head (A Gardner) 2. Cheeky (A Tucker) 3. Dingo (J Finnigan).

Combined Laser Fleet: 1. Hang Loose (M Graham) 2. Maxed Out (B Taylor) 3. Aurora (H Bishop).


Division one: 1. Dart Vader (S Eiszle & N Ireland) 2. Perle (J Bird) 3 and fastest Lithium (W Pitcher).

Division two: 1 and fastest Covert Operation (B Brouwer & G Atkinson) 2. HYC Training (C Kelly) 3. Panache (G & R James).

Division three: 1 & fastest Jack Tar (B Gilbert) 2. Comfortably Numb (S Okeefe) 3. Catabatic (R Bills).




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