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The new addition to the division one fleet at Hillarys Yacht Club, Roric Smith’s Pogo 12.5, Surfer Rosa, set a cracking pace beating into a stiff sou-wester in the race from HYC to Fremantle on Saturday.

Despite finishing up to an hour ahead of other boats, Surfer Rosa finished out of the places with Salamander (Bruce Bradford), First Impression (Ron Marian) and Dart Vader (Wayne Pitcher) taking the honours on handicap. In division two, three Vikings, Pandora sailed by Chris Grant, Blue Chip (Keith and Deborah Fisk) and Tropical Itch (Tony Brooke) took the first three places on handicap whilst consistent performer Covert Operation sailed by Graham Atkinson and Bart Brouwer was fastest. In division three Comfortably Numb skippered by Stephen O’keeffe was first and fastest ahead of Brett Bailey on Sensei.

With Surfer Rosa electing not to do the return race on Sunday, Dart Vader seized the initiative and with spinnaker flying only took half the time getting to Fremantle to complete the return race leg to Hillarys, finishing first and fastest. Seachange (Hugh Burton et al) was second with First Impression third. In division two the HYC Youth team continues to impress with a first on handicap and a close second over the line to the fastest in the fleet, Covert Operation who was second on handicap and Tropical Itch was third. The results of the previous day were repeated in division three however Sensei was not far behind Comfortably Numb with a quick run up the coast.

The Trophy, Hillarys to Fremantle and Return, based on both legs resulted in a win for Dart Vader in division one, Pandora in division two and Comfortably Numb in division three. Interestingly, only seconds separated four yachts who finished on equal points in division two, requiring the combined corrected time to award the places.

John Bird


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