HILLARYS Yacht Club hosted its premier regatta for the season over three days last weekend.
Events for the IRC championship, Pot of Gold, Dash for Cash and dinghies drew sailors from river clubs and Fremantle to join the locals at Hillarys.
The visitors, many of whom regularly compete in offshore races, enjoyed close racing with only minutes separating the placegetters after four hours of sailing for the Pot of Gold.
Best in IRC division one was The Next Factor (Dave Walling) closely followed by Paul Arns skippering Obsession and Mark Nagle on Weapon of Choice.
In IRC division two, Ian Clyne was first and fastest on Joss with Sante (Simon Prosser) and Chris Higham on Argo second and third respectively.
Eric Gath skippering Stimulus Package was first in IRC division three followed by Dynamic (Laurie Flynn) and Soon (Michael Thorpe).
The double handed IRC division was a three-way contest between Hillarys yachts with Low Flying Duck (Ryan Binedell) supreme, Kraken (Todd Giraudo) second and Dart Vader (Wayne Pitcher) third.
The regatta also included several windward-leeward short races and the longer passage race for the Shepherdess Cup.
The Dash for Cash, an event for the HYC sailors, was sailed in a very light easterly that varied in direction and eventually gave way to the weak sea breeze.
Surfer Rosa was fastest in division one.
However the handicap honours went to Sally Malay (Ian Walker), Lamotrek (John Akers) and First Impression (Ron Marian).
In division two, Graham Atkinson sailed Covert Operation superbly to record a first and fastest with the minor places going to Blue Chip (Keith and Deborah Fisk) and Zinfandel (Sue and Gary Osborne).
In division three Steve O’Keefe on Comfortably Numb had a close duel with Rob Bills on Catabatic who took line honours however on handicap Comfortably Numb was first with Sana II (Brian and Rita Buzzard) second and Sensei (Brett and Lynda Bailey) third.
The placegetters appreciated the bags of $2 coins as their winnings.