Hillarys Yacht Club sailor wins with Xtreme measures

A forlorn Hard Evidence awaits a new mast.
A forlorn Hard Evidence awaits a new mast.

AFTER two recent race cancellations due to strong winds, Hillarys Yacht Club crews welcomed the moderate 10 knot south-westerly breeze on Sunday.

With his boat Hard Evidence out of action after being dis-masted racing in extremely strong winds in December, Des Riley sailed club boat Xtreme in division two for an emphatic win over Tony Brooke on Tropical Itch and HYC Training (Chris Kelly). Covert Operation (Bart Brouwer and Graham Atkinson) was fastest, taking line honours by almost six minutes.

In division one, fastest boat on the day Surfer Rosa (Roric Smith) made a costly error in rounding the wrong mark and in retracing her steps slipped to fourth on handicap.

It was enough for second over the line, Mulberry (Mark Pitt), to claim victory on handicap ahead of Perle and Lamotrek (John Akers).

In division three, Neil and Wendy Harrison sailed Deckchairs Overboard for first and fastest ahead of Show Me (Tim and Katie Tucker) and Laraine Brindle on Anastasia.

The remains of the old mast from Hard Evidence.