Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club and Hillarys Yacht Club race in North Coast Series

Hot Gossip powers to second place in race two.
Hot Gossip powers to second place in race two.

DAY two of the North Coast Series on Sunday looked promising for Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club when Frank Centa sailed Leda into first and fastest in division one.

Whim A Way (Mick Caufield) assisted their cause with a second placing.

However, Hillarys Yacht Club made up some ground with Bad Habits (Ian Holder) and Whispering Jack (Bruce Bradford) third and fourth.

In division two, Deborah Fisk skippered Blue Chip into first and fastest for Hillarys with Volant (Klaus Scheckel) third and for Ocean Reef, Panache (Geoff James) was second.

In a see-sawing battle Panache went one better in the second race with a first and fastest despite losing then recovering a man overboard.

Volant and Blue Chip were second and third respectively for Hillarys.

The second race for division one saw a reversal of form with Perle first, Hard Evidence third and Bad Habits fourth for Hillarys whilst Ocean Reef’s Hot Gossip was second.

At the end of the day’s racing, Ocean Reef had maintained their lead established on day one, however the points margin was reduced to just five – 168 to 173. Three days of racing remain in the series.

Strong breeze for consistency race

A STRONG sea breeze kept some yachts in their pens and caused four retirements in Hillarys Yacht Club’s consistency race on November 11.

However for those who remained on course it was a physically demanding challenge in the 20-plus knot wind.

In the second consistency race held off Hillarys the Pogo 12.5 Surfer Rosa went like a rocket to score first and fastest in division one for Roric Smith with Hard Evidence and Perle filling the minor places after an enthralling duel around the course between the two.

Mark Taylor skippered Helga into first place in division two and also the Viking Cup. Farrouk was second whilst Covert Operation was third but fastest on the day.

Commodore Neil Harrison took the covers of Deckchairs Overboard for the second week in a row and competed in division three for a first and fastest with De la Mer second and newcomer Echo (Tony Hanavan) third.

Tales of sails ripping and gear failure exemplified the tough conditions however they didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the hardy sailors to go again next week, preferably in more moderate conditions.