Sailing: Hillarys Yacht Club hosts first Chris Grant Memorial Race


Pandora racing on Sunday.

Sandy Grant presents son Jeremy with Pandora’s pennant.
Pandora racing on Sunday. Sandy Grant presents son Jeremy with Pandora’s pennant.

ONE year after much-loved and respected former Hillarys Yacht Club commodore Chris Grant died, sailors paid their respects with a minute silence and then took to the water for the first Chris Grant Memorial Race.

The focus was on Pandora, Chris’ yacht which was donated to the club for training purposes.

Skippered by Chris Kelly, with former crewman Rob Bortot and son Jeremy Grant on board, Pandora didn’t disappoint with a second placing in division 3 which also resulted in second place for the Viking race.

In division 1 Sally Malay (Ian Walker) was first on handicap followed by Lamotrek (John Akers) and Perle (John Bird).

Fastest was Mark Pitt on Mulberry.

Bruce Ellery on Show Me was first in division 2 with Volant (Klaus Scheckel) second and Panache (Geoff James) third. Fastest was Farrouk (Lee Burrows and Rod Hernaman).

Brett Bailey on Sensei celebrated a first and fastest in division 3 with Pandora second and Sheer Magic (Tony Waymouth) third.

The Viking race standings were first Tropical Itch (Tony Brooke), Pandora second and Feelin Free (Alan Peacham) third.

Following the race Sandy Grant was on hand to present pennants to placegetters.

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