Sailor honoured in Hillarys Yacht Club’s Chris Grant Memorial Race

Emille Janssen, Neil Harrison and Ian Walker with Sandy Grant following presentations.
Emille Janssen, Neil Harrison and Ian Walker with Sandy Grant following presentations.

FORMER Hillarys Yacht Club commodore Chris Grant was honoured on Sunday, two years after his passing, with the sailing of the Chris Grant Memorial Race.

Renowned for his sense of humour, fair play and having a go, Chris would have been pleased with the turn-out of 25 yachts in conditions in which his Viking Pandora thrived – a 20-knot southerly.

His wife Sandy, still contributing in the start tower, and family were there to celebrate in his memory and to present pennants.

In division one, once again the strong sea breeze favoured the catamaran and Ian Walker on Sally Malay was first and fastest, with Perle second and Mulberry third.

In division two, the places went to the Viking yachts; Volant first with Emille Janssen at the helm, Blue Chip second (Keith and Deborah Fisk) and Helga (Mark Taylor) third on handicap.

Blue Chip and Helga crossed the line together, equal first for the Viking Cup and the fastest yacht on the day was Covert Operation (Bart Brouwer and Graham Atkinson).

First and fastest in division three was Deckchairs Overboard (Neil and Wendy Harrison) with Comfortably Numb (Steve Okeefe) second and Anastasia (Larraine Brindle) third.