A STRONG easterly breeze of 18 knots with much stronger gusts tested the skills of crews in the penultimate consistency race off Hillarys on Sunday.
Many boats opted not to use spinnakers and those that did came to grief on occasion.
The new sails on Seachange (H.Burton, D.Shirdon, M.Castalanelli and J.Gregory) served them well for a first and fastest in division one with Salamander (B.Bradford) second and Perle (J.Bird) third.
In division two Volant (K.Scheckel, F.Hagemann and K.Meta) had another win, pipping Tropical Itch (T.Brooke) and Farrouk (L.Burrows and R.Hernaman) with Covert Operation (G.Atkinson and B.Brouwer) fastest on the day.
In the accompanying Viking Trophy race, Tropical Itch was first followed by Volant and Pandora (R.Giraudo). Pandora got in some early practice for the man overboard race when a crewman actually did go overboard however he was recovered quickly.
In division three, Brian and Rita Buzzard sailing Sana 11 two-up handled the conditions superbly to record a first and fastest with Pandora second and Sensei (B. and L.Bailey) third.