South of Perth Yacht Club celebrating back-to-back Pelican State Titles

Achaius Hall, Jack Preston, Taya Weldon and Olivia Pidgeon from Geraldton Yacht Club. Pictures: Matt Jelonek   d463968
Finn Manning, Paige Durell and Ela Roodhouse from Geographe Bay Yacht Club.
Teyah Duthie, Georgette Keating and Renee Keating from South of Perth Yacht Club.
Achaius Hall, Jack Preston, Taya Weldon and Olivia Pidgeon from Geraldton Yacht Club. Pictures: Matt Jelonek  d463968 Finn Manning, Paige Durell and Ela Roodhouse from Geographe Bay Yacht Club. Teyah Duthie, Georgette Keating and Renee Keating from South of Perth Yacht Club.

SOUTH of Perth Yacht Club (SOPYC) is celebrating back-to-back victories in the Pelican State Titles after reclaiming the crown on familiar waters last week.

Over four days of racing, Seaking skipper Aiden Duthie (12) and crew Hayden Lewis (9) ensured the silverware remained in Applecross, recording three wins, three seconds and a third from nine races.

The SOPYC duo follow in the footsteps of club mates Grant Box and Lachlan Putt, who won the Pelican State Title in Geraldton aboard Special FX last year.

Geographe Bay Yacht Club supplied both the second and third-placed crews aboard Pineapple Monday and Just Magic respectively.

MORE: Man seriously injured after ute crashes into garbage truck

MORE: 1700-year-old artifact revealed by Maritime Museum

MORE: Warning to homeowners after precious jewellery stolen from grandmother

SOPYC hosted the 59th edition of the long-running youth championship between January 9 and 13, attracting 46 competitors aged between eight and 16 years from six clubs all over WA.

Organising committee chairman Tim Putt said variable weather and wind meant the young sailors were exposed to a range of conditions on the water.

“We had light winds some mornings and then on Thursday there were heavy sea breezes with gusts up to 30 knots, which was very challenging for the kids and brought out their overall skill level,” he said.

“I’m thrilled with how the event went overall; we had an amazing team of volunteers out on the water and things turned out pretty much exactly the way we planned, if not better.”