Cliff Spence Memorial Time Trial Trophy 15 June 2019

A typical Perth winters’ day,  sunny, a light breeze and chilly afternoon, perfect conditions for time trialling. Some competitors in the fleet were very keen to get back to competition after the 2-week break with bad weather cancelling last weeks’ event and the long weekend before.

A good fleet of 35 boats passed the start box for the Cliff Spence Memorial Trophy. The new Starter John Meldrum is quickly finding his feet. Welcomed back to the start box where the experienced team members, PC Frank and Barb Dalglish after a few weeks caravaning in Broome. Thank you to Power members Mal and Marg King and Valerie and Greg Power who checked landmarks.

Results were boisterous with lots of flags presented for the State Heat #1 and Club results. Proudly coming forward to accept the least points flags for their draw in the State Heat 3 weeks ago. Rear Commodore Cook and Maria Cook’s M&M pipped Past Commodore Guy Skinner and Victoria Blanckensee on Thanet for 1st place on a count back.

Each year the Cliff Spence Memorial Trophy is proudly presented by Cliff’s son John and daughter-in-law Pauline. Now 93, John’s mother was a regular start-team member in the 1970s. She still lives with John and Pauline in Morley.


3rd place Port fleet, Phil and Pam Warwick, Time Out and Starboard fleet Mark Hayman and Jared Tickle on Innuendo.
2nd place Port fleet, Lynne and John Cooper, Purrfect and Starboard Clarry Wrenstead and Betty Walsh on Champus.
1st place Port fleet Anton Jennings and Justin Taylor, Magnifique Too.


Jim Gooding and Keith Selkeld, Open Circuit – 1st place and trophy winners.
Least Points honours went to Open Circuit and Steve Wall and Amanda Watson on Amazon equal with 4 points.

Next week 22/6/19 is the second CPYC State Heat round. The start and finish lines on the course are quite close to our club. Remember to nominate for this event and for a delicious buffet-style meal and presentation event afterwards starting 7pm at RFBYC.

The State Heat dinners were until recently, held after each Heat. Now with the new format, there are only 2 opportunities to enjoy the hospitality of our fellow river clubs after Heats. These nights are terrific fun, provide friendly rivalry and inter-club camaraderie. Royal Freshwater Bay are excellent hosts and present a delicious buffet spread.