What a fabulous start to the Power Yacht State Championships by our South of Perth team!

Troy and Victoria won the first heat of the series hosted by our own club last Saturday, with the loss of just seven points, narrowly ahead of Guy and Richard in the Blue Flash with 8 points lost and John and Lynne Cooper showing that they have not lost their touch either, third with 9 points.

The result gave the club a resounding victory in the teams event but looking at the closeness of scores of the other three clubs, even a minor hiccup could easily turn things around.

An enjoyable dinner (thanks to Maria’s organisation) was attended by CPYC sponsor Tom Lovelady of Oceaneer Marine Brokers, who assisted with the presentations.  We were also privileged to have the support of David Bovell’s Corica Pastries. Corica’s strudels were eagerly snapped up by the winners.

Dave Millard was unfortunate to have to deal with interference from a sailing vessel right at the start and unable to put things right, elected to retire. It was an unlucky experience, particularly as Jola has enjoyed a really positive start to the season.

There was a bright note for Brian and Marion Boswell, newcomers to time trials this season. Coming off successive triple figure scores, they finished with a very credible 53 points on Saturday on a long course with plenty of checkpoints, which bodes well for their future. Well done!

Claremont’s Darren and Sarah Chatfield were third on consistency, behind RPYC’s Gary Silcock and Vanessa Robinson in second. Delighted winners were Vern and Judy Bailey in Holidaze.

Next Saturday is a “time trial free zone”, with the Cruising Section setting up an awesome weekend.

On Saturday 11th June we meet again for the Navigator/Skippers time trial for the Seafarer’s Measure, followed on Sunday 12th June by Claremont Yacht Club’s Lloyd Anderson InvitationTime Trial, which doubles as State Heat 2.

Finally – it has taken the best part of two years – the CPYC is no more.  It’s replacement, the Cruising and Power Yacht Association, has been formally registered and is currently dealing with the fine print of setting up a bank account and attending to the remaining details after its severance from YWA. This promises to be a good thing for time trials in particular, allowing members of Swan Yacht Club and the Cockburn Power Boat Club to rejoin the time trial community.