Jubilant wins Cockburn Sound Regatta sailing competition

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Overall Regatta Champion Jubilant, skippered by Ian Joel leads Eclipse.
Camera IconOverall Regatta Champion Jubilant, skippered by Ian Joel leads Eclipse. Credit: John Percy/supplied/supplied

Jubilant has taken out the four-day Cockburn Sound Regatta held between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.

It was held on the protected waters of Mangles Bay off Rockingham in conditions that were light and very hot for both sailors and spectators.

Ray Martin’s Farrier F85SR Beatrix claimed the Kwinana Industries Council Race to Rockingham, beating out 16 other yachts for the top spot.

Beatrix won the Kwinana Industries Council Race to Rockingham.
Camera IconBeatrix won the Kwinana Industries Council Race to Rockingham. Credit: John Percy/supplied

58 boats competed in the annual regatta and included five “off the beach” multihulls, which added a new dimension to the race.

Enterprise was the fastest boat in Division 1 but the handicapping did its job and it was Zuben’ubi skippered by Alan Anderson which took out first prize, ahead of Ross Norgard’s Salacia II and Sagacious IV skippered by Chris Hind. Enterprise dominated the fleet on IRC to win every race and also the prize for best-dressed shore crew.

Division 2 was very close, with four points separating the first three boats. Phil Slee made the trip up from Bunbury with Miss Behavin winning ahead of local boat Vintage Red, skippered by new member Michael Gillum, and Jolie Breeze, skippered by David Hepburn taking out third.

There was one point between first and fourth in Division 3 and it was Sam Threlfall’s Lady Irene who prevailed by that one point from Kevin Sneddon’s Six Pak and Matt Rose’s Spacesailer 27, King Canute. Steve Morris on Freedom was an unlucky fourth, with those places being determined on countback.

The Jib and Main entrants were divided into three fleets. In JAM 1, Twitch, skippered by Betty Walsh, was well sailed to win ahead of Neil Harrison sailing Deckchairs Overboard and Jason Poutsma on Stimulus Package. The latter also won the prize for the IRC Division.

In JAM 2, Kevin Schroeder sailed Dragonheart to the win from Kim Klaka’s Panache II, with third place going to Mark Nicholas on K-Factor.

Local member John Brabazon and his boat Rose took out JAM 3 on countback from the Mandurah Spacesailer 27 Pegasus, skippered by Mark Barrett who beat his fellow club member Ross Davidson, sailing Legend, into third place by just one point. Naw the Noo, skippered by Dave Reid, finished a further two points back in fourth but was awarded the prize for the best-dressed crew on the water for their Hawaiian-themed outfits.

The Premier Cruising Fleet was sailed under no spinnaker conditions this year and Ian Joel’s Dixon design Jubilant dominated the racing to win the Division. Serendipity, skippered by Rick Hoad, was second, beating the early pacesetter Eclipse sailed by Max Palleschi.

The Sports Boats provided close match racing with the Elliot 7 Tiger, skippered by Gavin Taylor, beating local sailor Trevor Taylor sailing No Etiquette into second place with Michael Jones on Pretty Woman coming in third.

Off the beach catamarans also joined the race, with Flying Circus skippered by Ryan Duffield a clear winner from Darren Smith’s Blew by you and Trevor Hughes’ Budgie Smuggler.

The overall regatta champion is determined by a formula taking into account a boat’s gross point score and the sum of the total numbers of boats starting in each race in each Division. It was very close between Jubilant, Zuben’ubi and Twitch but in the end it was Ian Joel and his crew aboard Jubilant who prevailed to take out the prize.

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