For Sale: One near new 16ft skiff with experienced sheethand and for'and thrown in for good measure.
Skipper Chris Thomas, returning to the 16ft class after a two-year absence, couldn't walk past such a great deal. He paid his money and took the helm of Southerly for Manly's 16ft Skiff Club season - and it's already proving a smart business transaction.
Southerly has been more than competitive over the first two months of the 2011/12 campaign, winning the handicap division and finishing third on scratch in Saturday's Harken Trophy spring pointscore race.
'It's the running joke at the club that I bought Southerly and inherited the crew with it,' Thomas laughed.
'I'm very happy to be back and very happy with the way the boat's going and the crew (Ben Plummer and Steve Cotton) is great.
'I didn't expect to be going this well so early but I'd like to think we could be a consistent top four, top five boat.'
'A few more podium finishes (top three)...I'd be happy with that.'
Southerly, Fire Stopping (Ben Bianco) and Altis Consulting (Phil Cooke) got off to a terrific start in Saturday's tricky 6-11 knot nor easter to have the race pretty much to themselves after the first work.
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