“I only get one ride per year these days and the body has trouble coping. It is feeling it at the moment,” Rod said the day after his win.
“There is plenty of wear and tear and it is mentally and physically challenging, but very enjoyable.
“I reckon over the last five or six years it’s (Buffers’ Day) has risen to a new level.
“The club has grown it and supported it and made it a tremendous day for young and old. They really look after us.
“It’s a great day to catch up with old mates and tell a few lies.”
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Childs men as they travelled the course.
“We had the usual father-son arguments,” Rod laughed.
“There was plenty of talk between us but it was enjoyable, probably more for me than him.
”It was great that we were able to pick up the handicap win.”
Lazy White Bar (John Doyle) and Ross Bell Electrical (Gary Paton) filled the minor places behind CHPS.
Cunninghams (John Dransfield) took out the scratch race, with Fluid Building (Phil Harmer) second and Gill (Bruce Savage) third.
Attention now turns to the sixth heat of the Manly club championship, to be sailed on Saturday afternoon.