As job auditions go, young Manly sailor George Richardson could not have done much more during Manly 16ft Skiff Club’s pointscore race on Saturday.
Feeling in as sheethand aboard Lazy White Bar, the 18-year-old fitted in seamlessly to combine with crewmates skipper Brad and Simon Leicester for a comfortable handicap win.
It was the boat’s first victory in a year and the perfect time for Richardson to shine.
Lazy White Bar may have a fulltime position available next season – and applications are open.
“Our usual bow couldn’t be there on Saturday and we got word George was keen so we offered him a place,” skipper Brad Leicester explained.
“He went really well and I’ve sent him an offer for next season, so we’ll see what happens.
“We’ve been getting better each season but it’s been hard having different crews every year.
“The other crews have been together a long time and each year we start fresh and have to get to know each other.
“Once we get a locked-in crew then I think we’ll get the results we’re after. Fingers crossed George is up for it.”
The slick teamwork was evident from the get-go as Lazy White Bar took advantage of a generous handicap to skip clear of the fleet in the 12-16 knot breeze.
Leicester keep one eye over his shoulder after every work but was never really threatened.
Bang (Julian Lydement) was second on handicap from Holmes Marine (Sam Holmes).
Fluid Building (Clint Bowen) took out the scratch race, finishing ahead of Lee Sails (Sarah Lee) and Growthbuilt (Ryan Wilmot).
Attention now turns to the final heat of the club championship on Saturday.
Brothers Daniel and Joe Turner will go head-to-head to determine the winner of the season’s last piece of silverware.
Surf n Slide skipper Joe enjoys a two-point advantage over Daniel’s Sutech and just needs to win or finish within a place of his sibling to claim top prize.