It was with some trepidation that Trent Barnabas accepted a ride on Manly 16ft skiff Fire Stopping last Saturday.
Usually one of the first to put his hand up when a crew is down a man, Barnabas's reluctance to answer the call from Fire Stopping skipper Joe Turner was due to a young bloke on a rival skiff.
Zac Barnabas was at the helm of Brydens Lawyers, and the last thing Barnabas Snr wanted was to be brought undone by his son.
"He would never have heard the end of it if had Brydens beat us home," Turner said with a laugh.
"There was plenty of motivation for us to do well."
Dad never really had cause for concern once the starting gun fired.
Fire Stopping, the reigning state and club champion, raced from the blocks in the light nor' easter, putting daylight between itself and the rest of the fleet.