the last thing Barnabas Snr wanted was to be brought undone by his son

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.

The longer the race went, the bigger Turner's lead became.

The winning margin – 4min:12sec - spoke volumes for Fire Stopping's dominance.

Korman Marine Composites (Felix Grech) was second with the evergreen Typhoon (Craig Nicholls) third and Sydney Shade Sails (Michael Koerner) fourth.

Young Zac steered Brydens to a creditable 12th, as his proud father, who is a world 18ft title holder, watched on from the water.

"I think Trent just got a buzz being out there sailing with his son in the same fleet," Turner said.

"Everything went perfectly for us. It was a good day out."

Grech pinched handicap honours from Fire Stopping and Typhoon.

Regular sheethand James Bury will return to the Fire Stopping crew for Saturday's final race of the season.

The seventh club championship heat completes a long, busy campaign that started way back in September.

Fire Stopping can't be beaten for the overall club championship title, but there is a real fight on for the minor placings.

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