musical chairs onboard Bart

Surprise club championship contender Bart will continue to shuffle skippers for the rest of the season as it attempts to stay in podium position in Manly 16ft Skiff Club's 2016/17 championship.

Veteran skipper Rolf Cohen guided Bart to an unexpected second placing in October's opening heat before making way for new skipper James Smithers ahead of heat two.

Smithers never got the chance to steer the boat after strong winds caused a postponement and he has now been replaced for Saturday's third heat.

Chad Beeby, who won the club championship aboard Aristocrat 17 years ago, will take control as the musical chairs onboard Bart continue.

"I told the boys I wasn't up for sailing regularly and would be stepping off next year to spend more time with the kids," Cohen explained.

"If they found a skipper to take my place I'd gladly step aside early and they've done that.

"I'm now the fill-in so and will sail when needed.

"It's all worked out pretty well. Chad knows what he's doing and hopefully the boys can keep us up there on Saturday."

Bart was one of only seven boats to finish the first heat of the club championship after a brutal southerly ripped through the fleet.

They won’t mind if things are on the fresh side again on Saturday.

"Just finishing was an achievement that day," Cohen said.

"I don’t think it will be as wild this time around but the boys will be ready for whatever is thrown up.

"It would be great if we could finish the day still in the top three."

Meanwhile, newly-minted state champions Fire Stopping continued its winning ways with victory in last weekend's sprint series at Manly.

Raced across five heats, skipper Joe Turner steered Fire Stopping to a first, a second, two thirds and a fourth.

Botany Access (Chris Thomas) was a close second with Fluid Building (Clint Bowen) third.

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