2015 Interdominion 12’ Skiff regatta – Heat 10

Double Bay, Day 7

Last race

Forecast fresh 2nd or softer 3rd-rig north-easterly, hazy and very slow to build through the morning, with very weak southerly coming up the coast, tipping the forecast to be wrong and inclining the choice toward the big-sail: however, after Fridays carnage, everyone reluctant. Finally all (except Geotherm) chose the big-rig.

Lincoln Crowne broke a lower shroud while rigging up, adding to the tension: fortunately they had a spare.

As Good As It Gets were 1 point behind Lincoln Crowne for 6th overall, so whoever beat the other today would finish ahead.

Heat 10 – Long course

Start line east of Clark Island, for a work to Beashel Buoy, then around Shark Island to Clark Island, back to Beashel Buoy then square-run to Clark Island, then Nielsen Park and square-run to finish.

Away, fleet tacking east halfway to Bradleys Head, then back into the west at Bradleys, underpowered, all looking for clear-air and any puffs available.

Tacking out into the tide then back into the western-shore; the boats that went east (Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses and others) loosing out.

At Chowder Bay, Geotherm still trying to recover from a weak start, and struggling with the second rig, Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant just in the lead of the front-bunch of C-Tech white, Little BusLincoln Crowne.

Leaders around Beashel Buoy and gybed to the west, looking for the pressure down this shore. Desperately soft down to Shark Island, all the front of the fleet bunched off Point Piper.

The front-bunch of Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant, C-Tech white, Little Bus got the last gasp of real breeze here and pulled a gap on the rest of the fleet. Then Lincoln Crowne got the first of a new puff and opened out on the next group.

Working up to Beashel Buoy for the second time, Lincoln Crowne were slower than the following bunch, who came up on them narrowing the gap, with Lincoln Crowne rounding Beashel 1 length in front of Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses. Both immediately gybed to the west, on the square-run in soft pressure.

The following trio of Hempel Yacht Paints, The Ugly Stick and One And In getting a great easterly pressure line out of Watsons bay and passing right around the western pair.

For the final work, Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant had cleared out to a massive lead, then in the front of the main pack were Little Bus, Geotherm, making a great play with the smaller 2nd rig, and C-Tech whiteLincoln Crowne pulled back 2 of the 5 that went around to the east on the run, and had As Good As It Gets safely tucked away behind.

This was the order into the finish at the end of the square run. A difficult regatta comes to a close, with a tight fleet meaning that separations of meters on the water was represented by multiple placings in the results.

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