The fleet had a North East breeze to contend with, which was hanging around 25, gusting to 30knots and a run out
tide. The club did an early start (1.30pm) to avoid some of the expected traffic on the harbour for the final heat of the 18 foot skiff “world” title – the JJ Giltnan championship later in the day. Their plan worked, the Giltnan traffic not yet in fever pitch, and the armada of the Farr 40regatta and support crews behaving themselves in a squad on the harbour.
The breeze was in hard early. Forecast fresh to frightening reduced the fleet numbers, Garde, Lincoln Crowne, Skiff.org.au and Citadel set off on the long NE course. Garde rounded the top mark with only a small margin ahead of Lincoln Crowne: however, the GoPro footage on Lincoln Crowne revealed they succumbed to two long capsizes in the space of about 1min while trying to set the kite. This allowed Garde to get away and go on to take the win.
Garde were not without their time in the water however, having a quick swim on the round up at the bottom mark, another through a botched tack and another in backwards near the finish.
The Skiff.org.au came home in 3rd, the boys had a stellar day out in the fresh stuff, finishing not too far behind LCC.
Citadel headed home after 1 lap.
The fleet had some wild rides, especially on the first kite run when it was still pretty bumpy. Jonathan Temple noted that “It was one of those days that really reminds us why we sail 12’s.”