Lincoln Crowne & Company was pleased to see some great results and spectacular sailing across the two weekends of the LCC NSW 12FT Championships. The State Titles ran over six heats and doubled as the selection series for the Interdominion Championships. Starting at the historic Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club, the event moved to Abbotsford 12ft Skiff Sailing Club. The following weekend, Woollahra Sailing Club hosted the final three heats.
Going into the Championships, 2010 Interdominion Champions Nick Press and Brad Yabsley in Dimension Polyant were the favourites but were expected to be pushed hard by last year’s big improver Adam Forbes in D-Unit and by former NSW Champion Brett Hobson in Garde.
The event didn’t fail to excite skiff enthusiasts and amateur watchers alike, and Nicholas Assef (Executive Director, LCC) was so very proud to have sponsored the event in 2011 – a display of true sportsmanship, skill and agility in the ever-unpredictable weather conditions that Sydney gave the crews over the two weekends.
1st HEAT: LANE COVE, SAT 26TH NOVEMBER 2011
LCC sailed conservatively in the testing conditions to preserve 1st place, crossing the finish line with a lead of 1 1/2 minutes, and take the winning gun. Unfortunately, later that afternoon, the starting committee determined that LCC had crossed the start-line early by a few hundred mm and recorded them On the Course Side (OCS), and received no points for the race. Skoll took 1st place from Garde in the end. Dimension Polyant finished in 3rd place.
2nd & 3RD HEAT AT ABBOTSFORD, SUNDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2011
In the 2nd heat, a wind-shift up the final work saw LCC gain the lead, only to be run-down by Dimension Polyant heading home with their spinnaker, and capsizing. LCC had amassed enough of a gap over the 3rd placed Garde to be able to hold them out to the finish to save 2nd place for the race.
The 3rd heat saw LCC sail the whole race in 5th position. Dimension Polyant taking 1st, D-Unit taking 2nd and Gemmell Sails in 3rd. There was a very light, shifty, breeze dying completely on several occasions.
The weekend finished with LCC recording an OCS, 2nd and a 5th. With LCC removed from heat 1, Dimension Polyant’s places were 1st, 2nd and 4th, and Garde’s were 2nd 3rd and 7th, these being the top 3 placing boats overall.
4th HEAT AT WOOLLAHRA, SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2011 Dimension Polyant sailed a fantastic race with their big rig taking 1st place, 4 seconds later Garde, then Gemmell Sails, Skol then LCC. Geotherm won the handicap for their effort of 6th place and only being 1 minute behind the top finishers.
5TH HEAT AT WOOLLAHRA, SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2011
With a fresh breeze from the South-East, rain and cold, the skiffs embarked on their last day of the Championships. Unfortunately, LCC’s mast broke, putting them out of the race.
Heat 5 results: Garde by a margin, then Skol, then Gemmell Sails. DP broke their headsail tack-fitting, effecting repairs and finishing 5th.
6th HEAT AT WOOLLAHRA, SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2011 With the top finishing skiff’s neck and neck towards the end of the heat, LCC capsized during a rushed jibe to give way to Garde with a close approaching shoreline, allowing Garde to hold 3rd place leading into the finish. Dimension Polyant 1st, Skoll 2nd.
The final results saw Dimension Polyant with their 3rd consecutive State Championship, Garde 2nd and Skoll 3rd. Geotherm picked up the handicap from Skoll, both for their consistent improvements through the first half of the season.
FINAL RESULTS: 1st Dimension Polyant Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club Nick Press & Brad Yabsley
2nd Garde Woollahra Sailing Club Brett Hobson & Alex Johnson
3rd Skoll Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club Peter Polec & Jamie McCrudden
4th Gemmell Sails Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
Murray Press & Ben Gemmell