Gemmell hangs on for victory in heat 2 of the Club Championships at Lane Cove

Heat 2 of the Club Championships and a big rig easterly breeze along with various dramas before the start sees both Lincoln Crowne & Company (Jonathan Temple & Richard Jones) onto the ramp to re-rig the bowsprit and Gemmell Sails (Murray Press & Scott) onto the ramp to repair the outhaul.

All fixed & all on the line for a clean start, the usual close tussle down the river to Humbug, Gemmell Sails & LCC neck-and -neck, LCC cleared a moored yacht that peeled off Gemmell Sails, giving LCC the lead into the Parramatta River & to the Manns Point windward mark, followed by Gemmell Sails (who tore their spinnaker in the drop at Valentia Street) Skol (Peter Polec & Jamie McCrudden) then The Bird (David Lusty & Glen Farquhar)

LCC on the run to Drummoyne found no breeze, allowing Gemmell Sails & Skol to close the gap bringing the wind with them.

Work back to Manns Point saw this order preserved, with all the boats seeking wind shifts & pressure lines in the easterly Breeze.

Manns Point with zig-zag downwind leg to Valentia, Gemmell Sails gybed into breeze at the mark & came inside LCC to take the lead around the Valentia Street mark.

This was the procession for the rest of the race, LCC pushed away from the breeze line by a right of way boat as they came back at Gemmell Sails allowed Gemmell to hang onto their lead for the win, from LCC second, followed by Skol, The Bird, and finally Hey Charger (Nicholas Bernard & Robbie Polec).


Sunday, Woollahra.

The club cancelled afternoon racing on Sunday due to a northwesterly which was gusting to 30 knots, and a southerly was due to come thru about 3-3.30pm that would be pushing 40knots. The 12’s decided to head out for a blast anyway, before the southerly came thru.

The breeze backed off a little just prior to launching and shifted to the southwest. It would kick back in again, as westerly’s do. No racing was planned prior to launching given the unsettled nature of the breeze, so speed runs were on the cards.

Garde, Lincoln Crowne, Variety and Citadel all headed out with the small gear on. All skiffs picked their 3rd downwind run to perfection, a solid bank of SW breeze pushing about 28 knots had them flying down the harbour.

Back on shore, it had been a great afternoon, the 4 12’s along with 4 18’s that braved the conditions – the only sailing boats on the harbour. Citadel were last back to the beach, and only just made it home before the southerly kicked in.

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