Lane Cove Race, Upper Harbour Championship Saturday 4th October, 2014
Lane Cove, Forecast Big to 2nd rig, blowing 2nd rig on Sydney Harbour,, all trepidatious about breeze-change on water: Everyone opted for 2nd rig (everyone wanted to be on an even race with the others, no one backing a hunch)
Scratch start, shifts in the breeze, pin way down-river from usual location and run-in tide caught everyone out, late to the start was Lincoln Crowne and Company tragically way back in the B-fleet. Fortunately for Lincoln Crowne and Company, and why no one knows why, the race officer called AP just after the start, and called everyone back.
2nd start, everyone jostling at the pin, tight start between Lincoln Crowne and Company, Gemmell Sails and Dimension Polyant Sailcloth. All tacking down-river against the tide, looking for patches of pressure in the broken breeze of the river.
Lincoln Crowne and Company got the better of this game, extending a 20 m gap to Gemmell Sails in the lead up to the dreaded Humbug: here Lincoln Crowne and Company sneaked into the limbo of Humbug, got the slant of breeze for the beginning of the first spinnaker run to Spectacle Island, and got a 250m gap on the fleet: it was day over after this.
Lincoln Crowne and Company carried breeze all the way to Spectacle Island, preserving their gap for the beginning of the first of 4 works to Manns Point. The other positions saw Gemmell Sails get a small margin on Dimension Polyant Sailcloth, who then had a small margin on Skol, with Vantage Real Estate ahead of The Bird and Hey Charger. This was the order for the rest of the day, no park-ups or passing lanes until coming back into Humbug.
Here Lincoln Crowne and Company saw their lead cut down by Gemmell Sails bringing new breeze into the river, but Lincoln Crowne and Company were able to hang on to the diminished finishing margin of 1 1/2 minutes ahead of Gemmell Sails, with Dimension Polyant Sailcloth a further 2 minutes behind. This margin gave Lincoln Crowne and Company the handicap double for the day as well.