At Woollahra on Saturday, a forecasted 20-30 knots with the suggestion it would ease through the afternoon to 20 knots had the fleet nervously deciding rig combinations on the beach, while watching the wind strength readings up to 30 knots at the airport. This saw the choice being predominately 4th rigs.
Out to the start of the race, lots of upturned skiffs between the club and the start line as crews became used to the conditions.
Race 2, 3 laps windward-leeward Rose Bay to Taylor Bay got away cleanly with Garde leading around the top mark, followed closely by Skol then Giddy Up, then LCC.
The conditions were beginning to take their toll on the fleet, with a number of upturned hulls, and both Geotherm and D-Unit destroying their rudder outriggers taking them out of the race.
The final run to Taylor saw Garde with a commanding lead over LCC with Gemmell Sails, and Skol hot on the heels. Gemmell Sails outsmarted LCC on the finish, to take 2nd by 3 seconds from LCC, with Skol 4th.
Race 3 – a shorter 2-lap windward Leeward with a shortened work.
Away clean in pressure, with the usual crowd leading up the work, with only Brett on Garden noting the severely shortened leg and the relocated top mark, giving them a clean rounding and the bulk of the fleet having to reach down to the mark, and commence a long chase to catch Garde.
The second work followed the form of the first, Skol dropping off the pace a little, allowing LCC through to 2nd, this being the order of the finish.