Lane Cove 12′ Skiff Race 22.02.14

Saturday Lane Cove  Big rig Easterly breeze, Handicap Start

LCC had shifted the fleet handicaps out 3min through the guest skipper Nick Press winning the previous weeks race. LCC  was off last 2 min behind Gemmell Sails.
The Breeze light and  looking a bit uninteresting while rigging, threats of fresher breeze down harbour had some inclining for 2nd sail. The cooler heads prevailed & all went with big-rig. Shifty out of the river, seeing some boats eating into their handicap early with patchy breeze slowing some.
Out through Humbug then up to Manns Point, where the breeze  was more into the South which  made the run across the moored boats on Greenwich hazardous. Gemmell Sails fully inside out and committed to crossing the moored ferry. Then patchy down to Drummoyne, allowing LCC to retrieve some of its handicap while coming down in better pressure than the front runners.
Vantage Real Estate with guest forward hand doing their own thing and sailing the Northeast course not the easterly.
LCC chasing Gemmell Sails on the long work to Manns Point, trying to reel the earlier boats in  & then back to Valentia St & Schnapper Is.  The Breeze was  quite shifty & puffy, making it important to look for pressure & shifts. The earlier boats: Skol & the Bird still holding out their place, with At Call having retired with a broken backstay. Last time to Manns Point then Birchgrove, Gemmell Sails set at Manns Point & got carted away from the mark.  LCC 2-sail reached 100mm before the set allowing them to reach the mark & close the gap. Gemmell Sails & Skol gybed north for the river, LCC south, following them into Humbug. Skol (slightly handicapped with a broken backstay) up the middle in full tide lost to Gemmell & LCC both of whom passed, then LCC passed Gemmell as they ran out of breeze.
Race down the river for the finish, LCC & Gemmell passing Madonna, but not quite picking up The Bird, seeing LCC fastest time, Gemmell Sails second-fastest, The Bird 1st handicap & LCC 2nd.

 

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