Lane Cove 12’ Skiff Race report Saturday 17.11.12

North-easterly breeze, borderline big rig, Lincoln Crowne & Co. & Gemmell Sails with guest Inter-dominion winning crew Nick Press & Andrew Stevenson on scratch chasing the fleet.

Great tussle out of the river, LCC holding Gemmell out through Humbug, kite set to Valentia Street mark, then short tacking to Manns Point, Gemmell hot on the heels. Down the run to Drummoyne, tight along the Woolwich reach, LCC nearly wearing a moored yacht as dragged into it with spinnaker. This order around Drummoyne mark, reeling the front of the fleet in. Breeze freshening noow, top end of big-rig, and very shifty, making the course tricky.

Gemmell passed LCC at Cockatoo Island as LCC got headed breeze, then LCC made an error in a wind-shift off Greenwich, lost 200ms on Gemmell and that was the end of the line-honours chase. Kept moving through the fleet, Gemmell Sails through the lot for a 1st by tiny margin, with LCC 3rd.

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