LCC 12ft Skiff Final Racing – 23rd & 24th March 2012

Saturday at Lane Cove, last race of the season, strong morning Westerly dying away to strange fickle Westerly. Gemmell Sails to be steered by Murray’s son Nick (current Interdominion Champion).
Recall at the start, LCC and Gemmell Sails returned (LCC was not over early so did not need to have gone back) Fleet bunched other than Skol, which pulled away to a 5 minute lead in the fickle breeze within 15minutes of the start.
Out of the river, Gemmell sails and LCC were back through the fleet chasing Skol to Greenwich, then the long work to Drummoyne, both passed Skol, Gemmell getting a nice break with breeze out of the tide, getting them well clear. That was the rest of the race, Skol and LCC swapping 2nd & 3rd place with Gemmell bolted.
To the finish LCC finally had Skol nicely tucked away and then ran out of breeze, Skol got a North puff to the line to sneak through to second.

Sunday 24th, Woollahra, Light big-rig South Easterly. LCC, Garde, Citadel Investments, Maersk Lines and Commodore Ben with his newly purchased (and just rigged) www.skiff.org.

Last day of the season, elected for short-courses, 2 laps, preparatory to the Easter regatta.
Breeze very fickle, died and went right on the gun at the start of the first race, leaving LCC becalmed and not laying the line on Starboard. Garde & LCC tacked to port and headed for the little pressure off Shark Is. LCC did not go far enough into it, allowing Garde to get a nice jump. Up the middle of the course into Rose Bay, looking for puffs, Maersk & Skiff.Org up the middle with LCC, rounding top mark like this, chasing Garde down the run to the bottom gate. LCC around second closely followed by Maersk & Skiff.Org, this was to be the finishing order, with Citadel Investments having some good rides.

2nd heat, and all the classes rolled in unexpectedly for a shared start. 1minute 20 sec. before the gun LCC capsized trying to avoid a Flying Dutchman, filling the boat. LCC had to dip and tack off to port to get clear air, behind all the 12’s. A bit more pressure on this work kept the fleet more bunched, with Garde and Maersk arriving at the top mark together, and getting in a jumble in the set. This allowed LCC to set behind them both and roll over them in a gust, leading them to the bottom gate. Back up the final work, Garde worked the shifts best, and pulled into the lead around the last mark, followed by LCC then Maersk, this order down to the finish. Skiff.Org broke the spinnaker tack-fitting, leading to a nice capsize in front of the finished audience, Citadel having already broken the same fitting had retired.

Racing over for 2011-12 season, other than the easter National Title regatta at Woolllahra.

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