Woollahra Sailing Club’s 2011/12 12ft Skiff sailing season was launched on Sunday in the club’s annual “Cock of the Harbour” marathon.
In what was dismal weather, with non stop rain and temperatures of around 14 degrees, Lincoln Crowne & Company’s (“LCC”)’ crew – Jonathan Temple & Richard Jones – sailed with the boat’s brand new 2nd mainsail which they completed and fitted on Saturday afternoon.
Amongst a fleet which included 18ft skiffs, Moths, and B14s, it was not surprising that the weather kept many crews away, but the promise of some fast and challenging racing, was enough of a draw card to tempt the Woollahra 12s down to the park.
With the breeze a south easterly ranging from 12 – 20 knots, despite the rain and the cold, the race provided a great opportunity to test the new LCC sail, the rides to Fort Denison and Beashel Bouy at Sow & Pigs reef proving to be really exhilarating, with the second run to Sow and Pigs a hard work-out as the breeze clocked to the east. Geotherm made some gains to 2nd place on the first run, but would be unlucky with the breeze rounding the Fort to lose touch with Garde. As the breeze freshened with the rain squalls, Garde – with a smaller 3rd rig on – made large gains on the over-pressed LCC, but with the squalls, LCC managed to hold on, despite a near-miss capsize on the kite ride past Bradley Head to Beashel Buoy, and go on to win by a comfortable margin.
For Jonathan and Richard, LCC’s result was a great start to the sailing season against some tough competition, and the ideal opportunity to test the skiff’s winter preparation.
Cock of the Harbour Marathon – 12ft Skiff Top Three Results:
1st – LCC Jonathan Temple & Richard Jones
2nd – Garde Brett Hobson & Alex Johnson
3rd – Geotherm Scott Hobson & Damien Viotman