At Lane Cove on Saturday, the first club championship race of the season, in an 11 knot Easterly, Lincoln Crowne & Company & Gemmell Sails were over-eager to be at the favoured club-house end of the line and opted for this end early. This required an optimistic port-tack across the charging starboard-tack fleet: the cross was never going to happen, requiring LCC & Gemmell Sails to dip 4 of the lead starboard tackers out of the start line, dropping them down the fleet.
Close tacking fleet up through the Lane Cove River saw things settle down, with Gemmell Sails coming back up through the fleet & reeling in the early leader Madonna, seeing Gemmell Sails in the lead for the run through Humbug.
Gemmell Sails held and extended this lead on the work to Manns Point, and then the long run down to Drummoyne, with Lincoln Crowne coming back through to second. Murray “twinkle-toes” Press on Gemmell Sails got overly ambitious in the second last gybe at Drummoyne, almost capsizing the boat & surrendering his 80m lead, converting it instead to a 7th place rounding, giving LCC a clear lead at the start of the work back to Manns Point; however, Lincoln Crowne broke one of their tiller extensions, and with two thirds of the race still to sail looked to be out for the race.
Long work back to Manns Point, with Vantage Real Estate working back into a competitive second, challenging the damaged LCC for the lead, with Skol & Madonna battling out for 3rd.
This was the order of things on the run back to Valentia Street & Snapper Island, then the work back to Manns Point, Birchgrove & back to the River to the finish.
Vantage Real Estate came right up to Lincoln Crowne in Humbug, before LCC were able to re-set their spinnaker for the run to the finish to take first, from Vantage Real Estate, followed by a fast-chasing Gemmell Sails 3rd.
Handicap was taken by a well sailed At Call, who finished close behind the scratch boats.