Lincoln Crowne sailed by Jonathan Temple and Richard Jones convincingly won the Parramatta Championship at the weekend.
The pair virtually led from start to finish, and at one stage had an enormous lead, so much so that when the main side stay broke, they were still able to limp home ahead of the field.
A building North East breeze was forecast and had filter up the river to Abbotsford early, so all boats went for the 2nd rig option.
Garde (Brett Hobson and Damien Vlotman) managed a blinder of a start, to lead the fleet early on in the first work. A few tacks later, Lincoln Crowne hit the lead, with Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Scott Lanham) pulling into 2nd ahead of Garde, with Skoll (Peter Polec and Alan Jackson) 4th and Skiff.org.au (Ben Faulkner & Renn Holland) 5th.
By the top mark, Lincoln Crowne had extended their lead, and Garde just got back head of Gemmell.
Gemmell and Garde traded places on the downwind run, while Lincoln extended their lead.
Variety (Adam Forbes & Andrew Stevenson) caught right up to Garde and Gemmell midway down the run, and look like they were going to take second place before a crucial gust of wind eluded them. Garde and Gemmell slipped away and the pack behind caught right up to Variety.
Garde extended the gap to Gemmell at the bottom mark, but had an ordinary next work allowing Gemmell to close again. Garde made amends on the downwind to jump away from Gemmell again.
Mid race, Lincoln broke their side stay. The rig stayed up thanks to the top stays and lowers, and the crew having to hit the trap at just at the right time. This did allow Garde to close the gap to 1st place , but Lincoln had enough of a lead to stay at the head of the fleet at the finish.
Skiff.org.au had a great day out, maintaining 4th place for most of the race, but unfortunately losing 3 places on the short leg to the finished and dropped back to 7th in a photo finish. They picked up the Lenore Dempsey Memorial trophy for 1st on handicap.
Author: Brett Hobson