Lincoln Crowne wins Veterans trophy

Heats 5 and 6

Very shifty East big-rig forecast, shifting around between South-East and East, showing North-East on the flags on the harbour bridge, tide running out all day. Start off Clarkes Point, start delayed 40 minutes with rain-squalls and 90 degree widshifts. Eventually away, again bunching at the start mark, Bigfoot Trapeze Harnesses getting the best of the start, tacking onto port and leading up the middle, followed by Garde to the north, with Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant again happy to tack onto port from the boat. The rest of the fleet in a mess on the biased line, all wanting to get into the stream, but buried under starboard tackers.

At Manns Point it was Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant around first, followed by Bigfoot Trapeze Harnesses then Garde then Lincoln Crowne and Company then The Bird.

Sort leg down to the Valentia Street gybe mark, Bigfoot Trapeze Harnesses getting low-pressure on the run, allowing Lincoln Crowne and Company to gybe inside at the mark into 3rd, extending slightly on the run to Drummoyne, followed by Skol and

Patchy and fluky on the work back to Manns Point, saw grade pull in Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant near the mark, with Bigfoot Trapeze Harnesses getting ahead of Lincoln Crowne and Company.

From Manns Point the run to the finish off Clarkes Point saw Garde find a pressure line to get through Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant to take first, with Lincoln Crowne and Company getting no pressure, loosing both 3rd place to Bigfoot Trapeze Harnessesand then being passed for 4th on the finish by, with Skol 6th.

With Garde winning this heat, there was now the potential for a series tied on points if they could win the last heat: this result would give Garde the regatta for winning the last heat, so it was all to play for in th final race.

The last heat was eventually cancelled and the boats sent home as the weather was deteriorating and thunder storm cells were again threatening, giving the regatta to Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant, with Garde second, then Lincoln Crowne and Company (suffering from their dismasting in heat 3) in third, also winning the Veterans trophy (due to the age of the skipper!)  Bigfoot Trapeze Harnesses were 4th.


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