Sydney Flying Squadron, Cherub Fleet Invitation Sprint Series, 08.11.15
SFS and the Association hosting invitation to the Cherub fleet for a mixed fleet sprint series
South Easter, end of a southerly series, forecast to ease, choice (for the 12s) between 2nd and 3rd rig, most opting late for the 2nd rig.
Intention to have 2 or 3 2 lap windward return courses between the Zoo and Darling Point, threading in between the 2nd heat of the 18’ skiff State titles and their spectators.
Off for heat 1, 3 front 12s of Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses, Geotherm and Lincoln Crowne climbed away from the cherubs and the rest of the 12s, and approached the tricky shifty stuff under Darling Point in a bunch. Here Geotherm got a line down the middle to itself, and got 100m gap and rounded the mark clear of Lincoln Crowne, closely followed by Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses.
Geotherm extended down the middle, Lincoln Crowne couldn’t get pressure under Clarke Is and had to gybe west: where the pressure again stayed off, allowing Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses to take an easterly puff all the way to the bottom mark into 2nd. Lincoln Crowne bunched at the bottom, to round just behind Bigfoot, with Geotherm well ahead up the work. However, the fickle South-easter left Geotherm, allowing Lincoln Crowne and Bigfoot to bunch, with all 3 again together near the Darling Point mark for the last rounding. all 3 down the run in pressure, at the bottom Lincoln Crowne carried deep and had to drop the kite. Geotherm and Bigfoot in the same pressure higher above the mark, Geotherm a very shaky rounding, and Bigfoot capsized in the same gust.
The poor rounding by Geotherm gave Lincoln Crowne an opportunity to round insdie for the last work to the finish, but the breeze was too strong in the gybe, driving Lincoln Crowne’s pole the wrong side of the mark. By the time this was clear, Geotherm were safe, Lincoln Crowne in 2nd and Bigfoot up from the swim for 3rd, then a bunch of cherubs.
2nd heat, again the 12s able to lift off the cherubs in the bumps out of the start, Lincoln Crowne going furthest east of the 3 leaders got into left-hand breeze that carried them to the top mark ahead of Geotherm then Bigfoot. Down the run in this order, Lincoln Crowne getting a gap as Geotherm had the same issues getting below the bottom mark. Bigfoot tacked east, Lincoln Crowne going south, got caught in the backwind of the Manly ferry and capsized. Up again, Lincoln Crowne headed east to covert Bigfoot, to the port lay-line, to lead into the top mark by 80m for the last run, to finish Lincoln Crowne 1st, Bigfoot just ahead of Geotherm, with close finishing Cherubs behind.
So overall for the day was Lincoln Crowne, then Geotherm and then Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses.