No race, but LCC still sails

Forecast 20 knot 3rd rig N-Easter determined that Lincoln Crowne would come to Woollahra despite their being no race, to try the new 3rd main made at the beginning of the season and never yet put on the boat, and to practice in the bumps and breeze. Citadel Investments had the same idea, and came down also.

The Far 40 Australian Championships were in the harbour, so the yachts and the spectator-fleet and the press-boats were throwing up plenty of bumps in the building breeze.
3 pressured up works from Shark Island to the Beashel buoy and then fast, bumpy rides back were the order of the day, dodging the tightly bunched, tight-tacking Far 40s.
On the 2nd run LCC were nearly aboard the Far 40 press boat, they were too busy photographing LCC’s downwind antics to take avoiding action.
The final run down, took LCC right through the bunched fleet, who were close tacking up-wind. The crew nearly ended up on-board Transfusion, Estate Master and Kokomo, all in a bunch, and all in the patch of water LCC were spearing into.

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