SFS sprint races, Sydney Harbour, 01.03.15
Big Southerly forecast, well down the coast, where the wind-readings indicated it was 20 knots.
6 boats rigged at SFS opting for second rig, to hedge the bets (or so they thought) against eventualities in the weather. Launched aiming for 3, 1 lap sprint-races off Bradleys Head in the North-east breeze that was on the harbour.
On the water patchy 2nd sail breeze, 1st race started off Bradleys Head to Nielsen Park.
Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant and Maersk Lines away well, with Lincoln Crowne and Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses right on their transoms.
Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant went to the east off Steele Point and appeared to be doing well out here, when Lincoln Crowne threaded between them and Maersk to the west and got big left shift into the lead. Maersk Lines went east, and the wind in the middle died out, leaving Lincoln Crowne, Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant and Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses becalmed mid-stream, while Maersk Lines rounded Nielsen park in a nice easterly, to take an unassailable lead. Lincoln Crowne round next, followed closely by Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant. Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses rounded the mark next and gybed to the west, getting the westerly slant back and passing into second, with Lincoln Crowne 3rd. Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant had put on the wrong spinnaker so she retired from further racing on the day and went home.
The sky was starting to look ominous in the south, but the decision was there was time for 1 more 1 lap race. very tight again, Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses around the top-mark 1st, Maersk Lines and Lincoln Crowne right on their transom.
All these boats decided time to get home against the weather, all becalmed off Fort Denison while the clouds boiled over the city, and then smacked into the harbour.
Carnage, with 49 knot gusts recorded on Fort Denison, all 3 skiffs capsized off Royal Sydney, Lincoln Crowne getting blown into the moored boats in Kurraba, with a lot of damage to the mast and sails.
Next Sunday the Port Jackson Championship At SFS.
Wind readings on Fort Denison
Wind gusts in Knots right hand column