Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2015
Forecast borderline 2nd and 3rd rig, breeze in so no doubts in the fleet, all (except Madonna, left it at home) rigging for a 3rd rig North-easter, big full-moon run-out tide in the race so anticipating being bumpy.
Start off Point Piper, fleet away cleanly, Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant and Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses in the front, with Lincoln Crowne and Maersk on their transoms, and Geotherm somewhat buried.
Working up harbour, picking the shore difficult: Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant going hard east, Geotherm catching up and taking the middle getting a big jump to the front. At Beashel Buoy Geotherm had a tidy lead to Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant with Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses and Lincoln Crowne close behind. The triangle run down around Shark Island saw the 2 lead boats loose the breeze, with Lincoln Crowne and Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses bunching back up here and the race restarting.
Back up the work to Beashel, Lincoln Crowne went west looking for flatter water, and fell in with the Yngling fleet, loosing some ground in the disturbed air. For the second run, Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant with a good lead from Bigfoot, with Lincoln Crowne a further 50m back. Lincoln Crowne reeled Bigfoot in on the run, to round the bottom mark just ahead, for the last work to Nielsen Park. Up the work Bigfoot, with superior windward speed came back in front of Lincoln Crowne. At the Nielsen park mark, for the run to the finish, Bigfoot 80m ahead of Lincoln Crowne, Lincoln Crowne gybed into the east on the downwind, passing Bigfoot and finishing in 3rd, behind Geotherm, with Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant first, and Bigfoot 4th.
Heats 2 and 3, 2 shorter 2-lap races, North-east forecast, again 2nd or 3rd rig, all but 2 skiffs choosing their 3rd rigs. Out on the course, breeze much fresher than expected, again a big-tide so plenty of bumps.
Start-line shifted closer to Point Piper to get away from the 18’ skiffs start in the same area.
Lead boats all away well, again the front-4 bunched together, Geotherm with their big-crew showing extraordinary speed in the fresher wind to pull out a healthy lead.
Shorter work to Nielsen park, then 2 spinnaker legs around Shark Island, again the 2 lead boats loose the breeze, with Lincoln Crowne and Bigfoot Custom Trapeze Harnesses bunching back up here.
On the tight shy across Point Piper Geotherm collapsed their spinnaker and capsized in-backwards, letting Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant into the lead, with Bigfoot and Lincoln Crowne close behind in this order.
On the last work, all the 12’s moved to the east to avoid the chasing pack of the 18’ skiffs and their spectator boats coming in a block out of the start. Geotherm recovering from their capsize also came back into the race.
Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant leading around the final mark with Bigfoot and Geotherm neck and neck around the mark.
Geotherm again capsized in the spinnaker set, letting LCC into 3rd 100m behind Bigfoot.
Lincoln Crowne had speed on the downwind, passing Bigfoot and finishing 2nd behind Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant, Bigfoot 3rd and Geotherm recovering for 4th.
Heat 3 again away well, breeze has freshened, harbour very bumpy now, again Geotherm and Bigfoot very fast. Nielsen Park, for the 2 running legs, Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant and Geotherm ahead of Bigfoot, Lincoln Crowne and Maersk Lines.
Around Shark Island, breeze splintered, Maersk gybed inside Lincoln Crowne and jumped into 3rd through Bigfoot. Back up the work, Bigfoot and Maersk with too much speed moving clear ahead of Lincoln Crowne. At the final spinnaker set for the finish, Maersk capsized in the set, allowing Lincoln Crowne back into 4th, with a gap to try and run Bigfoot down before the finish.a 40m luxury motor boat intervened and prevented Lincoln Crowne catching Bigfoot, relegating Lincoln Crowne to 4th.
So 2nd, 3rd and 4th for Lincoln Crowne for the weekend, next 3 heats at Lane Cove next weekend.