State Titles, Lane Cove

State Titles

Saturday, Forecast borderline 2nd and big rig, breeze variable so doubts in the fleet, eventually all rigging for a big-rig Easterly, run-out tide. Start off Clarkes Point, everyone bunched for boat-end start, the requisite few cowboys barging in from wide: TBA and Madonna causing some mayhem as they extended their rights. Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant buried, tacked onto port from row 2, into the ebb-tide, along with The Bird and Hey Charger, while Lincoln Crowne and Company, Garde, Skol and others went into the North.

Working the shifty breeze up to the Manns Point Mark, with lots of crossing-tacks as the bunched fleet sorted their positions. Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant and Garde already establishing a tidy lead at the first mark rounding, followed by The Bird, Lincoln Crowne and Company, with Bigfoot trapeze Harnesses, Hey Charger on their transoms.

It was a long run down to Drummoyne, looking for slants of pressure, gybing to stay in the lanes, the order unchanging with the 2 leaders extending further.

Working back up from Drummoyne, tense russell between Lincoln Crowne and Company, Bigfoot Trapeze Harnesses, Skol and The Bird for 3rd place, this order around Manns Point for the short-leg to the Valentia St gybe mark, where the skiffs had to drop the spinnakers for the short reach over Clarkes Point then re-hoist for the run to Snappper Is.

Last work back to Manns Point, The 2 leaders well clear of the fleet, with a good gap between Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant in first and Garde in second, rounding Manns Point and a 2-sail reach to the gybe mark at Birchgrove, where they set spinnakers for the run into the Lane Cove River to the finish at the club. Lincoln Crowne and Company led the followers, then Bigfoot Trapeze Harnesses, The Bird and then Skol, with Skol passing The Bird in Humbug.

In the river, 300m form the finish Lincoln Crowne and Company had a comfortable lead over Bigfoot Trapeze Harnesses: the latter picked up a pressure shift and moved into 3rd, leaving Lincoln Crowne & Company in their wake, and initiating a gybing duel between the 2 all down the river to the finish, with Lincoln Crowne & Company getting in front right on the line to take 3rd by 1 second. Skol in 4th, then The Bird, then Hey Charger.

 

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