Heat 1 Saturday
Forecast borderline 2nd and 3rd rig, breeze in so no doubts in the fleet, all rigging for a 3rd rig North-easter, run-out tide later in the race so getting bumpy.
Start off at Point Piper the fleet was away cleanly, Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant and Garde in the front, with Bigfoot trapeze Harnesses, Lincoln Crowne and Company and TBA on their transoms. Working up the western shore in Taylor Bay and Chowder Bay, it was clear that Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant and Garde had an extra measure of speed over the fleet in the up-pressure 3rd rig conditions, rapidly pulling away for a several minute gap to the rest. Of these, it was Bigfoot trapeze Harnesses looking the fastest, followed by Skol and Lincoln Crowne and Company, both joined by an elastic as they urged to overtake for 3rd place.
Run down through Shark Island and Steele Point, picking the gybe angle for fast and dangerous and safe and underpowered was the usual dilemma, with Garde losing some ground here, Skol seemingly the same, then recovering in a gust off the eastern end of the Island.
Second work, up the west shore, Lincoln Crowne & Company and Skol had both reeled Bigfoot Trapeze Harnesses in on the run and were close, when Bigfoot trapeze Harnesses broke their bang-webbing, dropping them into 6th.
Last square run from Nielsen Park mark, Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant with a small margin to grade to finish in this order. Lincoln Crowne and Company picked the top-mark lay line and saved 2 tacks on Skol, to pull away on the run for 3rd, then Skol, with Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant coming back a place for 5th.
Heats 2 and 3, Sunday
North-east forecast, 3rd rig, tide later so expecting flatter water.
Start off Point Piper, Y-flag up to try and drive a clean start to get away before the 18’skiffs start in the same place 15minutes later.
Less breeze than heat 1, fleeG away well toward Bradleys Head, all working the Western shore, the front 2 of Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant and Garde ahead but not by the margin of Saturday.
Round the race all day like this, Lincoln Crowne and Company comfortably in 3rd place, as the fleet spread out in the fresh breeze, results Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant first, Garde second and Lincoln Crowne and Company third.
Heat 3, breeze softened off, Lincoln Crowne and Company best of the start in the east end of the line, with Garde about even at the west end, Sydney Sailmakers/Dimension Polyant in row 2 with Bigfoot Trapeze Harnesses. 1/3 of the way up the work, Lincoln Crowne and Company dicing with The Bird for 3rd place when their forestay broke and the mast fell down: day over for Lincoln Crowne & Company