Lincoln Crowne sailed by Jonathon Temple and Richard Jones won yesterday’s Port Jackson Championship, putting on a great display of sailing in the shifting East South East breeze to win from start to finish.
Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Mitch Deane) picked up 2nd with Variety (Adam Forbes and Richard Johns) 3rd.
Lincoln got the best of the start, aside from Variety who were a little too eager and where recalled, to lead the fleet up the first work into Rose Bay ahead of Garde (Brett Hobson & Macca Paton).
Gemmell rounded the top mark in 3rd place, and showed good pace down hill rolling past Garde.
Garde pulled back into second at the bottom mark, two seconds ahead of Gemmell and 1 minute behind Lincoln.
The Next pack to round were Variety making gains through the fleet after their recall rounding in between Hood (Dave Lusty and Glenn Farquhar), At Call (John Williams & Billy Lusty) with Vantage Real Estate (Andrew Obrien & Brett Phillips) snapping on their heels. Variety and Vantage made the most of a puffy breeze to pull away from Hood and At call at the bottom mark.
On the work back to Shark Island, Gemmell sailed past Garde again, while Lincoln extended their lead. Vantage and Variety crossed bows a number of times before variety pulled away just before the Shark Island rounding.
While the front 3 remained the same for the next run into Taylor Bay, Variety had a glamour downwind leg aided by a big puff making huge gains on the front 3 and putting daylight between them and Vantage.
Gemmell Sails and Garde headed to the south of Shark Island on the work back to Rose Bay, while Lincoln went to the north.
Gemmell made substantial gains, and were a mere 50m in arrears at the rounding mark.
Lincoln covered Gemmell on the next run to Chowder Bay enough to hold them out.
A spanner was thrown into the works on the final run, and the following beat, when a fuel ship tried to dock along side the container ship moored in the middle of the harbour.
Gemmell, Garde and Variety all had to sail behind the ship, while Lincoln just crossed in front, but were then forced to give way to a ferry. Lincoln managed to remain composed during this episode and held their lead on Gemmell.
At the final windward mark, the top two positions were sewn up, however Variety were hot on the heels of Garde, only 5 seconds separating the two.
An early jibe on Variety put them in prime position for the next gust, and on the short run to the finish they picked up 3rd place, 20 seconds ahead of Garde in 4th.
Hood Sails won the handicap.
The Australian Championships are the next event on the 12ft Skiff Calendar, which will be hosted by Abbotsford over the Easter long weekend.