Garde Wins Parramatta River Championship
Garde won the Parramatta River Championship at the weekend, held by Abbotsford 12ft Flying Squadron.
The northeast breeze seemed to have settled in about 1hr before the start, only to become shifty and inconsistent soon after the gun.
A tight knit group of boats made there way up the first work, to be lead at the first mark by D-unit, with Skoll in second and Garde in 3rd.
Garde got the jump on Skoll during the first down wind leg, and just held second place at the bottom mark rounding.
D-unit and Garde fought it out for the lead over the next lap and half of the race, each taking turns at leading, to only be overhauled time and again.
The battle was also on for 3rd to 6th between Lincoln Crowne, Vantage Real Estate, Skoll and Pennyliss.
D-unit found themselves on the wrong side of luck and unfortunately got stuck in a large hole in the breeze near the final top mark rounding. This allowed Garde to sneak away for the victory.
Sadly for D-unit, a majority of the fleet would also pass them, moving them back to 6th place.
Vantage Real Estate picked up the handicap.