2013 Gemmell Sailmakers Upper Harbour Championship


First inter-club race of the season, 15 knot Easterly at Lane Cove. 

All skiffs opted for the 2nd rig, to cover for the building North East breeze.

Garde was the only boat of those rigging in Woodford Bay who got onto the water on time to get to the club for the start: leaving the club-boats & Garde on the start alone to get away on the gun.

This gave Garde a great lead out of the river & on the first work to Manns Point, chased by Vantage Real Estate (with Guest Skipper John Witty), The Bird & Hey Charger.

Lincoln Crowne & Company had broken a shroud while rigging, they were fighting to come back from the time lost replacing this.

Patchy difficult Easterly saw breeze, lines & shifts coming & going on the water, making the long run to Drummoyne challenging, even for Garde with their handy lead. The breeze never really settled into the north east as expected.

Gemmell Sails carried good pressure down to Drummoyne to make good gains on Garde.

Garde extended again at the Mann Pt round mark. This was the makeup of the day: Garde holding the lead, Gemmell Sails coming back through the fleet into 2nd after their late start, Lincoln Crowne similarly working through to 3rd, to finish in this order. Hey Charger having a good day to take 4th behind LCC just in front of Variety & The Bird.

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