The 12ft Skiffs made their annual trip to Saratoga for the Brisbane Water Championship on Sunday.
The forecast southerly breeze kicked in at just the right time to make an easy rig choice.
3rd rigs all round and the flat water had the boats blasting down wind in 20 knots of breeze.
Lincoln Crowne won the championship, virtually lead from start to finished. After getting a good start, they held a slender lead up the first work from Gemmell Sails (Andrew Stevenson and Scott Lanham), and Garde in 3rd, most skiffs hitting the right hand side of the course.
Garde snuck in for 2nd place at the top mark rounding, and closed the gap to 1st place at the wind mark. Gemmell sails had a swim at this point during the jibe to put them back and allow Hood into 3rd place, who had a stellar first work.
Garde nearly gained an overlap on Lincoln at the bottom mark approach, but were held out by a boat length.
Variety had a little more success with this manoeuvre to put them into 3rd ahead of Hood.
Skoll dropped a rig early on in the downwind leg after being well placed at the top mark. Reports are that a lower broke and the mast shifted off the step.
Lincoln continued to hold a slender leader up the 2nd work, and Variety moved into a clear 3rd.
On the 2nd downwind leg, Garde jibed off early and rolled past Lincoln.Lincoln continued to the west side of the course and when Garde came back early, found them selves in less pressure and back in 2nd place once more.
Lincoln was never again headed over the next two laps of the course, and went on to a comfortable win. Variety picked up 3rd and vantage came home 4th ahead of Hood.
1st- Lincoln Crowne – (handicap – 2nd)
2nd – Garde (5th)
3rd – Variety (3th)
4th – Vantage really estate (4th)
5th – Hood sails (1st)
6th – Gemmell sails (8th)
7th – Arrogant Frog (6th)
8th – The Movement (7th)