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Woollahra Club Racing – 3rd November

The club cancelled afternoon racing on Sunday due to a northwesterly which was gusting to 30knots, and a southerly was due to come thru about 3-3.30pm that would be pushing 40knots.

The 12’s decided to head out for a blast anyway, before the southerly came thru.

The breeze backed off a little just prior to launching and shifted to the southwest. It would kick back in again, as westerly’s do.

No racing was planned prior to launching given the unsettled nature of the breeze, so speed runs were on the cards.

Garde, Lincoln Crowne, Variety and Citadel all headed out with the small gear on.

All skiffs picked their 3rd downwind run to perfection, a solid bank of SW breeze pushing about 28 knots had them flying down the harbour.

Back on shore it was smiles all round. It had been a long time between good long runs down the harbour.

Citadel were last back to the beach, and only just made it before the southerly kicked in.

2013 Port Jackson Championship – Results

2013 Port Jackson Championship – Results

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.

2012 Lincoln Crowne State Championships Weekend 1 Report



Garde (Brett Hobson and Brad Phillips) currently lead the 2012 Lincoln Crowne State Championships after winning all 3 heats at the weekend.

Heat 1 was sailed in a light Northly breeze. All skiffs electing the big rigs for the later afternoons long race.
Geotherm (Scott Hobson and Mitch Deane), Skiff.org.au (Ben Faulkner and Renn Holland) and Variety (Adam Forbes and Richard Johns) all got great starts and looked to lead the fleet early on. 
Garde and LCC (Jonathon Temple and Richard Jones) hit the right side of the course and found some Northly pressure to get right in the mix, and round the top mark in that order. 
Variety and Geotherm dropped off the pace nearer the top mark, allowing Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Scott Lanham) to round ahead. 

Rounding Shark Island was a little tighter than expected, with a slight shift to the east, and caused the top 3 boats to bunch right up.
Up the next work, LCC picked a better shift to get ahead of Garde, however both skiffs rounded the top mark simultaneously. Gemmell Sails held 3
rd place though had lost some time to the leaders.
An outgoing ship split the two leaders, with Garde going west and LCC going east favouring Garde, to reach the bottom mark (and shortened course finish) first.
Geotherm recovered well to pick up 4
th place, with Variety 5th and skiff.org.au 6th.

A mid to top end 2nd rig southerly blessed the race course for heats 2 and 3.
Geotherm blitzed the start and the first work to lead the fleet early on, from Garde, Gemmell and LCC.
Garde hit the lead down the run, LCC rounded the bottom mark just inside Geotherm, before breaking their tiller and capsizing.
Geotherm caught Garde and threatened the lead before a Port Starboard altercation between the two saw them slip back to the clutches of Gemmell Sails.

On the final work into Rose Bay, Geotherm went to the south of Shark Island to put time on Gemmell who went to the north.
Garde maintained their lead to cross the line first, Geotherm second, Gemmell Sails third.

Just behind the leading pack a battle emerged with Vantage Real Estate (Jack Winning and Brett Phillips) leading a group of boats including Hey Charger (Nick Bernard and Robbie Polec), Madonna (Dave Winning and Peter Bevis), Skiff.Org and Hood Sails (Dave Lusty and Glenn Farquar). Shark Island split this group up the last work too but Vantage Real Estate had the speed to take a deserved 4th place.

Garde got a jump on the fleet off the start line in heat 3 despite Hood Sails crossing the fleet with a brave port tack start. Garde stretched their advantage down the first run to establish a commanding lead. It was a group of Lane Cove boats that lead the chase for Garde with Gemmell Sails leading from David Winning in Madonna and Jack Winning in Vantage Real Estate.
The breeze had eased a little but harbour traffic played a part as the skiffs criss-crossed the harbour. A few skiffs chose to risk the shallows around Shark Island on the run down to Taylor’s Bay but no one would get close to Brett Hobson and Brad Phillips in Garde. Gemmell Sails would take second again in front of David Winning in Madonna. 

Hood Sails blitzed the handicap series over the weekend with good sailing especially in the fresher breeze on day 2

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Heat 1 – 2012 Lincoln Crowne State Championships

Heat 1 Results (Top 10)

1st – Garde

2nd – Linclon Crowne & Co

3rd – Gemmell Sails

4th – Geotherm

5th – Variety

6th – www.skiff.org.au

7th – Vantage Real Estate

8th – Madonna

9th – Hood

10th – Arrogant Frog



1st – Hood

2nd – www.skiff.org.au

3rd – Vantage Real Estate

4th – Geotherm

5th – Lincoln Crowne

6th – Variety

7th – Gemmell Sails

8th – Garde

9th – Arrogant Frog

10th – Datacall

2012 Lincoln Crowne State Championships

12’ skiffs will be competing in the NSW State titles over the next two weekends.

The series, sponsored by “Lincoln Crowne & Co”, will be held at Woollahra Saliing Club this Saturday and Sunday; and Lane Cove and Abbotsford Sailing clubs the following weekend.

The NSW State championships also act as the selection series for the Australian team to compete againsed New Zealand, in the 12’ Skiff Interdominion Championship which is to be held in Brisbane in January 2013.

The Lane Cove, Woollahra and Abbotsford clubs are expecting to have up to 25 boats competing and leading the charge for glory will be “Gemmell Sails” (Murray Press), “Lincoln Crowne & Co” (Jonothan Temple), “Yabba Dabba” (Nick Press) and “Garde” (Brett Hobson)

The notice of race is available here.


Boat Name Karoshi
Crew Dave Cleworth
Club Lane Cover 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
Seasons with current team
Hull Shape Woof
Best results 1998 & 99 Interdominon Champion1998 & 99 National Champion1984 NSW State Champion



Citadel Magnus

Boat Name Citadel Magnus
Skipper Martin Debelle
Crew Ian Terley
Club Sydney Flying Squadron
Seasons with current team 6
Hull Shape Woof
Sponsor Citadel Magnus www.citadelmagnus.com
Best results 2016 Australian Champions (Handicap)


77th Australian Championships

2012 Australian Championships – Notice of Race

Race Results          Race Results – Handicap

[expand title=”Heat 6: In the rigging park prelude to the 6th and final race of the 2012 season National titles for the 12′ skiffs, Murray “twinkle-toes” Press demonstrated not only does he display mastery on the dance floor, but that his proficiency and commitment in the pre-race rig-choice sledging is also second to none”]

Forecast was for SW big sail breeze, at rig choice time it was still exceeding big-rig range, but the fleet decided that it would fail in-line with the forecast.

At the later stage, the Queenslanders with the skinny boats opted to make a rapid rig-change. The locals with the wider boats felt they were still in the right position, and kept the big-rigs in the boats. The PRO called a high-wind forecast, and like a mouse in the elephant enclosure, this caused a stampeded the rest.

Murray first to go, called a change to second. All the others rushed to follow, then when they were fully committed Murray confessed to the “dummy”, and he had stayed with big-sail. Out on the course, his grit was rewarded, a sick breeze seemingly guaranteeing him the day, and with it second overall.

Fleet got away in 10knot S-West with strong run-out tide, working shifts up to the top mark at Clarke Is. Just short of the island the breeze built rapidly to 15 knots, sending the front-runners, Gemmell Sails (“twinkle-toes” & Ben Gemmell) Garde (already having the series won convincingly, (Brett Hobson & Alex Johnson) Lincoln Crowne & Company (Jonathan Temple & Richard Jones) and PB Towing (James “skinny” Flemming & Tristram Hamilton) down the harbour toward the bottom mark near Eastern Pile Light in Watsons Bay, all frenetically gybing to stay in the narrow columns of breeze.

This 4 bunched Final Raceat the bottom mark, and spread the rest of the fleet out between Clark Island and Eastern Channel.

The breeze went really fickle on the work back, with Gemmell Sails pulling out, and Hey Charger (Nicholas Barnard & Robbie “Bruno” Polec) moving up on a westerly slant to take the lead, as Gemmell Sails worked further west to consolidate in the breeze.

Garde in the east fell into a personal hole and parked, only metres from boats with pressure. Gemmell Sails & Hey-Charger got stranded in the channel off Bradleys as the breeze deserted them, allowing LCC and PB Towing to pass them in westerly pressure. Gemmell Sails re-took the lead at the top mark, and drove deep to the East in the pressure, followed by LCC and Garde, and this group followed the breeze down the east shore.

The breeze then shifted back to the west, causing the eastern 3 boats to underlay the mark, and bringing Hey-Charger charging down over them in the west; Gemmell Sails & LCC held them off and were overlapped rounding the bottom mark.

The breeze fell out again and allowed Gemmell Sails with the big-rig to extend again. Garde found another hole on this work and got dropped again. Breeze held steady for the rest of the race, allowing Gemmell Sails a comfortable victory, from Lincoln Crowne, then Hey Charger ahead of Garde.

Regatta already won by Garde, todays result gave Gemmell Sails second overall, tied with LCC but got there on a count bck.

Thanks to all Woollahra Sailing Club for hosting the event, especially to all the volunteers that gave up their long weekend.


[expand title=”Heats 4 & 5: Australian 12ft Skiff Titles second days racing saw the ever consistent Garde (Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson) seal the overall regatta victory with a first and second, giving them the Championship with a race to spare.”]

It also saw the first heat winner other than Garde, with Gemmell Sails, sailed by Murray ‘twinkle-toes Press and Ben Gemmell taking victory in a closely contested race five.

The forecast 10-15 knot saw the usual rigging park anxiety, with the customary sledging in the anxious time when the rig choice is decided. All the fleet finally chose big-sail. Format was a laid-mark 2 lap windward-return, followed by a shortened North-East course, to Beashel Buoy twice.

Start of race four saw a swing left in the last 30 seconds before the gun, leaving the fleet just crossing the line on Starboard and bunched on the pin. The front runners headed to the western shore, with the bulk of the fleet going east into Nielsen Park, keeping the whole fleet tight when they re-bunched half way up the work.

Into the top mark it was Garde, followed by Gemmell Sails, then Lincoln Crowne and Company (Jonathan Temple and Richard Jones) then PB Towing (the first of the Queenslanders, sailed by James ‘skinny’ Flemming and Tristram Hamilton). Down the square run, the whole fleet gybing back and forth across the harbour seeking pressure.

At the bottom mark it was Garde ahead of Gemmell Sails ahead of LCC then PB Towing. Up the last work these places maintained, with Garde extending slightly. On the final run PB Towing pulled deeper and passed LCC into third, with Skol in fifth, this being the order of the finish.

Race 6 was the longer course to Beashel Buoy, a little fresher than the first race. From the start, most went left to the western-shore, where a Manly ferry pushed Garde back to the right, with Gemmell Sails crossing the ferry to take the western shore. ½ way up the work it had settled in to a tussle between Garde, Gemmell Sails and Lincoln Crowne, with Giddy-up (Queensland, Paul O’Malley Jones and John Cole) right on their heels, with less than 50m between these 4 at the top mark.

Down the square run, Garde and Gemmell Sails went to the West, LCC stayed in the east and found some pressure keeping them in the running.

This group was closely followed by PB Towing, all the fleet getting good depth with the big spinnakers in the building breeze. ‘Twinkle-toes’ Press made his move on this run, eating into the small lead that Garde held, gaining a small lead at the bottom mark.

Up the final work, with the breeze kicking in to 14 knots getting the big-rigs right to the top end of their wind-range. Garde struggled in the increased pressure more than Gemmell Sails, letting ‘Twinkle-toes’ stretch their lead to a comfortable margin, with 50 m between second and fourth.

The finish saw Gemmell take the win, from Garde, then LCC then PB Towing then Giddy-up then Skol. Final race tomorrow with the regatta decided, with Gemmell Sails looking comfortable for second overall. by Jonathon Temple


[expand title=”Heats 2 and 3: The forecast 20-30 knot with the suggestion that it would ease through the afternoon to 20 knots saw the fleet nervously deciding rig-combinations on the beach, and watching the wind-strength readings up to 30 knots at the airport. This saw the choice being predominantly 4th rigs, with smaller mains and jibs setup and a smaller spinnaker rigged.”]

Out to the start of race 2, lots of upturned skiffs between the club and the start-line as people became used to the conditions.

The 2 races were both taken out convincingly by Garde, sailed by Brett Hobson & Alex Johnson, stamping their imprimatur on the series with 3 wins from 3 starts. Race 2, 3 laps windward-leeward Rose Bay to Taylor Bay got away cleanly, with Garde leading around the top mark, followed closely by Skol, (Peter Polec and Jamie McCrudden) then Giddy up (Paul O’Malley Jones and John Cole), then Lincoln Crowne & Company (Jonathan Temple & Richard Jones).

Very fast and wild ride across the bumpy harbour reach to Taylor Bay, places unchanged for the start of the second work. The conditions were beginning to take their toll on the fleet, spread out across the harbour, with a number of upturned hulls indicating stories to be told, and both Geotherm (Scott Hobson and Damian Vlotman) and D-Unit (Adam Forbes and Richard Johns) destroying their rudder outriggers taking them out of the race.

The final run to Taylor saw Garde with a commanding lead over LCC with Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Ben Gemmell), and Skol hot on the heels. Gemmell Sails and twinkle-toes Press outsmarted LCC on the finish, to take 2nd by 3 seconds from LCC, with Skol 4th.

Race 3 followed directly after race 2, a shorter 2 lap windward Leeward with a shortened work. Away clean in pressure, with the usual crowd leading up the work, with only Brett on Garde having the nous to have noted the severely shortened leg and the relocated top mark, giving them a clean rounding and the bulk of the fleet having to reach down to the mark, and commence the long chase to catch the now-distant Garde.

Some bedlam down the run saw a number of the frontrunners down the mine, leaving Skol and LCC to round together, having telescoped the massive lead that Garde had begun the run with.

The second work followed the form of the first, Skol dropping off the pace a little, allowing LCC through to 2nd, and this was the order of the finish. The starters boat had a spread of wind readings from 16 to 35 knots over the afternoon, and noted that Garde completed the one mile plus run in under 4 minutes.

Race 4 & 5 tomorrow forecast massively different, big-rig looking like the call for the day.


[expand title=”Heat 1: Forecast 12-14 knot, fleet on the beach, marginal big and second rig. The scene on the water persuaded all to go with big rig; 35 minutes from the start a gust came through and a welter of big-rigs were pulled out for a mad rig-change. Only Commodore Ben and Nick Barnyard had had the foresight for 2nd sail from the beginning.”]

Start saw the fleet line up with marginal 2nd rig pressure, away up the starboard beat to the west shore saw the few big-rig boats looking good, led by Fungus and Clewie on Kiroshi. The fleet was lead by the usual suspects, Gemmell Sails & Garde path-finding, with Lincoln Crowne & Company yapping at their heels.

In the final approach to the Beashel bouy the top order was interrupted with Arrogant Frog, having a blinder of a work with the big-rig, Geotherm finding breeze in the East and pushing into the order along with Nick Barnyard on Hey Charger. The crowd at the mark-rounding, Gemmell Sails first by a whisker, with Geotherm , Lincoln Crowne, Garde, PB Towing and Kiroshi all overlapped.

Murray & Ben bolted down the run, clearing out to a tidy lead, leaving the pack to get all over each other. Through to the Shark Is gybe-mark, all overheated and pressed, closing on Gemmell, who bolted again after the gybe. Bottom mark, Gemmell Sails again a good gap, followed by Garde then LCC.

After the rounding, Gemmell broke their trapeze strop, dumping them in the water, and causing twinkle-toes Press to break the tiller-extension in the process. This handed the lead to Garde, Kiroshi coming into 2nd as LCC snarled their halyard in the drop.

Up the work, in this order, patchy breeze coming in and out of 2nd rig pressure. Hey-Charger and Kiroshi fell off the twig, with the fleet starting to spread out.

On the square-run, Garde had a 200m gap, using this margin to gybe several times to cover PB Towing & LCC.

At the bottom mark for the last time, Garde leads by 30 seconds, LCC 5 seconds ahead of PB Towing, with Geotherm a further margin back, just ahead of D-Unit then the limping Gemmell Sails.

This was the order of the finish for the first heat, with 2 heats tomorrow and a forecast breeze of over 20 knots



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See 2012 DAY 4  Album here

Variety Port Jackson Championship

Race Results         Race Results – Handicap

Gemmell Sails are the 2012 Variety Port Jackson Sprint Champions after an exhilarating day of actioned packed racing on Sydney Harbour.

Gemmell Sails (Murray Press & Ben Gemmell) started the day with high hopes for their new big rig, an investment that did not disappoint winning 3 of the 4 short races. Their speed and experience in the shifty big sail East North East breeze was enough to beat consistent performer Garde (Brett Hobson & Alex Johnson) who had 1 win and 3 podiums.

Race one was not a clean start with Variety (Adam Forbes & Richie Johns) a tad too keen jumping the gun by 1 second, having to return and restart. All other skiff got away cleanly, with Gemmell Sails looking the goods straight off the start line, building a solid lead up the first work. Their top mark rounding was one of only a few blemishes on an otherwise faultless day as they let Garde sneak ahead. Garde extended her lead down the kite run, and left Gemmell to fend off Lincoln Crowne and Geotherm.

Gemmell Sails displayed true speed up the next work, reeling Garde in before blasting past them on the final run This was a great come from behind win separating the two by a few seconds. Lincoln Crowne picking up 3rd and Geotherm 4th.

This set the scene for the next race. In race two Gemmell Sails had another flawless start and first work, leading at the first mark, this time with no mistake in their rounding. They were untouchable in this race and went on to record another win. The minor placing’s were again close, with LCC coming home 2nd, Garde 3rd and Variety in 4th.

There were some changes in the order of things for race three, just to keep it interesting. Garde snuck around the first mark just ahead of the chasing pack They defended their position gallantly just managing to hang on to first place from a final downwind run challenge from Vantage Real Estate (Jack Winning and Brett Phillips). Vantage had a stellar race to score a 2nd place. Gemmell finished 3rd keeping them at the top of the leader board and needing a solid result  in the final race to stay there, Lincoln Crowne finished 4th.

Going into the fourth and final race, Gemmell Sails only needed to beat Garde to take out the Inaugural Variety Port Jackson Championship. Right from the start they were focused and looking strong. They continued to do all the right things, once again leading at the first mark with Garde buried back in the pack. Lincoln Crowne were looking comfortable in second place with Pennyliss (Will Oxby & Ian Goodman) in third.

Garde made a charge on the last lap, but were too late to catch Gemmell Sails, they instead picked up another 2nd place, Lincoln Crowne hanging onto 3rd, and Pennyliss having a great race coming home 4th.

Final podium results for the day were first Gemmell Sails, Second Grade and third Lincoln Crowne. Handicap podium results were first Vantage Real Estate, Second Penny Liss and third Variety. A sensational day was had by all fifteen skiffs and crew, enjoying the seemingly rare sunshine that beamed down on Sydney harbour. The actioned packed short race format of the Variety Port Jackson Championship was unanimously deemed a stunning success by all competitors, who were excited by the tight racing on the harbour and delighted to be doing it whilst raising the awareness of Alopecia Areata.

See full 2012 Variety Port Jackson Championship Album here

Lincoln Crowne State Championships

Race Results          Race Results – Handicap

[expand title=”Heat 6: Dimension were back in the game after some repairs and held a lead up the first work of heat 6. Garde were forced to do a penalty turn after a run in with Dimension which saw them lose time on the leader. Dimension rounded the top mark first, followed by Skoll, LCC, Garde and Gemmell all close, with Geotherm in 6th.”]

Down the run, Dimension opened a nice lead while LCC capsized at the bottom mark. Garde briefly crossed Skoll before over shooting the bottom mark allowing Skoll back in, and then capsizing whilst trying to round it.

Gemmell and Geotherm rounded next.

Dimenion and Skoll were comfortably 1st and 2nd respectively up the next work, LCC made a charge to pull back in front of Garde and hold 3rd place. The two skiffs were neck and neck down the second spinnaker run to Chowder. LCC were forced to jibe early to give Garde room for water as the shore line was fast approaching, they capsized during their rushed jibe. This allowed Garde some breathing space to hold 3rd place to the finish, with Skoll remaining 2nd and Dimension 1st.

The final results saw Dimension win their 3rd consecutive State Championship, with Garde 2nd , and Skoll 3rd.

Geotherm picked up the Handciap from Skoll, both for their consistent improvements through the first half of the season.

The full list of the final standings can be downloaded here.

Many thanks to Lincoln Crowne for their support of the event, and all the volunteers at Lane Cove, Abbotsford and Woollahra Sailing Clubs for their help and all they had to endure through 4 days of intense racing.


[expand title=”Heat 5: A fresh southerly wind blasted across the harbour, and all skiffs went with their smallest rigs.”]

Garde, Gemmell and Skoll tussled it out at the front of the fleet up the first work, while championship leader Dimension were seen on their side back off the start line affecting some repairs. It was later revealed that the jib down haul had broken.

Garde got the jump at the top mark rounding, and took off down the long spinnaker run to chowder bay. Second around the top mark was Skoll, then Gemmell and closely followed by Geotherm.

Geotherm had a great run to the bottom mark to round in second place just ahead of Skoll. Skoll would get back to 2nd after a quick swim by Geotherm up the next work.

Garde held a comfortable lead for the next lap and a half of the race and went on for the win with Skoll picking up 2nd and Gemmell sneaking in front of Geotherm for 3rd.


[expand title=”Heat 4: There was some debate on the rig choice with the breeze seeming to bend around to the NE, with an easterly forecast of 15 knots. Most skiffs opted for 2nd rig with some going with big. Dimension Polyant were one such skiff and sailed an exceptional race with the big gear up to take victory by 4 seconds from Garde.”]

Gemmell Sails finished 3rd with Skoll picking up 4th.

Off the start line all skiffs remained close and headed to the left side of the course, Dimension holding a slender lead from PB Towage (on tour with some other crews from QLD) and Skoll and LCC.

Dimension rounded the top mark first by a few seconds to PB, LCC and Garde, the latter sneaking inside LCC for the kite set, and soon passed PB who had some spinnaker issues.

Dimension pulled away around Shark Island under their big spinnaker, while Garde, LCC and Skoll rounded simultaneously. Garde held the inside line to hold second place, with all 3 skiffs making up time on Dimension who, being first, had the joy of finding the bottom mark in the setting sun.

The breeze kicked a little and allowed Garde to gain on Dimension, they would get their noses in front for a brief moment, with both skiffs ducking transoms for several tacks.

Gemmell Sails made a charge up the fleet to move into third place, but it was Dimension who round the top mark first again. And again they pulled away down the square run, while Gemmell fought with Garde, crossing them momentarily for 2nd place.

Up the final work, Garde went right while Dimension went left initially, and gained some time to first place, and down the final run Garde closed the gap right up to only finish 4 seconds in arrears.

Geotherm won the handicap for their stellar effort of 6th place and only 1 min behind.


[expand title=”Heat 3: D-Unit (Adam Forbes and Richard Johns) got the best of the Start tacking onto port early and working the Northern shore whilst the majority of the fleet headed to far south into limited pressure and pushing against a strong run out tide.”]

Dimension Polyant (Nick Press and Brad Yabsley) and Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Ben Faulkner) were the best of the rest despite Gemmell sails attempting to board the Start boat.

At the top mark D-Unit held a small lead after showing some great boat speed in the softening breeze. Dimension Polyant was around next with the pack including Gemmell Sails, Garde (Brett Hobson & Alex Johnson), Vantage Real Estate (Jack Winning and Brett Phillips) and Lincoln Crowne (Jonathon Temple and Richard Jones) in hot pursuit. With building pressure Dimension managed to sneak past D-Unit by the bottom mark and hold a 20m lead heading on the long work to Putney. In the fading breeze D-Unit closed in on and overtook Dimension to take 50m lead at the top mark only to see Dimension Polyant slide back through under spinnaker. By this stage the two leading boats had opened up a huge margin over Gemmell Sails who was comfortably positioned in 3rd ahead of the chasing bunch.

On the short work and run to the finish the margin and positions remained the same with Dimension Polyant picking up the victory, D-Unit taking home a well deserved 2nd and Gemmell Sails home in 3rd


[expand title=”Heat 2: Dimension Polyant jumped to the top of the leader board on Sunday, with two wins from two starts.”]

It was another testing day for all crews with the breeze oscillating from North West to South West, and strength ranging from 5-18knots.

Dimension got out to an early lead in heat 2 closly followed by Garde. Lincoln Crown made a charge through the fleet, passing both Garde and Dimension to hit the lead up the second work.

LCC extended their lead down the next kite run and looked set to record a great come from behind victory, until gear failure saw them capsize near the final bottom mark. The breakage was related to their spinnaker system and meant they couldnt reset.

They were forced to limp home down the last kite run, leave Dimension to take line honurs.

However LCC managed to hold onto second place by a few seconds from Garde who ran out of time to run down LCC.


[expand title=”Heat 1: Skoll (Peter Polec & Jamie McCruden) sailed a steady and consistent race to take heat 1 of the Lincoln Crown State Championships at Lane Cove.”]

It was a tough day for all as the breeze continued to build soon after the start. Gemmell Sails held a good lead for the majority of the race, only surrendering it breifly to Garde who would capsize soon after getting their nose in front. Gemmell appear to be untouchable from there, however their lead was perminently taken away when their mast broke with only half a lap of the race to go.

Lincoln Crowne found themselves at the head of the fleet and would go on to cross the finish line first, but would later be ruled OCS.

Garde were running behind Lincoln for most of the race, though Skoll got in front of them breifly in the middle of the race, before being over taken again. Dimension Polyant were charging through the fleet after restarting, but had a few swims and some rigging issues which kept them behind Skoll.

Down the final run into the river, it was looking like Garde would get there over Skoll, however Garde got a little too close to the moored yachts, got blown in on a heavy gust and capsize amoungst them. This allowed Skoll to sneak past again to take the win.

It is a great win for Peter as it was in this same event and location almost a year ago to the day that his old boat was tragically run over by a tall ship. Peter and Jamie worked hard to ge their new boat on the water, and they received their reward today.

1st – Skoll
2nd – Garde
3rd – Dimension


1st – Hood
2nd – Skoll
3rd – Garde


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